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User reviews and opinions
|patslap||5:36pm on Monday, October 18th, 2010|
|I was one of those folks with bose speakers as my front speakers. I am not going to bash Bose. I bought these to use with a Cambridge Audio Azur ver 2 reciever and a Marantz CD player and they sounds really great.|
|willarmin||7:45pm on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010|
|I use thes as front speakers in a 5.1 setup. I use an Asus Xonar 1.3 deluxe to control these towers with a sony amp I got at a pawn shop.|
|msmob||5:12am on Sunday, September 19th, 2010|
|I recently bought a set of Monitor 60s on close-out to replacing my Polk R50 floorstanding speakers.|
|jason13804||12:03am on Sunday, September 5th, 2010|
|These speakers are Great!!!. I did a lot of research on them before purchasing and read nothing but good things. Great sound, really surprised how much bass they have. Using an Onkyo with 65 watts/channel and was worried it may not be enough power.|
|yudi||11:57am on Friday, August 20th, 2010|
|Good Value These speakers were exactly as advertised. They arrived before the scheduled delivery date and, get this. Great product, fast shipping These speaker are great, full sound and sharp.|
|rjisinspired||12:07am on Friday, August 20th, 2010|
|One of the best fronts in this price range. Little weak in bass but then you have sub woofer for that. Easy Setup","Good Power Output".|
|padixer||5:09pm on Friday, July 2nd, 2010|
|These speakers sound great for the price. Good value; decent power handling as well as efficiency. Attractive Design","Easy Setup".|
|Warmbells||10:13am on Saturday, June 26th, 2010|
|4 Stars Overall, but Not 5 I just purchased these Polk Monitor 70 speakers going by the numerous reviews here on Amazon and my expectations were high.|
|Travolta789||11:25am on Friday, June 18th, 2010|
|Polk has always been in the main stream of beautiful crafted speakers that produce such brillance and balance in true sound ..|
|Crusty||8:14pm on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010|
|gee wiz was running Bose 301,s as my front speakers, now I realize how much I was missing. Terrific sound clear Running 7.1 system from a Sony E.|
|mikeo||9:48am on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010|
|Driven by a Denon AVR791 and matched with Monitor 40 surrounds. Great for the Money Great sound and great style works great for my surround sound none|
|figo2476||10:56am on Friday, May 28th, 2010|
|Great sounding speakers. Great price. Good service from amazon. Very happy with this product from Polk audio. This is a great speaker, and the price is great also. I would recommend buying a really great receiver to push them.|
|Jazzy1||4:20pm on Friday, April 30th, 2010|
|By comparison to the Monitor 30 and Monitor 40 which I owned for quite a while, this is a vastly superior product.|
|Kawa||4:54am on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010|
|Overall, best speaker for the price. Love them. They sound great. I have them bi-wired. gee wiz was running Bose 301,s as my front speakers, now I realize how much I was missing....|
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POLK AUDIO LIMITED WARRANTY
Warranty for Satellites and Center Channel Loudspeakers Polk Audio, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser only that this Polk Audio Loudspeaker Product (the Product) will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date of original retail purchase from a Polk Audio Authorized Dealer. However, this Warranty will automatically terminate prior to the expiration of the five (5) years if the original retail purchaser sells or otherwise transfers the Product to any other party. The original retail purchaser shall hereinafter be referred to as you. Warranty for Subwoofer Polk Audio, Inc., warrants to the original purchaser only that the amplifier in this Polk Audio Loud-speaker Product (the Product) will be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of three (3) years from the date of original retail purchase from a Polk Audio Authorized Dealer. Polk Audio, Inc., further warrants to the original purchaser only that the Loudspeaker(s) in this Polk Audio Product (the Product) will be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5) years from the date of original retail purchase from a Polk Audio Authorized Dealer. The original retail purchaser shall hereinafter be referred to as you. However, this Warranty will automatically terminate prior to the expiration if you sell or otherwise transfer the Product to any other party. To allow Polk Audio to offer the best possible warranty service, please fill out the Product Registration Card(s) and send it to the Factory, at the address provided on the Product Cards(s) within ten (10) days of the date of purchase. Defective Products must be shipped, together with proof of purchase, prepaid insured to the Polk Audio Authorized Dealer from whom you purchased the Product, or to the Factory at 2550 Britannia Boulevard, Suite D, San Diego, California 92173. Products must be shipped in the original shipping container or its equivalent; in any case the risk of