In-Ceiling Home Cinema Speakers
Congratulations on purchasing SpeakerCraft’s Aim Wide Series of architectural loudspeakers. The Aim Wide Series features
fully pivoting woofers and unique dual mid-tweeter module that is mounted directly over the woofer with 2-inch dome
midrange drivers and 1-inch tweeters facing 70 degrees off axis from each other. The result is ultra-wide dispersion with tremendous fidelity.
When following the below recommendations, please keep in mind that placement is always in the ceiling. Aim Wide
speakers can be used in multi-room systems. For home theater applications, they can be used for side or rear channels
when a diffused sound is desired.
SpeakerCraft recommends the use of a qualified custom installation specialist when installing your Aim Wide speakers. If you
need assistance in locating an installer, please contact SpeakerCraft at 1-800-448-0976.
1. Determine Your Primary Listening Area
The area where you will most likely be sitting when listening to your speakers is your primary listening area.
2. Placement in Multi-Room installations When placing your speakers in the ceiling, it should ideally be located above the primary listening area. They can be used in small listening environments such as walk-in closets, laundry rooms, bath rooms, etc. In a large area, it may be necessary to place additional speakers through out the room to achieve optimal effect.
3. Placement of Side Channel
While not a true side channel speaker , the Aim Wide may be used to function as a side channel in certain applications.
Refer to FIGURE 1 for the suggested placement and mid-tweeter module orientation. Note: Because all rooms and installations are unique, some minor experimentation on your part may be needed until the desired sound is achieved.
4. Placement of Rear Channels for Home Theater
FIGURE 1 illustrates the suggested placement and mid-tweeter module orientation when using the Aim Wide as a rear
channel. NOTE: Because all rooms and installations are unique, some minor experimentation on your part may be needed until the desired sound is achieved.
5. Checking for Obstructions
Before confirming the placement of the speakers, you should carefully consider the location of ceiling joists, electrical,
plumbing and other fixtures that may get in the way. If you are installing the speakers into an existing ceiling, you can
locate obstructions by noting the placement of fixtures and, if possible, gaining access to an attic or crawl space for further analysis. A good stud-finder, found at any building supply store, will help you determine where the joists are located
in the ceiling.
Figure 1
Suggested Placement/
Mid-Tweeter Module Orientation
Prior to the actual installation of the speakers, it will be necessary to run cables to the speaker location. See your Authorized
SpeakerCraft dealer for more information on cable installation. After the cable has been installed, you are ready to mount
the speakers.
Preparation for and mounting of the speakers can happen at two different stages. If you are building a new ceiling, follow
the section titled INSTALLATION PREPARATION - NEW CONSTRUCTION. If you are placing the speakers into an existing ceiling,
follow INSTALLATION PREPARATION - FINISHED CEILING. There are different considerations for each application. Please carefully follow the recommendations for your application.
When installing the speakers into a newly built ceiling, please follow these instructions carefully:
1. Determine Placement
Determine where in the ceiling the speakers will be placed using the recommendations under SPEAKER PLACEMENT. Pay
careful attention to the section on avoiding obstructions.
2. Mount InstaLLock Bracket
For best results, mount the SpeakerCraft InstaLLock New Construction Brackets for the Aim Wide Series (Part No. BKT90681)
following the instructions included with the bracket.
3. The Location is Ready for Drywall
The bracket provides a stable opening around which the drywall installer can cut out an opening, providing a perfect
location for installation of the Aim Wide Series speaker.
When the speakers will be installed into a finished ceiling, please follow these instructions carefully:
1. Determine Placement
Determine where in the ceiling the speakers will be placed using the recommendations under SPEAKER PLACEMENT. Pay
careful attention to the section on avoiding obstructions.
2. Locate Obstructions
Find the joists nearest the desired speaker mounting location. The use of a good stud-finder tool is highly recommended
for this procedure. Make sure that there are no joists or obstructions where you plan to install the speaker. Read “Checking
for Obstructions” under the section SPEAKER PLACEMENT.
3. Trace Template
Place the cut-out template at the location you have decided to place the speaker. Use a few pieces of tape or small
tacks to hold the template in place. Trace an outline on the ceiling with a pencil.
