How To Install In-Ceiling Audio Speakers
by Jason Griffith, founder of Vibe Speaker Company
Apart from being stylish and contemporary, in-ceiling audio speakers have other benefits with regard to whole-house audio and home theater.
First of all, in-ceiling audio speakers can deliver a tremendous home theater surround sound experience. Second, it allows you to save floor space and avoid the clutter of floorstanding speakers. And finally, in-ceiling speakers can be installed and their grills painted in a way to blend seamlessly with the decor of your home.
However, before the in-ceiling speaker installation occurs, there are some important points that must be considered.
Should You Buy In-Ceiling or In-Wall Speakers?
This choice usually boils down to your personal aesthetic preferences, as well as some installation issues.
If your ceiling does not have an accessible attic above it, then there’s a good chance you may want to go with in-wall audio speakers. If you do have an accessible attic and you want to keep your speakers out of your immediate line of sight, then in-ceiling is definitely the way to go.
However, if you don’t want to get stuck with one option, there are speakers that can be used for both in-wall and in-ceiling installations. [Vibe Speaker Company makes such options.]
Step 1 of the installation process described below.
Choose Your Speaker Placement Location Carefully
Given the nature of in-ceiling audio speakers, once they’re installed firmly, you cannot move them around. Optimal placement of the ceiling speakers must be determined before you start the actual installation.
The location and wiring of the ceiling speakers at selected locations is very important, and a little pre-planning will allow you to work through these installation issues beforehand.
Pay Attention To Home Wiring
When outfitting your home with in-ceiling speakers, note that the speakers aren’t wireless. The wires will be running all the way from the audio system amplifier, through the walls and ceiling, to the speakers.
- When mapping out your wire runs, pay close attention to electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC ductwork locations.
- Always take the time to double-check before you start drilling or cutting into a wall or ceiling.
- Running your speaker wiring parallel to electrical wiring should be avoided if at all possible. If you must cross electrical wiring, do so at 90-degree angles to avoid inducing electrical hum in the speaker lines.
- Lastly: The thicker your speaker cabling, the better. We generally recommend using at least 14AWG stranded cabling.
Check Before Installing Speakers in a Moist Setting
Most in-ceiling audio speakers are not made for moist environments, such as bathrooms or back porches. Before installing your in-ceiling speakers in such locations, check the documentation to make sure they can be placed there or not. Otherwise, the speaker grills and other components will start to rust and deteriorate with time.
Your best bet here will be to buy in-ceiling speakers which come with all-weather grills. For example, Vibe’s Spectrum in-ceiling audio speakers will stand up perfectly in these environments.
Step 2 involves preparing the area.
4 Easy Steps to Install In-Ceiling Speakers
A whole-house audio system with in-ceiling speakers produces amazing and immersive sound throughout a room. You can listen to your favorite music or movie, while eliminating obtrusive wires and boxy floorstanding speakers that clash with your interior decor.
Aside from the aesthetic benefits, installing in-ceiling speakers is a huge space-saver and a perfect solution for a home theater surround sound system. You get powerful surround sound while keeping an elegant look that blends seamlessly with your home.
So how can you revolutionize your audio system and carry out a smooth in-ceiling speaker placement in your living space? Here are four easy steps to install your in-ceiling speakers at home.
Before You Begin
As discussed before, choose the right area for your in-ceiling audio speakers by checking the back of your ceiling through an accessible crawlspace or attic. Survey the area where you want to install the speakers and be sure to have a clear understanding of local building and fire codes to avoid any harm and distractions as you run the wiring in the ceiling.
When running the speaker cables to the installation location, be sure to avoid running alongside electrical wiring for extended distances. This will help to avoid electrical hum in the speakers.
Also, if you have blown-in insulation, it’s good to temporarily move the insulation out of the area you are cutting in the speaker. Otherwise, some of the insulation will simply fall out when your speaker hole is cut out.
In Step 3, you’ll cut the hole for the speaker.
Step 1: Gather Tools
For a hassle-free home ceiling speaker placement, you will need:
- Protective goggles (safety first!)
- A ladder (This is to help you reach the area where you want to install your in-ceiling speakers. )
- Stud finder
- Painters tape
- Pencil and a template of the speakers (for marking the location of your cutouts)
- A laser level (This is optional, but can ensure that your speakers are even with each other.)
- Box cutter (This is for scoring the drywall before you start cutting, to avoid chipping paint, plaster, etc.)
