Here are our top picks for the best Bluetooth ceiling speakers that deliver extraordinary sound performance, durability and ease of installation at an affordable price. These Bluetooth ceiling speakers are a mark above the rest in terms of quality – whether its installation in your home, shop or restaurant – these speakers are guaranteed to impress both your customers and guests with their excellent audio performance and powerful bass output. Furthermore, these speakers make the perfect complement to your home theatre system, allowing your movies to come to live with surround sound from the front to the top of your room. At the time of writing, some of these bluetooth ceiling speakers are selling at very good bargain prices, making them highly value for money and a great buy.
Ceiling speakers with Built-in Bluetooth
These Bluetooth ceiling speakers are equipped with built-in Bluetooth components and a dedicated digital sound amplifier to create an incredible listening experience. They do not require advanced setup or a separate ceiling speaker amplifier to work – they are literally plug and play and will work straight out of the box. If you want a simplistic setup for your Bluetooth ceiling speakers, these speakers will definitely hit the sweet spot between ease of installation and sound quality.
The Pyle 2-Way 250 watt spring-loaded ceiling speakers are some of the best Bluetooth ceiling speakers you can find now selling at a very good price. These ceiling speakers features built-in Bluetooth functionality for wireless music streaming from virtually all Bluetooth enabled devices and smartphones. They can produce incredible stereo sound in your home without using any floor and shelf-space. The speakers include a built-in round stain resistant grill to match flush mounted designs in your home for a clean look. They are also great for home theater system integration and will deliver crisp audio sound with excellent clarity. The compact flush mount design makes these speakers very easy to install in-wall or in-ceiling or any flat surface. They also come with a cut-out size template and spring-loaded speaker terminals with spring loaded fixing clips for quick installation straight out of the box. If you are looking for a no-frills Bluetooth ceiling speaker for your home, the Pyle 2-Way Bluetooth ceiling speakers come highly recommended.
The sound quality from the Pyle 2-Way 8” speakers is exceptionally clear. They produce very good 2-way full range stereo sound and can get really loud without producing any distortion. The Pyle ceiling speakers have an incredible maximum power output of 300 watts with an efficiency of 88dB, and a very nice frequency range between 70Hz to 20kHz. They produce room-filling sound that feels rich, clear and dynamic, without any dips in sound quality while streaming over Bluetooth. Vocal performances sounded crisp and lifelike, with very good stereo reproduction and musical separation. Listening to instrumental music and orchestra performances with these speakers was especially good, with very crisp instruments and subtle notes that are well-defined – you can even hear details in the music which you may not have noticed before. The bass response from these speakers is tight and punchy but not overwhelming; the bass stays where it should be and does not muddy into the midrange frequencies. The highs are crisp and clear although you do get a little warm sound signature from the Pyle Bluetooth ceiling speakers. You can adjust the volume output and EQ settings straight from your mobile device without having to tweak any settings on the actual speaker.
The great thing about the Pyle 2-Way 8” speakers is that it comes as a set with one active and one passive speaker. The speakers are equipped with Bluetooth wireless music streaming capability and have a pretty decent Bluetooth range around 30 to 40 feet depending on your room configuration. We also liked the fact that the Pyle speakers give you the ability to daisy-chain with additional speakers to create a stereo sound system. The speakers have a very rugged and durable exterior and are made from solid ABS material. It also mounts flush to walls or ceilings and comes with screw terminal block speaker connectors for convenient installation. These Bluetooth ceiling speakers have a cut-out size of 7.9” diameter and 3.7” depth. They have a power rating of 100/240V and come with a 12V power adapter. The entire setup comes with both active and passive speakers, one 12V power adapter and a speaker connection cable of approximately 16 feet in length.