4. Cut the Hole
CAUTION: This is the most important part of the entire installation. If you are not certain whether or not an obstruction exists
behind the desired mounting area, you should start by cutting a small hole in the center of your penciled mounting hole
with a drywall saw. Cut at a 45˚ angle towards the inside of the hole (See Figure 2). Cutting the small hole at this angle
will make drywall repair much easier as the piece cut out can be installed neatly back into the hole. Once you have
determined there are no obstructions in your desired mounting location, start cutting the finished hole at a 90˚ angle to
the ceiling surface.
First Cut
Second Cut
Figure 2
The unique integral four foot mounting system incorporated into each speaker allows for quick installation following these easy
1. If the grille is on the speaker, remove it. It may be necessary to push one or two of the mounting screws and its attached
foot towards the baffle and against the inside surface of the grille to force the grille out of its retaining groove.
2. Attach the speaker cable (observing the proper polarity with your amplifier: + to + and – to –). Make sure the left channel
of the amplifier is connected to the left speaker, and the right channel is connected to the right speaker.
3. Make sure the mounting feet are turned inward to clear the opening, and insert the speaker into the ceiling. Position the
speaker into the hole. Note: The flange of the speaker is designed to flex and conform to any small imperfections in the
ceiling surface. Tighten the 4 screws on the front of the baffle only enough to make the flange become snug against the
ceiling. As you tighten the screws, the feet will automatically flip into an outward position (See Figure 3) clamping the
drywall between the feet and the flange. CAUTION: Over tightening may warp the baffle, crack the ceiling, cause the
flange to distort, and make the grille difficult to install.
Figure 3
If you plan to paint your speakers, we recommend that it be done prior to installation. If you decide to paint your speakers
sometime in the future, it is best to remove them by simply reversing the steps for SPEAKER INSTALLATION listed above. When
painting the speakers, the paint masks provided in the carton must be installed in place of the grille. The grilles can also
be painted. However, great care should be taken not to clog the holes, as this will greatly reduce the sound quality of the
speakers. Before painting the grilles, remove the material under grille. Place this material back in place once the grille has
been painted. SpeakerCraft recommends only light spray painting using 5 parts thinning agent to 1 part paint. Do not paint
the grilles while they are attached to the speaker. If it is necessary to paint the material under the grille, follow the same
procedure used to paint the grilles.
Adjusting the Aim Wide Mechanism
The woofer and dual mid-tweeter module can be pivoted to best direct the sound towards the listener. They easily rotate
and pivot to almost any position desired. Simply apply pressure with fingertips to the outer surface of the PivotBall and move
the speaker to the desired position (See Figure 4).
DO NOT adjust by pushing on
the Dual Mid-Tweeter Module
Adjust direction by pushing the
outer surface of the PivotBall
Figure 4
TREBLE Adjustment
The TREBLE switch allows for 3dB of tweeter adjustment. Your speakers were shipped with the TREBLE switch in the 0dB (neutral) position. If you want more treble, slide the switch to the +3dB position. If you want less treble, slide the switch to the
-3dB position. FIGURE 5.
In WIDE Mode, a strong, well defined acoustic sound is maintained over a wide coverage angle. This broader radiation
pattern translates into a larger 'sweet spot' or multi-channel response where the best stereo and 3D effects occur. A larger
'sweet spot' means that more seating and listening positions will have good imaging. FIGURE 5.
AMBIENT Mode is best suited for rear channels and in applications where a more mysterious 'ambient' sound character is
preferred. FIGURE 5.
