Ceiling SpeakersCommonly referred to as “in-ceiling” or just “ceiling” speakers, most come with backcans as part of the whole system, or as accessory items along with mounting systems to install into ceiling 2/26/2013 10:31 AM Eastern
Feb 26, 2013 3:31 PM, By Mark Johnson
In their 1930s song, “Dancing on the Ceiling,” the classic songwriting duo Rodgers and Hart sang, “I love my ceiling more, since it is a dancing floor.” That sentiment was later echoed by Lionel Richie in the chorus of his 1986 hit of the same name: “Oh, what a feeling, when we’re dancing on the ceiling.” Designed to keep your fingers poppin’ or to soothe your nerves while you’re in a sea of shopping humanity, ceiling speakers have grown in stature over the years—from the days of issuing barely intelligible announcements as public address systems to the high-fidelity background/foreground music systems available today.
Commonly referred to as “in-ceiling” or just “ceiling” speakers, most come with backcans as part of the whole system, or as accessory items along with mounting systems to install into ceiling tiles or replace whole tiles. There are pendant-mount models for use when there is no place to install but the rafters. Some manufacturers provide subwoofer options for extended low frequency. And, there’s even one that is also an LED spotlight.
There are models designed primarily for home theater or home entertainment systems, as well as models manufactured for commercial installation in retail establishments, restaurants, theme parks, hotels, and other facilities that serve the general populace. Here we showcase models intended for commercial application.
The Azden ACS-6.5 ceiling mount speaker is optimized for voice reproduction, though audio from other sources (CD, MP3 player, VCR) can be used as well. The speaker incorporates a sealed-back enclosure and 6.5in. polypropylene midrange/woofer and a coaxially mounted 1in. polycarbonate tweeter for high frequency response. The speaker can be flush-mounted in any drop ceiling. Power handling is up to 50W (continuous program).
The Near OPS1 orbit pendant speakers from Bogen are designed for high-ceiling and open-space applications. The 6.5in. low-frequency driver incorporates Metal Diaphragm Technology (MDT) in a one-piece, metal-alloy cone spiderless structure and Magnetic Liquid Suspension (MLS) ferrofluid injected into the driver gap. Coverage is 140 degrees and the frequency response is 45Hz to 19kHz. Connection is via a snap-on connector with loop-through to the next speaker. The cable suspension system includes three cables with attached forged eyebolts.
Bose brings to the table, or ceiling in this case, its FreeSpace DS 40F full-range loudspeaker comprising a single 4.5in. driver in a ported enclosure. The speaker provides a 125-degree conical coverage pattern with a frequency range of 70Hz to 19kHz. The Shortcan design allows installation in shallower ceilings with minimum depth of 6.4in. and can be used for either flush ceiling or pendant-mount applications. Designed for indoor applications, the DS 40F features an integrated multi-tap transformer with thumb-wheel adjustment from underneath the loudspeaker grille for tap setting adjustment. Maximum SPL at 3.3ft. is 103dB SPL (109dB SPL peak).
Feb 26, 2013 3:31 PM, By Mark Johnson
Califone CS308 speakers are designed with a frequency response that's optimal for vocal reproduction and multimedia presentations. The speakers feature flush-mount installation and paintable grilles. The UL fire-rated ABS plastic construction is suitable for indoor or outdoor applications. The included 18 AWG steel-tile bridge fits standard 24’’x24’’ or 24’’x48’’ panels. The driver complement of a 6.5in. polypropylene with Mica cone and 1in. tweeter provide a frequency response of 45Hz to 20kHz.
Community Professional’s D6 two-way, 6.5in. high-output ceiling loudspeaker system is part of the Distributed Design Series and features an operating range of 65Hz to 22kHz with a maximum output of 120dB SPL peak. The 1in. exit HF driver is coupled to a Tru-Phase HF waveguide. The speaker provides conical coverage of 125 degrees (500Hz to 6kHz). Input is via loop-through Euroblock connectors with selectable 8Ω and 70V/100V operation. The speaker comes in a paintable black or white finish.
