in wall in ceiling downsides?

In-wall and in-ceiling speakers are tidy. They look great because they’re mostly hidden. They’re low maintenance.

But there must be a catch, right?

Read on to discover the main concerns people have when considering in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, and whether they are legitimate.


  • Can In-wall & In-ceiling Speakers Sound Good?
  • Aren’t In-wall & In-ceiling Speakers Hard To Install?
  • Isn’t Cutting Into My Home Going To Reduce Its Value?
  • What Are All The Benefits Of Using In-Wall Or In-Ceiling Speakers?

Can In-wall And In-ceiling Speakers Sound Good?

in ceiling speakers sound good

It makes a lot of sense that people *assume* in-wall and in-ceiling speakers can’t sound good. The reason being… these kinds of speakers are super common in restaurants, hotel lobbies, gyms and bars.

There is a HUGE industry for commercial in-built speakers. They aren’t built to sound good, they’re only built for ‘background listening,’ utility and budget.

Those commercial speakers have given in-built speakers a bad name!

Here’s the truth about how in-wall and in-ceiling speakers sound… They have speaker drivers, crossovers and bracing, just like ALL speakers do. But they don’t have cabinets.

That’s it.

Instead of using an MDF cabinet with veneer on top to prevent “wrap around” and provide good bass, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers use the wall / ceiling of your home.

If you go out of your way to make sure the in-built speakers you choose are designed for performance home theatre use, you’ll get high quality drivers, crossovers and bracing. Which means you’ll get clear, rich, amazing sound!

Aren’t In-wall And In-ceiling Speakers Hard To Install?

Having to install the speakers may be a downside, but it’s a small one.

Here are some reasons why:

  • It’s easy for anyone to make the cuts needed. (The tools are safe and simple to use.)
  • They are designed to clamp in place with wiggle room, so your cuts don’t need to be accurate.
  • There are simple tricks to running cables that most people don’t know about.

If you want to learn more about why this process is easy (and all the steps involve)... click here and check out this short guide.

As long as you can modify your home (you own it or have permission from your landlord), you qualify to use in-wall and / or in-ceiling speakers.

Plus, if you prefer, you can get a professional installer to handle the work for you. (Get in touch here and we’ll recommend a friendly installer from our approved network.)

Isn’t Cutting Into My Home Going To Reduce Its Value?

cutting for in ceiling speakers

Clients often hesitate to use in-wall or in-ceiling speakers because they’re worried about cutting into their walls / ceilings.

Specifically… they’re worried about reducing the value of their homes.

The truth is… and this is from experience… in-wall and in-ceiling speakers tend to increase the value of your home.

Especially in areas that cater to “luxury minded” buyers, things like built-in audio systems and app controlled climate control are modern and attractive. The reference site Homewyse says:“A good quality Home Theater Remodeling project in the right neighborhoods can return 61% - 72% of its initial cost.” (Ref.)

They’re USA based, and that figure is based on a handful of factors. But the principle is the same — a quality built-in audio system will ADD to people’s perception of value.

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What Are All The Benefits Of Using In-Wall Or In-Ceiling Speakers?

Now that you’ve learned about the arguments against using in-built speakers in your home, you might be wondering what’s good about them.There are 5 different reasons that really make these speakers an exceptional choice.

Thanks for reading! If you have any other questions, contact us here.

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