Decide where you want to place your speakers, For best performance,
it is important to carefully select the
location for installation. Your in-wall speakers should be installed 5 to 8
feet apart to ensure proper stereo imaging. If possible, mount each speaker
the same distance from the corners on a common wall. Keep the speakers at
least 2 feet away from the corners of the room to avoid overemphasized bass
reproduction. The speakers should be located so that the tweeter height is
at the same level, or slightly above the listener’s ear. You must now decide
whether the primary listening will be done standing or in a seated position.
Remember, for the best stereo imaging, the listening position should be
directly in between the speakers with the tweeters at ear level.
In-Wall Placement for Stereo:
For best performance, the center of the In
Wall speakers should be placed around ear level. This would be approximately
40" for a seated listener and 62" for a standing listener.
The distance for the listener to the speakers
and the distance between the speakers should be the same. For instance, in
the diagram below, A, B, and C should be the same.
In-Wall placement for Home Theater:
Locate the left and right speaker at the same
level as the screen. Depending on the height of the television, the center
channel can go above or below. Try to keep the center channel as close to
the height of the left and right speakers as possible.
Note: The In Wall speakers are not video
shielded. Do not locate the speakers closer than 20" to your television or
damage to your picture tube may occur.
Center the speaker between the wall studs. Tap the wall for a "hollow" sound
or use a stud finder to locate studs.
Trace around the cardboard template with a pencil for your speaker
placement. Make sure the speakers are even and level.
Drill a small hole in the center outline you just traced.
Bend a piece of coat hanger wire. Insert the wire into the hole, then slowly
rotate to check for any obstructions. If there are any obstructions, patch
the hole and relocate the speaker.
Carefully cut away the outline you traced using a keyhole or drywall saw.
Then remove the cutout.
7: Run the cable from the speaker outputs of
your receiver or amplifier to your speakers. Use high quality cable at least
16 gauge speaker cable. Allow a few extra feet of cable. You may also splice
together lengths of cable if you have a long distance to cover. Leave enough
cable slack to strip the conductors and work on the connections
If cable is to be run through walls or ceilings, the cable must be UL and CL
rated for your safety and building code compliance.
(Optional): Speaker performance can be enhanced by insulating the cavity
with fiberglass insulation. When installing speakers in a ceiling, it is
best to install a sheet of unfaced fiberglass insulation behind and around
the back of the speaker.
Pull the cable slack through the hole in the ceiling and strip off the outer
jacket. Strip about ½" of insulation off the ends of the wires. Connect the
positive wire from the amplifier to the red terminal on the speaker. Connect
the negative wire to the black terminal on the speaker.
Make sure the power is turned off on your amplifier or receiver before
connecting the speakers.
Remove the speaker grille by pushing one of the Flexbar screws towards the
front of the speaker. Place the speaker into the cutout in the ceiling.
Tighten the screws evenly until the speaker is flat against the ceiling.
If you are using a drill to tighten the screws, be sure to set the drill to
its lowest torque setting.
Reinsert the grille into the speaker baffle.
#1: Use a drywall saw to cut the hole. A utility knife will make the
cleanest cuts in drywall, but a utility knife can be difficult to control by
a non-expert. Electric rotary saws make cutting drywall physically easy, but
they too can be difficult to control. A simple, inexpensive (about $10 at
your local hardware store) drywall saw is the best bet for beginners. The
speaker's frame will cover up any rough edges.
Installation Tip #2: Check for obstructions before you cut the hole.
Drill a small hole in the center of the area you plan to mount the speaker.
Cut a piece of coathanger wire and bend it with a 90 degree angle. Insert
the wire into the small hole and fish around to make sure that no pipes,
studs, or other objects will get in the way. If you do find something, you
can easily patch the small hole you drilled. Otherwise, cut the big hole
Installation Tip #3: If you will be painting the frame and grille,
the best results are achieved by spraying on the paint. Rolling or brushing
paint onto the grille often fills in the holes negatively impacting
performance. A neat little spray gun can be purchased at your local paint
store for around $5. Guidelines for thinning the paint are included with the
Installation Tip #4: Concerned about installing your own speakers?
Practice with your first speaker using a thick piece of cardboard to
simulate the wall or ceiling. Clear installation instructions, along with
cardboard templates, are provided with all of our in ceiling and in wall
speakers. You can also view or print the owner's manual for each model
directly from our site. Links are provided on each model's details page.