The Verdict? The Pyle 2-Way 8” speakers are one of the best Bluetooth ceiling speakers you can find at a very good price that offer a truly wireless music streaming experience. They provide very rich, clear and powerful sound that can easily fill up a large room without any distortion. The speakers also have very good stereo reproduction and musical separation, and are home theater compatible which is great. They are very easy to install and come with all the necessary components with an installation guide. The Bluetooth connectivity on the Pyle ceiling speakers is superb and we did not experience any dips in sound quality or performance while streaming music on our mobile device. They are also very rugged and made of ABS material for long-lasting durability. Overall, the Pyle 2-way 8” speakers are some of the best Bluetooth ceiling speakers you can find and we definitely highly recommend them for first-timers looking for a convenient setup.
The MCM 6” Bluetooth ceiling speakers are an amazing set of ceiling speakers that deliver very crisp and excellent sound quality at a very good price point. They come in a pair and feature a conventional two-way speaker design that installs in-wall or in-ceiling, and provides great fidelity for music and audio reproduction. The speakers are equipped with an efficient Class D amplifier (15W x 2 CH amplifier) with Bluetooth 2.0 streaming for simple wireless music streaming. The installation only requires running the 12V DC power to one ceiling speaker, and running a single speaker cable to the second passive speaker. They also feature screw terminal input and speaker output connections which accept up to 16 AWG wiring. The pairing of these Bluetooth ceiling speakers is done completely wirelessly via your mobile device; the idle current is also low enough for the speakers to be powered continuously without having to turn them off. They are some of the best Bluetooth ceiling speakers you can find that really delivers quality and value at a very good price and we highly recommend them.
The MCM 6” Bluetooth ceiling speakers sound great with crystal clear audio reproduction and good bass response. They have a built in amplifier which delivers 15W RMS per channel with a frequency response between 80Hz to 20kHz. They also come with a 1” titanium dome tweeter for crisp highs and a 6” woven fiber cone with rubber surround. Music performances sounded very clear and crisp with these ceiling speakers – you get crisp highs and trebles with a nice sparkle, together with very detailed midranges and decent bass response. The bass feels solid and has plenty of texture, and does not overwhelm the other midranges and frequencies. Vocal performances sounded very clear and sweet straight out of the MCM Bluetooth ceiling speakers, while instrumental music was reproduced with great fidelity to the original music source. They do provide a certain degree of soundstage and musical separation which is great; you can also crank up the volume with these ceiling speakers and they will produce little to no distortion. We found that the MCM Bluetooth ceiling speakers are very sensitive to the original music recording and will expose the flaws in poor quality audio files, so be sure to feed them good Bluetooth audio quality for optimal sound performance.
The Bluetooth connectivity on the MCM speakers is very good and has a nice range of up to 32 feet – we had no issues connecting to these speakers through our iPhone and android smartphone devices. The downside is that it runs on Bluetooth 2.0 which is a little outdated and they do not support aptX connections for those looking to stream lossless music files. They come as a pair with one active and one passive ceiling speaker – installation is quick and simple by hooking up one 12V power to the active speaker and running the speaker cable to the second passive speaker. The MCM Bluetooth ceiling speakers have an overall frame diameter of 9”, and require a cut-out of 7.75” with a mounting depth of 2.9”. They come with screw terminal power input and output connectors which accept up to 16 AWG wire. The MCM speakers come with a power adapter that needs to be plugged in. You might also want to consider getting longer speaker wiring with these Bluetooth ceiling speakers depending on the size of your room and wiring setup.
The Verdict? The MCM 6” two-way speakers are some of the best Bluetooth ceiling speakers you can find with fully integrated Bluetooth components that deliver very good sound quality. They come as a pair and are very simple to install as they feature built-in Bluetooth components with an efficient Class D amplifier. The entire installation practically only requires you to run the 12V DC power cable to one speaker and a second speaker cable to the other passive speaker. The Bluetooth pairing and wireless connectivity can be easily configured once these speakers are powered on. The sound performance from these speakers is very good, with crisp highs, nice midrange and good bass response. You can crank up the volume on these speakers and expect to get no to little distortion, and are great for filling up living rooms and bathrooms with room-filling sound. The sound quality is rich and has plenty of texture and musical separation which really lets you listen to the details in your music clearly. These ceiling speakers also accept up to 16 AWG wire for easy installation. The Bluetooth connection works up to 30 feet or so and remains stable and consistent throughout without any dips in music quality. If you are looking for a set of Bluetooth ceiling speakers, the MCM 6” two-way speakers are definitely a great choice.
