This plate has connectors for 8 speakers and 2 subwoofers. The newest surround systems have 9 speakers. What I did was to exchange the subwoofer RCA jacks for speaker binding posts and use a separate subwoofers jack. Best to make a 9.0 product in the future.
Great little wall plate for a 7 channel home theater setup.
I bought this a while ago while planning out my 7.1 channel home theater, and I knew I needed something that would also work with my then-current 5.1 setup. This was the only wall plate I could find that would easily support 7.1 setups with powered subwoofers and any setup with a passive subwoofer.
Installation was a breeze. Pro-tip - use banana plugs on either side of the plate, and the firmer-fitting into the jacks, the better off you'll be in the long run. This will also make unhooking your setup easier should you ever need to do so. Banana plugs are much easier than alternative connection methods here.
As far as quality goes, it's made to last forever.
As far as what to do with the second set of center channels, I have a few suggestions: Passive sub in your ceiling, such as PID 4928 with an amplifier connected to your surround receiver to help bridge between what your surround speakers are capable of and your powered subwoofer can do.
Run an amp like 11497 for a pair of speakers to function as your center channel, instead of one single center channel speaker, especially if you have a projection setup and set your front speakers up wide. Or use a line-level crossover for bi-amping your center channel in a similar fashion.
Run low-voltage power to LED lighting in the room (strip lighting is cheap).
The product is great like all the other reviewers have said. What is confusing is the lack of information reg mounting this thing. The product doesn't come with any instructions. If you thought it's a bracket and what else you would need, think again. For those who are doing new work installation ( starting out from studs) the wall plate holes will NOT match the holes of a standard 3 gang box. I roamed the hallways of homedepot, menards and lowes at different locations to no avail. There is a reviewer here that stated to buy a custom box from Home Depot..com. Don't get it. I googled extensively and finally came upon the answer. What mono price fails to state or put it in the instructions is that the 3 individual pieces that have the speaker nuts in them have mounting holes that align exactly to the standard 3 Gang box ( blue colored one at the big box stores). So once you have mounted them individually, you can then place the wall plate which screws on to the individual pieces which have holes higher than the standard box to screw the wall plate in. It's like the 2 outlet one gang switch that screw onto the electrical box and the wall plate that screws onto the switch itself. In this case you need to screw all three pieces in order to mount the wall plate. I wish mono price would put in instructions in it rather than saying "fits standard NEMA 3" boxes " which makes you go crazy. Hope this saves you a lot of time. Good luck.
Disappointed that it arrived with two sets (one extra) of binding posts labeled for the left channels, one set for the right channels but the center/subwoofer posts are missing! Emailed customer service yesterday but haven't received a response yet. Also called but phone hours are M-F.
I have always appreciated the products and prices from monoprice. When I viewed this item, it was unclear to me if the RCA connections were removable. I wanted to color code them for my setup... they are both white. When I contacted the chat support and they insisted that they were not removable. This didn't quite make sense to me so I bought it anyway, and was pleasantly surprised that they were and swapped them out. On multiple occasions I have been disappointed with the chat support product knowledge. I am glad I took a chance on this one and it worked out for me.
Being that I currently have 5.1 but looking to upgrade to 7.1 in the near future, I bought this wall plate for both today's system and tomorrow's system.
Connection was easy enough on the backside, even without banana plugs, since the three separate panels (one for left channels, one for center channels+sub, and one for right channels) allowed for easy access to the binding posts. However, I did cheap out and skip banana plugs this time. I really wish I didn't, as it would have made connecting everything at the wall about 1000x easier. Make sure you get enough banana plugs for your setup I'd feel comfortable skipping them on the backside, but you'll want 5, 7, or 8 pairs for the front.
As for the cable from your receiver or amps to the plate I mentioned in the cons, the reason I recommend doing this is for those of you that are into cable management. While I know some of us are masters at cleaning up wires after they're in place, I find it easier just to create what I need before putting it in place with speaker wire it generally goes in easier and goes where it needs to be easier than if I put it together as I go along.
PROS: 8 pairs of binding posts and two RCA connectors for lots of connection possibilities
CONS: You really need to spend the money on banana jacks for your speaker wire. Also, plan on building a cable to connect between this wall plate and your receiver or amplifier for the cleanest wiring.