Designed for installation in a 2’x2’ or 2’x4’ suspended ceiling grid, Crestron’s FSDI8 drop-in ceiling speakers comprises an 8in. full-range driver with a secondary high-frequency cone, which provides a frequency response of 85 Hz to 18 kHz and a 100 degree coverage pattern. The enclosed, plenum-rated system includes four seismic attachment points and support rail crossbar. The speakers come as pairs and feature a matte white finish.
For high ceilings, the Electro-Voice EVID C12.2 ceiling 12in., two-way coaxial ceiling loudspeaker system features a power handling of 100W (rms) at 8Ω. The 12in. coaxial driver provides a maximum calculated SPL of 126dB. The system also incorporates an integrated 3/8in. threaded rod and pendant mount-rigging points for open ceiling applications. The rear enclosure is designed for extended low-frequency performance and the speaker provides an overall frequency range of 65Hz to 20kHz.
It’s hip to be square with the Extron SF 228T two-way Soundfield ceiling tile speaker for installation in suspended ceilings. The 2’’x2’’ drop-in ceiling tile speaker features an UL 2043 plenum rated enclosure, a 1in. silk dome tweeter, and an 8in. long-throw with a tuned bass reflex port. The frequency response is 50Hz to 20kHz and coverage is 90 degrees, conical.
Holosonic Research Labs’ AS-16 Audio Spotlight is a 15.75’’x15.75’’ panel that provides a well-defined sound field for containing the sound to a specific area. Typical levels achieved are 80db SPL at a listening distance of 3.3ft. to 6.6ft. The dedicated amplifier accepts line level input via an RCA connector and output is through the included BNC coax 25ft. cable. The panel thickness is approximately 1/2in.
Feb 26, 2013 3:31 PM, By Mark Johnson
The JBL Control 47C/T two-way, 6.5in. coaxial ceiling loudspeaker provides 120-degree conical coverage and a frequency range of 55Hz to 20kHz. The speaker features JBL’s Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) in a coaxial design with a 6.5in. polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround and a 1in. soft-dome tweeter mounted to a 10in. diameter waveguide. The maximum rated SPL is 116dB peak. The 47C/T is designed for 8Ω or 70V/100V operation.
Is it an RGB LED spotlight or a 2in. point-source compact speaker? The K-Array KTL22C comprises a single long-excursion full-range driver and six 2.5W RGB LEDs. The frequency range is 150Hz to 18kHz with a maximum SPL of 107dB peak. Horizontal and vertical coverage is 90 degrees. The operating voltage for the LEDs is 22VDC to 28VDC. Available finishes are black or aluminum.
Kramer Electronics’ SPK-C800-Pro Complete K-overage ESD (Equal Sound Dispersion) ceiling speaker features four pivoting 3/4in. silk dome tweeters positioned two on each side of an 8in. polypropylene cone woofer. Designed for application in a suspended ceiling, available models are: full tile (2’x2’), half tile (1’x2’), and stereo or mono. The frequency range is 60Hz to 20kHz and coverage is 180 degrees.
The CH1-1000 Ceiling-Hugger from OAP Audio provides a frequency response of 60Hz to 17kHz and a 170ºx45º coverage pattern with a mid/high 6.5in. cone and coaxial 1in. soft dome driver. A down-firing 12in. woofer covers low frequencies. The CH1-1000 is designed for application where low ceiling height prohibits use of a speaker cluster.
Peavey provides the PHR 860 8in. metal can ceiling speaker that comprises an 8in. woofer with polypropylene cone and rubber surround and a 3/4in. soft dome tweeter. The frequency response is 80Hz to 20kHz with 70V transformer taps for 60W, 30W, 15W, 7.5W, and 3.75W. It is also 100V capable. A companion sub, the PHR 860S Sub, extends the low frequency response down to 55Hz.
The Penton CCS6T high-performance, closed-back ceiling speaker features a 6in. polypropylene low-frequency driver with a coaxially mounted 1in. titanium dome tweeter. The CCS6T provides a coverage pattern of 130 degrees and a frequency response of 60Hz to 20kHz. The SPL at 1W 1M is 89dB. Input is via Phoenix-style terminal block, and quick-connect flip-out and tighten connectors are employed for ease of installation.
