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Invisible Speakers – how to choose the right ones
25th July 2022
Choosing invisible speakers for your home
Let’s imagine you want the convenience of a whole home audio system that enables you and your kids to each enjoy different music or audio content in your respective areas of the house. Or you’re looking to turn your main living space into a fully operational media room, complete with drop down projector and surround sound. The chances are, you’ll want the functionality without the intrusion of bulky hardware. After all, you’ve designed your living environment to your tastes, and it’s understandable that you don’t want your aesthetics ruined.
The solution to your problem is invisible speakers. These are speakers that can be plastered into your walls, hidden in the ceiling, or otherwise concealed without compromising the sound quality they deliver.
A wide range of options is available to you, whether you want your speakers to blend seamlessly with your décor or make a statement without looking like speakers at all. Here at New Wave AV, we offer Artcoustic speakers, which provide award-winning sound quality and can be tailored to your exact needs. So how do you choose what’s right for your home? Let’s look at some of the considerations.
Where do you need speakers?
One of the biggest considerations when choosing invisible speakers is where they are going to be positioned in your home. If, for example, you’re asking your AV installers to put speakers in every room for a whole home audio system, you’re probably going to get the best effect with in-ceiling products. That way, as you move from one room to the next, the volume and quality remain consistent. If, on the other hand, you’re designing a media room, you might want your speakers positioned in the walls to create a surround sound effect.
Fixed or freestanding?
Another thing to think about is whether you want your speakers to be fixed or freestanding. In-wall or in-ceiling speakers require specialist installation, while freestanding ones are typically easier to set up. Floor-standing speakers tend to offer the best overall sound because the drivers and enclosures are matched for performance. If you choose these, you can turn them into statement artworks with Artcoustic, by selecting a printed digital image for the speaker cover.
How big is your space?
The size of your space will be a factor in determining which sort of invisible speaker to invest in. Smaller, in-ceiling speakers, for example, might work best for a bedroom as the sound won’t be overwhelming. In a media or home cinema room though, you might want a combination of floor based and in-ceiling speakers for maximum effect.
The furnishings in your room will also have an effect on whether the sound is reflected or absorbed. This, in turn should partially inform your decision about which speakers to buy.
At New Wave AV, we can help you to find the perfect hidden technology for your needs, taking into account your room size and shape, and your furnishings, as well as your preferences. We’ll also install the products, delivering a seamless finish that remains discreet.
Article by Damien Smith
I have been in the AV industry for over 20 years, working alongside some very high profile brands. More recently I have been heavily involved in Smart Home Technology, Home Cinema & Lighting Control which I very much enjoy discussing with clients, as well as providing CPD's for a variety of construction partners.