Speaker Size for Home Theater?

Speaker Size for Home Theater?

Message : I am looking for a pair of in wall speakers to use as rear surround. I am looking for really great sound. I am looking at the 8″ because the ones you have are three way.

Please suggest what you think are the best for around $200. Also I want to be able in the future go with the same company for front and center in wall.

Thanks, Scott


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Speaker Size for Home Theater?

Generally 6 1/2″ speakers work best for home theater in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. You’re already going to be using a powered sub-Woofer for your theater room and that will take care of the low, low bass sounds. A subwoofer handles frequencies from about 120 hertz and lower (the low, boomy sounds).

Some people we have talked to wanted to use 8″ speakers for their home theater, because they figured “bigger is better”.  An 8″ speaker is made a little larger so it can reproduce lower sounds better. But in a home theater application, those sound ranges are already being handled by other equipment, and it would only be redundant.

So, when I get asked: What Speaker Size for Home Theater, a 6 1/2″ speaker will produce sounds from 80-100 hertz on up (mid-range type sounds like snare drums, gun shots, and snaps and higher). If you use the 8″ speaker in your home theater realm it will be slower to react to those mid-range noises than the 6 1/2″ speaker will because of it’s larger mass. Just like a sports car will be quicker off the line than a big truck.

In a theater type system when using a subwoofer, you are actually
creating a three way system. Your woofer is one, the mids are the
woofer in the wall/ceiling and the tweeters are the third way. So
you`ll get all the good midrange you`d expect out of a three way system,
it just might look a little different in the end.

So the speaker size for home theater?  Generally, smaller because you’ve got the subwoofer.

As for a recommendation, take a look at the speakers that have the
closest match for the type of material you have on the front channels of
your system now to match up the “timbre” or characteristics of the type
of sounds that come from the speakers. Here are some recommendations for Theater Kits here:



Theater Wiring Questions


You should be able to do the work yourself without too much trouble.

I`m glad to see you have looked over the FAQ`s.

As for the theater, a 5.1 type system like you`ve described is perfect
for most of our customers unless your room is really long, over 25 ft.
front to back. If yes, then your should consider the side wall type
speakers to fill in the large gap.

You can run the one additional pair of speakers off most of the
receivers out there today by hooking to the “B” pair of front speakers.
Keep in mind that you need to turn off all the surround modes to hear
music through those auxiliary speakers.

We do sell wire in as little as 100 ft. spools here:

The connections are all just bare wire type connections. You can use
these wall plates if you want to clean up the install behind your gear:


> Name :
> Wilfred Hessert
> Message :
> I had contracted to have a surround sound system installed in our family room; The installer would provide the equipment or we could. I found a great buy on a Pioneer VSX-1014TX Receiver, and a Sony DVD/CD; Then, sadly, the installer came down with a spinal Cancer and was unable to do the work. They were going to provide the speakers, wiring, etc. This receiver provides 110W for Front, Center, Surround and Surround Back speakers. I`m willing to try installing a system myself, but need a recommendation on a balanced set of speakers. (Center, front surround L/R, Sub-woofer, and for the rear we`d like to install two ceiling speakers.(Isn`t that enough? or do we need side rear speakers also?) We`re also curious if we can run a speaker into the dining room area for dinner music sound. Read your FAQ on gauge of wire. Do you provide the wire in bulk runs and we have to install connectors? Distance from unit to rear ceiling speakers would be 26`. Distance to dining r
oom (which may not be doable and we`re not hung up on)is 50`. Distances include vertical run up wall then across ceiling to in ceiling speaker mounts. is Any advice and prices you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Gen. Hessert

Ceiling Theater Question


It will be just fine up there. Just as good as it would be in just a
standard ceiling if that`s where you have to go.

The one thing that I typically do with a drop ceiling tile type
installation is, use a piece of hardboard (pegboard without the holes)
cut about 14″ x 14″ with the hole cut out of the middle to use as a
backing plate. It will stiffen up the ceiling tile a bit and give some
better mid-bass response.

The back being open isn`t a worry.

Make sure you use a sub in the system.


> Name :
> Roger Loomis
> Message :
> I am putting in a home theatre in my basement with a suspended ceiling and was wanting to put all the speakers in the ceiling. Will I lose a lot of the sound since the speakers will not be enclosed in a case and the area above the suspended ceiling is wide open.
> Thanks

Whole House Audio Question


The Receiver you mention is really made for surround sound applications.
The “channels” it has are for the decoded section from movies to be
played back at the given positions of a home theater.

The more practical set up for you might be a set up with two basic
“stereo” type receivers with two speaker selectors.

Your other more basic option for whole house music is to have just one
receiver with an 8 pair selector.

By having two receivers you`ll have the ability to play two different
things at the same time in your two “zones” that are set up with your

No problem not having the volume controls, they are optional with the
use of a speaker selector.

> Name :
> Doug Reed
> Message :
> I recently built a house and wired in a total of (14) 100-amp, 8 ohm speakers (4 in each of 2 rooms, and 2 in each of 3 rooms). The speaker wire is 16 gauge, and the wire “runs” are all less than 100 feet. I now need to purchase a receiver to power these speakers, and am considering the RX-8040B Audio/Video Receiver by JVC. This unit offers 130 watts x 6 channels, and 8 ohms of overall impedance. The receiver offers “dual room” capability, so it would be my intent to drive the two 4-speaker rooms with four of the receiver channels, and the three 2-speaker rooms with the remaining two receiver channels.
> I know that I will need speaker selectors to enable me to select any or all of the speakers at once. What speaker selectors do you recommend (note that my speakers are relatively low-cost)?
> Will I need two selectors to handle the two 4-speaker rooms, to enable me to take advantage of the 4 receiver channels that I intend to feed to those rooms?
> Do you anticipate any problems in powering up to 14 speakers at once with this amp?
> I did not install volume controls on any of the speakers. Do you anticipate that I will need them?
> Thanks for your help on this.
> Doug