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The 10 Best In-Ceiling Speakers

Ceiling speakers can blend seamlessly into your home decor or architectural design. Unlike regular speaker systems, they can also be set up so that sound can be added to every room in your home for just a few hundred dollars per room. We’ve compiled a list of what we believe are some of the best ceiling speakers currently on the market.

Polk Audio RC80i In-Ceiling-In-Wall Speakers

Polk Audio RC80i In-Ceiling Speakers

The Polk Audio RC80i’s 8″ driver and swivel tweeter provide a wide sound profile with bright treble and deep, immersive low-end.

Our Recommendations

Micca M-8C 2-Way in Ceiling in Wall Speaker

Best For Outdoor Use

Micca M-8C

  • 40 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Paintable
  • 100W @ 8 Ohms
  • 90 dB/2.83 V/1 m sensitivity

If you’re on a budget, the Micca M-8C 8″ offers excellent value, with each speaker being available for around $50 and purchasable in singles. Despite the affordable price tag, the Micca M-8C offers great sound, a flush mounting profile, and great build quality. You won’t be sacrificing any features by going cheaper here, with the sound quality remaining impressive, the grilles paintable, and still being relatively easy to install.

Definitive Technology Di 8R In-Ceiling Speaker

Best For Volume

Definitive Technology Uewa/Di 8R

  • 26 Hz – 30 kHz
  • Paintable
  • 10 – 225 Watt @ 4/8 Ohms power handling
  • 90 dB/2.83 V/1 m sensitivity

Definitive Technology’s Uewa/Di 8R doesn’t come cheap, but this is our top choice if you’re looking for great sound and a lot of volume. The DiR8 brings a 225W peak with a 90db sensitivity. Pair these bad boys with a 200W amplifier; you’ll have enough volume to power a party. We also love that it mounts flush, creating a clean aesthetic.

Polk Audio RC80i In-Ceiling-In-Wall Speakers

Best For Moist Environments

Polk Audio RC80i

  • 50 Hz – 20 kHz
  • 5.25 lbs in weight
  • 20-100W @ 8 Ohms power handling
  • 90 dB/2.83 V/1 m sensitivity

The Polk Audio RC80i is the best ceiling speaker for bathrooms and saunas. It is moisture resistant, in addition to being easy to install. The durability of the RC80i makes it a viable choice for all rooms in your home.

In-Ceiling Speaker Overview

1. Polk RC80i20-100W @ 8 Ohm
2. Bose Virtually Invisible 79110-100W @ 4-8 Ohm
3. Sonos In-Ceiling Speakers130W @ 8 Ohm
4. Klipsch CDT-5650-C II50-100W at 8 Ohm
5. Pyle 8” In-Ceiling Speaker400W @ 8 Ohm
6. Definitive Technology Di 8R10-225W at 8 Ohm
7. Yamaha NS-IC80050-140W at 8 Ohm
8. Micca M-8C 8”20-100W at 8 Ohm
9. Pyle Pro PDIC60T20-125W at 8 Ohm
10. Yamaha NS-IW280CWH20-100W at 8 Ohm

What Are Ceiling Speakers & How Do They Work?

In-ceiling speakers are a specific type of speaker created to be mounted to one’s ceiling. They feature a unique design that differs from traditional home speakers and appears slightly different from in-wall speakers, which we’ll touch on further below.

An in-ceiling speaker follows the same core design as most traditional speakers, with a voice coil, cone, magnet, frame, and grille. However, the differences are primarily related to how these core speaker components are assembled. In traditional speakers, the enclosure is an important part of the sound experience, and changes in the size and shape of the enclosure directly impact audio performance.

With this type of speaker, there isn’t a traditional enclosure. Instead, the driver fits into a shell (a basket) mounted to your ceiling. The back of the driver then faces upward into your ceiling space while the cone faces downward into the room.

The 10 Best In-Ceiling Speakers

We’ve selected the following speakers based on their audio performance, ease of installation, and overall build quality. These are our selections for the best ceiling speakers currently available on the retail market.

1. Polk Audio RC80i

Polk Audio RC80i In-Ceiling-In-Wall Speakers

The Polk Audio RC80i is one of the world’s best-selling in-ceiling speakers. It is affordable and easy to install and has amazing audio performance. Several speaker variations in the Polk RC range allow you to create a comprehensive audio solution.

Sound & Technical Features

The Polk Audio RC80i features an 8” woofer with a 1” tweeter. A 20-100W amplifier channel can power each speaker at 8 Ohms.

The 1” tweeter is mounted on a swivel mount so you can direct the high frequencies towards your desired listing position.

