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Decent mount - bad screws and inconsistent fastening
on September 30, 2011
SEPT, 2011: I bought these for my Energy take one classic speakers. I only used two for the surround speakers. These are decent mounts. Construction quality is decent and strong enough for my energy classic speakers. 2 issues though, the included screws are really cheap and the angle fastening is inconsistent.
WARNING. DO NOT USE THEIR SCREWS. I tried using their long screws that were included with the package. I screwed them into a wall stud, and as i was tightening them the heads of the screws broke off. This happened to 3 of the 4 screws. So i had to take them down because without the head there's nothing holding the bracket to the wall! The screw was broken off into the wall and I had to use pliers to pull them out. One of them i just hammered further in so it wouldn't stick out. Then i mounted the wall bracket someplace else with some decent screws that i luckily had stored away. I think wooden walls should give before any screw does. These are low quality screws. The second place i mounted them wasn't in studs so i used anchors and they are fine. But after the experience with the cheap screws i had no faith in the anchors that came with the package so i used some of my own as well!
To angle the speakers, you first tilt them in the direction you want, then tighten the back of the mount. Of the two i hooked up to the wall, one was perfectly fine. I angled it and tightened it and it stayed perfectly. However, the other one wouldn't keep the angle despite how much i tightened it. It would just keep drooping down. My solution was to take a bit of scotch tape and put that over the 'ball' inside the mount to create more tension when fastening. It worked, but if anybody touches it, it may droop down again. I wish i had tested the 5 mounts that came with the package to figure out which two tightened the best.
Also, if you're using these for the Energy classic speakers, the keyhole screws they include were too big for me to use with these speakers. I could have gone out and gotten a replacement screw, but instead i just unscrewed the keyhole mount from the back of the speakers (2 small screws and easy to put back if i ever chose to). That made space to use the standard speaker mounting screw. I put that through the middle of the speaker mount (the hole in the mount where the instructions tell you to put the keyhole screw). The mount isn't flush to the speaker a bit angled, but it's in there pretty solid and i'm not afraid of it coming loose.
So they're decent mounts, cheaper than most out there in price and do the job. The've been up for a week and are holding up my Energy classic speakers well. If you use your own screws and anchors when you install you shouldn't have any issues putting them up. Just hope that the tilt control screw is nice and tight for you on both of them.
UPDATE FEB 2013: These mounts are still holding up a year and a half later. And that issue i had with the drooping speaker mount tightening hasn't had any issues since i put the scotch tape in there to increase the tension. I also used the other 3 mounts and did not have issues with drooping. They've all been staying up strong.