Sunday, October 17, 2010

Home Made Front & Center Channel Speaker Mounts

This past week I mounted our family room TV to the brick fireplace surround. We used a Kanto TV mount from Costco- I'd highly recommend it. Very sturdy, high quality construction at a great price. The next problem was how to mount the right, left, and center channel speakers. They could be rigidly fixed to the wall, but that didn't seem like an elegant solution. My neighbor mounted his center channel speaker to the TV mount. After seeing his setup, I thought it would be nice to take it to the next level and mount all front channel speakers to the TV. They'll pivot with the TV and be out of the way.


Initially I was thinking of using 1/2" galvanized steel electrical conduit and crimping the ends to form mounting locations. This construction technique was introduced to me by John for use on his solid-fuel rocket test stands. While I was at Lowes preparing to buy the materials, I noticed some nifty plastic clamps meant to anchor plastic conduit to the wall. I realized these would make ideal mounts for the speakers. The PVC conduit was also much cheaper than the galvanized steel. Since my speakers are the cheap (i.e. light) Sony's included in a "home theater in a box", the 1/2" PVC pipe will be plenty strong enough.

Materials used:
  • 2x 4' 1/2" PVC conduit
  • 2x  PVC "T" joint
  • 2x PVC elbow joint
  • 2x PVC connector (not necessary if you cut the conduit to the right length the first time)
  • 4x PVC conduit mounting clip
I sized the PVC conduit to suspend the speakers right next to the TV edge. I was originally going to paint the PVC black, but after a test assembly you couldn't see the tubing. I decided painting the tubing would be too much of a bother, plus over time it may flake off and look worse than the bare tubing.

If I were to do it again, I'd probably cap the ends of the tubing for a more finished look on the center channel mount. I'd also look at using black ABS irrigation pipe or other black pipe, again for a better look. However, you really can't see the tubing / fittings unless you look behind the TV. 

Completed view of TV front:



Assembly behind TV:

Center Channel Speaker Mount:




Right and Left Speaker Mounts:

2 comments:

  1. Pretty spiffy! Me likey. I've never seen those mounting clips before. Pretty handy.

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  2. I'm pumped to build the floating shelf w/hidden wire drawer. That'll kick the setup over the top. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to run the wires to the surround speakers.

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