Installing the Polk Audio RC80i In-Ceiling/In-Wall Speakers

The Polk Audio RC80i features a protective moisture and heat-resistant coating, which means these speakers can be installed indoors, on the patio, under your roof’s eves, in a bathroom or sauna. This is great for installing one speaker brand throughout the property. As Polk Audio is one of the more affordable brands, this is great news for expenditure.

The speakers come with a template, so stenciling the holes is quick and easy. Connect your wires, push the speaker through the hole, and tighten the screws to install. The screws have dog-ear locking tabs that swivel in place when you tighten the screw making the RC80i quick and easy to install.

Speaker grilles can be painted to match the paint and decor.

Cabling & Amplification

Polk Audio doesn’t recommend a specific model of an amplifier or receiver other than the output must produce 20-100W at 8 Ohms. A receiver we recommend is the Denon AVR-S960H, which doesn’t come cheap – but has a bunch of bells and whistles too.

Polk Audio doesn’t specify the exact speaker gauge per distance other than the minimum of 18 gauge. We would recommend anything over 30ft should be a 12 gauge for the RC80i.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Polk Audio RC80i
  • 2 x speaker grilles
  • 2 x templates/paint masks

The Polk Audio RC80i is an excellent choice if you plan to install a speaker system throughout the house. The Polk Audio RC range includes in-ceiling and in-wall speakers of all sizes to find the right speaker for each position in the room. The moisture-resistant coating is a big plus for bathrooms and outdoor installations. For home theater surround sound, you can purchase the RC80i/PSW505 subwoofer combo for some added bottom end.


  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Powerful sound


  • Nothing we can find

2. Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II

Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II in-Ceiling Speaker

The Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II In-Ceiling Speaker is sold as a pair and designed for fast installation. The speaker grilles are white and can be painted to match your ceiling or decor.

Sound & Technical Features

The Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II features a 7” woofer with two 1” tweeters to deliver a near full-range response. Each speaker is compatible with an amplifier or receiver rated between 10-100W at 4-8 Ohms. The speakers are rated at 6 Ohms and can deliver 50W IEC continuous power handling. This is enough power for a pair of Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II In-Ceiling Speakers to fill an average-sized living space.

A pair of Invisible 791 Series II features Bose Stereo Everywhere speaker performance, allowing you to hear a stereo sound image no matter where you are. This is partly due to how Bose has arrayed the tweeters to fire in opposite directions at 45° from the speaker’s center.

Installing the Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II in-ceiling Speaker

The Invisible 791 Series II comes with a template so you can easily stencil out the right size of the hole before cutting. The wires are connected as easily as matching the positive and negative to each terminal on the back of the speaker. Mounting is as easy as pushing the speaker through the hole and tightening the clamp screws. The Invisible 791 Series II uses standard dogleg clamps, so it’s as easy as tightening the screws to clamp in place. The speaker grille is magnetic, so you just line it up, and it attaches as soon as you place it.

Bose has made the installation easy. This shouldn’t be too challenging, even if you’re a DIY newbie. Full step-by-step instructions are provided in the manual.

Cabling & Amplification

If you are unsure of which amplifier or receiver to use, Bose recommends the Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier. The SoundTouch SA-5 features 2 x RCA inputs, 1 x ⅛ inch input, Bluetooth, and WiFi for streaming music from apps like Pandora, Spotify, etc. The amplifier also works with Alexa. Bose recommends the following speaker cable when connecting from the amplifier to the speakers:

Lengths up to 20ft18 Gauge
Lengths 20ft to 30ft16 Gauge
Lengths 30ft to 50ft14 Gauge
Lengths 50ft to 90ft12 Gauge

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II Speakers
  • 2 x white speaker grilles
  • Template to stencil holes

Bose Virtually Invisible 791 Series II In-Ceiling Speaker Conclusion

The Virtually Invisible 791 Series II is perfect for most living spaces. The easy installation means these speakers shouldn’t be difficult for seasoned DIY enthusiasts. The Virtually Invisible 791 Series II is great for TV, music, and movies. Bose Stereo Everywhere means no matter where you sit in the room, you can enjoy a stereo sound.


  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to install
  • Discreet profile


  • Fairly expensive

3. Sonos In-Ceiling Speakers

sonos in ceiling speakers

These Sonos in-ceiling speakers are reasonably small (9.27 inch diameter) and lightweight (5.01 lbs.) and can be installed discreetly due to the matte grille (if you’re looking for a speaker to blend in rather than draw attention). The speaker comes in white to accompany most ceilings and isn’t advertised as being repaintable. These are only suitable for indoor use. 