loss or damage in transit is to be borne by you. If upon examination at the Factory or Polk Audio Authorized Dealer it is determined that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during this Warranty period, Polk Audio or the Polk Audio Authorized Dealer will, at its option, repair or replace this Product at no additional charge, except as set forth below. All replaced parts and Products become the property of Polk Audio. Products replaced or repaired under this warranty will be returned to you, within a reasonable time, freight prepaid. This warranty does not include service or parts to repair damage caused by accident, disaster, misuse, abuse, negligence, inadequate packing or shipping procedures, commercial use, voltage inputs in excess of the rated maximum of the unit, cosmetic appearance of cabinetry not directly attributable to defect in materials or workmanship, or service, repair, or modification of the Product which has not been authorized or approved by Polk Audio. This warranty shall terminate if the Serial number on the Product has been removed, tampered with or defaced. This warranty is in lieu of all other expressed Warranties. If this Product is defective in materials or workmanship as warranted above, your sole remedy shall be repair or replacement as provided above. In no event will Polk Audio, Inc. be liable to you for any incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the Product, even if Polk Audio, Inc. or a Polk Audio Authorized Dealer has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any other party. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply to you. All implied warranties on this Product are limited to the duration of this expressed Warranty. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied Warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also may have other rights which vary from state to state. This Warranty applies only to Products purchased in the United States of America, its possessions, and U.S. and NATO armed forces exchanges and audio clubs. The Warranty terms and conditions applicable to Products purchased in other countries are available from the Polk Audio Authorized Distributors in such countries.
Polk Audio and The Speaker Specialists are trademarks of Britannia Investment Corporation used under license by Polk Audio Incorporated. Dolby, Pro Logic, and AC-3 are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
Polk Audio 5601 Metro Drive Baltimore, Maryland 21215 (800) 377-7655
O W N E R S M A N U A L
RM6200 RM1300 RM1600
SYSTEM S AT E L L I T E S CENTER CHANNEL
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S ENGLISH ESPAOL FRANAIS DEUTSCH
G E T T I N G S TA RT E D The RM6200 5-Pack carton should contain the following items: " Four (4) magnetically shielded satellite speakers " One (1) magnetically shielded center channel speaker " Four (4) wall mount brackets for the front and surround satellites and four screws to install them on the speaker The RM1300 carton should contain the following items: " Two (2) magnetically shielded satellite speakers The RM1600 carton should contain the following items: " One (1) magnetically shielded center channel speaker SPEAKER PLACEMENT CENTER CHANNEL SPEAKER (Figures A & B, page 9) Place the center speaker as close to the TV as possible. The most popular placement is right on top of your TV set. It is also fine to place it below the TV or on the wall directly above the TV (using optional wall bracket such as one from OmniMount). FRONT SATELLITES (Figures A & B, page 9) Place the front satellites about as far apart as you are sitting from them. Avoid placing them less than 2 feet from side walls. When mounting the speakers on stands or on a shelf, place them at or near your ear level. If you choose to wall mount them above ear level, the included wall bracket will angle the speaker downward. Orienting the bracket sideways on the satellite will point it slightly inward (Figures D). SURROUND SPEAKERS (Figures A & C, page 9) The best placement for surround channel speakers is high on the side walls, facing each other and slightly behind your listening position. If this placement is not possible, the speakers may be placed on the rear wall. In either case, mount the speakers two to four feet above a seated listeners head. SUBWOOFER (Figures A,B & C, page 9) The subwoofer may be placed in an entertainment center, behind furniture or next to a sofa or chair. The subwoofer may be placed anywhere in the room but you will get the best performance when it is on the same side of the room as the front satellites and near a wall or corner. It may lie on its side, but placing it on its feet gives the best performance. NEVER LAY THE SUBWOOFER ON THE AMPLIFIER ENDTHIS WILL DAMAGE THE AMPLIFIER. The RM subwoofer is not magnetically shielded and should not be placed close to a television set. If you see any color distortion in your TV, move the subwoofer away from the set. W A L L M O U N T I N G T H E S A T E L L I T E S A N D C E N T E R S P E A K E R (Figure D, page 9) The satellite and center speakers incorporate keyhole slots in the back (2 on the center and 1 on the satellites.) Follow