We all thrive to create the best atmosphere in our homes, and for good reason. In America, our households make us who we are. It is the place we get to spend time amongst the family, or entertain our friends. It is certainly a luxury in America that we all truly value, and enhancing the experience of our homes is something that just about all homeowners find joy in. So what is your next project? When sitting back and considering your next DIY home entertainment project, your creativity is likely to take hold of your wallet, as your dreams and ambitions begin to add up. But as we all are likely to experience this dilemma, you’re going to have to choose which project is sure to make the biggest impact on your home experience.
The categories of home entertainment can be categorized into three categories. Those categories are audio, video, and lighting. Each comes with its own problems, solutions, and payouts as far as entertainment. However, many people say that the biggest transformation they make to their home entertainment system that has the biggest effect is installing speakers into your ceiling all around the house. In-ceiling speakers are great because they provide ambient music all over the house, in a stereo spectrum, at a constant volume. Whether you have your speakers playing your favorite music mix, or providing surround sound for the big game, in-ceiling speakers offer an effect unlike any other aspect of your entertainment system.
So what are the best speakers to install into your ceiling? If you are new to audio, the general guidelines for all speakers is there frequency response. So what is frequency? The easiest way to comprehend frequency and how it is measured is to consider a pool of water that is at a complete stand still. If you drop a small pebble into the pool, small ripples or waves will move outward from the source of the impact. If you drop a large rock into the pool, large waves will move outward from the source of the impact, however, the waves will move outward at the same rate as the small pebble. Audio frequency is exactly the same, however, instead of a pool of water creating waves, air pressure creates the waves that we perceive as audio, and the pebbles that were dropped into the water can be compared to the speakers in your ceiling. However, when it comes to audio, thousands of frequencies are being produced all the time. Comparing audio to the pool of water again, to recreate the amount of waves in a pool as in audio, you would have to continually drop thousands of pebbles, rocks, and boulders into the pool in real time to reproduce what speakers do.
When purchasing your in-ceiling speakers, you’re going to want to have the widest frequency response in your speakers, which in a perfect audio system is 20-20,000 Hz. Now, to truly optimize your in-ceiling speakers and get the truest response, is to install speakers that have multiple drivers (speakers) built in one. These speakers will allow all of the low, bass frequencies (20-200hz) to be projected from the large cone, and the mid and high frequencies (200-20,000hz) to be projected from the small tweeters. The less frequency that each speaker has to re-create, the more natural your audio system is going to sound.