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Top Tips for Speakers

Top Tips for

In-wall or In-ceiling Speakers

One of the biggest trends in home loudspeakers over the past few years is in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. People want great sound, and they want it all over the home, but they don’t want to look at big speakers. Still, many people have misconceptions about architectural speakers.

Both in-wall and in-ceiling speakers can sound excellent. Just like with standard floor or bookshelf speakers, not all architectural speakers are made alike. Driver materials, basket construction, crossovers and tweeter designs all will make a difference in the performance of your built-in speakers, unfortunately, those aren’t always features that you can compare side by side and know how good one model will sound compared to another. That’s one reason it’s important to buy from a trusted brand and a trusted dealer or integrator. If possible audition your speakers in the dealer’s showroom before committing.

Here are a few tips to use when selecting your in-wall or in-ceiling speakers:

  1. With stand-alone speakers, the speaker cabinet plays a large role in the speaker’s performance. With an in-wall speaker, your wall is sort of like the cabinet. Some in-wall speakers come with back-boxes to reduce the wall’s (or ceiling’s) impact on the sound. Most manufacturers recommend filling the area behind the speaker with insulation to reduce resonance in the wall.
  2. Movable, adjustable or swiveling tweeters are useful for directing the sound where you want it.
  3. Some in-wall speakers include bass and treble tone control right on the speakers so you can make adjustments to the sound after they’re installed.
  4. A few new in-wall speakers are designed for zero-tool installation (after cutting the hole of course). This makes putting them in and securing them to the drywall easier.
  5. Some models can be completely flush-mounted with the wall. Once you paint the grill to match the wall, they almost disappear.
  6. You may find that in-wall speakers lack the oomph of floorstanding speakers. For added bass be sure to install an in-wall subwoofer as well.

Make sure you, or your installer, use speaker cable safety rated for in-wall use. To not do so is to invite trouble.

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[writer credit to Electronic House staff]

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