Ceiling speakers are now the “go-to” speaker choice in homes today, offering the best solutions for new homes, home extensions, renovations and rebuilds. Advancements have led to the development of easier-to-use electronics and apps that have greatly contributed to their popularity. Proficient® in-ceiling speakers blend perfectly into a home’s décor and offer sound quality that permeates throughout the entire home. From whole-home audio to home theater installations, our ceiling speakers deliver the performance and aesthetics right for every room.
In Part I of this series, we’ll dive into the top five frequently asked basic speaker questions that every professional installer should know and be prepared to answer. Let’s get started!
- Why are ceiling speakers outselling free standing speakers?
They take up little to no space! Unlike freestanding speaker products, in-wall and ceiling speakers do not require cabinet, counter or floor space, and are designed to provide long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing sound.
- How many ceiling speakers are needed?
To achieve true stereo sound, ceiling speakers come in pairs with one playing the left channel of audio and one on the right channel. To optimize sound quality, it’s generally recommended to use one pair of ceiling speakers for rooms larger than 9’x9’ and two pairs for rooms bigger than 15’x15’.
- When should stereo vs. single-point speakers be used?
In rooms larger than 10’x10’, pairs of standard mono ceiling speakers are recommended. However, in bathrooms and small bedrooms where space is limited, a single stereo speaker is ideal.
- Where is the best place for ceiling speakers to be positioned?
When installing a single stereo speaker, it is best to place it in the center of the ceiling for the best distribution of sound. When installing two or more speakers, the optimal placement is at an equal distance from each wall in the room and at least six feet away from each other. For unconventional room layouts, speakers with angled or pivoting tweeters work best.
- How are ceiling speakers powered and controlled?
Active speakers contain a built-in amplifier and simply require wall power. These can be controlled directly from any personal electronics device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Passive speakers require an external amplifier to power them via a speaker cable.