Polk Audio PB LC80
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Easy installation with well thought out instructions. Great sound!
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These pre-construction brackets are designed to hold Polk's MC80, RC80i, TC80i, LC80fx and 80 F/X-LS in-ceiling speakers. Use the included wings to attach the bracket to ceiling joists before the drywall goes up. Polk provides brackets, gaskets, and all the hardware you'll need to complete a quick and easy installation.
Average Customer Review(s):
Easy installation with well thought out instructions. Great sound!
Fairly easy to install and for new construction they serve the purpose. If my rating was solely on functionality, it would be 5 stars. Taking price into account (way overpriced), I can only give them three stars.
Pros: Serve the purpose. Pre-drywall .....
Cons: Over priced !!!
They work great for their intended use but do not install in cold weather if you can help it.
Pros: Allows drywall installer to know exactly where to cut holes and allows for easy install of speaker later.
Cons: Thin and cannot handle cold weather installation. Price is a little high for plastic.
I am building a new house and going to install the Polk RC80i speakers. I ordered the Preconstruction Ceiling Brackets so I could get the speakers positioned where I wanted them and speed the speaker installation. I am somewhat handy but have never done well at cutting drywall. I though having the brackets would leave the cutting to the pros. I also ordered the XTC 12" Speaker Baffles to keep insulation off the speakers As everyone says these should be about $5 a pair, not $50. Cheap and flimsy. My roof trusses were 24" on center. If you off center the speaker between the trusses (which I needed to do on multiple speakers due to space constraints), the brackets may not be long enough to span the opening. I needed to nail blocks to the side of the trusses to reach the straps. If you do not center the screw in the hole when attaching the brackets, the bracket will move to center itself to the screw. This will move the position of the speaker opening I would say up to an inch. If you have 3 or more speakers in a row, this may be noticeable. Why the 5 star rating for an overpriced piece of plastic that you need to use caution when installing? In my case it would have been very difficult to position the speakers symmetrically in the room and equal distant from recessed lights after drywall without hitting a truss. I slit the base of the XTC enclosures and slid the speaker brackets through the slit. The ID of the baffle is just slightly larger than the ID of the bracket.
Pros: Allows you to position the speakers exactly where you want them.
Product is a good one. As my installer said, "you can pay the cost now for the brackets, or pay more once drywall goes up when the labor is more intensive to cut out the speaker holes." I opted to pay the costs up front so I could see, and approve, exactly where the speakers would be placed.
Pros: allows for visual "validation" of where speakers will be placed before drywall goes up
Cons: expensive for just a plastic ring.... it adds 30%+ to the cost of the speakers.
These brackets are plastic and very flimsy, only 1/8" thick. The price is high compared to the quality. If using them for ceiling mounted speakers don't expect them to support any of the weight, your ceiling drywall will be doing all the work - again the plastic straps bend too easily for that purpose. It seems that are simply to mark the location of the speakers for your sub-contractors to know where to cut the holes and run the wires. Now, for wall mount speakers they will support the weight as the straps are 2" wide and do not flex in the vertical direction when mounted in the wall.
Pros: lets contractors know where to cut holes and run wires.
Cons: Too pricey, and not weight bearing for ceiling speakers.
If you are building a new home these are a must. Made the job easy for the drywall guys so they knew exactly where to cut the holes for the speakers. It's a must if you want to make sure everything is done correctly.
Pros: Easy installation
Cons: A bit pricey
Considering cost, they are pretty flimsy.
Pros: Great for rough in install.
I bought these and then decided to read the reviews. Looking at the alternative solutions I felt I'd just been had after shelling about about $50 a pair for these since I'm a reasonably handy individual. I installed them anyway and now that I have installed the speakers I have to say I can't imagine doing the job without them. The drywall guys knew exactly where to cut and how to cut it. In the one hole they didn't clear out right the circle enabled me to finish the job. When you install the speakers you have very little lip on the mounting bracket to work with so messing up with a homemade solution is highly probable. Even still, I'm going to remove a star for the price.
I also installed the PB65 pre-contrcution brackets as well. My comments are similar for this model. Super easy to install, but not made of the best materials and are a little flimsy. That said, I do think these will help with final installation of speakers. Screws that come with these mounting brackets are too soft, and some broke when I screwed them into the studs.