the steps below to safely secure the brackets and speakers. On-wall installation of RM satellites requires basic skills with tools such as a drill and screwdriver. If you are in doubt that you possess the necessary skills or tools, consult your Polk dealer or a professional installer. " Make sure the locations you select do not conceal electrical wiring or plumbing. " Hold the speaker in the chosen location to make sure it clears the ceiling, adjacent walls, corners, beams, lighting fixtures and door/window frames. If you are certain that there is a stud behind the wall surface, drive #10 panhead screws (not supplied) through the wall and into the stud " leaving screw heads protruding 1/4". Use 2 screws ____ inches apart for the center speaker. " If there is no stud behind the chosen location, install #10 wall anchors (not supplied) into the wall by following wall anchor manufacturers instructions, leaving screw heads protruding 1/4". Always use two wall anchors and screws per speaker. " Line up speaker so that screw heads pass through the large center holes of the keyhole slots. Let speaker slide straight down, allowing screw heads to slip behind the smaller end of the keyhole slots. " If you require more flexibility, or if you wish to ceiling mount the satellites, use optional fully articulating ball and socket type mounting brackets, such as those made by OmniMount. C O N N E C T I N G T H E S P E A K E R S T O T H E S Y S T E M (Figures E,F & G, pages 9,10,11) Use two conductor 16 gauge or thicker audiophile grade speaker wires. Measure enough wire to reach from your receiver or amp to each speaker plus an additional 12" to allow moving the speakers or receiver without having to disconnect the wires. One of the terminals on the rear of the speaker is marked red (+) and the other black (-). Make certain that you connect the wire from the red (+) terminal of your amplifier to the red (+) terminal on your speaker, and the wire from the black (-) terminal of the amplifier to the black (-) terminal on your speaker. Most wire has some indication (such as color code, ribbing, or writing) on one of the two conductors to help maintain consistency. If your speakers sound thin with little bass and little to no center image, the chances are that one of the speaker wires is connected backwards. Double check all connections.
C O N N E C T I N G T H E S P E A K E R S T O T H E S Y S T E M C O N T I N U E D (Figures E,F & G, pages 9,10,11) This system features a powered subwoofer (packeged seperately) that has a built-in low pass filter to separate the bass from the full range signal. Some receivers also contain filters that adversely affect sound quality when coupled with the filters in a powered subwoofer. For this reason, it is not advisable to use your receivers subwoofer output on your receiver. For best performance, and to assure that there is no filter redundancy, we recommend the connection method illustrated in Fig. F. If your receiver has a full range subwoofer output, you may choose to run an RCA cable from this output to the line level input of your subwoofer. Before using this option, make certain that your receivers subwoofer output is truly full range, otherwise the combination of filters will cancel each other out, thus adversely affecting sound quality. Refer to your equipment manual, or consult your dealer before choosing this option. Speaker level inputs recommended in Fig. F will generally provide better performance. PREFERRED SUBWOOFER CONNECTION METHOD " Connect the left and right front speaker outputs of your receiver or amplifier to the SPEAKER LEVEL INPUTS of the powered subwoofer. " Connect the satellite speakers to the SPEAKER LEVEL OUTPUTS of the subwoofer (Fig. F). " If it is more convenient, parallel wire the subwoofer and satellites from your amplifier. " Connect the center channel speaker directly to the center speaker output of your receiver or amplifier. " Connect the surround satellites directly to the rear or surround channel outputs of your receiver or amplifier. ALTERNATE SUBWOOFER CONNECTION METHOD (LINE INPUTS) " Line level inputs can be used when you run theLeft and Right Preamp outputs from you receiver or preamp to the subwoofers line inputs. These are filtered inputs and require a full range output from your electronics to operate correctly. (FIg. G) " The subwoofer (LFE) output from your receiver is not recommended for use with the RM6200 system. The filter characteristics may not offer satisfactory blending. RECEIVER SET UP All surround sound receivers allow you to match the electronics to your speakers. Refer to the owners manual of your receiver or surround processor to learn how this is done. To get the best performance from the RM6200, use the following settings: " " " " Front Speakers - Set to Large Center Speaker - Set to Normal or Small Surround Speakers - Set to Small Subwoofer - Set to Off or None. This setting may not make sense to you as your RM6200 system has a subwoofer, but trust us, this is the right setting. Select the Subwoofer-On setting ONLY if you are connecting the subwoofer to a subwoofer ouput (LFE) jack that you know to be unfiltered.