- Keyhole saw to cut the drywall
- Wire cutters to strip the wires
- Phillips screwdriver
Step 2: Prepare the Area
Place the ladder to reach the desired location of your first speaker. Use the stud finder to find all nearby studs or ceiling joists. (I like to mark them with the painters tape.) Once you know where the joists are, trace the area of the ceiling speaker using the template found in your speaker box.
Tape the template to the wall before tracing it with a pencil. Use the box cutter to score the drywall where you traced your template to make it easier for you to cut using the keyhole saw.
Make sure to cut inside the line, because the keyhole has a thicker blade that might widen or go over the lines. Go all the way around the circle until you have everything edged out using the box cutter.
Step 3: Cut the Hole for the Speaker
Before you remove the drywall, make sure you are wearing your goggles to protect your eyes from dust or debris during the cutting process.
Grab your keyhole saw and cut all the way around in one direction, following closely the circle that you traced and scored.
Step 4 is where you actually install the speaker.
Step 4: Install the Speaker
Test the area to make sure that the in-ceiling speaker will fit perfectly. Carefully push the speaker into the hole until it is in place. At this point, we are ready to connect the speaker and attach it to the ceiling.
- Remove the grill from the speaker.
- Pull the wires from the ceiling and strip each of the two conductors about half an inch to uncover the copper strands.
- Connect the wires to the speaker and insert it back to the ceiling.
- Tighten the speakers in place with the screws along the perimeter of the speaker.
- Before placing the grills back, adjust the direction of the sound by adjusting the swivel tweeters. Once completed, you can paint the grill to match your decor.
And that’s it. You can now start enjoying a seamless whole-house audio experience.
A former musician and professional audio engineer, Jason Griffith is the founder of Vibe Speaker Company. He has a decade of experience in interacting with music lovers and creating unforgettable audio experiences in homes across the country. Learn more about Vibe, or connect with him here.
How to Install In-Ceiling Speakers
Finding a spot in your room for a pair of speakers can be difficult. Another challenge is that some speakers do not distribute sound evenly. For these reasons, in-ceiling speakers often provide the best solution.
In this article, we’ll show you everything you need to know to install a pair of in-ceiling speakers, using Yamaha NS-IC800s as an example. These speakers provide rich sound with excellent dispersion to fill your room with high-quality audio.
First, gather the tools you will need:
– Floor covering / tarp
– Stud finder
– Drywall saw
– Blue painter’s tape
– Measuring tape
– Wire stripper
Now you’re ready to get started! Simply follow these steps:
1. Plan your placement. Your in-ceiling speakers should be central to the room, and they should also be oriented with your furniture or prime listening spot so that the left and right speakers are actually to the right and left of where you will be sitting. You will also probably want to align the speakers with other ceiling elements (like recessed lighting fixtures) so there is a visual sense of symmetry.
2. Mark your locations. Locate your ceiling joists with a stud finder and mark them with blue tape so that you can properly align the speaker opening between the joists. Measure your distances from the other ceiling elements for alignment purposes. A good rule of thumb is to keep the speakers about eight feet apart or so. This will vary based on room size.
3. Use your template. A nice feature of the Yamaha NS-IC800 is that it includes a template that is the exact opening size you will need to cut. If you’re using a different make or model of in-ceiling speaker, you can create a similar kind of template with a piece of stiff cardboard. Place the template on the ceiling and in alignment with your other ceiling devices, then trace around it with your pencil.
4. Cut your openings. Once you have your opening marked out, grab your drywall saw and get to work. Keep in mind that you are going to make an enormous amount of dust, so be sure to protect your floors before you start cutting those holes.
5. Run your wires. Now that you have your openings cut, this is the perfect time to run wire back to your amp or AV receiver. Take advantage of your attic space if there is one over the room. Hopefully you are connecting to a receiver like the stellar Yamaha RX-V6A, which has a handy “Zone 2” feature that lets you fill an additional room with sound.
6. Make your connections. With your amp or receiver turned off, strip the conductors of your speaker cable and connect them to the speakers before you install them in the ceiling. Only expose enough copper to fit in the terminals. Any additional exposed copper leaves you susceptible to creating an electrical short and potentially damaging the amplifier.
7. Install your speakers. With your speaker wires firmly in place, place the speaker into the opening and use a manual screwdriver to tighten the screws. (I recommend a manual screwdriver so that you don’t run the risk of over-tightening and damaging the drywall. ) The Yamaha NS-IC800s have dogleg brackets that will grab the inside of the drywall and allow you to clamp the speaker in place by simply tightening the screws.
8. Put on the finishing touches. Now that the speakers are in place, add the finishing touch by putting on the magnetic grills. While you are still on the ladder, clean off any fingerprints that you may have left on the grills.
