Originally Posted by jchasen
I'm trying to find information/diagrams about how exactly the inwall mounting system for Triad speakers works. The best I could find was this pretty blurry and minimally useful picture in a PDF file with not very detailed instructions from the Triad site:
My big concern is how does the mounting system accommodate for different thicknesses of drywall and/or acoustical treatments.
Are there adjustments that can be made or need to be made to make the front of the speaker flush with the wall surface if mounted in a wall with thicker drywall (such as double layer of 5/8" drywall)?
If the wall is going to have acoustical treatments, is there a way to mount the speakers so they protrude out past the surface of the drywall, but will be flush with the surface of the treatments?
Is having the speaker flush with the front surface of the wall or treatments even important or necessary?
I am going to be placing three Triad LCR inwall Gold/6s in a wall behind an acoustically transparent screen. The wall is currently unfinished studs, but will have double layers of 5/8" drywall (with green glue in between) and probably be covered in ~1 inch thick acoustic treatments. I'm having difficulty envisioning how the inwall Gold's mounting system will adapt to this to give the proper installation.
Currently, the stud wall is constructed with only 2x4s. There is no drywall on the back side of this wall since it is a basement wall that was placed adjacent to (but ~1 inch away from) the concrete foundation wall. If the thickness of the wall will be increased by the double thickness of drywall and acoustic treatments, and there is room for the speaker cabinet to project out slightly from the back of the wall, should I still re-frame this wall with 2x6s to accommodate the Gold/6s?
Any information, tips, or advice about how to handle this situation would be greatly appreciated.
I just received my Bronze 4 surrounds in the mail today and promptly opened them as I also wanted to know exactly how these things mount to the wall? As Paul described, the speaker is placed in it's cutout, the 4 legs/tabs are extended past the edge of the cutout and the grill frame gets secured to the front of the speaker, sandwiching the tabs against the back of the drywall. I haven't installed one yet, but this doesn't seem like the easiest way. My guess is the speaker is going to be wobbling around in the cutout as I try to secure the grill. I see myself being one hand short, since I'll need one to stabilize the speaker, one to align and hold the grill, and a third to hold the screwdriver.
I just finished installing 3 Atlantic Tech LCR in walls and loved the mounting system. The grill frame gets secured first, with fold out tabs similar to an old-work electrical box. Once this is nice and snug, the speaker slides snugly into the frame and gets screwed to the frame from the front. I'm hoping the Triad install goes as smoothly.
A few initial impressions/observations as I unpacked the speakers:
1. The packaging should be sturdier. 2 speakers to a box is fine, but the foam packing should not wobble around inside the box. Having the grills placed between the foam and the inside edge of the box allows for too much movement. Everything seems to be in one piece, but I would have felt better if I could lean the box from one side to the next and not feel the speakers shifting around inside.
2. Please wrap each speaker in a plastic bag before placing it in the foam. Dust and small debris from the foam and box get all over the unprotected cones.
3. The fit and finish on the grill frames seems ok, but the mounting holes in 1 of the 4 didn't exactly line up with the holes in the speaker. It seemed a little out of square but I managed to get it secured. I also noticed on the back of each frame, some of the welds must have been ground down after factory painting, so there is exposed metal on every frame. Seems like this step should happen before painting.
These comments are meant more as suggestions to any of the Triad folks that might read this thread. They certainly aren't reasons I would consider another speaker manufacturer. I can't wait to get these installed and test them out.