Ceiling speakers with Bluetooth Receiver
The other way of achieving a full Bluetooth ceiling speaker setup is to pair wired ceiling speakers with a Bluetooth receiver and amplifier. These ceiling speakers do not come with dedicated Bluetooth components and require a separate Bluetooth receiver for Bluetooth music streaming. That being said, because these speakers use a separate power source and amplifier, you have more control over the amount of power fed through to these ceiling speakers and they often have better sound quality than built-in Bluetooth ceiling speakers. The other advantage this setup has over fully integrated Bluetooth ceiling speakers is that if the Bluetooth amplifier is damaged, you only need to change the dedicated Bluetooth amplifier rather than the entire ceiling speaker. It also gives you more options to pair any wired ceiling speaker with a Bluetooth receiver to work just as typical Bluetooth ceiling speakers would. While this setup is arguably more advanced than installing fully integrated Bluetooth ceiling speakers with built-in Bluetooth, it is the recommended setup which will save you time and costs of replacing the entire ceiling speaker in the future.
There are a two steps to note when installing bluetooth ceiling speakers – most importantly you will need ceiling speakers as well as an in-wall bluetooth audio receiver (highly recommended) to power your ceiling speakers. You could also use a wireless dedicated amplifier to achieve the same purpose, although we would recommend in-wall receivers because it looks much cleaner and is convenient to connect.
Step 1: Choose an in-wall Bluetooth audio receiver for your ceiling speakers
Bluetooth audio receivers are necessary to connect your bluetooth ceiling speakers to your bluetooth device or dedicated sound amplifier. If you want to dispense with the trouble of buying a dedicated amplifier, we highly recommend the Pyle Bluetooth in-wall receiver with built in amplifier and in-wall audio control – meaning that you do not need to purchase a separate amplifier to power your ceiling speakers. It is essentially plug and play, which means that all you need to do is connect your ceiling speakers into these receivers and instantly play music streaming from your bluetooth device. At the time of writing, this high quality audio bluetooth receiver is selling out fast, so don’t forget to check it out!
The Pyle Bluetooth in-wall receiver creates a wireless music system in your room and includes the following features:
- Built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming – works with almost all Bluetooth devices (iphones, Androids, smartphones, iPads, tablets, etc)
- Features an aux (3.5mm) input for connecting external devices, and an additional USB port for device charging
- Input selection between Bluetooth, stereo or mic source
- In-wall audio control receiver with built-in amplifier, connects (2) speakers with 100 Watt peak power
- Control the volume of your sound and manage multiple inputs to connect to stereo system/ceiling speakers
- Universal standard size gang plate which fits most electrical boxes and provides a clean in-wall installation
Alternatively, if you already have a dedicated sound amplifier (we highly recommend the SONOS Amp if you intend on doing high-end audio), then the Pyle In-wall bluetooth receiver works a charm. It has dual USB device charger and a dedicated Aux input for sound systems. You can mount the system in-wall for instant wireless music streaming with the ability to connect to home theatre. It also comes with quick and easy installation which fits into standard size electrical boxes and can be installed into virtually any wall in your home or office. We really liked these in-wall amplifiers because they look great in-wall and produce very clear sound with no noticeable background static, even if the music playing is stopped. The Pyle audio receivers come highly recommended if you are looking for a cost-effective installation for your Bluetooth ceiling speakers setup.
