How many people have had similar things happen?... An aquaintance is building a very nice home and wanted to have his family room pre-wired for HT. He knows that I'm a home audio/HT enthusiast and asked me for some input on what he should tell/ask the "professional" security/audio installer. Knowing that the size of room, it would make for a few runs of speaker wire upwards of 50 feet. So I recommended he tell his installer to use 14 guage wire at a minimum. Beyond that, he knew where he wanted the wires run. He called me after he met with his installer and he said that the installer always uses 16 guage wire and that larger wire was so companies like Monster could rip off consumers. I still recommended at least 14 for the lengths of his runs but he said "He does this all the time and he's the professional so he knows what he's talking about". So, I let that go and asked what else the guy had planned. He said that he was running wires to two possible subwoofer locations also. I was afraid to ask but I said "Not with the same 16 guage wire, right?" He said, I'm sure he knows what he's doing. Welp, The job is done and here's what $300 for installation bought him: generic 16 guage wire ran from a "home run" junction box to two locations in front, two subwoofer locations (same type of wire), ONE wire ran to the left surround and another wire ran FROM THERE to the right surround. This "professional" may been doing this for 20 years but he hasn't learned a damn thing during that time. After we looked at the final product, my aquaintance is going to call the guy. I'd prefer we take an evening and start over and do it right ourselves but he's already paid $300. Give somebody a drill and $15 worth of wire and they become experts.