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In Wall Speaker 6.5" Kevlar® IW690 Pair

Product code: OSD-IW690

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Features & Specifications

Our flagship 6.5-inch OSD Audio IW690 Series Kevlar® speaker pair can handle the most demanding audio signals for your home theater system and listening rooms. This superior-quality pair of speakers from Outdoor Speaker Depot has high-grade Kevlar® woofers and 1-inch aluminum dome tweeters.

Go ahead and dial up your listening levels with these in-wall speaker. The reinforced ABS polymer frame has a paintable grille.

Because these OSD in-wall speakers use an infinite baffle design, you won't need back boxes. With infinite baffle, the wall cavity becomes the enclosure. For a retrofit installation, no construction bracket is needed.

These speakers come with a 10-year warranty and our lifetime technical support service. The dimensions of each speaker are 12 1/4 inches by 8 3/16 inches with a 3 1/8-inch depth. The wall cutout should measure 10 7/8 inches by 6 3/4 inches. Browse our free in-wall speaker guides and how-to videos.

· High-grade Kevlar® Woofer
· Gold-plated compression posts
· Reinforced ABS Polymer frame
· Paintable frame and grille

Do These Speakers Require a Back Box?
Back boxes are not required because in-wall speakers use an infinite baffle design. This allows the speakers to work in various size spaces, like inside a wall. 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 at least 5 to 6 inches to accommodate the depth of the speaker. Also, it's not a bad idea to ad fiberfill inside the cavity, which can be purchased at any hardware store.

For a retrofit installation, no construction bracket is needed.


Other Product Info

The IW690 is capable of handling the most demanding digital audio signals in home theater systems and listening rooms of intermediate size. The IW690 is flagship in the 6.5” Series; featuring a 1” aluminum dome tweeter and Kevlar woofer for remarkable clarity and bass response. Kevlar is best component for woofer, it responds note for note without coloration and has big cranking power so you can dial up your system for higher listening levels.



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10 Questions & 11 Answers
from Louisville, KY asked:
April 23, 2018
I have ICE660s currently installed in my ceiling for LCR and RR RL. I'm thinking of using these as RR and RL and using the ICE660 in the rear as height channel for Atmos setup. Will these speakers balance well with the ICE660 speaker (ie won't overpower the sound, similar eq sound)?
1 Answer
Hi Jonathan: The best match for your ICE660 would be the CW540 In-Wall Square Grill Speakers. They feature the identical Cone material and have the same 1" Silk Soft Dome Tweeter as the ICE660. You want to have the same timber match for all the speakers if you possibly can. The Kevlar Cone and Aluminum Tweeter of the IW690 would not be a proper match. TL/4924
Tim Leahy
on April 25, 2018

from Kansas City asked:
October 25, 2016
Is there a wall bracket that can be used with this speaker?
1 Answer
Hi Jeff: This is a In-wall speaker that features dog ear mounting brackets but it needs a wall to mount to. We do have a couple of choices for indoor/outdoor patio speakers that have mounting brackets and dedicated cabinets. Check out the AP 670 which was named the number one outdoor speaker for its bass response. Or look at the new AP650 which features a bracket that swivels and tilts as well. TL/4103
Customer Service - Q&A
on October 25, 2016

from CT. asked:
June 16, 2015
Sorry if this is silly question however, I'm looking for in wall rear surround speakers. Can I use these solely as rear speakers? Thanks.
1 Answer
Hi Joe, Yes! You can use these speakers as the rear left/right and the front left/right. These are high-definition Kevlar speakers intended for use with home theaters.
Customer Service - Q&A
on June 17, 2015

from California asked:
April 20, 2013
Are these recommended for ceiling installations as well?
1 Answer
Hi Val, We have the ICE650 ceiling speakers, which are the same speaker but in a round frame for ceiling applications. The 6.5" Kevlar models are one of our most popular speakers and the sound is excellent. CL/MA 1815
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 23, 2013

from Houston asked:
March 20, 2013
Is the grill for this unit aluminum or steel. Looking for outdoor salt air application.
1 Answer
Hi Abel, The grille is powder coated; however, we do not recommend this in-wall speaker for outdoor applications. Take a look at our weather-resistant ceiling speakers like the ICE600WRS which offers excellent sound quality. If you’re set on rectangular wall speakers, try the IW680 Pro series speaker. The speaker grille is powder coated but it would be wise add outdoor rust retardant paint. You will also want to apply a silicon sealant between the frame and mounting surface, plus silicon to the exposed metal components on the crossover and speaker inputs located on the back of the speaker before placing in the wall. Good luck, TL/MA 1721
Customer Service - Q&A
on March 20, 2013

from Ohio asked:
July 17, 2012
Can you buy a wall bracket for this speaker?
1 Answer
Hi Derek: The New Construction Wall Bracket that we stock is recommended for most of our 6.5" 2 way in-wall speakers except the IW690 because the speaker is a 1/2 inch or so shorter than the others. But like all of our In-Ceiling and in-Wall speakers they feature Retro mounting brackets so they can be installed with out the need for a new Construction Bracket. The IW690 features six dog ear mounting posts which provides a very sturdy install. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on July 18, 2012

from Ft Worth Texas asked:
May 3, 2012
How do you install these when one side is against wall stud? It appears the dog ears only tighten on sides versus say up and down which would help? So the speaker would not be stable in the wall with only being held on one side.
1 Answer
Unfortunately the dog ears only fold out to the sides and are not adjustable to the bottom or top. I would recommend cutting at least one notch in your stud (probably for the middle dog ear). That would give you four tie downs which would be ample to hold the speaker in place. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on May 3, 2012

