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Sonos' New In-Ceiling & In-Wall Speakers - Everything You Need to Know
The new Sonos architectural range is here!
100% discreet audio: we review Sonos’ latest in-ceiling and in-wall speaker releases, in partnership with Sonance
Sonos in-ceiling and in-wall speakers, by Sonance will be released on 26th February 2019
How do Sonos in-ceiling / in-wall speakers work?
As they are passive speakers, they need to be powered by the Sonos Amp or Connect:Amp using speaker cable that runs behind the walls and ceilings.
But once they’re installed, they’re installed, and you’ll never have to touch them again. As access is needed behind the walls and ceilings, the opportune time to install them would be during an extension or the construction of a new house.
The Sonos Amp requires mains power and access to your WiFi network, but these can be stored away in a cupboard out of view.
Once everything’s installed, all of your music control will be dealt with wirelessly using the Sonos app on your phones, tablets and PCs. Here, you’ll have access to over 80 music streaming services including radio, podcasts and audiobooks at the tap of a button.
You’ll be able to group music on multiple Amps or have individual music playing through each Amp. This is perfect if you’re looking to get music to every room of your home.
Why use the Sonos Amp with Sonos in-ceiling / in-wall speakers?
- Once the Sonos indoor architectural speakers are wired into Sonos Amp (Sonos recommends a 16 gauge or thicker speaker cable), a sine wave is sent over the speaker cable to the speakers. This allows Amp to read the unique impedance values at specific frequencies the architectural speakers generate. Once these values have been detected, Sonos Amp cleverly corrects the DSP (digital signal processing) for the number and type of speakers connected to Amp.
FAQ: Can I play my TV audio out of the Sonos Ceiling / In-wall speakers?
AirPlay 2 to your in-ceiling/in-wall speakers for simple, wireless control
The new Sonos Amp supports AirPlay 2, allowing Apple users to cast any audio straight from their device to the Sonos Amp and ultimately the connected speakers. This is ideal for regular YouTube users.
You can then group this audio to ANY other Sonos speaker you have in your home.
Use Amazon Alexa to voice control your Sonos in-ceiling or in-wall speakers
The Sonos Amp is fully integrated with Amazon Alexa voice control, meaning Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer customers can start music playback on any Sonos zone.
FAQ: Sonos in-ceiling vs in-wall speakers
Both in-ceiling and in-wall speakers are aesthetic and blend into the environment seamlessly.
The in-ceiling speakers come with round, paintable grilles, with the option of installing square grilles. The in-wall version also has paintable grilles, though you will only get square-shaped ones.
Our recommendations may be slightly different, depending on whether you’ll be using these speakers for music only, or if you want the option to listen to TV audio out of them too.
Ceiling speakers are great for providing background music listening and getting audio to areas in the middle of the room where there are no nearby walls.
On the other hand, in-wall speakers being at natural listening height would provide a superior experience to ceiling speakers when watching TV.
That’s why if you’re going for a dedicated music set up, ceiling speakers provide the most discreet solution and fills the space more evenly as audio can be heard from within the middle of the room.
In-wall speakers are best used if you want the ability to listen to both TV and music.
Specifications of both in-ceiling and in-wall Sonos speakers are indetical : Two drivers (1-inch tweeter, 6.5-inch woofer), 8 ohms, handling 130 watts maximum power, and 89dB SPL sensitivity. Frequency response on both models is identical @ 44Hz to 20kHz.
Who do we recommend in-ceiling / in-wall speakers to?
- For customers wanting an alternative to traditional speakers, seeking the very best in aesthetic audio - great for families with kids as the audio does not run the risk of being knocked over
- Commercial installations - ceiling speakers are ideal for offices, retail units, restaurants, salons, coffee shops, bars and many more where background music listening is essential to provide a vibrant atmosphere
- Customers considering a home extension or homes in first fix stage where access behind walls and ceilings is much easier. Installing speaker cabling can even add value to your home!
Sonos in-ceiling and in-wall speakers, by Sonance will be released on 26th February 2019. All orders of the Sonos architectural range will receive a free 6 year warranty.