The OSD IW550 in-wall LCR (left, right, center) trimless speaker is an economical and space-saving option for adding left, center and right channels to a home theater or media room. This in-wall LCR speaker can be used as a center-channel speaker in a surround-sound stereo or as a right or left speaker in a high-end system and complete your design looks.The dual carbon-glass fiber cone woofers produce clear, full bass tones with smooth high-frequency roll-off, while the 1" aluminum dome tweeter gives you distortion-free sound on the high end. The IW550 is capable of handling up to 150 watts so it can be paired with robust sound systems, and it's easy to install with the included template.
- Space-saving in-wall speaker with 150W of power handling
- Can be used as a left, right, or center speaker
- Dual Carbon-Glass Fiber Cone Woofers for excellent low and mid-range frequencies
- 1" aluminum dome for clean and clean and clear high notes
- Easy to install with included template
- Paintable frame and grille blends with the design of any room
Why Go Trimless?
It's really a matter of aesthetic preference. These flush mounted speakers are hardly noticeable; that is until they're playing. Our trimless speakers do not include the 3/4-inch trim you typically see around in-wall speakers. The micro flange grilles are attached by extremely powerful magnets that stay put for quick and easy installation. Adds less visual impact on your architectural audio installation.
Why Choose In-Wall Speakers Over Regular Speakers?
Typically, rectangular in shape in-wall speakers are mounted in the wall and take up far less space than traditional box speakers. Customers love that wires are neatly concealed behind the wall and OSD in-walls can even be painted to match a room décor. Most in-wall speakers use the wall cavity as their enclosure or cabinet, which explains why in-wall must be installed to sound right. In-wall speakers come with special screws (called dog ears) that flip out and secure to the drywall (or other wall surfaces), a nearby stud, or a special frame attached to the studs. Custom installation frames (brackets) can also be purchased for a more secure fit or for lighter wall materials that require more support. In wall speakers are often categorized by the size of the woofer, not the size of the speaker itself.
What Type of Speaker Wire and What Gauge?
Wiring is not included with in-wall 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.
Installation Tips: Carefully plan the layout of your home theater system, as speaker installation requires that you cut a hole in your wall.
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: 5.25" In-Wall LCR Speaker
- Woofer: Dual 5.25" Carbon & Glass Fiber Cone
- Tweeter: 1" Ceramic Coated Aluminum
- Frequency Response: 57Hz-20kHz
- Power Handling: 150 Watts
- Sensitivity: 87 dB 1w/1m
- Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Inputs: Spring Binding Posts
- Install-friendly Dog Ear Installation Brackets
- Paintable Grille Included
- Left, Center, Right Application
- Magnetically Shielded
- Sold As: Single
- Mounting Depth (Assuming .5" Drywall): 3.7"
- Unit Dimensions: (L x H x D) 15.6" x 7.5" x 3.75"
- Cutout Dimensions: (L x H) 14.3” x 6.25"
- Weight: 9 lbs
- Warranty: 10 Years
21 Questions asked
What's on your mind?
Joe • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM Is this model magnetically shielded?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHI Joe, This in-wall center channel is magnetically shielded. Magnetic shielding was more of a concern when mounting these near a CRT screen where the magnetic would have issue with the screen. That is no longer an issue with flat screen monitors. But either way you are covered with this speaker. TL/MA - 1518
Victor E • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM Is the new delivery date really 11/16/13
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Victor, That is a Typo . Sorry about that! They are coming in this week. It should read 1/16/13. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. We are fixing it now. CL 1536
Chuck • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM I am in the process of remodeling my home entertainment wall in my home. I am debating wheather to use a home entertainment system with speakers, sub wolfer, wireless rear speakers & DVD as a complete package. My question is can I still use in wall speakers (front only) with an existing home entertainment package systems. I noticed that most home entertainment systems have 1000 watts but the built in speakers have between 100 to 200 watts. Would the built in speakers be compatible to a package home entertainment system with 1000 watts?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Chuck, Tell us what Home Theater in a Box you are looking at or you may have already purchased. It can be done but knowing what you have will help us to make sure. 1000 watts may be what is distributed to all speakers in total. TL/MA - 1596
Dave • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM I am building a house and need to install 7.1 speakers. The three front speakers should be mounted on the wall but the 4 back speakers are in the ceiling. What speakers should I order? I like the specs of the IW550LCR - could I find the rest of the speakers to go with it?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Dave, The Kevlar models are our best selling speakers and a great choice for your home theater. If you want to go with in-ceiling, our ICE650 or ICE670 are a good match. The in-wall version is the IW690. We also have an 8" available. What are the dimensions of your room? CL/MA 1857
Scott • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM Can this product be installed in the ceiling, or would this affect the sound or is it a solely a wall mount? If it cannot, could you offer an alternative for a center channel comparable to this?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Scott, The design of this speaker works best with in-wall installations, due to the separated tweeter and woofers. Typically a ceiling speaker is going to be coaxial and have a round design for better stereo imaging. If you are limited to the ceiling, I would suggest going with the MK670 as your center channel and even as your front left and right if you haven't purchased those already. These MK670 will give you top notch sound and the angle of the speaker will project the audio directly at your listening area. -BM 2293