we included a few articles about superior execution molded speakers, the floorstanders essential for the best presentation sound multiplication. This time, we’ll talk about architectural speakers, built-in models that fit into any room and don’t take up any floor space. Most have low-profile grilles that can be painted to match any decor, and some manufacturers even make models that practically disappear behind a wall.
Built-in speakers weren’t good enough for critical listening or home theater applications, so they were mostly used for background music in the past. However, the performance of architectural models has improved to the point where they nearly match that of many conventional freestanding speakers thanks to a plethora of more recent technologies.
A/V integrators, architects, and designers now have the ability to install a home entertainment system in any room the homeowner wants because architectural speakers and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs are becoming more affordable and of higher quality.
Architectural speakers fall into three broad categories: in-ceiling, in-wall, and on-wall. Manufacturers have created a number of novel solutions within those categories to satisfy any homeowner’s requirements and preferences. We should investigate some of them.
Ceiling speakers don’t take up any floor or wall space and can be used as surrounds or main speakers in a home theater or as part of a whole-house music system. Most conventional roof models are round in shape and from 4 to 12 creeps in breadth.
In smaller to medium-sized rooms, one or two can typically provide sufficient coverage for music; bigger rooms and multichannel arrangements require more. According to the Sonance sidebar, some companies have more recent systems in which a number of smaller speakers the size of small downlights are distributed throughout the ceiling to improve sound coverage.