In-Ceiling Speaker Systems

In-Ceiling Speaker Systems

Over the years, speaker systems have improved a lot. We started with 3 speakers, called a 2.1 setup, and are now up to 7.1 speaker systems with 8 speakers.

The most recent trend in the speaker industry is virtual speakers, which are usually found on professional/gaming headphones. Even with these advancements, some people still like the bulky speakers, especially for the purpose of home speakers.

One can argue that nothing beats speakers that are both functional and aesthetic. One type of speaker that is fighting for a place in your home is the in-ceiling speaker. Just as the name implies, in-ceiling speakers are positioned inside the ceiling.



Suiting their purpose as home speakers, in-ceiling speakers are very low profile. They are usually smaller than standard home speaker systems. Many in-ceiling speakers come with paintable grills. Grills allow people to not worry too much about these kinds of speakers until late into the home design process.

Space Saving

Although not as small as gadgets like mobile phones, in-ceiling speakers provide rooms with a much-needed space saver. If you had a sound system setup before that was not inside your ceiling, you will have noticed that they tend to eat up a lot of space. This is very true, especially if you have a setup that has more than 3 speakers.


One major advantage of in-ceiling speakers is that you can direct their sound pretty easily. Although they are not as easily adjustable as other speakers, you can pretty much test in-ceiling speakers’ position before finalizing their setup.

Unlike with other kinds of speakers, you won’t have to saw or go through a wall only to find out later that your speakers are not positioned strategically.


Loss of sound quality

Although some speakers claim only a minute loss of sound quality, this is not always true. As an in-ceiling speaker, they still lose some quality. If you just install in-ceiling speakers as is, without taking into consideration other factors, you will find that you will not get the best sound that in-ceiling speakers can provide.

An audiophile may also find that in-ceiling speakers lack the depth and quality of other types of speakers. Standard box speakers’ audio is enhanced by the boxes encasing them. In-ceiling speakers are either enhanced or diminished by your ceiling, depending on the design.


If you have experienced tangled earphones before, you will want to avoid tangled ceiling wires. Simple positional adjustments may not be simple at all. One needs to actually plan the house layout, including the piping, electrics and now the speaker system.

In-ceiling speakers need to be wired inside your ceilings. Not planning ahead can cost you a lot, especially if one of your house systems breaks down and takes down one or more other systems.

Something else we need to consider is rats. Rats seem to love electrical wiring. If they somehow chew through your wiring, fixing the wires can be a pain especially if you need to physical replace all the wires inside your ceiling.


In-ceiling speakers can only function as in-ceiling speakers. You can’t really use them for other purposes, say as movable outdoor speakers or pool party speakers.

Moving them to another location in your house is cumbersome. Wires and layout problems will prevent you from doing that. Then again, you bought them for the function of ceiling speakers so this may not really be too much of a problem.

In-Ceiling Speakers Versus In-Wall Speakers

In-wall speakers are probably the greatest competition to in-ceiling speakers. Both in-wall and in-ceiling speakers present some form of wiring problem since you have to plan in advance so that your wires won’t intergere with the other systems located in your household.

They can both blend in pretty well with the design of the room. They also both save some room space since you will need to install both of them as a part of the house itself.

In terms of advantages, some users report that in-wall speakers provide more advantages than in-ceiling speakers. Some even say that in-wall speakers are for serious listening while in-ceiling speakers are for whole-house music.

There are actually setups you can use that combine a mixture of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers so that your speaker setup doesn’t necessarily need to depend on only one type of speakers.

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