9. Turn the receiver on and enjoy your music! Here’s what the finished installation should look like:
All photographs courtesy of the author.
Click here for more information about Yamaha NS-IC800 in-ceiling speakers.
Click here for more information about the Yamaha RX-V6A AV receiver.
Installation of ceiling acoustics in an apartment and country house
If you love your decor and value great sound, you don’t have to compromise: in-ceiling speakers will create harmony throughout your home.
Minimalism as a design concept continues to dominate the aesthetic choices of homeowners around the world. Everything from furniture to TVs has been scaled down to create large interior spaces. This decline, however, has not dampened demand for more technology and entertainment devices.
Almost everyone likes the idea of having music in every room of the house, but not everyone likes the idea of having bookshelf or floor standing speakers in every room. This is where built-in ceiling speakers and other architectural solutions are needed. These speakers are designed to disappear into your space, whether it’s your home theater space, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Modern architectural speakers have excellent sound, a variety of designs and characteristics.
We offer a variety of design and installation services for all home audio including:
- Stereo systems throughout the home
- Single and multi-zone audio systems (Multiroom)
- Installation of ceiling speakers
- Installation of wireless and Bluetooth built-in acoustics
- Design and installation of home cinemas with built-in acoustics
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have music playing throughout the house? With the touch of a button, you can listen to your favorite playlist for a big party, family reunion or just background music. Today it is easier and more accessible than ten years ago.
Advantages of ceiling speakers
- Ceiling speakers do not take up living space.
- Ceiling speaker blends discreetly into any interior.
- Ceiling speaker does not require any maintenance (no need to wipe the dust)
- Ceiling speakers cannot be accidentally dropped or damaged by pets or children.
- No tangled speaker wires on the table and on the floor. (reduces clutter)
- Ceiling loudspeakers are the only solution for damp environments such as washrooms and bathrooms.
- Recessed ceiling speakers are the ideal solution for sounding living spaces in modern houses and apartments.
- Ceiling acoustics can be with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi receiver (an external power amplifier is not required in this case)
- All built-in speakers are supplied with a round white metal grille. (If desired, it can be painted in any color to match the interior)
- Manufacturers approach the development of built-in speakers with the same care as conventional cabinet speakers.
- The sound of the vast majority of built-in speakers suits everyone who uses them.
- Ceiling speaker has a high WAF – “Wife Acceptance Factor” (Wife Acceptance Factor)
Single or multi-zone stereo?
The first step in designing an entire home music system is to decide whether you want to listen to different music in different rooms at the same time, or a system that allows you to select signal sources but the same music will play in all rooms.
The multi-zone or multi-room system is the ideal home audio system for families who want to listen to different music in different places in the home. For example, such a system would allow a dad to listen to the radio in his office while his children listen to their favorite music in their bedrooms at the same time. A custom designed multi-zone system from Globalaudio can do just that.
On the other hand, if the same source playing in your home meets your family’s needs, an inexpensive single zone system will suit your needs. No matter which system suits your needs today, Globalaudio specialists can design a system that can be upgraded in the future.
The equipment of such a system can be installed out of sight: in a dressing room, laundry room or server room.
If dad wants to listen to the radio in his study, the multi-room system will allow it.
A few things you might not know about recessed speakers:
- All in-ceiling loudspeakers are covered with a round white metal grille. (Some speakers come with two grilles: round and square)
- If you plan to install ceiling speakers in your new house or apartment, it is advisable to lower the suspended ceilings by at least 10 cm. This distance will allow you to install almost any built-in acoustics (80% of the entire range)
- If you can’t lower the false ceiling by 10 cm, this is not a reason to refuse built-in speakers. There are thin and even very thin built-in speakers. Installation depth of 5 cm or less. (Keep in mind that these speakers are above average)
- Most ceiling speakers are passive. This means that you will need to connect a sound source to them: an amplifier, receiver, stereo, etc.
- Bluetooth ceiling speakers exist! When choosing these speakers, you do not need to connect to an external device. Just select Bluetooth speakers on your smartphone or laptop and click Play. (Bluetooth acoustics is active, which means it will require 220V power. When designing such a system, you should lay the power cable behind the ceiling to the speaker installation site)
Contact us today
Turning to the professionals of Globalaudio, you will find out what audio systems are installed today in modern apartments and private houses, what methods of listening to music people prefer most often and what areas must be sounded. We are ready to work with you or your architect, whether you need a ceiling sound system in just one room or a home theater and multi-room system covering all major areas of the living space.
