3 Pointers to Consider Before Installing In-Wall and Ceiling Speakers

Posted by Owen on 6/30/2014
If you think that sound system planning and installation is a simple ‘shop, install and enjoy’ activity, well think again. Enjoying your latest sound system investment requires a lot of preparation, time and planning on your part. You don’t just shop for high-end and best-in class speaker systems. When you want great results that are soothing to the ears, then you’ll need to pay attention to these pointers.

In-ceiling and wall speaker placement

You don’t just place the speaker on top of something or in an area where your guests can easily appreciate it. More than convenience and art, you also need to pay attention to the science of proper in-ceiling and wall speaker placements. A general rule to follow is to keep the speakers 2 feet away from your walls, or bulky furniture that may otherwise reflect sounds. Also, speakers should be installed within ear level if you are seated and these should be equidistant to each other. Speaker placement should be planned, and should be based on what the installation manual says or what the pros recommend.

Use flexible and appropriate speaker mounts

Wall and in-ceiling speaker mounts are often under-appreciated but this should not be the case when you want to fully enjoy the home theater or music experience. Speaker mounts can help set-up and hold the speaker in appropriate positions in the wall and ceiling. The use of these mounts can also offer flexibility when enjoying movies and music since certain mount configurations allow for adjustment so you can focus the sounds in areas you need it the most. But don’t blindly shop for speaker mounts- check the weight capacity. A speaker mount that’s rated 8-12 lbs should work for the leading speakers in the market.

Manage the wiring

Setting up in-wall and in-ceiling speakers means working with wires that will run from the audio system to all the audio components strategically installed in different parts of the room. The wiring requirements of the audio system should not interfere with the other systems running in the household like ventilation or cooling systems. Before setting to work on the wiring, make sure you have read the installation manual for the wiring configurations and you are aware of the building and fire codes in your area. If not, let professionals complete the work for you.

The best in-class speakers and audio systems cannot deliver its full potential if you can’t plan its installation and use. For superb sound and home entertainment experience, it’s best to plan the use and appropriate installation of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.