Sound Quality

The Sonos Architectural In-Ceiling speakers deliver crystal-clear sound for music, film, spoken word, or ambient listening. The Sonos In-Ceiling speakers utilize Trueplay functionality, which adjusts the tonal qualities of the speakers according to room shape, size, and the obstacles within to deliver top-quality sound at all times, no matter where the speakers are installed. Displaying a frequency response ranging from 44Hz to 20kHz with a very slight deviation (+-3dB), these in-ceiling speakers are relatively neutral-sounding and unlike some, run a woofer and tweeter combination rather than a single full-range driver. The Sonos in-ceiling speakers can get reasonably loud (up to 89dB), and sound quality doesn’t suffer too much from high output volumes. 


Sonos has taken care here to make these as straightforward to install as possible, allowing anyone with basic DIY skills to perform the process themselves. Using a template, you can remove space for the speaker and mount it into your ceiling using the supplied screws, though cable running can be challenging in some homes. A professional Sonos installer can be hired through the Sonos website should you prefer a qualified technician to do the job for you. 


While I’d recommend using the Sonos amp with these in-ceiling speakers, anything ranging from a 5W output to a 130W amp can effectively power these speakers. The speakers don’t come with cabling included, so you’ll want to get hold of some high-grade speaker cables to go with these- just be sure to match the cable gauge with your intended distance.

If you don’t mind spending a bit extra, the Sonos Wireless Amp offers 125W per channel at 8ohms. This amp isn’t cheap but offers everything you could want in a modern home audio amplifier.


  • Excellent sound quality
  • Loud output volumes


  • Non-paintable speaker grille
  • No cabling included

4. Klipsch CDT-5650-C II

Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker

Klipsch is arguably one of the industry leaders in consumer audio. More specifically, their incredible range of high-quality speakers. The CDT-5650-C II lives up to all you’d expect from Klipsch, with incredible design features and exceptional audio quality.

Sound & Technical Features

The Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker features a 6.5” speaker driver with a 1” titanium tweeter and a swiveling 100-degree Tractrix® Horn. Unlike other in-ceiling speaker brands, the CDT-5650-C II woofer can also shift 15 degrees. This is Klipsch’s Controlled Dispersion Technology™, which directs highs and lows to the preferred listening area.

There are also treble and midbass attenuation switches, so you can fine-tune the sound depending on the room or installation. For both treble and midbass, 0db or a -3db attenuation is available. The switches are located on the front of the speaker, so you can make adjustments even when the speaker is installed.

Installing the Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker

The Klipsch CDT-5650-C II in-ceiling speaker is extremely simple to install. The speakers come with a template so you can stencil the exact shape before cutting. You can also find detailed install instructions on the Klipsch website in case you lose the template.

With the hole cut, installing the CDT-5650-C II is as easy as positioning the speaker and tightening the screws till the dogs lock in place. Once fitted, you can angle the tweeter and speaker driver to your desired listening position.

Additionally, you can purchase the IK-650-C install kit designed for the CDT-5650-C II. The kit features parts that make the CDT-5650-C II easy to install as well as straps to attach to a beam above the speaker for improved safety.

The speaker grilles on the CDT-5650-C II can be painted to match the ceiling or decor.

Cabling & Amplification

Klipsch doesn’t recommend a specific model of an amplifier or receiver other than the output must produce 50-100W at 8 Ohms. We recommend the Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Klipsch CDT-5650-C
  • 1 x speaker grille
  • 1 x template

Klipsch CDT-5650-C II In-Ceiling Speaker Conclusion

When it comes to sound quality, the Klipsch CDT-5650 is going to be your best option. The Klipsch sound is high quality with good low-end definition and clear highs. Klipsch offers a wide range of in-ceiling and in-wall speakers, so you can create a complete home theater system or distributed speaker system throughout the house.

If you plan to install the Klipsch CDT-5650-C II as part of a home theater system, consider adding the Klipsch R-12SW Subwoofer to thicken up the bottom end.


  • Deep bass response
  • Excellent sound
  • Easy to install


  • A bit on the expensive side

5. Pyle PDICBT286 8”

Pyle 8” Flush Mount In-Wall-In-Ceiling Speaker Kit

If you’re looking for an affordable all-in-one in-ceiling speaker kit, then the Pyle 8” In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speaker Kit is just what you’re after. The kit includes four speakers, a mini amplifier, your choice of circle or square speaker grilles, and four lengths of speaker cable.

Sound & Technical Features

The Pyle 8” Flush Mount In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speaker Kit features a total of four speakers, producing a total of 250W peak across all four speakers. The four speakers are driven by the 250W 4-channel mini digital amplifier supplied with the kit.

