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.