Angled ceiling speakers have been around for awhile. You’ve seen this type of design from other companies like KEF and Speakercraft at kind of crazy prices. But now, angled speakers have a reasonable price on the same type of design that many people can use.

It used to be that people wanted to put ceiling speaker with pivoting tweeters in and then point just the tweeter to the listening area. But that’s not a good practice as you send high frequencies in one direction and yet the lows and mids stay pointing straight down. In that type of arrangement, you get weird phase problems at different frequencies in different places in the room. Pivoting tweeters are probably the worst ‘bell and whistle’ type feature made for ceiling and wall-mounted speakers.

Pivoting Tweeter
Pivoting Tweeter

By using angled ceiling speakers, you can now put a good sounding theater system all in the ceiling, aiming the whole speaker assembly toward the listening area. Now, you may be wondering whether or not it’s a good idea to put the speakers in the ceiling. That practice is being discourages because of the disconnect between the screen and the sounds coming from the speakers.

While not a perfect theater set up, as opposed to using theater styled box design, you do get a good compromise between interior design and sound quality. This is a good alternative when using a drop down screen in a front projection type of set up also.

Angled Ceiling Speakers
Angled Ceiling Speaker


  • Peter Chan says:

    Brian, I have placement question. I’m planning a home theater exactly as you described: front projection and in ceiling angled speakers. Due to ceiling joist layouts I can either have my front LCR angled speakers close (16″) to the screen or at least 24″+ from the screen. What does InwallTech advise for the placement of your speaker?

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