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January 11, 2013

Designing an In-Wall Speaker: Part II

Filed under: Audio Knowledge — Tags: , , — Amie C @ 1:52 pm

Axiom Engineer Andrew Welker continues with his description of how to design an in-wall loudspeakers to avoid any problems with reflections and diffractions1.

Andrew:  Part two, in continuation of part one.  A couple of important details.  One, many in-wall speakers that you’ll see on the marketplace actually are sunk into the wall so that the drive units sit below where the drywall surface or the wallboard surface would be.  That’s actually a very bad thing acoustically, because the wall edges that stick out past the drivers cause reflections and what’s called diffractions around the drive unit.  So instead of getting a nice even spread and a spacious sound, you can get a very localized and closed-in sound, which sounds very unnatural.

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December 7, 2012

Designing an In-Wall Speaker

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,How-To — Tags: , — Amie C @ 4:03 pm

One question that several of you have asked pertains to designing an in-wall speaker: how does it differ from designing a regular speaker?  What factors do you have to take into account when you’re engineering it?

I caught up with Andrew Welker in our anechoic chamber (this time we put the floor in so I could turn the camera around!) and asked him about his strategy.

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September 6, 2012

In Wall Ceiling Speakers: Three Tips For Getting Whole-House Music Right

Using in wall in ceiling speakers for whole-house musicLooking for a way to get high-end sound in any room of your house?  In wall ceiling speakers may be the answer!

Whole-house music is something a lot of us yearn for – it can be as practical as wanting to listen to the radio while making lunches in the kitchen, or as decadent as wanting the music to follow you no matter where you are during a party. Regardless, few of us have the space (or the inclination) to put full-blown bookshelf or floor standing speakers in every room of the house.

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November 23, 2011

Things To Consider When Installing An In Wall Speaker

Filed under: Home Theater,How-To — Tags: , , — Amie C @ 5:48 pm

In Wall SpeakersAs whole-house audio grows in popularity, more and more people are adding an in wall speaker system to rooms that don’t have room for stand-alone speakers.  Are there things you need to consider when installing an in wall speaker?  You bet there are!

First of all, a speaker isn’t like a piece of art (or at least, isn’t like most pieces of art) in that it moves.  As you put music through it, it vibrates and oscillates.  That means when you are choosing the right in wall speaker for your installation, it’s especially important to make sure the clamping mechanism is secure, and won’t result in bits of drywall dust eternally falling from the cut-out.

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