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#281337 - 12/03/09 02:39 PM QS8's mounting system...
ohlavrac Offline
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Well I finally received my QS8's about a week ago. Sadly, I haven’t had the time to install them until last night. I had to finish setting up the HT room first. We re-did all the speaker cables, wall mounted the 50” Panny, re-painted the room, got a new TV stand for the audio components and then finally got the QS8's up on the wall!! All I need to do now is hook everything up to the receiver and fire it up!

But I need to complain a little about the QS8's mounting system. To me, Axiom needs to work on this small but important feature. The one thing I noticed when I opened the box last night was the T brackets. Honestly, these things look cheap & very thin. You can actually bend it with two fingers! I'm sure it holds well and does the job, but I need to punch 6 holes in the wall to make sure it does versus 2 on my older Energy C-R1's or the Monitor Audio surrounds I was going for originally.

Before installing the brackets I was looking at the back of the speaker and was wondering about the bottom part of the bracket and where the binding post where located… To me, things seemed a little tight back there, and I wasn't wrong! After the T bracket was screwed into the wall and the speaker was attached to it there really wasn’t much place for anything else. The bottom part of the T bracket block’s a decent amount of the access to the back part of the binding post. And In my case, once the 8’s are on the wall there’s no way I can use banana plugs. I can either spend $90 on the other brackets Axiom sells on the site or punch a hole in the wall to get extra space. So I needed to go bare wire.

Don’t get me wrong, the QS8 itself is a great speaker. It's very well built, feels massive and it looks damn nice. But I really dislike the bracket and mounting system.

The Energy C-R1's I owned before had a center piece that was screwd into the back with 4 mounting post's on each side. The center piece was recessed by an inch (more or less) on the inside and had the binding post facing upward. This made things easy to install and a piece of cake to connect. This is just my .02 regading the QS8’s mounting system. This doesnt make it a deal breaker but I would have expected something else.

Heres a pic of the C-R1's back... this is nt mine, just a pic I found online




Edited by ohlavrac (12/03/09 02:39 PM)
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#281339 - 12/03/09 02:48 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: ohlavrac]
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ohlavrac,

I have a pair of QS8s installed. I only used four of the six holes to mount mine. The two in highest and lowest holes the middle (one on top of the other) are in a stud. The other two holes (furthest left and right) are screwed into drywall using [ur=http://www.easyanchors.com/]plastic easy anchors[/url]. While the bracket itself isn't extremely stiff, the tabs that connect to the back of the QS8s are certainly up to the task.

As for the snugness back there, that's only really an issue if you're trying to use banana plugs. If that's what you're doing, consider going with bare wire, which won't make any difference in how your speakers sound.

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#281341 - 12/03/09 02:54 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: pmbuko]
grunt Offline
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I just finally used the T brackets to install a pair of QS8s as front height speakers been using stands up to now. I was quite impressed at how well the little unassuming bracket secured the speaker so tightly to the wall. I found that 4 screws with drywall anchors were enough to hold it in place. Since I use only bare wire (to lazy to terminate with anything else) it’s a non-issue.
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#281343 - 12/03/09 02:59 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: grunt]
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I actually like it too. But I knew going into it that it was designed for bare wire and not bananna plugs.

You may be able to bend it out in one direction, but the strength it offers (and needs) is in the vertical direction, and I've never felt for a moment it isn't up to the task.
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#281344 - 12/03/09 03:06 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
ClubNeon Offline
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...where as, I would be much less likely to believe two keyhole screw mounts would be up to the task.
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#281345 - 12/03/09 03:09 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: ClubNeon]
jakewash Offline
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Banana plugs are not that great of a terminating system anyway, at least to me. I would rather go bare(best connection) or spade connectors both of which work with the QS8s. I only use banana plugs for my mains which I unplug and move around quite often.
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#281346 - 12/03/09 03:09 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: MarkSJohnson]
ohlavrac Offline
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Registered: 10/27/09
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Loc: Montreal, Qc

I guess I could have used 4 instead of 6 but the way the bracket felt to me, I didnt want to take a chance so I bolted it down :). A little more space back there would be nice... if you look at the C-R1's (can't really see it with that pic) the 4 mouting holes stick out a little more then the rest and that actually gives you a little under a 1/2 inch of extra room to set everything up.

Like I said, this isnt a deal breaker because I still love the looks of this beast, but at $650 a pair something better would be nice. Ill post pics of it on the wall tonight.

I know the banana plugs won't change anything in sound, but we are paying to have a nice sounding and looking speaker... so a little something to help in esthetics isnt all bad. And its got its usefull points.
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#281348 - 12/03/09 03:12 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: ohlavrac]
ohlavrac Offline
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ill still be ordering another pair in a few months btw... I cancelled the 2nd pair I had for the TV stand.
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#281349 - 12/03/09 03:12 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: ohlavrac]
jakewash Offline
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A speaker sitting closer to the wall is more aesthetic to me than one sitting farther out.
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#281350 - 12/03/09 03:13 PM Re: QS8's mounting system... [Re: ClubNeon]
ohlavrac Offline
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I think it was... the mounts are part of the speakers and not screwed on.
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