Pros: Easy installation
Cons: a bit pricy
Great customer service led me to the correct speakers for both a 5.1 system and whole home audio. These speaker rings made it very easy to visualize the speaker placement and get the wire to stay where it needs to be. We haven't finished the speaker installation yet, so this review is just for the drywall rings - but so far so good. I agree with previous reviewers in that the price could certainly be lower, but for an old house with uncertain joist locations, it worked for us.
per the builder - exactly what we need.
Just cut the drywall after construction and save the $
Pros: Easy to install
Cons: WAAAY overpriced for a cheap piece of plastic!
Don't waste your money on this item! It does you no good. It does not mount the speaker no matter what any one tells you!!! The speaker does not connect to the mount or get any support from it. Use the template that comes with the speakers and hang for the sheetrock guys and they will know exactly what to do. I was told I could use these to hang speakers on my porch with a vinyl ceiling so I bought them and found out otherwise. The instructions specifically state that is not to be used as a mount, and it really can't. The speakers are meant to hang straight off the sheetrock. The product description is not clear and the tech told me it would support the speaker, but it does not. These guys are the greatest but this is a misunderstanding. You can accomplish as much with a pen and a piece of poster board and save the money.
Effective, but terribly overpriced for what it is - a piece of plastic.
Overview: This pre-construction bracket kit will aid you in new construction of Polk Audio LCi, RCi, and TCi In-Wall/In-Ceiling Loudspeakers. This kit is not meant to support the weight of the speaker, it is only for placement. The PB LC80i bracket kit comes supplied with two plastic frames, 4 snap-on plastic wings and 12 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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Ease of installation in reconstruction of ceiling. [ Cory Oct 07, 2016 ]
Price and reviews [ William Sep 22, 2016 ]
A must for new construction. [ Rick Aug 19, 2016 ]
These make new home construction a breeze. I'm in to wire and place speaker frames in the desired location. I return after the painting is complete and my wiring and speaker holes are where they are suppose to be and the cut out holes are the correct size. I simply install the speakers, connect the equipment, label the connections, test, tune, and I'm done. [ Thomas May 09, 2016 ]
Seemed like it made speaker install easy. Hopefully it does. Kinda pricey for a piece of plastic [ David May 05, 2016 ]
Speaker placement in new construction home. [ Mr. Feb 17, 2016 ]
Take advantage of preconstruction opportunities to secure in wall speakers with the optimal stability. [ Eric Jan 23, 2016 ]
Was recommended for new construction. [ Amanda Jan 01, 2016 ]
to make install easey [ JASON Dec 08, 2015 ]
Part of kitchen remodel that included replacing the dry wall ceiling. Purchasing the mounting brackets made installing Polk speakers easier. My contractor installed the wiring and the ceiling brackets and I did the rest. [ Jeffrey Dec 08, 2015 ]
they make things easier, but not 100% necessary. [ Daniel Jul 13, 2015 ]
i had the same concern, but they did help since the drywall guys can fit around them nicely. also you can tuck and in my case strap tie the speaker cord to them so they dont get lost in the process. i think i was able to get an open box one which where a little cheaper so check there. overall, it will make your life easier during install, and if the sheet rockers screw it up, they can find and fix it. good luck. todd [ TODD Jul 13, 2015 ]
If you are having sheet rockers installing over framing then yes it is worth the money to get a clean finish. You can cut the holes in later but you'll need to note the locations of the wires. [ Reed Jul 13, 2015 ]
Makes installation a whole lot easier and cleaner. The speakers sit more secure on the brackets versus being screwed into drywall. [ Christopher Jul 13, 2015 ]
Not necessary but it's nice to know the speaker is being held up by more than the drywall, the straps nail into studs. I feel it made for a cleaner install also. I went with Polk speakers so they were pretty heavy. I installed them two yards ago no problems. Worth the $$. [ JACK S Jul 13, 2015 ]
IMO, you don't need them. However, they do make it easier to cut a clean hole. I used them because my builder was a tool and insisted on brackets. I think he wanted them there as guides for the ceiling Sheetrock guys. Otherwise you get a hole perhaps off center. [ ERIC Jul 13, 2015 ]
Not necessary, but it does make it easy for the dry waller to router the holes exactly where you want the speakers. [ Thomas Jul 13, 2015 ]
Yes [ JACK S Jul 13, 2015 ]
It should fit if the speaker is 8" round ceiling or wall type. [ Thomas May 27, 2015 ]