In the case of new construction, by planning before the drywall goes up, you can easily provide for Stereo Music in every room.
A simple guide and introduction on installing ceiling speakers and wall speakers.
If you are building a new residential or commercial structure or remodeling an existing property, Now is the time to plan for a Music Distribution System. It's easier than you might expect.
All you need to start with is an existing HiFi Stereo System. If it has at least 50 watts per channel of output power it should be suitable as the heart of an entire residential or small scale business music system.
Speaker cabinets already exist everywhere in your building. It’s the walls and ceilings. They are ideal speaker cabinets. A typical eight foot tall wall with 16" stud centers has nearly three cubic feet of interior space. That is equivalent to a speaker cabinet 1 foot wide, 1 foot deep and 3 feet tall. Speakers need cabinets to develop bass response, that is why speakers in big cabinets are capable of great bass.
The walls and ceilings which make up the building serve as terrific speaker enclosures, at no additional expense and furthermore allow you to place the sound source(s) unobtrusively almost anywhere you wish.
We feel there are two ways to go for speaker placement.
The first is in “social areas” where multiple people are gathering. The second is in “stationary rooms” where one person sits in the same place.
In social area’s it’s best to use in-ceiling speakers placed equally about the room. One pair for a 15'x15' (approx) sized room. If you're getting into a larger room, then two pairs. For REALLY big rooms (restaurants or such), you should have one speaker every 15 linear feet that you have.
For rooms with can lighting, try to match your speakers to your lighting pattern.
Wall speakers are best suitable for stationary rooms.You can take advantage of that feeling of "stereo" being in the middle of the two speakers creating an "image" that's projected in your minds eye.
The placement here is basically ear level or a little higher and the width should be approximately a 45 degree separat
This type of installation is where this industry was born!
There are only a few differences between installing in the wall and in tiles:
1. Strength of the tile or age of the tile If you have older tiles, you may need to reinforce the installation first. I like the "low tech" approach. Even though there are dozens of companies out there selling "braces" and "metal frame" solutions, all you need to do is make sure your tile will hold the speaker. I use "hardboard" (think pegboard without the little holes), as a backing plate. You can cut a piece the full 2' x 4' or just a smaller overlapping piece and put it on the back of the tile first.
2. Rattles Not really the fault of the speaker as that's what it does...moves in and out, creating motion in the frames above. Use patience to listen and pad the areas that need attention.
Can I play MP3's through my ceiling/wall speakers?
Absolutely! Integrating your computer into your inwall or in-ceiling sound system is simpler than you think.
You will need a small amplifier or basic stereo receiver to boost the signal that comes from your computer's sound-card. To link that to your computer, you will need an adaptor.
Generally, a 1/8" 2-Male RCA adaptor would work for this application; it will go from your computer's sound card —from the 'line out' to one of the inputs on the receiver/amp.
The speakers would then be connected to the 'speaker out' jacks from the receiver or amplifier. You can also hook up a powered subwoofer from there as well.
OR… you can integrate a computer into your stereo/entertainment center by using the same adaptor. You will probably have to have your computer near the entertainment center in order to do this, but it's a viable option for those who want to include their home computer in their home entertainment system.
Doing this can take the sound from your computer gaming to a whole new level, and give you the ability to listen to music in an array of formats, such as MP3 and more! It's a nice way to use a computer's capabilities for enhancing sound.