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Product code: OSD-ICE610
In our 6.5-inch category, the ICE610 Contractor speaker with polypropylene cone woofer
is a cost effective way for the builder or homeowner to add speakers to every room with a fraction of the cost. In spite of the low price, however, customers continually review the ICE610s as exceptionally solid sounding speakers. Contributing to this is the larger 6.5-inch polypropylene cone woofer with butyl rubber surround and ½” PEI dome tweeter. Surrounding the speaker cone, Butyl Rubber Surround is a tough, moisture-resistant rubber that helps reflect energy and provides excellent sound damping characteristics. The ICE610s are an excellent choice for price-conscious customers who appreciate a good value
Cable and Gauge Considerations
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
For a retrofit installation, no construction bracket is needed.
That will leave you a 1/4/.25" wiggle room around the speaker. It should work, but you should be looking at our WRS series, which is a weather Resistant speaker ideal for outdoor covered patio application like yours. But all of our choices are 7 3/4"/7.75 or a little less that would not work in an 8.5" hole. Too bad you can not make the cutout hole bigger so you could use our ICE840WRS which needs a cutout of 9.0 inches.