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Product code: OSD-ICE620
Our ICE620 6.5 in-ceiling architectural speakers add features normally found in speakers with significantly higher price points. Just because you're saving money, doesn't mean you'll lose on performance. This speaker is extremely well designed with 6.5-inch polypropylene woofers with rubber butyl surrounds. We also invested in the PCB crossover network to direct high and low frequencies, as well as a pivoting 1" ferro-fluid cooled tweeter. This in-ceiling speakers is well suited for production homes, large commercial background music as well as for home theater applications.
Taking A Testing Run
There's a certain permanence of in-wall speakers that gives some customers anxiety. Hey, we understand and encourage these customers to test the sound quality before they install them. One thing to remember, however, is that these flush-mount speakers are designed to be used in the wall or ceiling. Uninstalled in-wall/in-ceiling speakers will sound weak and tinny because without the proper enclosure (in this case your house wall) the speaker can’t produce the sound pressure level it needs. If you want to try them out, we recommend mounting the in-ceiling speakers into a box of about 3 cubic ft. or larger; or simply mount them in the ceiling and then listen. This will give you an accurate measure of the sound quality. We know you'll be happy with your new speakers ICE620 speakers because we put the time into building them.
You're Going to Have these Speakers for a Long, Long Time
In today's disposal world, we can boast a 10-year warranty on our in-walls. The build quality is so solid, you have them fo years, even decades. For example, some manufacturers cut corners on things like the surrounds where on the ICE620s use butyl rubber. Most professional agree that Butyl Rubber Surround is a step up from typical foam surrounds and benefits include superior durability. Butyl Rubber gives the speaker more excursion capability featuring a deeper bass with a wider frequency response, and its shelf life is closer to 25 years compared to the foam at 12 to 15 years.
What Kind of Cable Do I Need? Wiring is not included with in-ceiling speakers so you will have to purchase some. While wiring requirements will depend on your local building codes, OSD Audio offers CL3/FT4 cable that is UL (fire) rated for all residential and most commercial in-wall and in-ceiling applications. (The exception is you cannot run this cable in heating or cooling ducts in commercial applications.) This cable includes a heavy-duty outer jacket approved for in-wall/in-ceiling installation. The high quality plastic jacket is also very flexible so it's easy to run the wires inside the wall.
The thickness of your speaker wire depends on how far the wire has to travel from the receiver to the speaker. The lower the American Wire Gauge (AWG) number, the thicker the wire. Significant power losses can occur over the long runs, resulting in lower performance. While this probably won’t be a problem in most single-room setups, it could be an issue for multi-room systems. Consider these guidelines for wire gauge:
Less than 80 feet: 16
80 to 200 feet: 14
More than 200 feet: 12
Paint the Grilles to Match Your Decor Many of our customers like to paint the grille of their in-ceiling speakers to match their room décor. Painting the grilles/trim won’t harm your speakers but be sure to use spray paint; never a brush. Brushing the grilles can clog the holes and interfere with sound quality. We also recommend using a fine spray paint gun, the inexpensive kind that you can pick up at your local hardware store. Our in-ceiling speakers also come with a paint shield to help guide you.
For a retrofit installation, no construction bracket is needed
ICE620 in-ceiling speakers offer high performance and great appearance at a surprisingly affordable price. Every model uses components usually found only in architectural speakers costing considerably more.
Polypropylene cones, PCB crossover networks and weather- resistant construction are standard on many of the models. When price is a concern and other higher-end speakers don't fit the budget, this is the logical choice. This series is ideal for use in production homes, large commercial background music and video applications. With different models to choose from, you no longer need to compromise between budget restraints and great sound.