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Klipsch ME-800-C

Metal pre-construction enclosure for Klipsch Reference Series in-ceiling speakers with 8" woofers

Item # 714ME800C

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About the Klipsch ME-800-C

Enjoy better sound from your Klipsch 8" Reference Series in-ceiling speakers while protecting them at the same time with Klipsch's ME-800-C speaker enclosure. This sturdy pre-construction enclosure is designed to be mounted before drywall is hung. It's constructed from high-grade cold-rolled steel and filled with a layer of insulation, and it installs behind each speaker location to prevent sound from bleeding through. Plus, its optimized enclosure volume provides consistent acoustic performance for clear, crisp sound regardless of construction variations.

Product highlights:

  • metal back-box enclosure for in-ceiling speakers with 8-inch woofers
  • designed for pre-construction installation — not for retrofitting
  • manufactured from high-grade cold-rolled steel and features a layer of insulation
  • reduces sound leaking into adjoining rooms
  • optimized enclosure volume provides consistent acoustic performance regardless of construction variations
  • exceeds one-hour fire-rating requirements and meets UL2043 requirements for installation in plenum spaces
  • tested to meet UL 263, ASTM E119-98, NFPA 251, UBC 7-1, and ULC CAN/ULC-S101 - M89 standards
  • fits 16" stud spans
  • includes hardware needed for any installation application and provisions for standard conduit connections
  • pre-drilled holes simplify installation and ensure that all safety requirements are met
  • speaker cut-out diameter: 9.8"
  • overall dimensions: 18"W x 17-3/4"H x 5"D
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 1001184

What's in the box:

  • Metal in-wall speaker enclosure
  • Insulation (installed inside of enclosure)
  • Installation Wire-clamp
  • Instructions

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Features

In-Ceiling Metal Speaker Enclosure: The ME-800-C in-ceiling metal speaker enclosure allows you and residential contractors to meet building codes as well as diminish the undesirable transfer of sound from one room to the other. Its optimized enclosure volume provides consistent acoustic performance regardless of construction variations. While the insulation exceeds fire requirements, it also reduces the sound transmission into adjacent spaces by at least 10dB.

Compatibility: The ME-800-C metal enclosure is designed to fit all Reference Series in-ceiling speakers with 8" woofers. The inside edge of the ME-800-C's mounting ring is color coded to match up with the corresponding Klipsch installation kit size code.

Quality Construction: The ME-800-C is manufactured from high-grade cold-rolled steel and features a layer of insulation. It exceeds the one-hour fire-rating requirements and is designed to meet UL2043 requirements for installation in plenum spaces. This metal device has also been tested to meet UL 263, ASTM E119-98, NFPA 251, UBC 7-1 and ULC CAN/ULC-S101 - M89 standards.

Installation: The ME-800-C fits 16" stud spans and offers provisions for standard conduit connections. Pre-drilled holes simplify the installation process and ensure that all safety requirements are met. Mounting screws not included (sold separately).

Dimensions:

  • Overall: 17.5" (w) x 18" (h) x 5.75" (d)
  • Cutout: 13.3125" (w) x 16.8125" (h) x 5.25" (d)
  • Screw Hole Spacing: 15.1875" - 16.6875" (w) x 11" (h)

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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remodeling room, these pass inspection code [ BARRE  Apr 18, 2019 ]
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These came highly recommended. [ Gary R.  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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I have Klipsch speakers in my current home. I am very pleased with their quality and price. The insulated box isnt something i have with my currently speakers and didn't know it existed until I found it on the Crutchfield Website. [ Jon  Jun 24, 2018 ]
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Retrofit surround sound into an attic with blown-in insulation. These will keep the stuff out and help keep the sound clean. [ David P.  Mar 23, 2018 ]
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New home build. Planning on an Atmos setup using Klipsch CDT-5800-C II speakers. [ Jeffrey  May 20, 2017 ]
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6 questions already asked

