Choosing and Installing In Ceiling Speakers

If you’d like the sound of a home theater surround system without having to mount several speakers on your wall or leave them sitting on shelves, then in ceiling speakers are a great alternative to traditional floor speakers. These are recessed into your ceiling and are usually flat with the ceiling or slightly domed, so that they’re barely noticeable. But you get that overhead sound as if you had speakers mounted high on the walls, like you probably want if you’re ready to invest in a surround system.

Before you purchase ceiling speakers, evaluate the room where you want to put them. If it’s very small, two or more speakers could be too much. You can purchase a stereo input ceiling speaker that plays both channels if you only have room for one, such as in a small bathroom or spare room. If you do put a speaker in your bathroom or your kitchen, invest in a variety that advertises itself as more heavily moisture resistant than other models.

And just as when you’re shopping for any kind of speaker, look at the frequencies and watts it can handle. Knowing a speaker’s Hz or frequency range will help you choose a better speaker for bass sound. If the speaker says 100 – 20,000 Hz, then it’s not optimized to handle bass below 100 Hz, and you might get a fairly tinny sound along with distortion in the lower frequencies. The best in ceiling speakers will have a frequency range allowing for rich bass – the lower you get the first number, the better. But you’ll still want quality bass speakers that you can put on the floor in the room, or mount in the ceiling or wall if you prefer. That will give you a true bass sound and give the best quality.

Knowing the watts the speaker can handle will help you make sure you get a speaker that’s right for your receiver. Be sure that the wattage output by your receiver is within the range that the speakers can handle. Also, look at the dB or efficiency rating. The higher the number, the less power it will take to get more volume from your speakers without distortion or strain.

To install your in ceiling speakers, you’ll use the template that comes with them to cut a hole in your ceiling. But first, go into your attic to make sure there’s enough clearance (this is especially important if you’re installing next to an outer wall and you have a pitched roof) and use a stud finder to find the ceiling studs. Unlike most installations, you’ll want to install between the studs so that you have clearance for the speaker components above the ceiling. Then you simply cut the hole and install according to the speaker directions. If you can handle most home DIY projects, installing speakers in the ceiling shouldn’t prove a challenge.

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