Which Speaker Brackets are Best?

When you’re ready to mount your speakers, you have a few choices in the types of speaker brackets you buy. You can buy speakers and mounts today based on their function or how they look and whether or not they’re very noticeable or fade into the background. Speaker mounts made today are typically designed to look good and blend in with the speakers so that they don’t stand out and draw attention to themselves.

The larger the speaker you want to hang, obviously the larger the bracket you’ll need. You can’t judge by the size of the mount along, so you’ll want to look at the product specs to make sure it’s designed to hold the right amount of weight. If you hang a speaker bracket and attach it to a speaker that’s too heavy, a couple of different things can happen. You could get lucky and it will stay in place, or you could end up with the screws pulling out of the back of the speaker, causing it to come crashing to the floor.

Regardless of which type of bracket you choose, be sure you mount it to the wall properly and get help if you’re unsure about how to do it right. It’s always best to find a wall stud, which you can do with an inexpensive stud finder, so that the screws are secured into the beam. This isn’t always possible, though, especially when you’re setting up your speakers to provide a certain type of sound. In this case, be sure to use drywall toggles that are specifically designed for the size screws you’ll be using and follow the directions carefully. Extremely heavy speakers, or anything else you mount onto a wall, should be screwed into the wall beams for safety, however.

Choose wall speaker brackets that give you the most options, like articulating brackets that are highly adjustable so you can move the speakers how you want. There are many universal speaker mounting brackets that are designed to work with satellite speakers, which are the bulk of the speakers in a home surround system. Half-moon brackets are better for wood-backed speakers because they have two contact points that are a few inches apart, and heavy-duty brackets are designed for speakers that weight 30 or 40 pounds or more. Speaker wall brackets that have one arm that attaches to the speaker back are usually designed for those that weigh 10 to 12 pounds, though there may be exceptions.

When you’re in doubt, look for speaker brackets made by your sound system’s manufacturer. Bose speaker mounts, for instance, are designed to work perfectly with your Bose speakers and follow the same design for the best look.

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