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Can these be used on a suspended ceiling?
[ Ken  Feb 01, 2020 ]
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Only if you can mount it on the suspended ceiling framework. It's most likely too heavy to be mounted on a tile only.
[ MK  Feb 02, 2020 ]
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no, unless you create a cross member to run from grid to grid member.
[ GREGORY  Feb 01, 2020 ]
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They are really designed to fit into a frame within the wall/ceiling. The hole patterns are to allow fastening to wood studs at typical USA spacing. They are well built and relatively heavy steel, so they wouldn't be well supported by a suspended ceiling. You could add some supports down from the joists, add some cross members and fasten to those if you really want/have to use them. Most in-ceiling/wall speakers are designed to work without enclosures. I wanted to use these, but the spacing in my ceiling wouldn't allow it without massive construction, so I returned them and mounted the speakers in a drywall ceiling. I ended up using soft covers for the speakers to keep insulation and dirt out of them and they sound great. I don't know what your building codes require, but mounting the speakers directly into the ceiling panels could be a useful option. Good luck!
[ David P.  Feb 01, 2020 ]
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Yes that's how I installed mine
[ Bruce  Feb 01, 2020 ]
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If you have the room above the tile I would think you could center it on the tile and that a well hung ceiling and quality tile combination would support the weight. The "lip" that is typically used for drywall may not be deep enough. You could just sandwich the speaker to the tile or you could scrape out / cut out some of the tile to recess the speaker into the tile a bit. All speakers I have seen open up far enough to allow for ceiling tile use. The trick will be getting enough clearance above the ceiling tile for this or even the speaker itself to fit. You will have the same challenge with can lighting...assumptions here is that you are asking for basement use and not wide open commercial ceiling applications.
[ William  Feb 01, 2020 ]
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what is the maximum depth speaker that can be used with the Klipsch ME-800-C enclosure?
[ Chris  Jul 27, 2019 ]
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Spec says 5" deep which sounds about right from what I remembered it to be. So I would say the max depth of the speaker should be a touch under 5".
[ MK  Aug 03, 2019 ]
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Can i Mount the enclosure with the speaker in it direct under the ceiling? Cant cut holes in the ceiling.
[ Steven  Dec 29, 2018 ]
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They typically mount in ceiling attached to joists. I would suggest building a box to attach/enclose this in.
[ Robert  Dec 29, 2018 ]
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No you cannot. On the back side is an enclosure. Think of a kitchen sink but upside down.
[ MK  Dec 29, 2018 ]
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Design to be installed in preconstruction on your joists under the drywall.
[ Jeremy  Dec 29, 2018 ]
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The opening has a 1/2" lip extending down meant as an edge for the drywall. (An electrician would call this a built-in mud ring.) Thus there needs to be a 1/2 inch piece of some sort of board over the flat surface first to bring the speaker out beyond the rim.
[ ROBERT  Dec 29, 2018 ]
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How does it fit into a 16" stud span if the dimensions of the enclosure are 18"W x 17-3/4"H?
[ New User  Aug 26, 2018 ]
1 answer
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The flange goes over the stud so you can nail it in (you can see the holes in the picture)
[ Jeffrey  Aug 29, 2018 ]
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can I use this as a sub woofer box just for low end?
[ ronnie  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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This isn't meant for a sub. Subs have other enclosure for in wall use and are larger.
[ Hyun  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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can I put any woofer in this, if so what is the cubic feet?
[ ronnie  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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The 9.8 in opening is large enough for most 8 inch, in-wall/ceiling speakers (I'm not using a Klipsch 8 in speaker, but it fits). It shouldn't be a bare speaker because it needs to press against the ceiling/wall to seal the space; the box has a small lip (green) that is inserted into the ceiling/wall hole. The box is about 17 in x 13 in x 5 in high, so it's about 2/3 of a cubic foot. While the base is nearly square, the box is not - there are holes in the base to attach to the ceiling/wall studs. The diagrams from Crutchfield and Klipsch show the true dimensions and shape (the inch values are correct, but there are errors in the metric measurements from Klipsch).
[ David P.  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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You need to read the manual or specs for the enclosure to get the width of the cut out and the height of the enclosure. The Klipsch CDT-5800-C II, which is an 8 inch woofer, fits perfectly. It's the exact combinatin and they sound great. I looked at a lot of different ceiling speakers from definitive to martin logan and they didn't seem like they would fit. Either two small or two big.
[ eric  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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Any any round 8" in wall speaker should fit. Subs have a different enclosure. It's about 15x16x5 not including the lip around the enclosure.
[ Hyun  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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Any woofer can be installed. The volume is 0.6 cubic feet.
[ ROBERT  Apr 07, 2018 ]
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