- Built-in Bluetooth for Wireless Audio Streaming – Works with All of Your Favorite Devices
- (iPhones, Androids, Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, PC, etc.) – In-Wall, Wall Plate Audio/Music Control
- Includes (2) Wall Plates (Bluetooth Audio Source & Audio Output) – Universal Standard Wall Plate Size
- Connects to Home Theater and Additional External Devices – Aux (3.5mm) Input, RCA (L/R) Output
- Includes DC Power Adaptor – Fits U.S. Electrical Gang Boxes – Rotary Volume Knob & Button Controls
Step 2: Choose your ceiling speakers
The Polk Audio RC80is are one of the best ceiling speakers that you can find now selling at a very good price. When combined with a decent Bluetooth receiver, they work and sound even better than dedicated Bluetooth ceiling speakers. The Polk RC80i utilizes an eight-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone with a rubber surround that outlasts cheaper foam surrounds, as well as a one-inch ring-radiator tweeter with a 15-degree swivel mount. The swivel-mounted tweeter is aimable for direct high frequency control that ensures spacious imaging with good clarity, and well-balanced sound in any listening position, even off-axis listening positions, rather than in just a small sweet spot. They deliver crystal clear and crisp sound that is unmatched by conventional Bluetooth ceiling speakers due to the separate Bluetooth amplifier which provides a dedicated power source and massive peak power.
In terms of audio performance, we found that the RC80is deliver very solid music performance, which are great for home theatre and television. These speakers are perfect for staging due to their adjustable tweeters, so you can direct the sound wherever it sounds ideal. When tested with a SONOS amp, we found that these ceiling speakers produce a very rich sound with good low/mid levels. The bass on these speakers are decent, although not excessive – which is expected of ceiling speakers generally. If you want to fill a large room with sound, we would recommend adding a sub-woofer to go with the system. That said, these ceiling speakers can deliver some serious audio performance when connected to a decent Bluetooth amplifier, and add a little something special to your home theatre.
What we particularly liked about the RC80is are that they are constructed of rust resistant hardware and durable, moisture resistant materials. This means that the RC80i bluetooth ceiling speakers are safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, or even under outdoor eaves, and a glass-filled composite baffle that provides a dense, acoustically inert platform for the speaker’s high end components. This unit features strong composite driver baskets that keep moving parts in rigid alignment, a wide-dispersion design for even sound-coverage throughout even large rooms, and a wall-distance toggle switch that flattens frequency response when installation requires placement near a corner or adjacent wall. The RC80i also features a tweeter-level switch that lets you tailor the highs for your room acoustics, enhancing imaging and soundstage when used in a home theater system. They are incredible ceiling speakers to include in your Bluetooth ceiling speakers setup with the Pyle Bluetooth in-wall receiver.
The Verdict? The Polk RC80is are hands down on the best ceiling speakers you can buy that delivers phenomenal sound quality and are highly value for money. They work exactly as Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a Bluetooth receiver and rank highly in terms of convenience and ease of installation. Once installed, the paintable grill and flange allows these ceiling speakers to virtually disappear in the room – they are nice and sleek in the ceiling. The speakers are also very well constructed, making them durable and ideal for home theatre and other outdoor purposes. The sound quality of these speakers are very good for the price when paired with a decent amplifier –we can confirm that you are definitely getting value for what you pay for with these bluetooth ceiling speakers.
The Pyle PDIC60 6.5-inch speakers are hands down some of the best ceiling speakers in every single aspect. When paired with a decent Bluetooth amplifier, they work exactly as Bluetooth ceiling speakers to deliver wider coverage and lower notes as compared to other “typical” Bluetooth ceiling speakers without a dedicated amplifier. We were very surprised at the sound performance of the Pyle ceiling speakers, reproducing lifelike sound with more spaciousness, detail and depth than expected. This is achieved by the combination of a directable 1-inch titanium dome tweeter, dual 6.5-inch speakers, 4-8 Ohm, 1-inch high temperature voice coils. The mounts of these ceiling speakers flush on walls or ceilings. These ceiling speakers have an overall dimension of 9-Inch Diameter x 2 3/8-Inch Depth, Cut-Out: 7 7/8-Inch x 4 5/8-Inch.