Your state-of-the-art audio system or surround sound home theater is just one phone call away! To learn more about our services, contact Globalaudio today.
Ceiling speakers: selection and installation of acoustics.
Ceiling speakers have become widespread in modern interior design. This is due to the ease of installation and original appearance. It will take you only 5 minutes to find out what types of acoustics are and how to properly install in-ceiling speakers in the ceiling.
- Ceiling acoustics: variations
- Installing ceiling sound sources
- Video: ceiling acoustics
Acoustics in the ceiling: varieties
All speakers that are built into the ceiling plane differ in shape and size, as well as the class of sound. We will focus on each category, consider it in more detail.
In a large hardware store, you will definitely be offered recessed ceiling speakers of various shapes: round, square, etc. Round models are the most popular among consumers.
Speaker size refers to the diameter of the speaker in inches.
- Compact in-ceiling speakers available in 3″ to 4″ sizes. They weigh a little, so they are successfully mounted even on the Armstrong ceiling. If you paint the grilles in the color of the panel, the acoustics become completely invisible. Install it in small rooms – for example, a toilet or bathroom.
- Medium sized speakers have drivers ranging from 5″ to 6.5″ in diameter. Such acoustics are often painted white, although grilles can be found on the market in any other color palette. It is recommended to embed middle speakers in plasterboard and slatted ceilings.
- Large columns. The size varies, but the most common are models with an 8-inch speaker. The sound is so juicy and lively that you can easily create a full-fledged cinema at home. Given the considerable weight of acoustics, it can only be installed on a solid foundation. Plasterboard ceiling will be just the way. An adjustable suspension is often used as an additional fastener.
Depending on the class of sound, acoustic systems are low-impedance and broadcast. The first type is built in to achieve the highest quality sound, however, the resistance of the models varies between 4-8 ohms. The cross section of the wire must be at least 1.5 mm, and with a length of 30 meters or more – 2.5 mm. In most cases, such acoustics are represented by 2-way speakers. The tweeter is silk, easily turns, the sound is very pleasant and soft.
But broadcast systems are mainly used for installation in rooms with a large area, where power is in the first place, not quality. The principle of operation is based on the use of a transformer consisting of windings. They convert a 100-volt signal into 3-4 beeps.
In simple words, for each of the speakers you can adjust its power. The connection is parallel, the total power should not exceed the rated power of the amplifier.
The disadvantage of the broadcast system is the use of a 100 volt transformer. Even with a flawless build and trusted manufacturer, the sound quality isn’t going to be perfect. Bass and treble frequencies are cut, a slight metallic overtone is heard.
In addition, all built-in sound sources are divided into:
- Wideband. They consist of a single dynamic head reproducing the entire frequency spectrum.
- Coaxial. A typical coaxial system is a crossover + speakers. Each of them transmits sound at a specific frequency. As a rule, the tweeter head is placed on the same axis as the midrange / woofer.
- Two, three or more lanes. They also consist of heads with a crossover, but they are located separately from each other.
Which device should I buy? The choice of acoustics will depend on many factors. To solve basic problems, a coaxial system is also enough; more sophisticated connoisseurs of “delicious” sound opt for two- and three-way speakers.
Installing Ceiling Sound Sources
First, let’s figure out how to embed speakers in a ceiling surface that is made of drywall. Believe me, it’s no more difficult than installing spotlights.
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- Using the template, mark out the intended location of the speakers. It is determined even before the installation of the ceiling (wire is connected). It is very convenient to make markup using the template that comes with the kit or can be made independently.
- The ceiling plane is cut with a jigsaw to make a mounting hole.
- After connecting the wires, each speaker is mounted in its place, fixed with a standard fastener.
But what if your ceiling is not made of plasterboard, but is a stretched canvas of fabric or PVC? Let’s figure it out.
Stretch ceiling speakers are not uncommon. For their installation, mounting platforms are made at the preparation stage. They are rings, the inner hole of which is made under the speaker. Installation is carried out using hangers that are attached to the main floor.
When the PVC sheet is stretched and firmly fixed, the rings must be glued at the place of installation of the mounting element. The canvas inside each ring is carefully cut out, the speakers built into the ceiling are installed in pre-prepared places.
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The use of built-in audio systems is perhaps the only right decision if you want to correctly “fit” the speakers into the overall interior of the room. They will not be conspicuous, you will not have to stumble over them and get tangled in the wires.
Installation can be carried out where it is not always possible to install a conventional speaker system: in a children’s room, a narrow corridor or aisle.
We’ve covered the key features of outboard speakers and found out how a low-impedance speaker differs from a broadcast system.