Although Pyle rate this speaker system at 250W, the true output of the whole system isn’t more than 100W peak.

The mini digital amplifier is Bluetooth enabled, so essentially, you can install everything in the ceiling without the need to drill holes for signal cables. The amplifier features Bluetooth version 4

Installing the Pyle 8” Flush Mount In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speaker Kit

Installing the Pyle 8” In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speaker Kit is extremely simple. With the Bluetooth mini digital amplifier, there is no need to run the speaker cable into the ceiling. No need for extra holes or trying to find a way to run cables.

The Bluetooth digital amplifier has a range of 30ft which. If you place the amplifier in the ceiling above your primary playback device, like a TV or Bluetooth device, 30ft will be more than sufficient to transmit to the amplifier. Make sure when installing to get the amplifier against the ceiling board, if possible, and away from any electrical components. This will reduce any interference.

If you plan to install the speakers in the wall, then the distance will be greatly reduced. Again, ensure you’re clear of any other electrical components to avoid interference.

Pyle supplies you with circle and square speaker grilles, so you can select the right shape to match any decor. Typically, in-ceiling speakers are circular, and in-walls are square.

The speaker grilles are white, but Pyle doesn’t specify whether or not the speaker grilles can be painted. You might want to check that with customer service before attempting to paint the speakers.

The speaker kit comes with four lengths of speaker cable. Consider purchasing an extra speaker cable should you wish to install these speakers further apart. Keep in mind the mini amplifier isn’t the most powerful, so increasing the distance will reduce the amount of power each speaker will receive.

What’s in the box?

  • 4 x 8’’ speakers
  • 4 x Removable round speaker grills
  • 4 x Removable square speaker grills
  • Speaker connection wire
  • Bluetooth control receiver/mini digital amplifier
  • Power supply for the mini digital amplifier

Pyle 8” Flush Mount In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speaker Kit Conclusion

The Pyle 8” In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speaker Kit is perfect for installs where your primary application is background music. This system will be great for restaurants, cafes, and small retail stores. At home, this system is recommended for background music, but you won’t be too impressed with TV or movies. These Bluetooth ceiling speakers eliminate the need for running cables into the ceiling, making installation quick and easy.


  • Durable
  • Clear sound


  • Bass response could be deeper

6. Definitive Technology Di 8R

Definitive Technology Di 8R In-Ceiling Speaker

The Di 8R In-Ceiling Speaker is part of Definitive Technology’s Disappearing™ Speaker Series. Disappearing™ Speaker Series features a selection of speakers of all shapes to suit your speaker installation and layout.

Sound & Technical Features

The Definitive Technology Di 8R In-Ceiling Speaker features an 8” woofer with 1” tweeter capable of a maximum output of 225W. Our most powerful ceiling speaker is featured in this article.

Definitive Technology’s BDSS™ technology delivers maximum efficiency across the entire frequency range for a clear and balanced listening experience, while the pivoting 1” tweeter allows you to direct the sound exactly where you need it.

The Di 8R also features an Environmental EQ switch. If your room has a lot of hard surfaces like glass, stone, or hardwood, then setting this switch to “- (minus)” will compensate for these reflections. If your room is “dead” (in other words, there are loads of soft surfaces absorbing a lot of sounds), then setting the Environmental EQ to “+ (plus)” offers a treble boost to brighten up your speakers. Try playing with this setting to find the right sound for your room.

Installing the Definitive Technology Di 8R In-Ceiling Speaker

The Definitive Technology Di 8R has a template to stencil the hole before cutting.

The Di 8R features a cable clamp on each terminal. Striping a ½” shield off of the cable is enough to fit through the terminal. Once in place, tightening the screws will enable the tabs to swivel into place and lock the speaker into position.

The Di 8R can be painted. However, Definitive Technology provides some strict instructions when painting the grilles, so check out the user manual before attempting to paint.

Cabling & Amplification

Definitive Technology recommends an amplifier with a maximum of 225W output at 8 Ohms. For home theater installations, I would recommend the Marantz SR5015 7.2 receiver. Although this doesn’t produce 225W, the Marantz operates very efficiently and will deliver enough power to drive the Di 8R effectively.

Definitive Technology recommends you use nothing smaller than an 18 gauge cable when installing the Di 8R.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Definitive Technology Di 8R
  • 1 x speaker grille
  • 1 x template

Definitive Technology Di 8R In-Ceiling Speaker Conclusion

The Di 8R is a high-end ceiling speaker with exceptional power and sound quality. This ceiling speaker will be great for most applications, including music, TV, and movies. If paired with a 200W amplifier, these speakers could produce a serious amount of power if you wish to play loud music or movies.

