How to hang surround sound speakers

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How to hang surround sound speakers
Mounting speakers can improve audio quality and open up more space. (Speaker mounted on wooden box image by Sudheer Sakthan from

Surround-sound systems provide a theatre-like experience in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Mounting some or all of the speakers to the wall can drastically improve the audio quality of the system by permanently placing the drivers of the speakers directly at ear level. Wall-mounting the speakers can also open up more space in the room and improve the visual aesthetics of your home theatre system.

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Things you need

  • Speakers
  • Speaker wire
  • Drywall screws
  • Stud-finder
  • Tape measure
  • Marker or pen
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Connect one end of the speaker wire to the speaker wire terminals on the rear of the speaker to be mounted. Leave the other end of the speaker wire disconnected for now.

  2. 2

    Measure the height of your ear level while seated in the primary listening position. Use a tape measure to measure a straight line from the floor to your ear while sitting where you will generally sit when using the surround-sound system. Make a note of this measurement. Mounting speakers at ear level will substantially improve audio quality.

  3. 3

    Locate wall studs that are closest to the ear-level measurement you determined in Step 2. Press the stud-finder against the wall the speaker is to be mounted on and move it around slowly until it detects a stud. Mark this location with a pen or a marker.

  4. 4

    Screw one or more drywall screws into the location marked in Step 3. The number and the placement configuration of these screws are determined by the speaker mounts you are using. Many surround-sound speakers have built-in wall mounts that only require a single screw.

  5. 5

    Attach the speakers or speaker mounts to the wall. For separate speaker mounts, line the holes in the mounts up with the holes in the wall and insert the screws, tightening them with the screwdriver. If your speakers have built-in mounts, simply insert the screw into the empty hole, leaving enough of the screw exposed to slide the speaker onto it, then attach the speaker.

  6. 6

    Connect the other end of the speaker wire to the appropriate speaker wire terminal on your receiver.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 1-6 for each speaker you wish to wall mount.

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