This is the story of how I mounted my SP-BS41-LR
to the wall (which isn't really a wall, as you'll see). I've included links to products and mentioned current prices at Monoprice
, since that's where I got them. If you don't care to read my ramblings, the pictures tell the same story, albeit much more succinctly and clearly.
Despite owning two SP-BS21-LR, one SP-FS51-LR, a SP-C21 and the SP-BS41-LR for years, I only just discovered that I can use banana plugs (5 PAIRS Of High-Quality Gold Plated Speaker Banana Plugs, Closed Screw Type Product # 9436
$6.64 at Monoprice), so in case I'm not the only idiot...
The back of the speaker looks like
Unscrew the outer part of the gold binding posts.
Pull out the red and black plastic plugs.
Screw the outer part of the binding posts back on. They will now take banana plugs.
Finding a mounting bracket for these big (7 7/8” x 13 3/4” x 8 11/16”) heavy (10 lbs 4 oz) speakers is not easy. There are a wealth of brackets for lighter speakers and brackets for speakers with built-in screw threads, but in my research I found almost none suitable for mounting the SP-BS41-LR - especially since I wanted them effectively hanging down from the ceiling. The available options seemed to be rigging some kind shelf with mounting tape, or suspending them in some way such as the genius flower basket method shown earlier in the thread. Neither would work in my case.
Fortunately I found the Adjustable 33 lb. Capacity Speaker Wall Mount Brackets (Pair), Black
$9.12 at Monoprice) which seemed up to the task, though the pictures on the site aren't good so it was not clear quite how they work mechanically.
Having got the brackets, the conundrum was how to attach the speakers to them. Of course I did not want to drill into cabinets, so I devised a method of using a wooden block which would attach to the top of the speaker with 3M Extremely Strong Mounting Tape with Gorilla Tape wrapped around it and the cabinet with the bracket screwed into the block. It might have worked with the right size and shape block, but would be ugly and the speaker would be hanging by tape, making positioning difficult.
Resigned to drilling into the cabinet, I removed the binding post plate to see what was inside where I would be drilling. Removing the four screws, the plate slid out and showed that it was in effect a box with the plate at one end and open at the other end with the crossover attached. The sides of the box would ensure that drilling and screwing into the cabinet would not hit anything sensitive. As I screwed the plate back in place, I noticed that the spacing of the screws looked fairly close to the spacing of the holes in the bracket attachment.
They aligned perfectly! The screw heads
were too small, but I found four screws which were slightly longer and had large heads.
I've not measured, but a quick glance at my SP-BS21-LR suggests that the binding post plate is slightly smaller, however I think the plate on the SP-FS51-LR is the same if you want to mount those.
The bracket attachment screwed in place firmly and left the binding posts comfortably accessible.
The bracket was already securely attached to the "wall" during the recent construction of the finished walls, with Access™ Series 12AWG CL2 Rated 2-Conductor Speaker Wire, 100ft
(Product # 2817
$32.91) run inside the walls from the bracket to a High Quality Banana Binding Post Two-Piece Inset Wall Plate for 2 Speakers - Coupler Type
(Product # 3325
$2.84) on another wall where I would connect the receiver/amp.
The final step was to attach the bracket attachment on the speaker to the bracket on the wall, which was a simple matter of inserting the former into the latter and tightening the screw with the little rubber-handled twister and closing the safety wire loop by threading it through the small hole in the bracket attachment on the speaker and screwing it to the other end.
Here's how it looked with both speakers mounted.
You may notice how they are upside-down. Discussion of the port positioning in that unusual space, weight distribution and vibration, having tweeters nearer to ear level and the plastic "Pioneer" logo (unlike the sticker on the other three speaker models) is probably best left for another post. I have positioned the speakers to be on-axis at the primary listening position and initial listening tests with just the SP-BS41-LR and in a 4.2 setup with the SP-FS51-LR
and dual SVS SB-1000
s indicate that this will be a very nice set of computer speakers when I move my office.
Most importantly, they have not yet fallen down.