How to Hide the Speakers - Not the Sound
As you begin to design your new home, there are numerous important decisions to be made. The focus should always be on creating the ideal environment for enjoying your home, which includes paying particular attention to the audio. In your home and your home theater, a good audio system will take your theater to the next level. Some, more obvious speakers may distract from the room’s other design elements. One way to achieve a great sounding experience without sacrificing style is using hidden speakers. To learn more about creating a functional and attractive home theater, read on.
Ways to hide your speakers
Choosing the right audio system for your home may require some consultation with an integrator or if you can visit a showroom and sound-test them for yourself, you’ll be able to hear the difference. Additionally, a home technology specialist will be able to determine the acoustic layout that would work best for your room and overall theater design.
Here are a few types of hidden speakers you can choose from:
In-wall and In-ceiling Speakers
These speakers are installed right into your drywall and lie flush with the surrounding area. Their grills can be painted to fit right in with the rest of your design, and you would have no idea they were there if not for the great sound they emit. These speakers will require an installation period so you will need to factor that in with the rest of your home theater process. Good examples are the Origin Acoustics Director Collection and Composer Collection and the Sonance Visual Performance Series.
Small Aperture Speakers
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Small aperture speakers deliver amazing audio performance with minimal visual impact. These trimless speakers sit completely flush with the ceiling to precisely match the aesthetic of a 3” or 4” designer downlight. While these speakers may look small, they deliver big sound without sacrificing audio quality. Good examples are the James SA Small Aperture or the Sonance Discrete Opening System.
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This is the ultimate in acoustic concealment. Invisible speakers completely disappear into a wall or ceiling surface, and can be finished over with the adjoining materials including drywall compound and paint, wallpaper, wood veneer, or plaster. These speakers are truly “designed to disappear,” while filling a space with high quality audio that seemingly comes from nowhere. Good examples include the Sonance Invisible Series.
Whether you choose one of these options or mix and match all three, the important thing is that the sound quality and the design of the room are never compromised.
Accessorizing your sound
The sound quality of your theater can be affected by numerous factors from the shape of the room, the floor materials you use to the chairs you select. To create a high-performance audio system for your home, you will also need to take these incidentals into consideration. The acoustics of the room is one place to start. Work with a home technology specialist to install acoustic panels that will keep the outside noise out and allow your audio system to shine. You can also keep these acoustic panels hidden or choose a design that works with your style. Next, work with your technology professional while looking for flooring and seating options. You can provide your style opinion, and your integrator can keep sound quality front of mind.
Hidden speakers allow you to create great sound while maintaining your personal style. Contact BRAVAS today to let us help make your home theater look and sound its best.