For home theater surround sound, you can choose several speakers from Definitive Technology’s Disappearing™ Speaker Series.


  • Lots of volume
  • Great sound quality
  • Low depth requirements
  • Flush mounting


  • Quite pricy

7. Yamaha NS-IC800

Yamaha NS-IC800 In-ceiling Speakers

The Yamaha NS-IC800 features one of the market’s most low-profile, flush-mount speaker grilles. Once installed, the speaker sits beautifully against the ceiling. The NS-IC range features multiple wattage options from 90W to 140W, great for an in-ceiling surround sound system install.

Sound & Technical Features

The Yamaha NS-IC800 features a single 8” with 1” tweeter per speaker, each producing a maximum power output of 140W. This is a significant amount of power output, and a pair of these speakers will give you some serious sound.

The 8” speaker cone is moisture resistant while the sealed back protects against dust and moisture. Effectively, the Yamaha NS-IC800 can be installed in any room in the house. The 1” tweeter is fluid-cooled to deliver optimum performance, even at higher volumes.

The tweeters are fixed to a swivel mount so you can angle the sound to your desired listening area.

Installing the Yamaha NS-IC800 In-Ceiling Speakers

The Yamaha NS-IC800 is simple to install. The speakers have a template so you can stencil the hole accurately before cutting. The Yamaha NS-IC800 features a large mounting clamp with a non-slip tread to ensure the speakers fit tight against your wall or ceiling.

For an optimum listening experience, install the speakers between 6 and 10 ft apart, an equal distance from the focal point, such as a TV or HiFi. The tweeters can be angled to fire into the desired listening area for improved clarity.

If you plan to install additional speakers for surround sound, then it’s recommended you install the surround behind the listening position and at least an equal distance apart from the front left/right.

The speaker grilles can be painted to match decor, wall, or ceiling color.

Cabling & Amplification

For the NS-IC800, Yamaha recommends an amplifier or receiver capable of producing 50W to 140W at 8 Ohms per speaker. To get the most out of your NS-IC800 in-ceiling speakers, you want an amplifier capable of producing as close to 140W as possible.

For home theater installations, I would recommend the Yamaha RX-V483BL 5.1-Channel. The RX-V483 features multiple inputs, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Alexa voice control enabled (Alexa device purchased separately). There are other models in this range, so you can upgrade to 7.1.

Yamaha doesn’t specify which gauge of speaker cable to use. However, I wouldn’t use anything less than 16 gauge on the NS-IC800, going to a 12 gauge for more than 30ft runs.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Yamaha NS-IC800
  • 2 x Speaker grilles
  • 1 x Template

Yamaha NS-IC800 In-Ceiling Speakers Conclusion

The Yamaha NS-IC800 is suitable for a variety of applications. Music, TV, and movies will all sound good on these in-ceiling speakers. The NS-IC800 is excellent for home theater installations, with a variety of speakers in the range to choose from, including box-shaped designs for in-wall installations.


  • Affordable
  • Angled teeters


  • Clarity could be slightly better

8. Micca M-8C 8”

Micca M-8C 8” In-Ceiling Speaker

The Micca M-8C 8” In-Ceiling Speaker is part of the M Series from Micca, which features both in-ceiling and in-wall speakers for those wishing to install a full home theater system. Micca speakers are an affordable option. It is important to note these speakers are sold as singles.

Sound & Technical Features

The Micca M-8C 8” In-Ceiling Speaker features an 8” woofer with a 1” tweeter capable of producing a 100W peak, depending on how you choose to amplify the speakers.

The 1” tweeter is fixed to a swivel mount so you can direct the audio to your desired listening position.

Installing the Micca M-8C 8” In-Ceiling Speaker

Micca provides a template so you can stencil the correct size before cutting. Once in position, tightening the screws will swivel the tabs to fasten the M-8C securely into position.

The speaker grilles are paintable, so you can match your ceiling color or decor.

Cabling & Amplification

The Micca M-8C 8” requires an amplifier or receiver to produce 20-100W at 8 Ohms. We recommend the Denon AVR-S960H for a great amplifier that is capable of powering the Micca M-8C. We realize that the Denon has fairly high pricing, so if you’re not in need of all the features, you can also consider the slightly cheaper Onkyo TX-NR595.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x M-8C 8”
  • 1 x speaker grille
  • 1 x template

Micca M-8C 8” In-Ceiling Speaker Conclusion

The Micca M-8C 8” In-Ceiling Speaker is a great choice for a simple stereo left/right system or a full home theater surround sound system. Part of the M Series range includes box-shaped and circular designs depending on where you wish to position the speaker. Micca has even designed an in-wall center speaker (Micca M-CS).

