Speaker Wall Brackets

Speaker brackets… Hardly the most technological, riveting, dazzling piece of gadget you might think, but in some situations, a decent pair of these little babies will make setting up your home theater system a million times easier. So, lets take a look at how you can put them to use at home.

There are two main types of speaker bracket to consider. Wall brackets are going to be more generally useful to mount front and rear speakers for a surround sound system, so that the sound isn’t coming from above – which might sound a little weird in typical home theater use! As a rule, your speakers for an audiovisual setup should be at or slightly above ear level when seated so wall brackets are definitely the way to go if other features of your room make free standing speakers  difficult to use. However, ceiling speaker brackets can certainly be useful in other situations that don’t involve your main home theatre setup. For instance, garden or patio speakers will typically be best mounted on the ceiling using brackets – or under an eave or patio roof to be more precise. This will protect them from the weather or other physical damage, and also ensure your audio can be heard more easily from different places in your outdoor area.

Speaker BracketsOne of the limitations of using wall brackets is that you are fairly restricted in the distance you can place your speakers from your listening area. Although some brackets might let you extend the speaker a little distance from the wall, this will lead to problems with the protruding speakers obstructing passage through your room. So, the ideal situation to mount your speakers on a wall is where you have a listening area in the centre of the room, and where you will be able to mount both the front and rear speakers such that they are about the same distance away from you. This isn’t a problem if you have a dedicated room for your home theatre and can plan your seating for this use only, but in a lounge room that needs to have multiple uses as well as your 5.1 surround system, you may be better off with a free standing speaker setup that can be tucked away when not in use and then brought out to be positioned perfectly when you are enjoying a movie.

Installing a speaker bracket is generally straight forward for the home handyperson, but the exact method you use will depend on your type of wall. If you have a single brick home with drywall/plasterboard interior, using a screw in anchor will generally be enough for lighter speakers. Larger speakers will need a stronger method of mounting such as a wall grip or toggle bolt. If your buy speaker brackets from a good manufacturer, the best method of mounting them securely should come with the instructions for the brackets.

Finally, the home handyperson will want to consider making speaker brackets for themselves, and there’s no reason not to use some simple L brackets from any hardware store. The benefit of a specially designed bracket though is that many have swivel adjustments, allowing you to achieve the perfect angle when positioning speakers. The importance of this will depend on just how much of a home theater fanatic you really are!

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