The Ultimate In-Wall & In-Ceiling Speakers
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- Read this first!
- Minimum requirements to install
- Break in period
- Check your new speakers
- What’s included in the box (supplied)
- What you will need (not supplied)
- Installing your in-built speakers
- Before you install
- Preparing your wall / ceiling for install
- How to hook up your speakers
- Setting everything up
Read This First!
Thank you for joining the Jensen community by buying one of our legendary speakers! There are years of research & development behind the performance in-built speakers you now have. This guide will help you get them installed and set up so you can start experiencing them yourself!
Minimum Requirements To Install
Your in-built speakers are most readily installed into framed plasterboard / drywall walls or ceilings. If you have a brick wall, you will be able to install as long as (1) you cut out a large enough area in the brick for the speaker (see Specifications) and (2) you put some fascia over the brick for the speakers to latch on to.
You will also need a minimum of 25 mm from framing or any obstructions in the wall / ceiling when you mount the speakers (clamps extend out to hold them in place).
Here is a chart showing the minimum cavity depth for each of our speakers:
Minimum Cavity Depth Requirements
Break In Period
Premium parts and materials have been used to create your Jensen speakers. Fresh from manufacturing, the unused speakers will be tighter and stiffer until they break in. The audio performance was designed for the best quality once everything has loosened up, so that they sound amazing for the long term.
Break in should take 10-20 hours of play, after which the bass response will improve. There’s no need to limit playback volume during this time.
Check Your New Speakers
As a general precaution, always check over your new speakers for damage or defect. It’s extremely rare, but if there are any issues we want to replace them immediately so you can get your new system going. Get in touch if you see anything.
What’s Included In The Box (Supplied)
- Jensen speakers
- Cutout templates
- ELITE series: Glass fascias
- EHT series: Mesh grilles
What You Will Need (Not Supplied)
- Drywall cutting tool (drywall/jab saw and/or utility knife)
- Phillips screw driver
- Speaker cabling, CL2 rated, recommend 14 AWG (measure what you need and add 15% plus 500 mm for in-ceiling speakers)
- Level (recommended to get cutouts level and parallel)
- Stud finder (recommended to check for obstructions)
- Wall plate (recommended to dress up the hole near your amplifier / receiver)
Installing Your In-built Speakers
Before You Install
Start by deciding where you want to place your speakers. There are guidelines to help you whether you want a simple stereo system or a surround sound system (5.1, 7.1 etc.).
CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW MORE DETAILED GUIDES
Assuming you know where you want your speakers to go for sound and design purposes, you now need to confirm installability. (Check Minimum Requirements To Install on page 4.) The space you wish you install a speaker must be free from wall studs, bracing, pipes or other obstructions. To check, use a stud finder. Or drill a small hole, bend a coat hanger at 90 degrees and insert it into the hole to feel around for obstructions. Insulation is OK — it can be removed from the area once you cut the hole.
Fitting speaker covers: For in-wall models, make sure all 8 pins are aligned before gently pressing the glass panel into the rubber bushings. When removing start by pulling a little at the top then the bottom, to remove the cover evenly. For in-ceiling models, grilles will click into place on their own.
Preparing Your Wall / Ceiling For Install
1 Take the supplied template and press it against the wall / ceiling where you want to install your speaker. Trace along the edges of the template using a pencil. Make sure the markings are level and parallel to nearby edges. (Make sure you did the cavity check described in Before You Install.)
2 Use your drywall cutting tool to cut along the markings you’ve made. A utility / Stanley knife can be good to cut drywall paper cleanly. A jab saw / drywall saw is the easiest way to puncture and cut the hole.
3 Use your drywall cutting tool again to cut a hole near your electronics area. This is where your amplifier / receiver resides. It’s recommended to use a wall plate (Figure 1) to dress this hole up (not included). Make sure it’s the same height as power outlets in the room and cut the hole smaller than the dimensions of the wall plate.
Figure 1 - An example wall plate for speaker cables at the amp end.
4 Run a speaker cable from the wall plate to each speaker (Figure 2). For the ELITE-303 in-wall speakers you will need two cables for each one (Figure 3). Note that each speaker cable is a pair of wires stuck together. CL2 rated cabling is recommended for use inside building cavities.
5 Make sure the speaker cavities are clear of obstruction. If there is insulation, clear an area for the speaker so no insulation is touching the back of the speaker cones or electronics.
