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Maybe you own a small Bay Area loft (not much space, but a beautiful view!). Or maybe you’re a homeowner who wants to avoid the cluttered look that characterizes homes stocked with way too much AV equipment. In either case, an in-wall or in-ceiling speaker solution might be for you. This article will introduce you to the basics.


Speaker Positioning


In-wall and in-ceiling speakers have plenty of advantages:

  1. Preserve shelf and floor space;
  2. Preserve appearance of the room – nothing too obtrusive;
  3. Allows you to paint over the grill easily – no problems “camouflaging” the speaker;
  4. Speakers deliver an advantage on the bass spectrum over standalone speakers, due to the construction of the cavity where the speaker is housed;
  5. Excellent choice for awkward, small spaces – nooks, studies, even bathrooms.

Tips for choosing and positioning your speakers:

Pay attention to the moisture resistance rating, especially if you are going to install the speaker in a place like a bathroom or a patio, where  moisture accumulates.

Retain control! Once your speakers have been installed, it can be quite a pain to dig them out of the wall or ceiling and change their  settings. So make sure that the speakers can be controlled, even after their positions have been set and tested.

Check you wire ratings! The installation should comply with your building’s fire code. If you are going to be running cable through your  walls, UL rated speaker wire is the best choice. Look for labels like CL2 or CL3. Wires can be susceptible to damage, stress, and fire; talk to  your installer and possibly your insurance agent if you are all concerned. There is no point in installing an in-wall speaker system to listen  to Avatar or the Star Wars trilogy in awesome sound if you wind up burning your house or apartment down.

Are you an audiophile who wants in-wall speakers to watch movies or listen intensely to music? If so, consider installing speakers with  swiveling tweeters. These can be angled and adjusted to deliver pinpoint precision sound.

Other factors to consider include: frequency response, power handling, and sensitivity. These cover the range of sound that the in-wall  speakers create, the power needed (from your receiver amp) to make your speakers purr, and sensitivity of the speakers to the power  source. A very sensitive speaker can run on low power without putting your amp under too much pressure.


Hello Karbon | Solving Your In-Wall or In-Ceiling Speaker Needs

Karbon Home Theater and AutomationThe team here at Karbon Consulting has been a leading provider of home theater systems for the Bay Area since 2003. Our professionals will help you design, develop, install, and troubleshoot dedicated home theater rooms and systems, home automation systems and controls, multipurpose theaters, and more. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and a member of the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA). Call us now to get your free estimate at 925-798-7600, or visit us at

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