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Volt 10’s as atmos speakers in drop ceiling using Baltic Birch and no enclosure

I wanted to install atmos speakers in my drop ceiling. I looked at some speakers that would replace a whole 2x2 tile. I really wanted Volt Speakers as thelat is what I have for my surrounds (Volt 8’s in slanted boxed). I was going to try to build boxes and somehow hang the volt 6/8/10 and have it go through a drop ceiling tile. I’m not great at cutting things and making things look nice. I tried to think of a different way.

I played with the idea of replacing a ceiling tile with a piece of plywood or MDF and then attaching a volt flat pack to the front of the plywood. I was afraid it would weigh too much and my ceilings are low (7ft) and I am pretty tall (6’3”) and was afraid I may bang my head as the left 2 atmos speakers would be in my walking path. I knew if I could flush mount the volts on the ceiling they would work great. I had between 6 and 18 inches above my drop ceiling depending if there was a joist above the area. I thought about building a backing box but then thought it would be hard to install and may not have enough room. I sent a few emails to Eric at DIY Soundgroup as I read that the Volt 10’s could be used directly in wall or ceiling without an enclosure (on the description page for the Volt 10). Eric said the 10’s would easily get down below 80hz in this situation, the 8’s barely and the 6’s would not extend that low.

I decided to try the volt 10’s this way. I purchased some Baltic Birch and cut it to the exact size of my ceiling tiles. I then cut the holes for the 10’s and built and mounted the crossovers onto the back of the birch plywood. I pained the front side of the wood a white that roughly matches my ceiling tiles. I installed and hooked up to my amps. They sound fantastic! Audyssey set them to 60hz for the crossover.

I am not sure if anyone did this before but wanted to share if anyone was looking for a way to easily mount Volt speakers (or any really) into a drop ceiling.

Here is a picture of them installed with a volt 8 in a slanted box behind it as the left rear speaker. Unfortunately I did not take pictures of the build.

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Nice, I did the same thing. I have to still add a grill which will fill in any seams.




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Nice, I did the same thing. I have to still add a grill which will fill in any seams.



What are you using as a grill?

I would like to use a grill on mine and my Volt 8 surrounds.
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I am either going to build them out of 1x1 or try to find some picture frames that have the correct dimensions and just wrap them with material. The other option is to buy those PE grill kits which are very nice.

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@Jk7.2 did something similar with Volt 6's I think and they turned out awesome.

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@Jk7.2 did something similar with Volt 6's I think and they turned out awesome.


Yes. I built boxes 1/2” smaller in width and length so the baffle would be 1/4” all the way around to cover the rough edge of the cutout in the ceiling tile.
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Yes. I built boxes 1/2” smaller in width and length so the baffle would be 1/4” all the way around to cover the rough edge of the cutout in the ceiling tile.
This was sort of what I had in mind I originally but I knew it would look a messy with my DIY skills

Is that the volt 6? Do you plan on using a grill? I don’t mind the look with no frills, but if I can find something white they will blend in a bit more.

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Is that the volt 6? Do you plan on using a grill? I don’t mind the look with no frills, but if I can find something white they will blend in a bit more.


Yes volt 6’s. They’re ported, so I needed a box. They came out pretty good. I screwed in a 2x4 between the joists at the exact height I needed, then screwed the box into it through the driver hole, then put the driver back in. It was pretty easy, just tedious. I never planned on a grill. They blend in pretty good.
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