An in wall speaker functions just like any other speaker – they take an electrical signal and convert it into audio. The resulting sounds are then further modified by the speaker cabinet, which allows resonation. This is where the similarities end. Common speaker models are packed inside their own cabinet, whereas in wall speakers are mounted inside a frame and set into the wall, which acts as the cabinet. The resulting set up confers two big advantages: more room space and more bass. Being able to hide the speakers inside a wall opens up valuable space for furniture or walk space, and having a larger cabinet gives more resonation which produces a better quality bass.
Given their advantages, there are some points to remember when shopping so that one gets the best sound for the room. First, consider the room’s architecture. This affects the placement of the speakers to a large degree. For instance, a home theater surround sound system needs the front left and front right speakers at slightly above ear level, the center speaker at ear level, and the surround speakers at standing ear level. This requires a large enough room to accommodate the placement and provide adequate spacing. Second, consider some of the technical aspects such as frequency response, power handling and sensitivity. Generally, a 50 Hz speaker with 100-wattt RMS receiver and a high sensitivity will be good for most situations. Finally, if the room is not ideal for speaker placement, consider other features, such as swiveling tweeters for awkward room angles, and moisture-resistant speakers for humid locations such as the kitchen.
In addition, when it comes to installation, it is best to ask a professional on how to install the in wall speakers, especially on where to place each one. However, there are seven general steps to do this yourself. First, decide on the location. Then drill an exploration hole, about a half inch in the center bay. Next, recheck the measurements for each speaker then drill their corresponding holes. The fourth is to cut out wall sections using the paper template that comes packaged with the speaker. Then, drill a hole for the speaker wires coming from the audio source. This is followed by snaking the wires through the holes and into the cut out wall portion. Finally, the wires are attached, and the speakers are pushed into the wall.