Planning Your In-Wall Speaker System

Where to Located Your In-Wall Speakers for Your Home Theater System

By Mark J. Donovan

When building a media room or finishing a basement that includes plans for a home theater system it’s wise to plan your in-wall speaker system. Over the years when I’ve built home additions or remodeled basements I’ve always wired speaker wire and speaker outlets in both the walls and ceilings. I always make sure to have a sense of where the media or home theater system could be located in the media room or renovated basement.

I then run speaker wires from where the home theater electronics is expected to reside to the various locations in the room where the ceiling and in-wall speakers would most likely want to be located.

When planning your ceiling and in-wall speaker system you also want to think about locating the speakers in non-conspicuous areas.

Ceiling mounted speakers are always a great solution. Likewise near floor level in-wall speaker mountings are also a great solution.

Another item to consider when planning your in-wall speaker system is how many zones do you want to have? For example if your plans include in-wall speakers in many of the rooms of the home, you may want 2 or 3 speaker zones. Likewise if you have a very large room you may also want to have 2 or more zones. This way multiple sources can feed the different speaker zones. As a result, music played in a bathroom can be different than what’s played in the entertainment room.

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