TREBLE adjustment
Figure 5
AMBIENT/WIDE adjustment
Speaker Type:
Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
High Frequency Driver:
(2) 3⁄4" Aluminum Dome
(2) 3⁄4"Aluminum Dome
(2) 3⁄4" Dome Tweeters
Midrange Frequency Driver:
(2) 2" Kevlar Cone Woofers
(2) 2" Aluminum Cone
(2) 2" IMG Cone Woofers
Low Frequency Driver:
Independently pivoting
and rotating 8" Kevlar Cone
Woofer mounted in an
assembly that allows the
woofer to be pointed as
Independently pivoting
and rotating 8" Aluminum
Cone Woofer mounted in
an assembly that allows the
woofer to be pointed as
Independently pivoting and
rotating 8" IMG Cone Woofer
mounted in an assembly
that allows the woofer to be
pointed as desired
8ohm compatible
8ohm compatible
8ohm compatible
91dB 1W/1m
91dB 1W/1m
88dB 1W/1m
Frequency Adjustments:
Front mounted treble
switch allows the treble to
be set at one of 3 positions: -3dB, flat, +3dB, front
mounted Wide/Ambient
Front mounted treble switch
allows the treble to be set
at one of 3 positions: -3dB,
flat, +3dB, front mounted
Wide/Ambient switch
Front mounted
Wide/Ambient switch
Frequency Response:
33Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
Power Recommendations:
5-150 watts (undistorted)
Diameter x Depth:
117⁄16" x 61⁄2"
(290.512mm x 165.100mm)
Cut-out Diameter:
37Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
5-150 watts (undistorted)
117⁄16" x 61⁄2"
(290.512mm x 165.100mm)
40Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
5-125 watts (undistorted)
117⁄16" x 61⁄2"
(290.512mm x 165.100mm)
In our attempt to constantly improve our products, features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Declaration of Conformity
We, Speakercraft Inc.
940 Columbia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507
declare under our sole responsibility that the products described in
this owners manual are in compliance with technical standards
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SpeakerCraft Inc.
940 Columbia Ave. Riverside CA 92507
(800) 448-0976 Fax (951) 787-8747
SpeakerCraft Inc. warrants to the original retail purchaser only that this SpeakerCraft product will be free from defects in materials and
workmanship, provided the speaker was purchased from a SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer.
Defective products must be shipped, together with proof of purchase, prepaid insured to the SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer from whom
they were purchased, or to the SpeakerCraft factory at the address listed on this installation instruction manual. Freight collect shipments will
be refused. It is preferable to ship this product in the original shipping container to lessen the chance of transit damage. In any case, the risk
or loss or damage in transit is to be borne by the purchaser. If, upon examination at the Factory or SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer, it is determined that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during this warranty period, SpeakerCraft or the SpeakerCraft
Authorized Dealer will, at its option, repair or replace this product at no additional charge, except as set forth below. If this model is no
longer available and can not be repaired effectively, SpeakerCraft, at its sole option may replace the unit with a current model of equal
or greater value. In some cases where a new model is substituted, a modification to the mounting surface may be required. If mounting
surface modification is required, SpeakerCraft assumes no responsibility or liability for such modification. All replaced parts and product
become the property of SpeakerCraft Inc. Products replaced or repaired under this warranty will be returned to the original retail purchaser,
within a reasonable time, freight prepaid.
This Warranty does not include service or parts to repair damage caused by accident, disaster, misuse, abuse, negligence, inadequate
packing or shipping procedures, commercial use, voltage inputs in excess of the rated maximum of the unit, or service, repair or modification of the product which has not been authorized or approved by SpeakerCraft. This Warranty also excludes normal cosmetic deterioration
caused by environmental conditions. This Warranty will be void if the Serial Number on the product has been removed, tampered with or
This Warranty is in lieu of all other expressed warranties. If the product is defective in materials or workmanship as warranted above, the purchaser’s sole remedy shall be repair or replacement as provided above.
In no event will SpeakerCraft be liable for any incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use
or inability to use the product, even if SpeakerCraft Inc. or a SpeakerCraft Inc. Authorized Dealer has been
advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any other party. Some states do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply.
All implied warranties on the product are limited to the duration of this expressed Warranty. Some states
do not allow limitation on the length of an implied warranty. If the original retail purchaser resides in such a
state, this limitation does not apply.
SpeakerCraft offers a variety of accessories to make your installation of these speakers and other SpeakerCraft products easy, economical,
and professional. Contact your authorized SpeakerCraft Dealer for more information.
Should you have any questions regarding this, or any other SpeakerCraft product, please call our toll-free service hotline at 1-800-448-0976.
We are available to assist you every weekday, except holidays, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST.
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