5 No Fail Steps On How To Mount Speakers On Wall

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When it comes to creating my home theater, I prefer installing my speakers on brackets that sit nicely on my walls. Not only does it appear neater, it also gives the space the cinema vibe I’m after. From observation, wall-mounted speakers produce better audio output without taking up any valuable floor space. Of course, it also helps that the type of speakers is not as expensive as the ones that sit flush when mounted.

Installing or mounting speakers off the floor is not a difficult task. It does not even require any special skill. Armed with a keyhole saw, some screws and a screwdriver, I have managed to mount mine the DIY way. Here are the steps you need to follow if you are interested in learning how to mount speakers on wall by yourself.

 

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Step 1: Figure out the Locations

Select the spots you intend to mount the speakers on. Generally, it is ideal to place the front right and left speakers roughly at 4 to 6 feet on either side of the television set and a measurement of 6 to 8 feet from the ground.

Center speakers are to be situated either directly below or above the TV. While the rear speakers are to be situated behind seating and is 2 to 4 feet on either side of it. This type of speaker positioning creates that surround sound cinema quality effect.

 

Step 2: Get Ready to Run the Wiring

Create notches on the drywall where the speakers are to be mounted by using a keyhole saw. As much as possible, keep the holes as small as you can in order to make them easier to hide once the speakers have been installed. Use the same power tool to drill a hole, the size of voltage box that goes into the wall and directly behind the receiver that connects to the speakers.

When drilling the hole where the speakers are to be mounted on, it is important that you locate the studs to ensure a secure mount. I just used a smartphone app to help me locate the studs. For future projects, I’m using an actual stud finder just to be err on the safe side.

 

Step 3: Run the Wire

From the wall behind the receiver, run the wires leading to the wall mounted speakers. These wires come with your speaker system. Mine was more than enough for the space so I didn’t have to add to it, if you find yours lacking in length, kits can be found in electronic stores.

To make it easier for you to get the wires through the small holes, tape a short strip of chain that can be magnetized to a fishing rod. Now tape your wire to the rod which you will then run up the wall. Make sure it is level with the notched out holes. Grab a good strong magnet and run it on the wall until the chain inside grabs onto it. Proceed by pulling out the chain using pressure that is consistent to get it and the rod to run through the wire. If you have long wires, pull out only enough to attach to your speakers. This keeps your walls looking neat.

 

Step 4: Bracket Mounting

Locate the wall stud and drill the screws to it. Attach your bracket. In the even that you are unable to find the studs, use drywall anchors so that the bracket’s weight can be supported by it.

Step 5: Connect Wiring to the Speakers

Connect the wires you have run and fished out from the wall onto the receiver. Your speakers will have ports and jacks aptly labeled so you can easily connect the wiring. More often than not, this step involves plugging the wires into the receiver and locking it down with clamps or screws.

And there you have it! With 5 simple steps you now have learned how to mount speakers on wall like I did.

5 Ultimate Tips for Buying a TV Set

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These days a good percentage of homeowners own at least one television set. Now a standard appliance along with the stove top and fridge, TVs come in various shapes, sizes and features.

Tech innovations have brought us the Smart TV and with manufacturers continuously producing new models each season, I find it a bit challenging what to buy and not to mention figuring things out like how big is a 24 inch TV, really?

Considering several factors such as room size, budget, and personal viewing needs, here are a few other tips to have in your back pocket if you are thinking of upgrading to a new set like I have.

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#1 Space and Size Consideration

Bigger is not always better. Sure, no one has ever really complained about having such a large screen to enjoy shows on, but how big do you really want to go? When I was looking at TV sets I was sorely tempted to just get the biggest one in the store but I had to stop and think about the space the TV was going into. The model I was looking at was meant to go into the spare guest bedroom and since it wasn’t the largest space with the bed and the wardrobe taking up a lot of the room already, I found that opting for a set that was proportionate to the room was a better choice. Measure your space and the TV you are eyeing to see if you are making the right decision.

 

#2 Ultra HD Matters

Streaming platforms are now offering the best quality shows and films. To enjoy them, not only is it important to get a good sized TV essential, it also pays to pick one that offers the best picture quality. Right now the hottest one in the market is a 4K Ultra HD that gives the clearest and crispest images. It’s almost like you’re standing right next to Chris Hemsworth! Compare

 

#3 Think About the TV Depth

Just about every manufacturer is churning out slim models. There are still many that have sets with a “bump” on the back. Hands down the biggest benefit of a streamlined LED or OLED TV is how it allows for a tighter fit and a flush to the wall appearance making your TV set part of the wall art. If you are mounting on the bracket that swivels, expect it to make the television a bit chunkier. If you are pressed for space and will be mounting near foot traffic, you may want to find the slimmest options in the market to reduce the odds of people accidentally bumping into it.

 

#4 Viewing Angles

I used to find portraits that follow you wherever you stand a bit creepy. It was only after looking at so many TV models in the store that I learned to appreciate it. Why? There are some sets that sadly have viewing angle problems. Unlike the Mona Lisa, you have to sit directly in front to get the best view. It is important when buying a set to check it from all angles to see if there are any distortion or angle issues.

 

#5 Go for a Smart TV

Granted that Smart TVs and devices are a little bit pricier than their basic counterparts but there are so many ingenious uses to a Smart system nowadays. By switching to a Smart TV I’ve been able to stream my favorite shows, display some photos which I can then use as a virtual photo album. I’ve also managed to check on my mail, video call, and update social media just by switching on my television.

These factors are considerably simple but have been very useful when I found myself unable to decide what to get. At the end of the day you will be the one who has to live with the TV choice you made so don’t let the salesperson make the selection for you.