Installing Your In-Wall or In-Ceiling Speakers
Section 1: Introduction To Installing In-Wall or In-Ceiling Polk Audio Speakers
Installing your new Polk Audio in-ceiling or in-wall speakers is relatively easy to accomplish for even the most hesitant do-it-yourselfer. This Guide will take you through the process step by step. Installing your new Polk speakers can be very rewarding, and they look and sound great too. At first, many are intimidated thinking about attempting this on their own. Thinking about cutting into your drywall should not be a barrier to doing this yourself. Sheet rock or dry wall is by design a very forgiving building material. We suggest that you choose walls or ceilings that are not covered with wallpaper or have a faux finish. Since, in some cases the need to cut into a wall to install the cabling is necessary, and that hole will need to be patched and painted, matching the patterns on some wall papers, and harmonizing a faux finish can be difficult. But if you consider yourself to be a wiz at wallpaper and/or paint repair, go for it! Here is a quick personal test to see if youre up for doing this yourself: Are you familiar the following tools: Stud finder Tape measure Utility Knife Power drill and driver Sheet rock saw Putty knife Wire fish tape Wire stripers Full frequency 50 nanosecond vector scope and are confident about troubleshooting any frequency scatter between 5 and 2.35 gig?
Safety and Code Review Use material and speaker cabling that conforms to your community and state building codesyour retailer or home center service personal will know if these are unique and which material to use. Use caution when standing on a ladder. Always use eye protection. When in a crawl space, attic or unfinished basement be sure to light the space safely. Take your time. When drilling into walls or ceilings shut of power to that area of the house. When drilling through a fire block or any fire barrier, after installing the wire, be sure to fill the hole with a comparable fire retardant material (available in small quantities at any home improvement center in a convenient aerosol can). When cutting or stripping wires, or using sharp bladesslow down, make sure you have enough light, and always cut or slice in a motion away from your body.
If you at least have a working knowledge of these basic tools then see below to gain confidence. Have you ever run cabling for any of the following: Telephones Computer network Printer cable Track lighting Automatic sprinklers Outdoor or indoor lighting Cable or satellite television A security system
And do you feel comfortable with any of the following: Repairing a hole in sheetrock or drywall Installing on wall shelving Installing baseboards or crown molding If you answered yes to any of these and are familiar with the tools listed, were confident that you are capable of installing Polk speakers.
D I Y C I Tu t o r i a l
Photos and description of the Tools Sheet rock saw Stiff Putty blade
Fish tape to help install wire into existing walls
Tape measure, utility knife and wire stripper
Battery powered hand held drill and driver (shown with magnetic driver extension)
Section 2: Polk Audio In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speaker Installation Guide
Materials and Preparation Before cutting into your walls to install your new Polk Audio speakers, gather up all the tools and materials needed to complete the project. Speaker cable: the audio signals are going to run on the cables you install. Here are some things to know and options to think through: 1. Cable vs. wire: A cable utilizes more than one conductor, a wire uses just one conductor-even if the wire is stranded or has several bare wires together-in all basic speaker applications you will need a minimum of 2 conductors, thus the term cable is used here instead of wire. 2) Be certain that you have enough speaker cableit is always a good idea to cut each run of cable 3' to 6' longer than needed. The length of your cable run will determine the gauge of wire needed. The term gauge refers to the size of the cross section of the wire, (the lower the gauge number, the larger the wire is in diameter). The following is a good general guide for wire sizing: a. Runs under 100' (33m) use 14 or 16 gauge cable. b. Runs over 100' use 12 gauge cable.
Planning Where to Run the Cable The planning process starts with some basic layout decisions and the type of application chosen. Here are three basic types of systems: Scenario 1 Home Theater: In this example the three front speakers (front left, front center, and front right) are traditional free-standing speakers while the rear surround speakers are in-wall (or in-ceiling) speakers. This situation will require running cables to the rear locations from the surround receiver. Floor plan view:
Television Display and component entertainment cabinet
Surround speakers 16 gauge speaker cable
Scenario 2 Wall-mounted flat-screen TV with in-wall speakers in the front:
12 gauge speaker cable
3) Your audio retailer can recommend the brand and type of cable that will work best for your application. Some things your retailer will need to know to make an appropriate recommendation: a. Overall length of the cable run b. The room application (is this for your home theater or for background music in your bathroom?) c. The local building codes 4) We recommend utilizing a stranded cable that is manufactured specifically for speakers which wraps the conductors in one jacket and are commonly called 16/2: 16/2 = meaning that the conductor size is 16 gauge with 2 conductors. 5) Plan where you plan to run the cable. If you want to run cable under a carpet or on a wall then we recommend flat style cable. If you are going to run the cable entirely inside of walls or through attics or crawl spaces, round cable will do and will save you some money. Any of your choices will work and but final leg of you cable route will need to be run in the wall. In this case the cabling would be run from the surround receiver to the speakers.
