Wiring Guides For Ceiling Speakers

It's a daunting enough task when it comes to deciding on which ceiling speakers to have - you're spending a lot of money and you want to get it right (preferably first time!).

You've then got to consider how they will be installed - most of the time, you will leave it to an electrician on-site. 

Many will have carried out such work before, but it's good to have an idea in your own mind as to how you want your ceiling speaker system to be fitted.

We also get it where some electricians have not had experience with audio equipment - and we would always suggest to ask them before they carry out any work if they have (for a start - it is a sign of a decent electrician if they do know!)

If you're unsure, then we've got a few handy and simple guides which are generic to use for a wide range of audio equipment when installing ceiling speakers - many which incorporate products we sell too.

Single Stereo Speaker

This one is pretty straight forward.

If you have your amplifier, and you're connecting to a single stereo speaker (where both left and right audio is being played out from in one single speaker), you will only need two runs of 2-core speaker cable.

Connect one cable to your left output on your amplifier, and the other to the right.

Then at the speaker, simply ensure it goes red-to-red and black-to-black.

(We told you it was going to be easy...)

Two Speaker System

This is similar to the single stereo set-up, but this allows you to listen with one speaker being your left output, and the other your right output.

With your amplifier in-situ again, and the speaker cable you have, connect one run of 2-core cable to the left output of your amplifier, and the other cable to your right.

This time, instead of splitting off, you will essentially connect your left cable to the terminals on your designated left speaker, and your right cable to the designated right speaker.

Ensure the polarity is correct and you're done!

You could even argue this is more simple than a stereo speaker set-up!

Four Speaker System

Some of our systems allow you to run up to four speakers from one amplifier (some even six speakers - the Sonos Amp with Sonos by Sonance In-Ceiling Speakers are unique in that way).

However, this is when it gets a little trickier and also the question customers most commonly ask - "How do I connect all four?"

You simply daisy-chain from the first pair to the second pair (left-to-left, right-to-right).

Now our diagram above goes one step further - and we have a very VERY good reason for that.

If you said that you were going left-to-left and right-to-right, then you might end up having one side of your room all with left speakers and the other side all with right speakers.

There's technically no problem with that - but what we have found at BuyCleverStuff is that if you cross your speakers over at one end of the room...you can get a truer stereo sound throughout your space!

Look above - we've put our trio in the middle. If you were to move them inside that space, they are going to get the same left and right stereo audio wherever they are because of how we've positioned the speakers.

If you positioned the speakers two on the left and two on the right, and put your sofa towards the right side of the room, you'd only ever hear more of what would be the right audio output.

With many of our systems, you can connect to a television via auxiliary input, so it really does benefit to have four speakers positioned in the layout above!

Using A Speaker Switch

If you have either two pairs of speakers OR one pair of speakers with a single stereo speaker - listen up, you may find this bit interesting!

You've got your speakers and you want to have them across two areas, like a kitchen and diner, or an ensuite bedroom/bathroom - any two areas that are adjoined in some way.

How do you do that? With a simple three-way speaker switch of course!

Using the diagram above, and with live examples from the rear of a Systemline E50/E100 amplifier, and a Systemline WM15 Wall Switch, you can see roughly how this works.

Instead of going directly to your first pair of speakers, you will go from your amplifier to the switch.

You take your amplifier outputs and go to the inputs on the switch as shown - then your outputs on your switch will run out to your speakers!

The three-way switch in the wiring diagram shows for a rotary switch, with one side for example coming out as being your kitchen, and the other being the dining room speakers, and you can switch between the two, or have them all on (or off) together.

With the real-life WM15 in the image below that, it is a rocker switch, but achieves the same effect for you.

Whichever you decide, if you decide at all to use a switch, the option is there!

You could also consider multiroom speakers using your home broadband over WiFi - we have many multiroom solutions which can control and be controlled wirelessly through an app!

Lithe Audio - "LitheLink"

Finally, Lithe Audio have something when using their own Bluetooth ceiling speakers, called "LitheLink".

In short, it's 3.5mm audio cable connections linking up to three Master speakers together, meaning you can actually run up 3, 4, 5, or 6 speakers in total if you wish.

3 speakers = 2 masters & 1 slave / 3 masters

4 speakers = 2 masters & 2 slave / 3 masters & 1 slave

5 speakers = 3 masters & 2 slaves

6 speakers = 3 masters & 3 slaves

We have all available options if you wish to purchase at BuyCleverStuff these packages, and they are great from rooms which are adjoined, or for larger spaces if necessary. All come with the necessary cables you require!