How To Improve Your TV’s Sound With In-Wall Speakers: 3 Rules To Follow

Have you recently bought a flat screen TV? If you love the picture but hate the sound, you aren’t alone. Surround sound systems are cheap but few people like the look of the wires or the quality of the sound. Sound bars often promise ‘virtual surround sound’ but fail to live up to expectations. One way to improve your TV’s sound is by purchasing and installing in-wall speakers. These deliver quality sound without ruining the look of your living room. Here are three rules that can help you get excellent sound without a ruinously expensive price tag.

#1. Find The Perfect Screen Positioning

Mounting your TV at the correct height relative to where you plan to sit can drastically improve the quality of the sound and the appearance of your home. The height of the TV should accommodate the height that you plan to sit at. According to advice from leading speaker manufacture Bose, the front-channel speakers should be positioned so that their midrange drivers are at about ear height. For most sofas, this means that the screen should be located about three feet off the floor so that when you sit, you are looking slightly upward towards the center of the picture. Your sofa should also be far enough away from the TV to get the best sound and picture. The optimum viewing distance is three times the diagonal screen size. For a 50-inch set, that would be 12 ½ feet away.

#2. Ditch The Awkward Center Speaker

Mounting in-wall speakers will only be an option if you have sufficient wall cavity to either side of the area where you wall-mount the TV. Positioning two in-wall speakers to either side of the TV gets you the best sound and doesn’t ruin the look of your living room. Consider ditching the center speaker. This spoils the look of your TV and alters the acoustics as the sound (usually speech) is coming from below the TV. The best way to avoid this is to install in-wall front speakers with inbuilt dual mono centre speakers. This places lip-sync centre of screen while keeping the speakers at the optimum height relative to the TV set.

#3. Use In-Ceiling Speakers

No wall cavities? No problem! In-wall speakers aren’t an option for all homes. Depending on wall and ceiling cavities available, careful planning is necessary to determine whether in-wall, in-ceiling or combination of both types of speakers are the best approach. If your home’s walls do not have cavities necessary for in-wall speakers, you can still adopt a minimalist, wire-free approach to your speaker setup with in-ceiling speakers. The rule about using concealed speakers is that some use of in-ceiling speakers should always be considered. You can use in-ceiling speakers to create surround sound where in-wall mounting isn’t possible.

Although fitting in-wall speakers can be completed by an experienced DIY enthusiast, most people benefit from advice regarding speaker placement to achieve the best sound. It’s worth using an impartial review site such as Angie’s List to find a reputable electrical contractor or audiovisual company in your area.

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Today’s contributor, Ian Thicke, is an employee at Edge Speakers Online, well-known suppliers of in-ceiling speakers at affordable prices. Whether it is on a bike lane or a trail, Ian loves cycling and mountain biking.