Install Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Thru-Attic

Exteris Outdoor Speaker Setup: EA200/200SW Hardwired Speakers - Thru-Attic Example

Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example

 

Our first example hardwired outdoor speaker installation is a typical situation where a set of previously installed under-eave speakers have been removed, or the attic is your planned route for speaker wiring from the interior to exterior, for a new set of EA200 or EA200SW floorstanding speakers to be installed.

In this example, speaker wiring was originally routed through the attic and dropped down though the roof soffit. As such, we have access to the L&R stereo channel connections we need, but still have to get the wiring routed from a high location to ground level. This is where the copper/cpvc pipe comes in to solve the problem.

 Important TIP!  Be sure to check local building codes before routing speaker cable/wire. This type of application will typically require cable rated for “in wall” installations and may require a permit.

 Important TIP!  The hardwired outdoor install/setup examples are more simplified since we covered all the detailed setup steps in the previous stand-alone outdoor stereo example. Therefore, if you skipped reading through the stand-alone example, we recommend that you read this page before proceeding.  

 

Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example As with the stand-alone outdoor stereo installation example, the very first step is to decide where we want our new speakers. Like our EA300SW’s, we will install our hardwired EA200 or EA200SW outdoor speakers in the same location, e.g. to the left and right of the center window as shown. However, in this example, we will route the existing two speaker cables from underneath the roof eaves of the house to our install location.

 

Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example

 

Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example Next, we determine the optimum routing path for the copper/cpvc pipe. This decision should be based on accessibility of available speaker wiring and the most inconspicuous path. As our cable routing diagrams show ( A & B), you see where we plan to locate each speaker and the planned route of the copper/cpvc pipe. This route was determined to be the most inconspicuous by avoiding it being seen from most indoor views and avoiding close proximity to the patio door.

Again, we measure and sketch our plan now that the install location and speaker cable route is decided. At this point, we purchase the needed materials, then start the process by cutting all the necessary pipe pieces and dry fitting with elbows/tees etc., as we layout the entire path prior to threading the speaker cable through the pipe channel/raceway.

Once satisfied with the dry fit layout, dismantle the pipe sections and solder the new speaker wires to the existing speaker wires, insulate the connections, and are ready to thread the wire through the pipe pieces. Starting with the pipe and fittings that mount at the roof soffit and working our way down to the speaker install point, we thread the wire and use just enough copper pipe clamps to securely fasten the pipe in place as we go.

 TIP:  Copper clamps may be used “as is” or cut/bent/modified “as needed” to meet our specific clamping requirements.

 TIP:  Use silicon sealer on pipe sections and fittings as they are assembled for water-tight seal.

 TIP:  Be sure to check the speaker Owner’s Manual for recommended wire gauge based on the total distance from stereo output to speaker input. In some cases, the recommended wire gauge may require the size of the copper/cpvc pipe to increase to accommodate the larger wire size.

 

Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example The speaker cable run is now complete. Routed from under the roof eaves down to ground level and over to the speaker installation location.

Click video below for a close-up review of our installation to this point.

 

 

Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example We are now ready to move either a set of EA200 or EA200SW speakers into position for connection to the newly routed speaker cables. Once in position, connect the speaker wires to the terminals on the cabinet backs - paying careful attention to signal polarity.

 

Exteris Install Guide: Hardwired Outdoor Speakers Speakers - Thru-Attic Example Rotate each speaker tower into its final position and another clean, ugly cable free installation is FINISHED!

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