Jensen Speakers - 3 ways to build

In this article I’m going to address three ways you can build a Jensen home theater system in your new home.

Going with Jensen for your new home theatre means you’re getting incredible home theatre performance from a system that’s nearly invisible.

The speaker range consists of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers that sit flush with the surfaces of your home. They’re tidy, super low maintenance and blend seamlessly with your interior design.

If you haven’t committed to going in-wall and / or in-ceiling for your new system, I strongly recommend you click here and read this first.

Then come back to this article to discover the best way to approach your new home theatre.


  • Three Options To Building Your New Home Theatre
  • Builder Prepared: The “Middle Ground” Way To Install Your Home Theatre
  • DIY: The Most Hands-On Way To Install Your Home Theatre
  • Builder Installed: The Ideal Way To Install Your Home Theatre

Three Options To Building Your New Home Theatre

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Building a new Jensen home theatre system means…

  • Choosing what kind of theatre system you want (like 5.1.2 or 7.1)…
  • Deciding if you want extra zones (like an alfresco zone or speakers in your bedroom)…
  • Choosing the speakers you want for those systems, and…
  • Installing both the speaker cables and the speakers.

It’s true there’s a little more to building a Jensen home theatre system than there would be if you went with traditional “box” speakers. But it’s a LOT easier than most people think and the result is much better.

One quick note…

These methods are based on building a Jensen home theatre in a home that’s being built or renovated.

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It may be obvious but here it is…

The easy & quick way to build your Jensen home theatre is Builder Installed — you plan and choose what you want, hand your brief to your builder and point them to us so we can help them make it a reality.

In the last section I’ll explain HOW to do it this way.

But before we move on to that, let’s quickly look at Builder Prepared and DIY.

Builder Prepared: The “Middle Ground” Way To Install Your Home Theatre

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You’ll still hand a brief to your builder. They need to know that you’re planning to use in-wall and / or in-ceiling speakers. They also need to know where those speakers are going to be installed.

They’ll use this information to inform the electrician where speaker cables need to be run. This is great because running speaker cables is MUCH easier when it’s done before insulation / plasterboard is installed.

Our thorough planning guides will help you choose what system to go with, and where to place each speaker and your AV receiver. (Your TV or projector system should be installed as well.)

Make sure your builder leaves you with the right outcome:

You should end up with speaker cable terminations at the AV receiver point and each speaker location (click here to find out what kind of cables to use).

You’ll also have a hole cut in each of those spots with the cables hanging out. (250 mm extra for in-wall speakers and 500 mm extra for in-ceiling, to make hooking them up easy.) The hole must be within the area of your wall / ceiling that you’re going to cut out for the speaker.

Then you source your speakers and AV receiver from us and install them, starting with making the cutouts — we supply a handy template to make this super easy.

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You’ll use this option if you’re installing into an existing build. That means either…

  • The plasterboard phase is already complete, or the electrician is finished and isn’t coming back. Or…
  • There’s no building / renovating happening.

You’ll be installing the speaker cables yourself, behind the existing walls / ceilings.

This sounds intimidating but it’s surprisingly easy. You just need a couple tools and a moderate amount of handiness about you.

This option is doable, though it’s the least recommended of the bunch. If you have no choice, no problem. Just read our helpful guides and you’ll see exactly how to make it happen.

We Have An Installer Program!

Our network of approved installer partners is ready to help you build your next Jensen home theatre.

Contact us to request an installer.

If you’re an AV installer or you’d like to start supplying your clients with our performance range of in-built speakers, click the link below to learn more and sign up.

The Jensen Home Theatre Installer Program

Builder Installed: The Ideal Way To Install Your Home Theatre

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If you have a build or renovation in progress, the plasterboard hasn’t been installed yet and an electrician is still available… this is the way to go.

This method is…

  • Easiest because your builder is doing all the work. You just plan and choose what you want, and
  • Fastest because everything happens while the building is taking place. You commit zero of your own time to install.

You end up walking into your new home (or new addition) with a powerful home theatre already installed and ready to be switched on!

Let’s look at how to make it happen.

Plan & choose your home theatre

You know you want an awesome performance home theatre system to enjoy in your new home. You also want a tidy, low-maintenance solution that will blend in to your interior design beautifully.

Next you need to get into the details:

How do you want the main theatre room set up?

Here you’ll think about the performance level you’re going for. It will determine how many speakers you’ll need in that main room. It will also determine where they’ll go.

5.1? 7.1? Dolby Atmos? In-wall or in-ceiling? These are the kinds of questions you’ll be answering.

Do you want extra zones?

Multi-room audio is easier than ever, since everything in your Jensen home theatre can be controlled using WiFi. That’s why many people go with an extra zone on the patio, a rumpus room or even the bedroom.

You can always add these zones later — but it’s important to choose an AV receiver that can handle your long-term vision. Each model of receiver has a maximum number of speakers it can power.

What equipment and where? (Put together a brief.)

Using the choices you’ve made for the main theatre room and the extra zones, you can pick in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. Pick the type, the models and the colours.

(Our in-wall speakers are preferred for performance and audio imaging. But if you’re partial to having it all in the ceiling, our in-ceiling speakers are second to none.)

Our placement guides will show you exactly where each speaker goes.

All you need to do is put together a brief for your builder so they know…

  • Exactly what equipment you want, and…
  • Where each item will go.

The next step will provide everything else they need to get the job done.

Note when choosing speakers- Our ELITE-303 in-wall speakers give you left, right AND centre channel audio up front from only two speakers. This is thanks to their perfect centre speaker technology. Learn more here.

Point your builder to us: here’s what will happen

When your builder comes to us with your plan brief, we will make sure they’re getting the equipment you specified. We’ll also make sure everything that’s needed to make the system work well is included.

Our team will refine any placement details that may be needed, and make sure the builder understands when and how to correctly install everything.

This includes details like…

  • Minimum spacing for excellent acoustic performance
  • The direction in-ceiling speakers need to be pointed, and…
  • Tricks to make everything look tidy.

All questions that they have will be answered by our team and the project will be underway without you needing to worry about it.

That’s why THIS is the easiest, quickest and BEST way to build your new Jensen home theatre system!

Thanks for reading!

If you have any other questions, contact us here.

To learn more, check out these related articles…

 7.1 Vs 5.1.2: Is Atmos Thriving Or Diving?

The Best Speakers For Your Outdoor Alfresco Area

What AV Receiver Should I Buy For Home Theatre?