The Micca M-8C will be great for music, TV, and movies. Consider adding a subwoofer for surround sound systems.


  • Overall sound quality
  • Good value for money
  • Powerful volume


  • Installation is not as easy as some other models

9. Pyle Pro PDIC60T

Pyle Pro PDIC60T In-Ceiling Speaker

The PDI range from Pyle features circular and box-shaped speakers that run on 70V amplifier systems. Each speaker comes with a 70V transformer, which can be removed to run the speakers on a regular amplifier or receiver.

Sound & Technical Features

The Pyle Pro PDIC60T features a 6.5” woofer with a 1” tweeter capable of handling 125W peak at 8 Ohms. This obviously depends on how you choose to amplify the speakers. The 1” tweeter can pivot to point toward your primary listening position.

Installing the Pyle Pro PDIC60T In-Ceiling Speaker

Pyle provides a template to measure the right size to cut your holes accurately. Place your PDIC60T and tighten the screws till the tabs swivel into place and secure the speaker.

Cabling & Amplification

If you plan to install the Pyle PDIC60T for music, either as stereo or multiple speakers, then it’s best to use one of Pyle’s 70V amplifiers. The Pyle PCM60A is a great budget choice 70V amplifier with three RCA inputs, each with its own rotary volume control. You can also adjust the bass and treble. Check the user manual for speaker installation and configurations.

For home theater, you can switch the speaker to 8 Ohms and run them on the Onkyo TX-RZ6100 7.2 Receiver for multiple speakers or the Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver for left/right configurations at a lower price. Use a 16 gauge cable for up to 20ft cable runs. If you’re using the 70V amplifier, go for a 14 gauge up to 100ft and 12 gauge if you need to run anything longer.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x Pyle Pro PDIC60T
  • 2 x speaker grilles
  • 1 x template

Pyle Pro PDIC60T In-Ceiling Speaker Conclusion

The Pyle PDIC60T is a very versatile speaker. For large installations in a restaurant, office, etc. You can use a 70V amplifier and use the speakers for announcements and background music. Consider installing a delay unit for this kind of installation.

The Pyle Pro PDIC60T can also be switched to 8 Ohms and used in a home theater installation. There are both circular and boxed speaker shapes in the PDI range, so you’ll find the right speaker for each position.


  • Loads of volume
  • Good sound quality


  • Not paintable

10. Yamaha NS-IW280CWH

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5 In-Ceiling Speaker System

The Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5” In-Ceiling Speaker is great for most applications. The advanced design lets you pivot the speaker driver and tweeter to direct sound to your desired listening area.

Sound & Technical Features

The Yamaha NS-IW280CWH In-Ceiling Speaker features a 6.5” driver with two ¾” tweeters. Yamaha recommends you use a 20-100W amplifier at 8 Ohms to drive each speaker.

The driver and tweeters can be pivoted to direct the sound exactly where you want it. There are only two speakers we feature in this article able to pivot both the driver and tweeter.

Installing the Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5″ In-Ceiling Speaker System

The Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5” comes with a template so you can stencil your hole before cutting. Once the speaker is positioned, you can angle your speaker driver and tweeters to the desired location. The grille clips into place; Yamaha provides glue strips to ensure a secure fit.

The grille on the NS-IW280CWH is paintable in case you need to match paint or decor.

Cabling & Amplification

The Micca NS-IW280CWH 6.5” requires an amplifier or receiver to produce 20-100W at 8 Ohms. We recommend the Onkyo TX-RZ6100 7.2 Receiver for multiple speakers or the Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver for left/right configurations.

The Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier is a better option if you plan to use the NS-IW280CWH 6.5” for music only. Use a speaker cable no less than 18 gauge or 12 gauge for installs longer than 30ft.

What’s in the box?

  • 2 x NS-IW280CWH 6.5″
  • 2 x speaker grille
  • 1 x template
  • 1 x paint cover
  • 2 x glue strips for the speaker grille

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH 6.5″ In-Ceiling Speaker System Conclusion

The Yamaha NS-IW280CWH is an excellent choice for music-only applications. The speaker comes in a 100W or 120W, delivering exceptional sound quality and clarity. The NS-IW280CWH is also great for home theater surround sound systems. The ability to angle the speaker and tweeter means getting the best sound quality to your desired listening position.


