I was skeptical, but wow I'm happy with the purchase. I bought 4 sets to put in our new house. These are inexpensive speakers that actually sound pretty good! They are plenty loud, and have decent range for a cheap speaker mounted in the ceiling. I am cheap, so I am using only 1 speaker per room. They sound just fine in this configuration. These are at least as good, if not better, and cost about half compared to the speakers I put in my last house. Yes, there were no mounting issues, and the build quality was much better, but honestly, these sound better than the old ones!
First, be very careful when mounting these! If you follow these directions, you should have no problems with mounting, if not, you will probably break every mount and be very angry at your speakers.
1a/3a. OPTIONAL: I highly recommend getting some small washers that fit the screw and are about 3/8 inch diameter. If you are super worried about how these look when installed, you can spray paint your washer black. I didn't, and unless you study the ceiling carefully, you don't notice the silver washers (homemade washers from an old piece of metal I had laying around, drilled with drill press and cut with tin snips).
1b. Unpack the speakers.
2. Get your favorite electric drill or screwdriver (I'm calling it a driver from here on out to avoid confusion).
3b. Remove the screws one at a time and put a washer on the screw.
4. Place the white flip out clamp in it's spot and start threading the screw in with your driver. After it is started, carefully align the flip out clamp so that it can easily be pulled into the track. Continue tightening the screw and watch the clamp carefully so that it does not bind on any edges, if it does bind, stop tightening at once and back up, or it will snap the brittle plastic. You might have to spin the screw back and forth a bit to get it to start down the track. In my experience, once it started down the track, it was able to make it all the way.
5. Once the clamp has been brought down the track by tightening the screw, reverse your driver so that the clamp travels back up the track. Stop as soon as it clears the edge and swings out of the track. Repeat the screwing and unscrewing one more time, being careful to make sure the screw does not bind when you first swing it in place by tightening the screw. Once the clamp has traveled down and up twice, loosen the screw until it once again JUST swings out of the track. If you did it right, the clamp has a small amount of tension on it, and will hold itself in place and not flop in the way when you tilt the speaker.
6. Repeat each step with all the mounts. You can do one speaker at a time, or unbox them all and get it over with. I did each one before I mounted it in the ceiling.
7. Cut your holes using the template as a guide, hook up speaker wires, push speaker into place, and tighten the screw that swings the clamp into place.
8. DON'T OVER-TIGHTEN the screw! If you over tighten, it will break the track guide at the base, which renders the mount point useless. If you didn't choose to install washers, you can easily pull the screw through the opening, which means that the clamp does not work. For me it was easier to use washers and set my drill to a very light clutch setting. Snug is way to tight, what we are going for here is just enough to pull the speaker up to the ceiling, and no further.
I would buy these again.
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