Scenario 3 The speakers will be installed in the ceiling for music in the kitchen utilizing a volume control on the wall to adjust the volume to the speakers.
From amplifier to Volume control Volume control
Planning Your Cable Routes NOTE: In a stereo installation the cable length to each speaker within a room should be about the same to avoid volume or time shifts from channel to channel. In home theater installations the cable lengths for Front Left, Center and Right channels should be about the same. The cable lengths to the rear speakers will in most cases be longer than those to the front three speakers and thats OK. Whenever possible take advantage of attic and crawl spaces as it is much easier to run cables through them than walls.
Section 3:Checking For Obstacles Before Installation
Speaker placement research: Once you have a good idea about where you want to install your new Polk speakers, we suggest you check out the space just to make sure there is enough room for the speakers. When your home was built the contractors ran gas piping, air ducts, drain and water pipes, electrical, phone and data cables. Also check that the placement of the speakers will be symmetrical once you have established where the joists and studs are: Note the location of all studs using your stud sensor.
In this room there are three cable runs, the first is two sets of speaker cables that run from the amplifier or receiver to the volume control on the wall, then another run of speaker cables to each speaker. Volume control with face plate:
Rear view of a typical volume control:
Use a stud finder to locate structural members inside the walls and ceiling.
input from amplifier
Then: Drill a small 1/2" hole in the sheet rock then using a stiff wire or bent coat hanger feel for any obstructions. Be sure to check the locations for all the speakers, if you discover that one location wont work and you have to go to an alternate location that may affect where you want to place the others.
Once you have determined the locations for your Polk speakers tape the supplied templates to the wall or ceiling.
The use a pencil and trace the edge of the template:
Drill a small exploratory hole
Bend a stiff wire at a right angle
Use the wire to feel for wires, pipes and obstructions in the wall If you feel an obstruction, wire or pipe with the wire probe, choose another speaker location. Some obstructions could include electrical wiring, drain, hot, and cold water piping. If you feel no obstructions, now you can cut the opening for the speaker.
Section 4: Installing Polk Speakers: Cutting Drywall and Running Speaker Cables
This section covers cutting into the walls and installing the cables. Supplies Now is the time to gather your supplies: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Speakers Speaker cable Cleaning material Tools Wall plates Connectors
Some obstructions could include electrical wiring, drain, hot, and cold water piping: Dont cut these things. Bad things will happen.
120 Volt AC Romex
Cutting Sheet Rock Cutting sheetrock is a deal-breaker for some people and you may be one of them. At this point you may make the decision to bring in a professional to pull the cable and install the speakers. Polk Audio can recommend a professional installation company, call (800) 377-7655 during normal east coast business hours. But cutting sheetrock is not that difficult, and in the long run youll enjoy your built-in speakers even more knowing that you installed them yourself. Note: There are many Roto type power tools on the market and you may be tempted to use them to impress your audience but they are no faster than hand saws and increase dust by a factor of 10! Hand saws also have the advantage of giving you more feel making it less likely that youll saw through a water pipe. Sheetrock saws have a pointed tip that make it easy to punch into the sheetrock to start the cut.
Hot and cold water pipe
Installing the speaker cables: A few rules, some general guidelines and a couple of tips will help this process go smoothly. The Universal Building Code or UBC, and most all local codes have some restrictions on how large of a hole you drill in structural members, for the vast majority of installations this will not be an issue because of the small holes - you only have to pull a cable or two. Here are the guidelines: When working with studs: studs support your roof and partition off the various rooms in the home. Standard stud sizing is as follows: 2 x 4 measures 1 1/2" by 3 1/2" 2 x 6 measures 1 1/2" by 5 1/2" 2 x 8 measures 1 1/2" by 7 1/2"
Standard cross section of a modern 2 x 4
Running speaker cable with alternating current or AC lines: The national code restricts the use of common holes for both. Also for performance reasons try to separate your speaker cabling from the AC lines with as much distance as practical:
Codes usually recognize walls in two categories: load bearing and non-load bearing.
National Electric Code does not allow low voltage cable to be installed in the same holes or boxes as AC.
speaker cables In load bearing walls be sure to keep your drilled holes to less then 40% the width of the stud
Studs in load bearing walls have these restrictions: Holes must be LESS then 40% the width of the stud Notches must NOT exceed 25% the width of the stud When unsure if the wall youre planning on using is a load bearing wall or not then just treat it as if it were Load Bearing. The above photos show the wrong way to run your speaker cables and the photo to the right show the correct way.
