Many people spend time and resources to have the best cinema-like experience at home. They buy large television sets, sound surrounds speakers and amplifiers or even home theater systems! It’s all fun until they realize that they do not know how to connect ceiling speakers to receivers. If you are one of those who are already in this situation, or perhaps still thinking on whether they can connect the speakers themselves before buying, then this article will show you how to establish the connection.
How to connect ceiling speakers to receivers is no rocket science. In fact, the steps are so easy to follow, and the process starts by checking the parts and obtaining the tools. The first thing to do is to obtain the ceiling speakers and then to buy the conductor speaker cable.
However, it is not enough to have the cables and the speakers. One must also need other tools like stiff wire either a fish tape or a coat hanger, a drill, flat bit, level, gloves, Philips screwdriver, keyhole or drywall saw and some wire strippers.
When you have prepared the tools needed, then it is time to start the work.
1. The first thing to do is to look for the best location of the speakers.
One must first think about whether he or she wants to reproduce the home theater front sound or would rather opt for a surround sound. Knowing what kind of sound production you want will help you determine the placement of the speakers.
2. The speakers must be placed to the right and left of either the television or the stereo system and close to the listening area, for the reproduction of a home theater sound experience or listening of music to the stereo. If you plan to listen or watch on the couch for most of the time, then the stereos must be placed near the sofa.
3. On the other hand, those who would like a sound surround experience must place the speakers on the ceiling behind the listening area. Just like above the speakers must be placed both on the right and left. The only difference is that the speakers are directly behind the listening area such as the couch.
The speakers have a cardboard insert. Do not throw this out as you would need this to cut open the speakers’ openings on the ceiling. After choosing the location of the speakers, one must use the cardboard insert to start tracing the hole on the ceiling.
There should be no obstructions in the area where the speakers will be placed. And as such, one must first check the location for any possible obstruction. You can do this by drilling a little hole in the drywall right in the middle of the traced speaker hole. Feel for any obstruction such as wires or pipes.
Additionally, one can also use a bent wire and insert into the drilled hole to feel if there are any obstructions. Poke the left and right area of the hole to feel for objects. If one hits an object during this inspection, then it is time to look for another location of the speaker.
When cutting the opening of the speakers, use either the drywall saw or the tooth keyhole saw to cut the openings you earlier traced. Remove all the drywall scraps when you finish cutting the holes.
Choose a cable that is best suited for the speakers. Using a fish tape, start running the cable from the speaker’s output either on the receiver or the amplifier towards the first speaker. Start running a second cable to connect the first speaker to the second.
Check if you need insulation to the speaker openings that you earlier cut out to produce better sounds, as well. You can opt to use fiberglass, which can absorb any unnecessary sound waves emanating from the back of the speakers as well as control the vibrations inside the wall.
After running the cables, it is time to cut them depending on where they will be connected. The speaker wires must be stripped using a pair of wire strippers. Take out the two of its outer jacket to reveal the conductor found inside the cable. Carefully cut out the insulation jackets until you see the copper wire exposed.
After stripping the cables, run one of the wires from either the amplifier or receiver towards the left speaker. Get the second wire of the amplifier or receiver to route it to the left speaker.
Pay attention to the polarity of the amplifier or the receiver so that you will connect the right channel to the right speaker and likewise the left channel to the left speaker.
Now tug gently on the wires to check if you have made the connection a secure one.
Read carefully the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the speaker before proceeding with the installation. Sometimes, product makers provide a special set of instructions on how the installation should be done and failure to follow the instructions would result in damaged or incorrectly placed speakers.
Make sure that you have the screwdriver on hand to tighten the screw heads on the speaker. Additionally, make sure that you tighten the screws but not excessively so that you can still adjust the speaker if needed. Just tighten the screws until you can feel some resistance.
You may want to add some other finishing touches like painting the speaker or space around it for additional style or design. Some manufacturers, after all, allow users to paint the speakers to blend seamlessly on the wall or ceiling.