How do I remove a grille from an in-wall/ceiling speaker?
When you receive your in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, they are packaged with the powder-coated aluminum grille in place. They must be removed prior to installing the speaker and then reinserted once the speaker is installed.Hold the speaker in your hands, grille-DOWN, over your lap
With your thumbs, swing out the white plastic mounting ears on the back of the speaker
Position your fingers under the white trim-ring/bezel around the front of the speaker
Press down on the extended plastic mounting ears
The screws of the mounting ears will press against the back of the grille. The grille will pop off into your lap
Using an awl, insert the hook end of the awl into a hole of the grille (along the edge not in the center)
Pull firmly to raise the grille from its seat
Repeat at multiple positions around the edge of the grille until it pops off
To put the grille back on, press it firmly into place until it is seated and flush
Note: The grille is intentionally very tight inside the frame. A loose grille would buzz or rattle during loud or bass-heavy operation. This "press-fit" design is used by most of today's manufacturers.
Note: Our HD line of in-wall an in-ceiling speakers include a soft white sythentic fabric liner attached to the inside of the grille that is completely transparent to sound. It is used to provide a consistent appearance and should only be removed if you are painting the grille. After the paint dries, replace the cloth before reinserting the grille into the frame.