When running speaker cables separate them from AC wiring and when crossing the AC wires cross them at 90 degrees:
When bending the speaker cables use a gentle or gradual arch:
Tips to running cable in existing walls Vertical runs: In a 2 story home where you want to run cabling between floors to some ceiling speakers:
And when using tie wraps or staples be careful to not over tighten or over fasten the cables: These cables so mashed and attached to these studs that they now rate as part of the structural mass helping hold the house up!
proposed cable run Using your stud finder determine which way the joists or structural members above your ceiling run. Then notch out a small section of the drywall on the wall and ceiling as shown:
ceiling joist Leave a bit of room, these cables are not going anywhere, and we have not damaged the integrity of the conductorsElvis is pleased that his music is not distorted.
View from inside the ceiling space
Carefully drill through the top plate as shown to create a cable channel:
Thread the pull tape from the top notch through the wall to the opening, attach the speaker wire and pull (gently) up through the wall.
top plate wall stud
ceiling joist When attaching speaker cabling to the pull or fish tapoverlap the cable through the paper-clip on the end of the fish tape. Start with the fishtape end and cover the whole connection with at least two layers of electrical tape as shown: top plate
Thread the cable through the top plate (use the fish-tape if needed). Fish the tape from your speaker opening back through the wall/ceiling notch,attach the cable and pull over to the speaker opening.
Horizontal runs Running speaker cabling across a room may seem difficultone good idea is to utilize the base board molding. First use a utility knife and score the top edge of the base molding to separate the paint on the dry wall and the paint on the molding then using a stiff putty blade gently pry the molding outward as shown:
When you find a fire-block in between the studs it is possible to drill through using the speaker hole to get your drill into the wall:
The image below is a photo of a cross section of a typical wall:
Section 5: Speaker Installation and Hook Up
By now you have the speaker cables in the walls and the holes cut for your new Polk speakers.
Start by dry-fitting your speakers into the openings. The speaker should slide into the hole with approximately 1/8" wiggle roomthis leaves enough space to straighten the speaker to the walls and ceiling. In most cases walls are not exactly true or squared to each other.
sheet rock or dry wall
carpet & pad
The idea here is to utilize the space behind the base molding for our horizontal cable runs, if needed notch the studs:
Our speakers utilize a unique rotating cam that presses the front baffle casing to the wall and allows for easy installation from the front side of the speaker. Now you can install the cable: rotating cam clamps Phillips head screw, accessed from the front of the speaker
Replace the molding, and touch up with paint, now you are ready to install your new Polk speakers!
For additional acoustic performance install some insulation into the wall cavity (be sure to place the same amount behind each speaker).
Now install the speaker into the wall and tighten up the dog-clamps with your screwdriver. Be careful not to over tighten the speakerthe dry wall or sheet rock could dimple, or break. This is most likely to happen if you are using a power driver. Set your power drivers torque setting to 1 to help avoid over-tightening screws.
Strip your speaker cables back about 3/4", and insert the pair into the input on the back of the speaker: (note* Reminder-for an easier installation if you leave a generous cable lead to work with).
View of rotating cam after installation from inside the wall.
Finally install the grill:
Terminate the speaker cable to the binding post inserts and install like this:
For a professional look we recommend terminating the cables near the receiver or amplifier with a wall plate, this allows a very clean finish, without any gaps or holes in the wall. Your friends will think a professional did the install! The simple install goes like this: Install a single gang retrofit box: These are available at all home centers, cost about $3.00 and are installed just like your speakers:
Patching and restoring the wall As we talked about above, sheet rock is a very forgiving building material. We suggest using a wall repair patch witch is a small section of wire or nylon mesh, some drywall joint tape and joint compound.
Here are the steps: 1. Clean the wall and ceiling area, remove any loose debris. 2. Remove the backing of the patch and apply to cover holes, press the self-adhering mesh against the surface. Be sure to overlap the remaining wall and ceiling by at least 2 1/4" in each direction. 3. Apply joint compound (commonly referred to as drywall mud) over patch. Spread evenly with a broad knife. Fill all depressions and joints. Cover an area 2" to 4" past the edges of the patch and tape. 4. Feather edges out to match the existing surfaces. Allow material to dry. 5. Sand area lightly to smooth and match the finish. Now just connect to the amplifier. Congratulations, youre done! 6. Repeat steps 3 & 4 if necessary to achieve desired finish, cleaning and sanding as you go. 7. Paint. 8 Refreshments, cold beer, and invite your good buddy Jack Daniels over to hear your system rock.
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