Wireless Ceiling Speakers Sound System Advice

Wireless Ceiling Speakers Sound System Advice

Wireless ceiling speakers made easy

Were often asked for suggestions for wireless home sound systems that are easy to set up and run. This article outlines three systems, using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to wirelessly control the sound system in one room. For multi-room systems, our experts can also help you design a system specifically for your needs. So what are the best wireless speakers for ceiling or wall installation? In truth there is no such thing as a completely wireless ceiling speaker. All so-called wireless speakers need to be connected to an amplifier and a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth receiver, whether built into the speaker chassis or separate, and these will need a power source.

Battery operation would be impractical because the power required to drive a good quality speaker would drain a battery in no time. The mains lighting circuit can’t be used as this would switch the speakers on and off with the lights. So connecting ceiling and wall speakers to an amplifier and wireless receiver powered from a dedicated mains electricity spur is generally the only option available for creating a completely hidden wireless system.

How can I connect my ceiling or wall speakers to a wireless system?

Keene KLAB20DB Bluetooth In-wall Amplifier

A simple solution for one room would be to stream your music via Bluetooth to an in-wall amplifier like the Keene KLAB20DB Bluetooth In-wall Amplifier. This can be installed flush with the wall when fitted into a standard back box, and the speaker cables that run from the amplifier to the ceiling speakers can be embedded into the wall for a completely hidden finish. The advantage of this system is that you can place the in-wall amplifier close to an existing mains power source, and the amplified signal is sent to the speakers via speaker cable, which is a lot easier to install & manage than power cables.

This system can run a maximum of two pairs of compatible speakers, so long as you are happy for all the speakers to operate simultaneously. Each speaker will require its own speaker cable back to the amplifier. If the speakers need to be controlled independently, then separate amplifiers for each pair of speakers will be required.

Alternatively, you can use a separate Bluetooth receiver and a small power amplifier. With the installation of a dedicated electricity spur in the ceiling void, these units can be powered and completely hidden. You simply run short lengths of speaker cable in the ceiling void from the amplifier to the speakers. Nothing is seen from the room below, and you can use a Bluetooth enabled device such as a phone to control music selection and volume.

To use Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth, simply select the same amplifier and exchange the Bluetooth receiver for a Wi-Fi receiver such as Apple’s AirPort Express.

It is important to remember that Bluetooth is only designed for short-range wireless transmission across quite limited distances, and is unlikely to be suitable where the transmitter and receiver are more than 10m apart (much less if there are obstacles in the way). It can also suffer from interference and can cut in and out when used at the limits of its range.

The best ceiling speakers for your project will depend on a lot of different factors, including the size & design of your room, the available space behind the ceiling, and what you want to play through them. Youll find our search wizard invaluable for finding your perfect speaker. or phone us for expert advice.

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