  • Loads of volume
  • Great mids & highs
  • Affordable
  • Easy to install


  • Bass could be improved

Understanding The Technical Specifications of In-Ceiling Speakers

The best way to make an educated purchase is to understand the specifications of the products. These details may already be easy to understand for seasoned audio enthusiasts, but they can present a challenge for the average buyer. Here is a brief overview of each of the primary product specifications, along with how they may influence your in-ceiling speaker choice:

Driver Size

A speaker driver is the part responsible for the majority of the sonic properties of a speaker. It refers to the part of the speaker with the voice coil, magnet, and cone. Because larger drivers can move more air, they tend to have the ability to offer lower frequency coverage and offer more volume. However, this isn’t always the case, and the design, materials, and even enclosures will impact these traits. If you’re looking for a good low-end response, consider looking at the 8″ options first.

Speaker Sensitivity

Speaker sensitivity refers to the efficiency of a speaker in turning power into volume. Sensitivity is typically represented as a dB reading, indicating the amount of volume the speaker has at a 1-meter measuring distance, with 1W of power.

Speaker sensitivity indicates the speaker’s volume potential, and you can use the power handling and sensitivity to calculate the kinds of volume the speaker can produce. A good sensitivity ranges between 87 and 90 dB, with >90 dB considered highly efficient speakers with better volume capabilities.


Impedance refers to the resistance of electrical energy between the speaker and the amplifier. You must accurately match your impedance with your amplifier, which can be influenced by how you wire your speakers. Impedance changes depending on how many speakers you wire together and which wiring method you use. No impedance value is inherently better than the next. You can read more about impedance matching below or in greater detail in our in-ceiling speaker guide.

Frequency Response Range

Frequency response range refers to the frequencies that the speaker can produce. This is represented in Hertz (Hz) or Kilohertz (kHz). The lower the starting number, the more low-end extension and bass the speaker can produce, while speakers with a higher starting number may lack as much bass. The second number represents how far into the upper frequencies the speaker can extend, and this relates to how many treble frequencies the speaker can produce.

The average human can hear frequencies between 20Hz and 20kHz, so why opt for a ceiling speaker that extends deeper? Subsonic frequencies may not be audible, but the soundwaves can still affect your listening experience, with the ability to create more immersion.

The frequency response range is measured on an X-axis and is linear. In contrast, frequency response charts plot the level of these different frequencies and portray the speaker’s performance, while frequency response range tells you what the speaker can produce.

Buyer’s Guide – What to Know When Purchasing In-Ceiling Speakers

Speaker Depth

If you can look into your ceiling, check if any low-hanging beams or obstacles need to be considered. Some ceilings have very little clearance between the ceiling boards and the roof. Sometimes, you may even have an extra insulation layer above the ceiling.

Ensure you have the right clearance for the speakers you want to install. If you’re building a property or an extension, speak to the builder or architect to determine the distance between your ceiling boards and roof or support beams.

Just because a speaker looks nearly invisible from under the ceiling, some of these ceiling speakers can be quite large on the roof. Take note of the product measurements before purchasing to ensure you can confirm where placement can be made in your ceiling area.

Speaker Weight

It’s important to check whether or not your ceiling boards can take the added weight of a speaker. Most ceilings won’t have any issues, but you may need to double-check the load rating for thinner ceiling boards.

If you suspect your ceiling boards may be too fragile, you can always speak to a builder about what they recommend. You may have the option to opt for a slightly lighter speaker or make an alternative plan. For the vast majority of installs, this isn’t typically an issue.

Amplification / Power Handling

Ceiling speakers are almost always passive, requiring an amplifier to power them. This is common practice within home audio, but many customers who aren’t audio enthusiasts only discover this additional cost once they’ve bought their speakers.

The amplifier’s and receiver’s required type and power will differ between speaker models. When you’re looking for an amplifier and receiver to match your ceiling speakers, you’ll want to pay particular attention to the power rating as well as the impedance of the speakers. An amplifier with the incorrect impedance can cause a drop in overall audio performance. Impedance typically ranges between 4 Ohms and 8 Ohms, and amplifiers can sometimes cover a range of impedance (For example, 4 Ohms to 16 Ohms).

Amplifiers & receivers will also determine how many speakers you can run from it and, ultimately, how many amps you’ll need to cover your area. Some amplifiers may only support a couple of speakers, while others can cater to larger arrays of speakers. This is something you can determine by looking at the impedance of the amp, as well as its outputs. We’ll run through the process of

It is also something you should consider when planning and ensuring you have the correct approach to achieving the correct impedance. This will also allow you to wire more speakers to a single amp.