from Chicago, Illinois asked:
April 4, 2012
Could I use this speaker as a center channel?
1 Answer
Hi Brian, Technically, you can use this as a center channel; however, the IW690 is not specifically designed for that purpose. To get the most from your surround sound, we suggest choosing the IW550LCR. . CL/MA
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 4, 2012

from cleveland, oh asked:
December 8, 2011
are these the correct style for right and left rear
2 Answers
Paul, Yes these will be great from a L & R rear or front. CL
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 8, 2011
Paul: The IW690 are an excellent choice for front left and right when combined with our OSD550LCR speaker (use for center channel). In theory the right, left and center speaker should have the same tweeter and cone material for the woofers so to gurantee proper timbre match for the front stage. It is not critical to match your surround channels to the front stage. There are a number of choices for your rear channel including the IW690 in-Wall or ICE670LCR in-ceiling. Your choices may have to do more with space available to mount the speakers and run the speaker wire. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 9, 2011

from clevelan, oh asked:
December 8, 2011
are the grills paintable
1 Answer
Paul, Yes they can be spray painted. CL
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 8, 2011

Product Reviews

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75% Recommend this product (9 of 12 responses)
By Jerry
February 8, 2018
Speakers are great...but didnt fit
OSD makes a great speaker, however the depth was too deep for the foundation wall i tried to install on, fortunately i didnt cut the holes yet. However i didnt appreciate the fact i had to pay the shipping to return the speakers, which cost $30. I will think twice before ordering from OSD again.
Merchant Response:Sorry about the shipping back charge, we do provide free shipping back label if the fault is with us.
By Derrick
September 1, 2016
In Wall IW 690 speaker
Excellent sound quality and performance. I could not be happier.
ProsNice look and sound
Conspossibly the large size
Best UsesSurrounds, front height or mains
By Doc C.
Apex, NC
April 6, 2016
Great sounding speakers
I have 2 pair of these in the 6.5" size and one pair in the 8" size and they sound great and get plenty loud too.
ProsGood sounding at a good price.
ConsYou really need the right size phillips head bit to tighten the six screws as it seems a lot of torque is required and if using the wrong size the bit pops out and will eventually strip the screw. It would be great if they could switch to torx star drive screws.
Best UsesBedrooms, living room or home office.
By richard morris
June 12, 2013
great speakers. getting screws started on mounting brackets very hard, close to striping heads. this can be fixed by mfg. with out a lot of effort.
nutley n.j.
March 22, 2013
iw690 awsome
after checking all in store wall speakers the 690s are a great speaker at a great price! i could not be happier with my purchase! sound and look great!
Prosgreat value, sound
By G
November 16, 2011
worth every penny
great price for a great product. don't waste your $ on "name brands". my home theater is 100% as good and 1/3 the price because i came here instead of a big box retailer with name brands.
ProsAttractive Design, Great Sound Quality, Easy to Mount
Best UsesHome Theater
By Jrs
toronto, canada
October 21, 2011
Great sounding speakers at a good value
Got these speakers for the living room, as part of a multiple-zone setup. The setup was very easy,and they provide the sufficient output I was looking for in this particular room. Great speakers for the price!
ProsGreat Sound Quality, Easy to Mount, Attractive Design, Easy To Setup
Best UsesHome, Multiple Rooms / Whole House
By Jon
Charlotte, NC
October 19, 2011
Great power, but...
I bought a set of these for my front speakers in a home theater setup. For anyone that might be considering these or any of the others from OSD here are my opinions after installing them. (Note: I installed 6 rooms of whole house audio using a variety of OSD speaker models, and I have been extremely happy with them). As far as the IW690 speakers I will say this: They can handle a ridiculous amount of power for their size. You will be able to reproduce the sound and intensity of an aircraft carrier flight deck if that is what you are into. My only knock would be that the the bass presence is a little weak. If you are buying front speakers for a home theater, consider a model with an 8 inch woofer, even if that means dropping down to a less expensive model to stay in your budget. If I had it to do over again, I would have bought the IW840 instead. I have three sets of ICE840's in other rooms, and they have a much warmer sound (and can handle plenty of power), which I think would result in a more enjoyable experience for 99% of TV/Movie watching. Overall I'm very happy with my set up, which includes the PS10 subwoofer (which more than makes up for the low-end response of these speakers).
ProsAttractive Design, Good Power Output, Easy to Mount, Easy To Setup
ConsWeak Bass
Best UsesHome Theater, Smaller Rooms, DJ / Mixing
By David
October 14, 2011
excellent speaker
I used the pair as surround/surround back at a little above ear height when sitting. Installation was a breeze. The finish is seamless. The sound is impressive - rich, clear with enough bass. The room is medium sized. I also use an OSD center channel for this setup. Extremely happy with them
ProsGreat Sound Quality, Attractive Design, Good Power Output, Easy to Mount, Easy To Setup
Best UsesHome Theater
By Steven
Orange, CA
September 4, 2010
OSD can produce some of ...
OSD can produce some of the amazing sound speakers at rock bottom price. Usually the same kind of speakers will cost your $500 a pair, I don't know how they do it but the IW690 just sound great in my home theatre room and everyone love it.
By Peter
January 15, 2009
wow these speakers are ...
wow these speakers are awsome fills the whole room with sound very happy with them thank you pete
By Maria
November 12, 2008
Easy to order and we ...
Easy to order and we received the merchandise as promised, excellent speaker by the way.