For in-depth guidance on this phase of install, use the link below and scroll down to “PLACE.”
CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW MORE DETAILED GUIDES
How To Hook Up Your Speakers
1 Strip the ends of the cables at each cavity so you have ~1 cm of bare wire. Twist the wire strands to make them tidy and uniform.
2 Hold up your speaker and connect the cables by pressing down each speaker terminal, inserting the bare copper wire, and releasing to lock in. Make sure you attach red (+) to red and black (-) to black. If your cables aren’t red and black, you must pick one colour for positive and always connect it to positive terminals (speaker and amp). See Figure 4 for the ELITE-303 wiring diagram.
3 Insert the connected speaker into the cutout. Make sure the speaker cable is away from the back of any speaker cone to prevent rattling during play. Also use a level to make sure the speaker is level before tightening. Take the Phillips screwdriver (DO NOT use a power drill) and tighten the screws attached to each clamp. These will extend outward, locking onto the drywall. This will be 9-10 full turns. You will see the gap between the speaker frame and the wall close fully. Nip these clamps up — DO NOT overtighten! See Figure 5.
Changing The Sound Setting Switches (ELITE-303 & 203 Models)
These are marked with T+ and T- and allow you to adjust the treble response of the speaker. Feel free to try both settings and stick with which you prefer. If you’re using a subwoofer, T+ gives better balance.
You can adjust the direction of the tweeters to improve audio image and compensate for less-than-ideal mounting locations.
Do not touch the tweeters themselves!
They are fragile. Instead, carefully touch the casing. Point them slightly in towards your main listening position. (Figure 6)
Figure 6 - Boost switch (left) and tweeter adjustment (right)
Setting Everything Up
Assuming the speakers are all connected to your amplifier / receiver and locked in place, it’s time to set up your AV receiver.
Each make and model may be different, but in general you will (1) connect your receiver to your home WiFi network, (2) update the firmware on the receiver, and (3) perform a microphone calibration.
This should give you everything you need to start using your system. You can manually adjust settings like speaker levels (if you’re not happy with the calibration results), HDMI pass through, and surround mode / sound mode (for 5.1 or 7.1 use “multi-channel stereo” when you want to listen to music).
To control everything wirelessly you will need an amplifier / receiver with Bluetooth or WiFi (better). Most AV receivers come with these on board. You can also
EHT Series Paintable Grilles
The EHT in-ceiling speaker series features paintable fascias. These are removable grilles that you can paint to match your home ceiling colour. The best way to do this is using a spray paint. Spray cans work if you find the matching colour. Or use a spray — but be sure to thin the paint so it doesn’t clog the grille holes.
|Suited for||Wall - Front/Rear||Wall - Front/Rear||Ceiling - Atmos/Rear||Ceiling - Indoor/Outdoor||Ceiling - Indoor/Outdoor|
|Description||Glass front Twin 4.5" 2 Way||Glass front Twin 4.5" 2 Way + Perfect Center||Glass front 8" 2 Way at Dispersion angle||Minimal 6.5" 2 Way at Dispersion angle||Minimal 8" 2 Way at Dispersion angle|
|Tweeter Size||28mm Pure Silk Dome||Twin 28mm Pure Silk Domes||28mm Pure Silk Dome||28mm Pure Silk Dome||28mm Pure Silk Dome|
|Power Handling||2x 140W RMS||3x 140W RMS||2x 140W RMS||2x 110W RMS||2x 140W RMS|
|Nom. Impedance||6 Ohms||6 Ohms||6 Ohms||6 Ohms||6 Ohms|
|Min. Mounting Depth||62mm||75mm||140mm||130mm||140mm|
|Tweeter Boost Switch||YES||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|Grille fixings||Chrome Pins||Chrome Pins||Magnetic||Magnetic||Magnetic|
|Colours||Black / White||Black / White||Black / White||White||White|
|Suitable for Stereo / Home Theatre||Both||Home Theatre||Both||Both||Both|
|Outer Dimensions||351 x 163mm||650 x 163mm||287.5mm||240mm||290mm|
|Cut-out Template Dimensions||137.5 x 325.5mm||137.5 x 568.5mm||256mm||208mm||256mm|
|Warranty||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years|
Your new Jensen product comes automatically registered for a 5-year warranty. Should any issues arise, get in touch with our support team.
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