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Installing In-Wall Speakers for Your Home Theatre: Dos and Don’ts

Just as the name implies, in-wall speakers are the type of speakers that are designed specifically to fit into your walls. As such, they don’t use up much space and can be camouflaged or hidden from view especially if they are of the same color with that of your wall or room speakers

Perhaps the earliest prototypes that you are familiar with are the ones that you see during your early school years, which are mounted high overhead a school principal’s office. These are usually spherical and holed speakers that create with low-fidelity sound amplification.

Home theatre in-wall speakers come in a number of designs as well as configurations, including single speakers and also full arrays. Single woofers, tweeters with mid-range speakers will best fit a home theater fanatic who appreciates components that can be mixed and matched. Full-array systems, on the other hand, are suitable for those looking for a quick installation. There are a number of home theater in-wall speakers that provides additional features, for instance, grills that may be painted to match the wall in which it will be fitted in. Normally, a subwoofer is required to complement these speakers. However, there are also wall-mountable low frequency speakers that are available in the market as well that can fit into your home theatre system.

Home theatre in-wall speakers do not require cabinets to be installed. Instead they come with mounting fixtures that allow them to be installed into holes cut into the walls of a room. This offers a clean as well as unobtrusive installation. In-wall speakers can provide the same sound quality that traditional speakers do. But the model or the brand of speaker installed will definitely affect the total sound quality produced, nonetheless.

The two primary types of home theater in-wall speakers are single speakers, and array speakers. Single in-wall speakers consist of one cone that is designed for a specific frequency range of sounds, such as a woofer, mid-range, or tweeter. In-wall speaker arrays typically include a number of speakers inside one frame, to produce a full range of sounds. These home theater in-wall speakers sometimes come in packages that include enough units to wire up a full surround sound system. Other in-wall speaker designs have grills that can be painted to match the wall. Still other types fit perfectly flat onto a wall.

A primary advantage of having in-wall speakers instead of free-standing speakers is that in-wall speakers eliminate edge diffraction distortion. Diffraction usually happens when sound waves flow around a discontinuity.  As in-wall speakers do not require cabinets to be mounted, thus, sound can travel continuously and are not easily distorted.

Where you place any speaker will definitely affect the quality of the sound that will be created in a listening environment.

installing in-wall speakers1To maximize the quality of the sound produced by your in-wall speakers, you may want to consider a few basic audio dos and don’ts as follows:

1. Install the speakers somewhere near or slightly higher the ear level. This allows sound to be transferred directly from the speaker to the listeners and not have the sound waves to be reflected by other room elements before they hit the listeners’ ears, which creates a better quality sound produced;

2.  Do not install in-wall speakers on or near perpendicular walls, as the sound may bounce off the acoustically reflective surface, hence distorting the directly radiated sound waves.

3. Proportionally placing the speakers within the home theatre room will optimize the stereophonic effect.

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Posted on July 2, 2013 by 1 Comment Short URL


Alphonso Soosay, an accomplished musician and sound recording specialist has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In this blog Alphonso shares all his experiences and knowledge in the recording and home theatre industry. Alphonso Soosay's Blog

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  1. […] maximise your home theatre experience and to better understand how you can set up your surround sound system, you may refer to Dolby Digital’s Home Theatre Speaker guide […]

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