If normal speakers don’t work for you because you cannot place them correctly, you’re low on space, or you just don’t like their looks, then there is another option for you – in wall speakers. If you are thinking about using these over the traditional variety, there are some things that you need to know to ensure that you have the right ones. Read on for more.
What are In Wall Speakers?
In wall speakers are simply speakers that are mounted into the wall so that all that is actually visible inside the room is the speaker grille. The grille itself is completely paintable so you can make the speakers look even more discreet. In wall speakers are capable of producing excellent sound, especially with all the advancements in technology, so you are not compromising in any way.
What to Look For With In Wall Speakers
If you are thinking about using in wall speakers in your home, the first thing you will want to look at is how they are actually mounted inside the wall. It is best to use sealed systems wherever possible as these give the best sound reproduction. There is no sound loss inside the wall which can distort what you hear.
Also look at your budget. In wall speakers may seem more expensive than some other options but you’ll be pleased to know that there are in wall speakers that will suit any audio budget that you have, and you definitely won’t be sacrificing anything if you go for something at a more budget price point.
Don’t forget to think about how you will actually be using the in wall speakers. Is it just for background music in the bathroom or kitchen or will you be using them as your main home theatre system or to listen to music outside the home? If you’re using them in wet areas or outside, ensure that the speakers are weather or water resistant. Once you have figured out where you will be using the speakers, you can then decide how many you need, what type you need and what size you need. You will need to look at the following things:
- Frequency response (Hz) -- this tells you what range of sounds that a speaker can reproduce. Look for a speaker that reproduces much of the range of human hearing as possible. For example, a 50 Hz speaker will produce more balanced sound than a 65 Hz speaker.
- Power handling (watts) -- the speaker’s power recommendation will tell you how much power the speaker can handle getting from the receiver. For example, a 100 watt receiver will work well with a speaker that has power of 20 to 100 watts.
- Sensitivity (db) -- this relates to how well the speaker will use the power from the amplifier. The higher the sensitivity, the louder the speaker can go before it strains the amp.
This can sound daunting but any speaker specialist or home audio company will be able to help you with the technical stuff to ensure that you have made the right choice.