Architectural Speakers: in-wall and in-ceiling options


You may have already heard that all speakers are not created equally. It’s not just about the look but also the build quality and above all the sound quality the speaker will deliver for full enjoyment.

Installing speakers into walls or ceilings have become a popular trend with most new construction jobs we work on. Not only for the sake of the finished and seamless look but for the advancements in technology these speakers have made in recent years. In many of our completed home theatre jobs, we have used these speaker applications without the use of any floor standing speakers.

There certainly are a multitude of options available in the market and to aid you in your selection process, we have highlighted a few things to consider.

Final Speaker Placement and Room Size

A typical home will usually have a combination of in wall and in ceiling speakers throughout different audio zones in the house. Although you may have a desired spot for your speakers to be installed, it may not be best for overall sound dispersion. Our team at Aldergrove AVU is skilled in reading your blueprints, if you are building new construction or if you are undergoing home renovations, we will gladly do a site visit and analyze your home or business for best speaker placement. Not only will this help us determine the best placement of the speakers but also will allow us to measure individual rooms to recommend the best speaker size and product options for you.

Speaker Measurements and Fit

Always think of that old saying; measure twice and cut once!


Many of today’s speakers look very sleek from the front view but the back side, the hidden side tell a whole different story. These speakers come in various depths and mounting options that can bring complexity to a space that might be shallow and not accommodate the final product. Therefore the more care we take in the planning stages, the better it will be for the long run to ensure a proper installation of the architectural speaker.

Speaker Compatibility

Once we have speaker sizing confirmed, we will then look at the compatibility of the speaker to ensure it does not overload your audio components, such as your audio amplifier or audio-video receiver. The audio component will have a speaker rating represented in an ohm rating. Typical audio components will be at an 8 ohm rating while some heavy duty audio amplifiers may handle down to 4 ohms. The lower the ohm rating will usually mean that component can handle more than the standard speaker load and accommodate two speakers per audio channel versus one speaker of a standard system. Also keep in mind, some light weight audio components will have ratings of up to 16 ohms and usually not a good fit for a multiple speaker installation.

Once the type of speaker and the fit has been determined, it is then the fun part to choose the look of the speaker. Perhaps you like something with a thinner speaker bezel trim or something that is close to a zero trim and an all grill radius. We provide a quality selection of in wall and in ceiling speaker products by Paradigm, Monitor Audio, Yamaha and more. These brands offer various levels of products to fit your budget and audio taste.

The staff at Aldergrove AVU truly loves this stuff and always ready to do the research to ensure we recommend the right product and the right fit for your walls and wallets! Please connect with us to learn more and to get the process started.