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Polk Audio PB LCi-C

Pre-construction bracket for select Polk in-wall center channel speakers

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by Chris Egner
Polk Audio

If you're building a new home, you can simplify the installation of the Polk Audio 255C-LS in-wall center channel speaker and the Polk Audio 255C-RT in-wall center channel speakerwith this pre-construction bracket. Install it before the drywall goes up to mark the speaker locations for your builder, so you won't need to cut holes later. Wings on either side of the bracket attach to studs with screws, staples, or nails and hold the bracket in place.

Highlights:

  • compatible with Polk Audio 255C-RT and 255-c-LS in-wall center channel speaker
  • designed for use in new construction
  • includes bracket with wings
  • 14-13/16"W x 9-1/4"H x 1-1/8"D
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

  • 1 LCi-series plastic in-wall speaker frame
  • 4 Plastic wings
  • 8 Sheetrock mounting screws

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Overview: This pre-construction bracket kit will help with mounting your Polk Audio 255c-RT or LCic in-wall center-channel speaker in new construction. This kit is not meant to support the weight of the speaker, it is only for placement. The PB LCic preconstruction bracket kit comes with one plastic frame, 4 snap-on plastic wings and 8 sheetrock screws.  Each plastic frame features strain relief wire guides to help with connection of your speaker wire to your in-wall/in-ceiling Polk Audio loudspeaker. The supplied wings snap into the frames and are used to span your home's vertical studs and attach to your studs via the supplied mounting screws. The Wings feature breakaway segments, which can be used to custom fit the wings between studs.

 
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3 out of 5

Flimsy, expensive. Somewhat useful.

Written By KScott, Honolulu, HI on Wednesday, October 02, 2013
 
These brackets are flimsy, they are impossible to get square and keep square as you screw them into the studs. This means the drywall holes will not be totally square either - especially if they use a router which will push the bracket around as they attempt to "outline" the bracket in the drywall.

I have not installed the speakers yet, but I am imagining I will have to make the whole square with a drywall knife when it comes time for me to install them.

The only reason I bought these was so that I could very easily show the builder where to pull speaker wire to and to have the drywall people router the holes for me. Otherwise I would have to rely on them to measure out and cut speaker locations and I did not want them to mess it up.
Pros:
Useful to designate speaker location for wire pulls and drywall install.
Cons:
Flimsy, impossible to get and keep square. Expensive for what you get.
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4 out of 5

Polk Audio PB LCi-C

Written By Chad, Overland Park, KS on Monday, August 19, 2013
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Bought this for center channel speaker.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
It is a little more cheaply made than some other brand name rough-in mounts but I had no problems installing it.
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2 out of 5

Flimsy Construction

Written By MarkK, Denver, CO on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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When I got the pre-construction mount I was hoping that it would be of solid construction. The wings that connect to the mount are not actually connected permanently, they just snap into a cheaply designed snap. One of the snaps actually broke on me. I hope that this does not hurt the installation. On the other pre-construction mounts, the wings that connect to the studs actually screw onto the mount (much better construction). I am iffy if I would actually recommend this particular mount due to the way it is constructed.
Pros:
Allows for you to get the perfect opening when you don't have drywall
Cons:
Flimsy construction and not 100% needed as the speaker can mount without it.
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