When one adds speakers into an existing setup, there are a few considerations:
you have space, and what kind of speakers can you add - floorstanders,
space for stands and space in the ceiling for speakers is no different.
it's an added on item you may already have stuff on the ceiling, such
as fans, lights or even other speakers.. If they are too close together,
the sound will be affected.
Are the speakers
mounted directly onto the concrete ceiling or will they go into a false
ceiling? Cutting into concrete is no mean feat.. there's lots of dust,
and you will need to cover up your stuff in the home if you want to
avoid dust. Trust me, they will get into everything if you don't cover
If there are items where dust is a no no, move them..
for false ceilings, will the ceiling take the weight? For small
speakers like the Anthony Gallos, that's usually no issue, but if you
are using regular bookshelf speakers, adding 4 or more of them to a
structure which may only be supported by thin aluminum struts can be
Also when one runs the cables in the false ceiling
make sure they are secure. Otherwise your subwoofer will find these
loose cables and send them rattling..
3) Cable runs
how will these new cables run? Unless you are using wireless - which
doesn't seem to work too well right now and you still need a power
supply, so that still needs cables.
For my own place, I had
space to hide the additional cables in my cove of the false ceiling, so I
ran the trunking from the front to the right side, then skirted behind
my bay window, then upwards behind the curtains, into the ceiling, where
they punched through the original false ceiling and lay my cables..
4) Actual ceiling mounts
You can use OEM brackets or if the speakers you choose has specific brackets, then you can use them.
How will the cables emerge from the ceiling?
Are the mounts adjustable? Can you change their tilt?
They should be solid enough and the angle of tilt should not change with time or gravity.. saggy speakers are not nice ;)
5) WAF - aesthetics
Now this can the most tricky and expensive part...
can drape the cables all over the floor or you keep it neat and tidy,
run it into the ceiling and walls. The latter option involves a lot of
cutting and hacking.. and cost.. so you will need to work it out with
your spouse / partner on this. Keeping it neat buys you domestic bliss
that can be priceless...
The Atmos and Auro website will give you links to the actual angles from the main listening position.
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