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Sonos & Ceiling Speakers for a Home Extension or New-Build
Building a new home or renovating an existing one? We show you how to #SonosYourHome using a combination of in-ceiling speakers and wireless Sonos smart speakers to create the perfect audio solution.
Our Passion is Filling Homes with the Joy of Music
Whether you’re building an extension, an entire home from scratch or already have a home filled with audio, but looking for a more modern approach of listening to music, you can apply Sonos to all situations very easily.
The most common audio setups are standalone, meaning you would have a different audio player in each room, but none of your rooms would be interconnected or linked together which doesn’t offer a particularly fluid user experience.
This is what differentiates Sonos from other audio brands. Sonos makes multi-room audio not only possible but also extremely enjoyable and painless to use.
This is because all of your speakers, whether they are ceiling speakers or standalone Sonos speakers, are visible in a single, central place being the Sonos app on your phone/tablet or PC.
Because all Sonos speakers connect to your WiFi network wirelessly, you can group music to each room or select different music in different rooms through the tap of a button or more recently, the utterance of a voice command.
What are the Benefits of Ceiling Speakers?
The main benefits of having ceiling speakers over traditional speakers are that firstly, ceiling speakers are major space savers. By being flush in the ceiling, they occupy virtually no space on the ceiling, walls or cabinet shelves.
This has the dual benefit of being ideal for families as youngsters are not able to reach or trip over them. Don’t be fooled by their small size either - ceiling speakers offer deceptively good sound quality too.
Ceiling speakers once installed emanates neatness and tidiness, appealing to those of you who prefer more subtle and aesthetic-looking audio as opposed to speakers with an unattractive boxy shape.
There will also be no trailing wires as all speaker cable will be tucked away behind the wall, out of sight.
If you’d like to read more about why ceiling speakers are ideal with Sonos and how to choose the perfect ceiling speaker for each of your rooms, we have a dedicated blog on this topic here.
How to Install Ceiling Speakers
The first thing to note is that all ceiling speakers must be powered by a separate amplifier which is wired with speaker cable to each speaker from the amp.
If you want the ability to have wireless music control that is independent of each room, you should go for the Sonos Connect:Amp. This compact little box is a mini powerhouse and can power up to two pairs of ceiling speakers.
Each Connect:Amp is assigned a room name as part of initial set up, so you are aware which room you currently have control of.
One of the most important things you should also consider is which rooms you’d like the freedom to select different music and volume control to other rooms as this will determine how many Connect:Amps you will need.
To give you an example, for a bedroom and adjoining ensuite it is unlikely you’ll want different music in these two rooms, and so the speakers in these rooms can run off a single Connect:Amp.
However, this might not be the case with two separate bedrooms at opposite ends of the house, and so here you would need two Connect:Amps. Please take a look at the below diagram which will explain how the Connect:Amp and ceiling speakers are wired to each other.
If there will be multiple Connect:Amps in the home, the most practical and future-proof way of storing them would be in a central storage room or cupboard. They can be hidden out of sight and can be kept on a secure rack wired with CAT 5 or 6 cable directly to the router.
However, it’s essential they are still easily accessible for health and safety reasons and if you need to add or change anything here.
You may also want to add a Subwoofer wire from this storage room to any room it is likely you’ll want some deeper bass. You could use a powered Subwoofer of your choice and connect this to the Sub Out on the Connect:Amp.
Alternatively, you could use the Sonos Sub which has the added benefit of being wireless and contains all the bass you could need. You would just power it with mains power and will pair wirelessly with any Connect:Amp zone.
Please see below for a handy diagram of how to wire up your ceiling speakers.
Fill the rest of your Home with Wireless Sonos Smart Speakers
In addition to the Connect:Amp, Sonos also have a brilliant range of standalone wireless smart speakers that work in unison with the rest of your home audio set up all controlled from the easy-to-use Sonos app.
Choose the Sonos One for smaller rooms or the Sonos PLAY:5 for larger spaces. Either way, Sonos has a smart wireless speaker to fit your requirements.
To add or extend your system with a Sonos smart speaker, simply connect them to mains power and easily set them up using the Sonos app on any of your devices. Assign them a room name and add wirelessly to your existing Sonos network.
Create a Wireless Home Cinema with Sonos
Always liked the idea of a home surround system with no trailing speaker wires?
The Sonos PLAYBAR linked with the soul-shaking SUB and pair of PLAY speakers creates an award-winning wireless surround sound system that links seamlessly with both standalone Sonos speakers and any ceiling speakers powered by a Sonos Connect:Amp.
This is why the Sonos Home Cinema works so well as it appears in the Sonos app, the same place you’ll find the ceiling speaker zones and any Sonos wireless speaker you have in your system.
This enables TV audio to be sent wirelessly to any rooms you have Sonos speakers as well as the possibility to group all speakers together for party mode.
You can read more about creating your own home cinema set up with Sonos here:
What about Audio Outdoors?
It is also possible to “Sonos” the outdoor areas of your home too such as garden, patio or pool area to name a few. You can wire outdoor weatherproof speakers to a Connect:Amp too. We recommend the KEF Ventura 4s for smaller outdoor spaces and the Monitor Audio Vectas for larger ones.
The grille is formed out of a powder-coated aluminium material which does not rust and resistant to the elements. They are also optimised to sound fantastic over any outdoor noise.
Outdoor speakers need to be wired in the same way as ceiling speakers with speaker cable back to a Connect:Amp.
We appreciate there are many solutions for customers to fill their homes with audio. We hope all the above information demonstrates that Sonos does in fact, offer the most flexibility and versatility when choosing an audio solution for your home.
If you would like any more information on any of the above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialists to help discuss your individual needs.
Why choose Smart Home Sounds?
When you’re investing in a long-term audio solution that will remain in your home for a long period, we believe that 1 or 2 years warranty cover that some other retailers offer simply doesn’t cut it.
The reason we include a six-year warranty as standard on all of our Sonos products is two-fold - firstly because we are so impressed with the build quality and reliability of Sonos, but on top of that, we believe customer peace of mind on their purchase is core to exceptional customer service.
We think like our customers do and want you to be safe in the knowledge that in the unlikely event something did go wrong with any of the products, it is simple to get in touch with a friendly Sonos specialist in a matter of seconds, who will help you get the music back on as soon as possible.
In addition to this, we endeavour to offer the most competitive prices on the market with free upgraded next day or weekend delivery - and if you ever fancy adding to your Sonos system (which is quite possible as the average number of speakers each household owns is 4!), providing you have purchased from us before, we will reward you with loyalty discounts on your next purchases.