New House With Existing Polk Speakers

Hello!

I moved into my first house and there is a pair of Polk speakers installed in the wall in the entertainment room. I was interested in learning more about them if anyone could help? Here's a closeup of one of the speakers:
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I believe I found the connection (picture below). I wasn't familiar with this connection type, but after googling a bit, I believe it's an F connector (would love some verification on that if anyone knows?). Also, I noticed there are three connections but I only found two speakers in the wall. Does anyone know what the third connection might be?
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I'm very new to the audio world and currently just use a soundbar with my TV. How would I go about connecting an amazon fire TV to these speakers? Would I need something else between the fire TV and the speakers?

Appreciate any help! Thanks!

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  • nguyendotnguyendot Posts: 3,561
    Those are F coax connectors. IF those truly were wired to the speakers, the third one likely is just a cable connector for TV.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,140
    If someone was using coax cable for speaker cable they had no idea what they were doing.
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,396
    Go es'plore that house a bit more! It's yours now! :)
    Start by pulling that coax face plate off to see what's behind it!

    I think those speakers' wires probably pop out somewhere else. You got attic access? Crawlspace?

    How much money do you have, anyway? However much it is, if you hang out here for long, it'll be a lot less in short order. No matter what your plans or budget, you'll need a 200wpc amp and good cables. All speakers need to be timbre matched too.

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  • usanameusaname Posts: 6
    Wow, thanks for all the replies!

    The only other connector I found in the room appears to be a single coax:
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    I have no clue where else the could connect, the rest of the plugs are just electrical outlets.
  • usanameusaname Posts: 6
    Also, this is behind that three coax faceplate. Two appear to run up and one runs down.
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  • Dennis GardnerDennis Gardner Posts: 4,727
    edited October 8
    You will need to remove a speaker to see if they used coax for wire. You should be able to pry the metal cover off with a small blade and the mounting screws are along the outside edge of the front baffle and they should unscrew to move the keepers from behind the sheetrock. You should be able to see how they work with this photo.


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  • usanameusaname Posts: 6
    Backside of the speaker:
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    As far back as I can see it run:
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,140
    At least that's speaker cable, not coax.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,336
    The coax "IF" in good condition can be used for subwoofer LFE
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  • usanameusaname Posts: 6
    So now I'm back to no clue where to actually plug these things in? haha :(

    The crawlspace has ripped up insulation hanging down all over unfortunately, I'll have to start fixing that before I can get to where that cable runs down to. But, shouldn't there actually be somewhere to plug into inside?
  • msgmsg Posts: 3,396
    Nothing else standing out, I presume? No other places with weird wires or faceplates, etc.? If nothing obvious there, then another room perhaps that might have housed a main system/AVR? Any panels, mantels, etc.?
  • usanameusaname Posts: 6
    Nope, nothing else in the room besides those two coax plates and some electrical outlets. I did find this in a closet in the room next to it at the top of one of the walls, no clue what it is. Does this seem like anything related?
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,140
    That looks like a door bell solenoid.
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  • TNTsTunesTNTsTunes Posts: 440
    This might provide some info about the speakers for you.

    forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/166218/tl-upgrade-for-ab700-800

    Possibly AB700's???

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    Here's the Polk AB brochure that might show them

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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,336
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,488
    my thoughts were AB700 as well. Remove the grills and post another pic and we can figure this out.
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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 4,003
    my thoughts were AB700 as well. Remove the grills and post another pic and we can figure this out.
    If you zoom in on his one pic, the driver is labeled MW6512, but I think what he's really looking for is the other end of the connection. It was most likely a diy homeowner job, since that wire doesn't look to be the typical in-wall type.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,290
    Seeing how that doorbell plate was spray painted over, I'll bet a $1 that some home fixer upper pushed the stray speaker wire ends that hooked up to a receiver back into the wall and SPACKLED over the opening and then repainted that room. I'll bet that's what happened !
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  • K_MK_M Posts: 938
    look on room on other side of wall from where the wall speakers are.
    Near the baseboard, look for if the drywall was patched etc.
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  • K_MK_M Posts: 938
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    not much to see, does the wire move if you pull on it?
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 480
    Considering that isn't an exterior wall, it's possible that the gear that powered those speakers was on the opposite side of that wall. It's also possible that there is money hidden in there somewhere. $$$$
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,290
    Wow... that wire looks jacked. What a dilemma. Maybe you should start over from scratch with new wire. I feel your pain.
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  • K_MK_M Posts: 938
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Considering that isn't an exterior wall, it's possible that the gear that powered those speakers was on the opposite side of that wall. It's also possible that there is money hidden in there somewhere. $$$$

    ....Or run up to the attic, and cut off maybe...
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  • msgmsg Posts: 3,396
    edited October 9
    See?
    Toldja it wouldn't be long before we started spending your money.

    Those speakers could probably use a crossover rebuild, I think. Probably not, but might as well while you're in there.

    But yeah, just run new.
    I'm outside grillin', Voltz style, 'cept with cheaper meat an no dinner rolls, havin' a beer and may have missed this/forgotten - you got any gear yet? Slap some new wire on, hook up an AVR and a sub and get to rockin', man. You got a new house, and the stereo is the first order of business after making sure you can wash your underwears!*
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    *depending on who you talk to.
  • Rich502Rich502 Posts: 65
    Is there a basement or crawl space? Perhaps the wire drops down and goes across the room or another room where it connected up to some audio equipment. Most likely to the other side of the room where it was possibly patched up and painted. It’s pretty easy to pull the grill off without actually removing the speaker from the wall. I have a set of rears that are somewhat similar and had the room wired up during house construction with the wires running in the ceiling across to the other side of the room but didn’t actually pull them through until I was ready to install the speakers.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,136
    #1 you are going to need to run in-wall rated CL2 speaker wire. you homeowners insurance might void you if something happens and they see that radio shack wire.

    #2 look like some getto DYI guy tried to run some AV setup on a low budget. I would call an electrician or find someone who knows about wiring before you have a problem

    #3 Yes you are going to have to spend some money to get it up to snuff.

    Yes it does look like the must have cut the wires and covered the holes. Plain radio shack wire coming out of the wall it would not have passed inspection for the sale.
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