The AD-C821 from QSC Audio Products is a fully integrated system with an 8in. low-frequency woofer and a 1.4in. diaphragm compression high-frequency driver. The optimized enclosure provides a low-frequency response down to 52Hz and the highs extend to 18kHz. The calculated peak SPL is 120dB and coverage is 90 degrees horizontal and vertical. Packages include the AD-C821 loudspeaker, tile rails, and c-ring and square or round grilles.
The Monitor Q Series from RCF includes the MQ 50C ceiling monitor speaker. The MQ 50C comprises a 5in. polypropylene-coated paper cone low-frequency transducer and a fabric dome 1in. high frequency transducer mounted on a constant Q waveguide. The speaker achieves a maximum SPL of 112dB and a frequency response of 70Hz to 20kHz. The coverage is 120 degrees. The enclosure is UV stabilized, auto-extinguishing high-density polystyrene. Available colors include paintable white or silver.
Feb 26, 2013 3:31 PM, By Mark Johnson
The Snap AV Episode 250 Commercial series in-ceiling two-way speaker provides coverage of 110 degrees and a frequency response of 58Hz to 20kHz. The driver complement includes a 6.5in. treated paper cone woofer with a Nomex spider and a 1/2in. fabric dome, ferrofluid cooled tweeter with 70V taps that include .5W, 1W, 2W, and 4W. The speaker can be installed in either drywall or into an acoustic ceiling tile system.
Featuring a built-in 15W amplifier, the Soundsphere Q-CS Power1 incorporates two unbalances summing inputs for stereo or mono sources and a two-way, coaxial driver with 8in. woofer. A gain trim is provided for each input as well as master level adjustment. The maximum SPL is 101dB (15W/3.3ft.) and the frequency response is 55Hz to 16kHz. The coverage is 180ºx360º.
Designed for background music applications, SoundTube Entertainment’s CM52S-BGM sports BroadBeam Ring technology for smooth off-axis performance and midrange clarity. A shallow backcan allows installation where plenum space is limited. The speaker features a tuned port for bass response down to 65Hz from the 5.25in. woofer, and the high frequencies extend to 22kHz via the .75in. silk dome tweeter. The maximum SPL is 100.5dB with a coverage angle of 100 degrees. Standard colors are black and white though custom colors are available.
The SP5MAT from Speco Technologies features a flame-retardant ABS plastic backcan and a driver complement including a 5.25in. polypropylene woofer and a 1in. coaxially mounted Mylar dome tweeter. The SP5MAT offers a choice of eight individual wattage taps for 25V or 70V operation. The frequency response is 57Hz to 20kHz.
Tannoy’s CMS 1201 DC is a large-format, in-ceiling loudspeaker featuring Tannoy’s 12in. Dual Concentric point-source driver (with 1.34in. aluminum dome high-frequency driver). The nominal coverage is 90 degrees conical and the frequency response is 60Hz to 20kHz. Peak SPL is 126dB. The 2.8-cubic-feet, powder-coated steel backcan includes steel mounting lugs for installation to a Unistrut roof rail system or four top-mounted eyebolts. The system can also be suspended via M10 or 3/8in. threaded rod.
Featuring a unique monocoque design, the PC-580R from TOA Electronics comprises an 8in. dual-cone driver with a frequency response of 50Hz to 16.6kHz for high-quality paging applications. Sold in quantities of 10, the speaker is designed to fit standard ceiling speaker templates the system is ideal for retrofits in large facilities. The PC-580RV includes a center, grille mounted volume pot. Optional accessories include a back can and support rails.
The Yamaha VCX series ceiling speakers includes the VXC8/VXC8W, which is a two-way bass reflex system with an 8in. cone low-frequency driver and a 1in. soft dome tweeter. The maximum calculated SPL is 118dB and the frequency range is 55Hz to 20kHz. The coverage pattern is 100 degrees conical. Other features include Anti-Drop tabs for temporary mounting and an attached flexible carry band.
Yorkville’s Coliseum CM5/70 is a 30W, 5in. woofer ceiling mount loudspeaker with a coaxial 3/4in. titanium-coated tweeter. The frequency response is 150Hz to 20kHz. The driver is mounted to an injection molded ABS plastic bezel. Transformer taps for 70V operation include 5W, 10W, or 20W.