The wiring that connects your ceiling speakers to your amplifier can also affect how many ceiling speakers you can wire to the amp. Using parallel wiring will allow you to connect four 8 Ohm speakers to a 4-8 Ohm amplifier. This is because two 8 Ohm speakers that are wired in parallel translate to 4 Ohms of total impedance. This principle is carried across to lower impedance speakers.

Connectivity (Bluetooth/Wifi)

With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality being added to many home speakers these days, you may be wondering how to get the benefits of Bluetooth technology for your in-ceiling speakers. Investing in wireless home technology is useful, as it will likely be standard when you’re looking to sell.

While the ceiling speakers will not typically offer built-in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi functionality, the receiver or amplifier you purchase can offer this wireless connectivity.

Some amplifiers have built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, while others must be paired with a Bluetooth receiver/adapter. We’ve added several amplifier recommendations to our list above, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities.


You’ll need to connect your speakers to an amplifier or receiver. Getting into the ceiling requires longer cable runs than your average home theater installation. Make sure you measure your cable runs accurately. Consider the length of the wall, up the wall, around any obstacles, and to the speaker in the ceiling. Check out our installation tips article for cable recommendations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Installed speakers are more complex than traditional Bluetooth speakers, for example. We often see questions raised on both the technical specifications and installation of in-ceiling speakers. If you have a question you’d like answered, leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

How many in-ceiling speakers can connect to one amp?

This will depend on the model of amplifier you’re using. Each channel can power two speakers. So a 1-channel amplifier will be able to drive 2 speakers, a 2-channel amplifier will be able to power 4 speakers etc.

Can I install in-ceiling speakers myself?

If you aren’t used to home audio DIY projects, installing ceiling speakers is fairly easy to do. The hardest part for most people is cutting the hole, the rest of the process lies around wiring and mounting the speakers. Even if you’re not experienced with home audio, some speakers are so easy to install that they can even be installed yourself. That said, many people prefer to hire a professional installer to make sure things are done right the first time around.

How far apart should I install my ceiling speakers?

The distance between ceiling speakers is slightly variable depending on the speaker volume and room size – but as a general rule of thumb you’ll typically look to place speakers between 6 and 10 feet apart.

Is it worth installing ceiling speakers in a new home?

With home entertainment constantly evolving, there is a lot of merit to installing ceiling speakers in a new home to bring some extra value. We highly recommend opting for Bluetooth or Wifi amplifiers, as wireless technology will no doubt become standard down the line.

How do I connect ceiling speakers to the receiver?

The short version is to begin by making sure your receiver is unplugged and that you’re not working with any live electricity. Next take your wiring and if they aren’t yet split, split them into two separate wires (resembling a Y shape), repeat this on both sides of the wires. Next, if the ends are still fully insulated, you’ll want to cut away the spare sheathing (around 1/2 to 3/4 inch is typically enough), again do this for both sides. Now that you have your wiring with a Y shape on either side, identify the different color notations. Do note that speaker cables can vary in their colors and mechanisms, so we’ll just be running through the most common type. Most typically there is a black and a red cable which represents the positive and negative charge (with red representing positive and black negative). For two-channels you’ll notice that that there may be an additional two colored wires, these are most commonly yellow or white (positive) and green or blue (negative).
Before connecting the wires to anything, make sure you’ve planned the way the wires will run to ensure they take up minimal space and are efficient. Then connect the corresponding wires to the speakers, then run the wires as you have planned and finally connect the speaker wires into your receiver into the corresponding colors. Once connected, you can then turn the power on.

How can I test my speakers?

The only way to really test that you’ve got them wired correctly after ensuring you’ve followed the correct installation methods is to turn them on and give them a listen.

How do I remove ceiling speakers?

The first thing to do is to ensure that you have no live power running to the speakers; turning it off at the circuit breaker is often the easiest way to be sure. Most ceiling speakers have a cover that can be removed by by inserting something into the grille and then pulling firmly, but gently. We recommend doing this on the outermost perimeter of the grille to avoid breaking anything. The grille should come loose and you should be able to progress with removing the grille. Once the grille is off, you should see screws visible that are holding the speaker to your ceiling. Remove these screws as well as any clips that are holding the speaker in place, you will find the speaker will loosen and you can pull it slightly out of its fitting, from there you can disconnect the wires, freeing up the installatio.

Audiostance Author - Matt Hallowes
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Matt is a sound engineer and confessed vinyl junkie! His work as a sound engineer includes live production and venue installations, giving him deep insight into the audio industry, with personal experience with dozens of products. While traveling the world, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us!

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