Make Sure You Want Architecturally Built-in Speakers, Beforehand

Posted by David on 5/30/2014

Most introductions to ceiling speakers is predominantly in office buildings, airports, doctors’ offices and restaurants. They can be easily recognized by the dense grilles that dispense melodic sound waves directly from above and into your head.



There are a few reasons why someone would go for in-ceiling or in-wall speakers, rather than the traditional, efficient and way more affordable speaker cabinets. There could be a few reasons:

•   Maximizing space in the room

•   Maintaining aesthetics of the room

•   Hiding speaker wires

•   Eliminating holes in the walls.


Changing Times, Changing Priorities

There has never been an avalanche of consumers rushing out to purchase in-wall and ceiling-mounted speakers, yet while there are still audiophiles who are counting on ceiling and wall-mount technology to be no more than a passing whim, there are numbers to support the fact that this technology appears to be growing in popularity. This trend may be due to a change we’re seeing in today’s lifestyles. Nowadays, people want the environment adapted to their specifications, not the other way around. 


Sound Compromise

When it comes to the choice to go with in-wall and ceiling speakers, some people think they are not exactly the premiere choice of speaker installation for anyone wanting to create a high-end audio experience. It’s unlikely that you would be able to find an audiophile willing to trade the deep bass that he or she loves so much for a bit of extra floor or shelf space. 


Know What’s There in The Wall

A critical aspect to having in-wall or in-ceiling speakers is how effectively the back wave is captured. You can't always know what happens behind that wall, how big the hole really is, and whether or not it's sealed. One solution would be to only use sealed speakers, regardless of their location. Otherwise you'll end up with a lot of rear acoustic energy wasted into the back-wall and at best, a distorted, uneven sound.