In our 6.5-inch category, the ICE610 contractor series 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 .5'' 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.
For a retrofit installation, no construction bracket is needed.
Pivoting Titanium Dome Tweeter
The job of the tweeter is to deliver the higher frequencies of music and soundtracks. The tweeter is also adjustable, meaning it can be aimed toward the listening area. This can make a big difference in sound quality especially for dialog and higher frequencies.
How Does this Speaker Mount in the Ceiling?
Customers often ask us if they need special installation mounting brackets on their OSD ceiling speakers. The answer is no and here’s why. All our in-ceiling speakers feature a dog leg (L-shaped) mounting system that is part of the frame. Before you install the speakers, remove the grille and you’ll see several the mounting screws near the front frame. These screws need to be loosened to activate the dog leg clamps. Use a screwdriver to loosen (turn to the left) these screws and the clamp will come loose. When the speaker is in position in the ceiling, tighten (turn to the right) the screw and the speaker will be secured to the ceiling.
What Type of Speaker Wire and What Gauge?
Wiring is not included with in-ceiling speakers so you will have to purchase some. We recommend our OSD Audio CL3/FT4 cable that is UL (fire) rated for in-wall and outdoor speaker installs. This type of 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. As for the gauge, for runs up to 100 feet for background music, 16-gauge will be fine. If the run is approaching or exceeding 100 feet, we suggest 14-gauge wire.
What Is Butyl Rubber Surround?
With almost double the shelf life of foam, butyl rubber has been the choice of speaker designers looking to optimize the sound based upon materials that go together. The Surround is just one of the integral parts of the speaker's motor structure. 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.
Testing the Sound Quality of In-Ceiling Speakers
Many customers like to test the sound quality of their new OSD Audio in-ceiling speakers before they install them. Keep in mind, however, 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.
For a retrofit installation, no construction bracket is needed.
Warning: California's Proposition 65
This product can expose you to chemicals, including vinyl chloride, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
- Speaker Type: 6.5" Flush-Mount Ceiling Speakers
- Woofer: 6.5" Polypropylene Cone with Rubber Surround
- Tweeter: 0.5" Pivoting PEI Dome
- Frequency Response: 50Hz - 20kHz
- Power Handling: 120W
- Sensitivity: 88 dB
- Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Infinite Baffle Design
- Spray Paintable Snap-In Grille Included
- Inputs: Spring Loaded Binding Posts
- Install-friendly Dog Ear Installation Brackets
- See New Construction Brackets For Compatibility
- Diameter & Depth: 9.06" x 3.31"
- Cutout Diameter: 7.95"
- Sold As: Pair
- Warranty: 10 Years
13 Questions asked
What's on your mind?
Chris Carothers • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM We just received our ICE610 ceiling speakers and volume slides. The house was pre-wired during remodeling. Can you recommend an amplifier that would be appropriate to use with these speakers? We have 4 separate zones. We're installing this system ourselves and have limited knowledge about stereo equipment. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Chris: Thank you for purchaing ICE610 in-ceiling speakers. We would recommend a combination of the AMP120 and ISS4 Speaker Selector. It sounds like you purchased Impedance matching slider style Volume Controls hopefully from us. They need to be impedance matching to make this work properly. You will need to run CL3 Rated speaker wire from the amplifier (Speaker Output A) to the Input on the ISS4 speaker selector. Then connect speaker wire from each zone output to the volume control input located in each room. We would recommend using our 4 conductor 16 gauge CL3 rated cable to handle this connection to the speaker selector then to the volume controls. From the volume controls you will need to run 2 conductor 16 gauge CL3 rated cable to each speaker (right and left in each zone). Each Volume controls has a impedance matching switch which needs to be set to 4X. Make sure the protection button on the ISS4 Speaker Selector is in the off position (disabled). The Volume Controls do all the protection the amplifier needs. Please feel free to contact us if you need further assitance. TL
John Webb • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM What is the impedance rating on these?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi John: These Speakers are rated at 8 Ohm. TL
samuel Jones • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM How can i assess the quality of the speaker without hearing it?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Samuel: Good question... we have a thrirty day satisfaction gurantee, you can return them within thirty days of your purchasing them from us if you are not satisfied. But really these speakers should sell at twice the price if you were to looking for in-Ceiling speakers at retail. They do feature a Poly woofer with Butyl rubber surrounds. Note compare these to our ICE640 speakers at $69.95 a pair (double the price). Look at the images for both. The ICE610 does not have a true crossover network (just a small capacitor that protects the tweeter while the mid bass driver rolls off naturally). The ICE640 has a true crossover network seperating the the high and low frequencies. The ICE610 is rated at 100 watts and the ICE640 at 150 Watts. The ICE640 features a more accurate 1 inch silk soft dome tweeter versus the 1/2 inch of the ICE610. Note the Frequency response, the ICE640 goes down to 38Hz versus 60 Hz for the ICE610. If you are looking for a good background speaker for the price the ICE610 is an excellent value. But for more critical listening the ICE640 is the better value with the performance to back it up. Thank you for considering OSD Branded Speakers. TL
Jill • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM I just bought two pair of these speakers, and I want to connect both sets to one volume controller (already purchased). How do I parallel wire these since there is not output on the speaker?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHI Jill, You can terminate both pairs of speaker cables into the Volume Control (a tight fit using 16 gauge) or you can connect the first pair of speakers to the volume control and then connect a second speaker cable from the first pairs inputs twisting the two cables together. It will output audio signal to the second speaker from this connection. So you either home run both pair back to the volume control or daisy chain the second pair from the first pair. I hope that helps. TL
Jordan • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM I am building a bungalow and will be setting up the wiring for my electrician to come and hook up. I thought to install in-ceiling speakers would be a good idea before the drywall is installed. My question is: What is the best solution for having 3 sets of speakers in my kitchen, and 3 sets in my living room? I want to be able to turn off the kitchen speakers when Im not in there, and vica versa. I also want to be able to hook up my music to it whether its a USB or bluetooth. I dont have a big budget, but just wondering what sort of solutions there are for this setup Im looking for.
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Jordan, We suggest combining a speaker selector like our ISS6 with the AMP200 high current amp to drive 6 pairs of speakers. You can purchase a USB to RCA adapter or one of our Bluetooth units made by Russound. http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/russound-bluetooth-source-kit-bsk-1.html CL/MA 1753