Speakers are the most important part of any audio chain! They’re the last link in the chain before the sound reaches your ears (aside from the room itself, of course), and they’re the thing that’s most responsible for not just the production of the sound, but the character of the sound itself too!
Speakers are not just an essential component for the obvious reason that you’d have no sound without them – they’re the single most critical component to your audio setup.
That’s why it’s important to have your speakers in the right place, and to put them there in the right way. You shouldn’t have your nice speaker setup directly on the floor, for example – your ears aren’t on your ankles!
This handy guide will teach you about how to get your speakers securely mounted onto a wall. And, it will also show you how to orient them for the best sound!
You’ll definitely need some good quality speaker wall mounts. These should be fixed into brickwork or a stud wherever possible, as you’ll need them to be as securely and tightly fixed to the wall as possible.
Try to get the best match for the size of your speaker as possible. If your speaker is too big for the mount, then it will either fit badly, or not at all. This could be catastrophic! You don’t want your speakers to tumble to the floor.
If the mount is too big for your speaker, then it will take up space unnecessarily, look a little ugly, and may make it harder to orient your speakers correctly.
When choosing the mounts/brackets for your speakers, it’s important to think about where you’ll be placing the speakers and exactly how adjustable you’ll need them to be.
If you think you’ll need to be able to tilt and swivel your speakers, this is obviously an important factor – so pay attention to just how much each mount can tilt and swivel, and pick for those needs.
Lastly – aesthetics! You should pick mounts that you like the look of too. After all, they’re going to be a permanent fixture on your wall. Make sure you can pick some that you can live with.
However, don’t prioritize looks over functionality – having nice looking stands that don’t move and adjust as you want them to, could well get old fast!
Depending on the design of your mounts, there may be some soft pads on them to help grip the speakers better and to help out with vibration. You might want to add some thicker foam of your own.
This can be a great way of cutting down on vibration caused by the speakers – as long as it doesn’t prevent the speaker from being mounted securely. Obviously, if adding some foam is going to put your speaker at risk of falling, then don’t use it!
Foam made exactly for this purpose is readily available online, and shouldn’t be too expensive – but almost any foam will do, cut to the right size.
You might not need to use any foam, depending on exactly your needs – or, depending on exactly how your chosen mounts work, you might not be able to use it at all. Still, it’s nice to be aware of it as an option.
Choosing The Correct Placement
Exactly where you should place your speakers isn’t something that can be given a blanket answer – you’ll have to work out what’s best for your needs. However, there are some things that everyone should consider that will help out with getting good speaker placement.
First of all, consider where you’re going to be using the speakers. Even the most basic set of stereo speakers should be placed so that the speakers are apart, for proper stereo separation.
Each speaker should be roughly pointed at the ear of the listener on that side – after all, that’s where you’re going to be hearing the sound from! Having your stereo speakers right next to each other is a terrible way to use them and will never sound good.
The sound of your stereo speakers should be coming from right in front of you. This means you shouldn’t put your speakers over to one side of a room – especially not if you’re putting them both on one side of a TV!
You’ll never get good sound that way – speech will all sound as if it’s coming from one side! Obviously, you can’t point a speaker precisely at the ear of every person who might be watching TV or listening to music with you, but use it as a rough guide.
Getting them at the right height is crucial too, but again, there’s a quite simple way to get a good placement – aim for the ears. So, again, if you’re going to sit on a sofa watching TV or listening to music – have the speakers pointed at your ears, and at about the same height.
Following these simple tips will give you the best sound!
The best way to mount your speakers is to drill directly into brickwork, or into a stud. Drill the right hole size and use an appropriate fixing. Either of these ways will give you the strongest possible mounting for your brackets.
If you’re using lightweight enough speakers, you may be able to mount them to plasterboard – as long as you use the correct fixings. If your mounts don’t hold the weight well enough, they could rip out of the wall, damaging it – and also taking your speaker to the floor with them!
Can I Mount My Speakers Without Drilling?
While you may be able to get away without drilling – for example, using glues, adhesive strips, hooks nailed into the wall, etc – it’s not really recommended at all.
Any sort of adhesive is only as strong as whatever it’s stuck to. So, if you’re sticking it to paint on your wall – well, the paint is the thing that’s holding your speakers on.
A proper fixing, ideally into brick, concrete, or a sturdy stud, is the only way to be sure that your speaker isn’t going to come off the wall.