Ceiling loudspeakers are becoming popular with more and more house owners, but above all, intelligent homeowners. The advantages of the hidden speakers are apparent. Apart from the convenient control via the in-house bus system, correctly placed and connected ceiling and wall speakers allow a unique sound experience in every room. Built-in speakers for ceilings and walls are now available for every room. Even damp rooms such as the bathroom or kitchen can be fitted with built-in ceiling speakers without damaging delicate equipment. Some models can even be installed outdoors, for example, in covered terraces or loggias.
How Many Built-In Speakers per Room?
How many built-in speakers should be installed in the respective room depends on the one hand on the quality of the speakers. On the other hand, it also depends on the use of the space and its size. There is a rule of thumb that you can use as a guide to creating the best possible sound result. But of course, the sound quality also depends on the quality of the speaker cabinets and what type of speaker – active, passive, two-way, three-way, etc. – you have chosen. This choice can vary depending on preferences, purpose, and budget.
Basically, the following applies to the installation of ceiling speakers: the smaller the room, the fewer speakers, the larger the room, the higher the number of smaller speaker units or the speakers.
As a guideline, experts recommend installing one loudspeaker in the ceiling for rooms up to approx. 20 m² in size, two loudspeakers for rooms from 20 m² to approx. 40, 50 m² and four loudspeakers for large rooms from 40 m².
However, in the cooking area or in the kitchen, a single stereo loudspeaker is often sufficient to create a good sound experience.
Where in The Room Should Built-In Speakers Be Installed?
Here too, of course, planning must be based on preferences and budget, so a guiding principle provides orientation at this point. For example, it is advisable to use the built-in ceiling speakers closer to the couch in the living room. In the dining room, the speakers should be located near the dining table. The distance to the wall should not be less than 50 centimeters on all sides.
Recessed ceiling speakers can be installed in concrete as well as in suspended drywall ceilings. However, installing concrete roofs is much more complex and requires built-in boxes with the right sound volume. Ideally, the installation of ceiling speakers is already taken into account when planning a new building or renovating and refurbishing an existing property. Forward planning prevents profound structural measures later and also allows the appropriate placement of the built-in speakers.
5 Tips for Buying Built-In Speakers
1. First and foremost, you should know the building’s fabric to see if you have to buy appropriate installation boxes for your speakers.
2. It should also be evident which rooms the speakers are to install and how big the respective chambers are. Among other things, the choice of the music server and the intermediate amplifier depends on this.
3. The design of the speakers should also be a key factor for quite a few. Choose from classic round ceiling speakers with support frames and grille covers, flush-mounted square or round recessed speakers with minimal edge joints, and modern ceiling speakers in a light design. The source is also the light source. Last but not least, there are now also recessed speakers on the market that disappear entirely behind the wall – but these are only suitable for drywall ceilings and walls.
4. How much you want to invest in high-quality built-in speakers is primarily a question of the budget. But as in other areas of life, the same applies to the quality of speakers: If you buy cheap, you buy twice. And especially with speakers integrated into walls and ceilings, replacing defective elements involves a lot of effort and additional costs. But there are pretty affordable branded products, such as the Bowers & Wilkins ceiling loudspeakers, that prove that quality and a fair price do not have to be mutually exclusive.
5. Last but not least, you should consider whether you should install the loudspeakers yourself in the best do-it-yourself manner or instead let a specialist do the work. Of course, this also costs money again. However, this also ensures that the speakers can develop their full sonic potential. The room is subsequently optimized in terms of sound. The sound system has been successfully integrated into the intelligent home system.