Originally Posted by Newbie01
Yeah..dont skimp on your L/C/R... Can always get better surrounds. I highly recommend HTM-200 SE HOME THEATER MONITOR ... they are small..sealed and wall mountable.
325 delivered. There are allot of others out there as well...but if you have to skimp...surrounds are a good place.
This is exactly what I did. I had a complete Ascend system including 3 HTM-200's before upgrading to my Salk's. To save a few bucks and to be able to afford exactly what I wanted I had Jim build me a HT2-TL/HTC L/C/R but kept the HTM-200's. This worked out quite well.
Then, the following year when had saved up enough $$ I had Jim built me a set of SongSurround I's to replace the HTM-200's. The HTM-200's are good little speakers for the money (although the SongSurrounds blow them away) and pretty easy to wall mount because of their small size/weight. I used a cheap plastic mount similar to the ones in Newbie01's first link. They held the HTM's up but that was about it. I wouldn't use them for any heavier speaker or for that matter a more expensive speaker.
For the SongSurround mounts I used the ones in Newbie01's second link. These are very solid steel mounts and quite beefy to easily support the weight of the SongSurrounds. I had Jim build in a 1/4-20NC thread insert into the base of each of the SongSurrounds and used a SHCS through a clearance hole I drilled in the base of mounts to insure the speakers would never slide off. Peace of mind. Personally, I wouldn't trust them just squeezing the SongSurrounds with the side plates, especially if you have the mount angled down like I do.
If you go this direction you might want to check with Jim to make sure he can match the veneer you choose at a later date. Also, I would go with the mount I was going to use from the get go so you only have to buy one set and install them one time.