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Anyone who has heard will testify, that the best speakers for a cinematic experience come from surround sound. However, if you can answer the question, what is surround sound, you probably know that it requires a lot of space. So, below, we’ll instruct you on how to mount speakers on the ceiling. And if you don’t quite like the sound of this option, we have another great article that explains how to install in-wall speakers.
Mounting speakers on a ceiling requires some planning and some power tools. But with the right amount of foresight, you can have your speakers booming in no time.
Only hang light speakers from drywall, such as a small tweeter.
One of the first decisions you’ll make is the type of speaker system you want. Consider your space, and determine whether it accommodates a set of wired speakers. If not, you can check out some of the best wireless home theater systems. Either way, you’ll need to purchase mounts and scope out where you want to hang your speakers before beginning. Surveying the room for the best location is always the best practice when it comes to knowing how to build an enclosure for wall or ceiling speakers.
And if you need ideas on what speakers to get, you can look at our guide covering the best in-ceiling speakers.
STEP 1 Plan Where to Mount Your Speakers
STEP 2 Locate the Ceiling Joists
STEP 3 Prepare And Install Ceiling Plates
STEP 4 Install the Mount Bracket to Speakers
STEP 5 Install the Speaker Wire
Make sure to purchase mounts that hold above the weight of your speakers. Otherwise, they have a greater risk of falling and hurting someone.
Can I use a ceiling mount for any size speaker system?
It’s possible to mount a wide variety of sound systems on the ceiling. But, for larger models, it’s very impractical.
Do ceiling speakers need fire hoods?
It is a legal requirement to have a fire hood in some countries. Be sure to check this before beginning.
Can I voice control my ceiling speakers?
With many amplifiers, it is possible to connect to a voice assistant so that you can use voice control with your ceiling speakers.
STAT: Ceiling speakers should be symmetrically spaced and at least 6 feet apart for the best sound. (source)