Moving on UP

Posted by Eric on 4/28/2014

You've spent thousands of hard-earned dollars on your incredible James Cameron-certified home theater. Movies look spectacularly beautiful; the sound is amazing. But every time you step out to refill the popcorn bucket, you risk knocking over those aggravating stands jammed in the back of the room, holding your rear-channel speakers.

No Time to Waste Here

Time to get those bad boys off the floor and onto the wall where they belong. You should do this if you have a home theater, period. You've already optimized the rear speakers' positions for the sweetest sound quality. At this point, the way you support or mount your speakers shouldn't affect how they sound. It will just improve the system's appearance and the room's function.

Mounting the Brackets

The following steps should be used as a rough guideline for mounting your brackets. Always follow the instructions that come with your speaker mounting kits. If mounting speakers to drywall or other hollow wall panels, use a stud finder to ensure there are no electrical conduits, pipes, or other hazards back there. Use a speaker mount as a template to mark mounting hole locations. If you're mounting more than 2 speakers, it will be easier to make a template out of cardboard. Drill a 5/16-inch hole in drywall, or 1/4-inch x 2-inch-long hole into a solid wood stud. If drilling into brick or masonry, you'll need a hammer drill and 1/4-inch masonry drill bit. Clean out the holes and then insert the appropriate wall anchors.

Using Wall Anchors

Use Toggler AF6 anchors when mounting the speaker bracket to solid materials such as wood or masonry. These anchors require 1/4-inch holes. You may need to gently tap the anchors in with a light hammer. When mounting the speaker bracket to drywall or paneling, use Toggler TB hollow-wall anchors. These anchors require 5/16-inch holes. To install these anchors, fold them closed and then push them into the hole. Once the anchors are flush with the wall, use the included key to pop the anchors open.

Mount the Speakers

Once the speaker mounts are securely mounted (in accordance with the directions in the manual) you can then mount your speakers, knowing that they will be adequately supported, and not a liability. See if it doesn’t improve your overall enjoyment of the room.