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Excellent quality, good value
on 21 February 2011
These were bought to hold a pair of Mordaunt-Short Aviano XR Speakers, which are not only heavy but very deep, relative to their width. They are perfect for the job. The price reflects the quality: I'm happy to say that these units (which come as a pair) are extremely well made and come with everything that you could reasonably expect including all the required wall fixings - (you'll have to provide your own drill, 8mm masonry drill bit, and wall.)
If you were searching for brackets for the sort of speakers typically included with all-in-one home cinema systems - lightweight units with a keyhole hang-up slot in the back - then really, these brackets would be overkill. You can find more suitable smallish, lighter duty multi-angle brackets elsewhere for quite a bit less. An example would be B-Tech's own BT33, although other alternatives are available of course.
If, however, you need to wall-mount serious, heavy, high-power 'bookshelf' type speakers which are basically just rectangular boxes with no overt provision for wall mounting (no keyhole slots, no threaded holes, no protruding bolts) then these units are ideal. The weight of the speakers rests mainly on a posable horizontal 'table' and further security is provided by two sliding side clamps which move inwards to grasp the sides of the speakers - not the front, so speakers with curved fronts or grilles extending all the way to the lower edge will fit just fine in these brackets.
The minimum/maximum speaker widths the clamps can accommodate are 135mm - 280mm, and the maximum load capability is 25Kg.
The length of the support arm from the table pivot to the face of the wall bracket is 135mm, so if you place your speaker with the centre of its base squarely over the pivot point, the maximum speaker depth (front-back) would be about twice that (270mm) - that's if you position the speaker with its back perfectly parallel to (and right next to) the wall. Any offset mounting angle would require the speaker to be less deep. Of course, you don't have to place the centre of the speakers's base directly over the pivot - it's up to you just how far forward (within the clamps) you choose to place the speaker, within reason.
The inner faces of the clamps are provided with neoprene strip cushions to aid grip and avoid cabinet damage - only in extreme cases (ie, very high vertical tilt angle) would you want to use small wood screws to secure your speakers in the brackets, but they are provided anyway just in case you do.
When the brackets are assembled and mounted, the screws holding the brackets on the wall are covered by a smooth overall cover so they are not visible - and the nut which locks the posable section in position is also provided with a soft push-on cover to keep everything looking neat. These cosmetic finishing parts are the only parts made from plastic - everything else is heavy metal.
If you are installing a full surround system, then consider also buying the BT15 centre speaker bracket kit from the same manufacturer - just as good.
Mine came from Keene (Via Amazon) - arrived quickly and brand new, boxed.