Can I install ceiling speakers myself?Many of our customers are tried and true do-it-yourselfers and install ceiling and in-wall speakers on their own. You don’t have to be a professional installer to do this but you should feel comfortable using the basic tools involved such as a drywall saw, level, screwdriver, etc. You should also feel comfortable cutting into the wall and running the cable. If you’re concerned about installing your own speakers, practice with your first speaker using a thick piece of cardboard to simulate the wall or ceiling. We provide clear installation instructions and cardboard templates with your in ceiling and in wall speakers. You can also view or print the owner's manual for each model directly from our site and watch our how to install videos and view our how to material in the learning section. Don’t hesitate to call our support team if you have questions.
Enclose or Not Enclose?Customers sometimes ask if they need an enclosure or a back box when installing their in-wall speakers. The answer is no but keep reading if you want to impress your friends about how much you know about the subject. In-wall speakers use an infinite baffle design. This design allows the speakers to work in various size spaces, like inside a wall where the internal space differs from application to application. The design came from the car stereo industry where infinite baffle designs had to be used to accommodate different size trunks and doors. OSD Audio speakers can adapt to a broad range of enclosure sizes and can be installed with or without an enclosure (with infinite baffle, the wall cavity becomes the enclosure). There is a tradeoff, however. Without a back box, sound may bleed to another room. This may or may not be issue but if you decide to build an enclosure, it needs to be less than 4 inches for in-wall and 5 to 6 inches for ceiling speakers. For new construction, some folks build an enclosure featuring a top and two sides and use the ceiling joists or studs as the other two sides. It's a good idea to isolate the speaker from the insulation found in outer walls and ceilings. There are other things you can do to influence the sound in an enclosure like adding Fiber Fill (Dacron-Polyester fiberfill), which can be purchased at any fabric or hardware store. This trick makes the speaker think it’s working in a larger enclosure than it is which is good especially if your application is limited on space.
Do I need a mounting bracket to install OSD ceiling speakers?Customers typically purchase OSD Audio ceiling speakers for new construction or retrofit. In new construction, studs or joists are exposed and sheet rock or ceiling tiles have not been installed. Retrofit refers to speakers installed into existing rooms. In retrofit construction, customers will use the dog ear clamps (sometimes referred to as retrofit brackets) that are included in the frames of all OSD Audio ceiling speakers. Once you are ready to install the speakers, after the ceiling has been installed and your hole has been cut, remove the grill so you have access to the four mounting screws that activate the dog ears. In new construction, a mounting bracket is often used although it is not required when you purchase our ceiling speakers. The two advantages for using brackets are: 1) you can determine the exact placement of the speaker while providing a template to cut the mounting hole; and 2) mounting brackets provide additional support. If you do not want to use mounting brackets, you can you can put up the drywall or ceiling, cut the hole and use the dog ear clamps to secure the speakers. (Note: the dog ears are also used in conjunction with the new construction brackets.)
If you have any questions about installation, contact our Customer Support Team: 888 779-4968. Also, be sure to check out our online catalogs (if you have an iPad, download the Google Catalog app).