Nowadays, it is common to see in-wall subwoofers in theaters and hallways both big and small as they have become quite popular in homes. The ease of installation and advances in acoustic quality are some of the factors that have made in-wall speakers competitive with traditional free-standing models. In-wall subwoofers also free up a lot of space and blend in with any interior design. There are however some things that one should consider before buying a subwoofer.
Below, we have listed 6 of the most important factors to consider when buying an in-wall speaker.
The kind of room
Different rooms are used for a different kind of listening. When choosing an in-wall subwoofer, it is therefore important to consider the size of the room and the kind of listening because one size fits all doesn’t apply to in-wall subwoofers. You usually sit in a specific spot to surround sound of a movie or hear music while in a home theater or a family room. The type of in-wall subwoofer will be different to the one used in a dining room or a kitchen where you might want low-key sound distributed evenly throughout the space.
The size of the in-wall subwoofer
The size of the in-wall subwoofer is another factor to consider when choosing the best speakers. It is recommended that you select a speaker that suits their budgets. However, it is also important to note that large speakers tend to produce cleaner and louder sound especially at low volumes than small speakers. An 8” speaker is appropriate if you have a room size of more than 15 x 20 ft.
Most in-wall subwoofers have specifications on the minimum and maximum power handling capacity. Choose a speaker with a power handling capacity that best suits your use. For a 100-watt RMS receiver, a speaker with a recommended power of 20-100 watts is well suited.
The specification of the frequency response tells you what portion of that range a subwoofer can play. For deeper and wide range bass, choose a speaker with a frequency response of 50 to 20,000 Hz as compared to one with a frequency response of 65 to 20,000 Hz. This is after considering that the range of human hearing is about 20 to 20,000 Hz.
Every subwoofer comes with a specification indicating the sensitivity, efficiency, and how effective it uses the power sent to it by your amplifier. You can angle the sound of the speaker toward a preferred listening spot as many in-wall, and in-ceiling speakers come with swiveling tweeters. You can also access some speakers by popping off the speaker grill because some of them come with treble and bass tone controls.
Ease of installation
Most in-wall and in-ceiling subwoofers are easy to install, but there are those which come with complex installation instruction. It is important that you chose a speaker that will be installed easily using some basic instruments.
If you want to buy a new subwoofer receiver and want to power an extra one or two pair of speakers throughout your home, you should consider purchasing a receiver that can handle both. The most important thing to consider before you can go shopping for a new in-wall subwoofer is where and how you want to use it. This will help you to determine the size and power handling capacity you need.