There are a few things that really set these ceiling speakers apart. First, the tweeter can be directed after installation or at any time without removal of the metal cover grill, allowing you to create an ideal soundstage within your room. Second, the sound produced by these ceiling speakers is incredible and sound awesome when paired with surround sound speakers. The bass on these ceiling speakers can go surprisingly low and punchy with any muddy feel – they really deliver sound to the core. Third, the installation is very easy in the sense that all you have to do is connect the wires and secure the speakers to the ceiling. These speakers have very good finish quality and painting them before installation would make them almost disappear into the ceiling. These speakers can go especially loud – loud enough to impress anyone who have yet to hear the performance of these ceiling speakers in an integrated sound system.
We would add that the performance of these ceiling speakers in a flow through type floor plan is really impressive even at high volume and equally impressive when streaming music from the main listening position. Once installed, the finished look is as elegant as it is unobtrusive. You can even paint the speaker grilles to match your décor. When we replaced the existing ceiling speakers with these Pyle speakers, the sound output was simply amazing. The configuration we used to test the system is with two Pyle PDIC60s and a SONOS amp. Do note that because the tweeters are directional they are slightly more noticeable than something that would be described as completely invisible. Nonetheless, the performance from these ceiling speakers is phenomenal for the price.
The Verdict? We really enjoyed the beautiful music and excellent sound that came from these ceiling speakers. When paired with a good Bluetooth receiver, they work and function exactly as Bluetooth ceiling speakers with even better sound quality. We did try out several other speakers and concluded that the Pyles give the best sound performance at par value – meaning that they outperform the rest in terms of price and value for money. These speakers simply deliver sound performance which are quite amazing and something special for music and movie lovers. The depth and quality of the music from these speakers make them a worthy investment. If you are looking for some of the best ceiling speakers with very good audio performance and sound quality at a very good price, we would highly recommend these to go with your home theatre system or Bluetooth amplifier.
Every once in a while you get surprised with a product that just blows you away. The Martin Logan ElectroMotion ICs were by far one of the best ceiling speakers that we have ever tested. If you are looking for high grade ceiling speakers to compliment your home theatre, the EM ICs will take your listening experience to the next level. From the moment we unboxed the speakers, quality was reflected – Martin Logan actually put thought into the packaging, organization and speaker protection, grill-cut out template, paint guard, etc. We were impressed by the build of the speaker and the attention to detail; furthermore, there is a 5 year warranty if you send in registration cards. They sound extremely good when combined with a good Bluetooth receiver for a full Bluetooth ceiling speakers configuration.
The installation experience was equally a breeze. The EM-ICs are definitely a well-designed speaker that was very convenient to use. We connected the bluetooth ceiling speakers for a few test runs with various music genres – and we were not disappointed! The sound was crisp and clear, great fidelity and an impressive richness, which we didn’t expect in a ceiling mounted speaker. We used these speakers to support a 7.1 surround setup, and could not be happier with it: great quality, great sound and a great price. One note of advice to keep in mind – use quality components throughout your system, 12ga wire – as your home theatre experience will only be as good as you weakest link.
In addition, these ceiling speakers sound great with good bass for the size. If you are doing whole house audio, these speakers are simply exceptional. Most other speakers mounted in the wall or in the ceiling are very bright and the sound too “forward” – overly bright. These MartinLogan speakers have a sound that is different from their competition. Their sound is very well rounded and is much richer than the other mounted speakers we tested. The sound is not overly bright or fatiguing and very detailed. These ceiling speakers are made to combine with higher end home audio systems to deliver a complete listening experience.
The Verdict? If you are looking for high-end speakers to fit for your home theatre, the ElectroMotion ICs are definitely one of the best ceiling speakers that you can buy and produced by Martin Logan. They work exactly as Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a good Bluetooth amplifier and produce phenomenal sound quality. It is simply nearly impossible to go wrong with these ceiling speakers even on a Bluetooth setup. Furthermore, the EM ICs feature an exotic folded motion tweeter and a 6.5-inch aluminium core woofer with cast aluminium basket that provides powerful low-frequency bass extensions. It also blends seamlessly into any home thanks to its ultra-low profile, micro perforated grille with no visible hints. At the time of writing, these ceiling speakers are selling at a very good price point and we highly recommend them.
The Yamaha NS-IC800s is one of the best ceiling speakers for 2-channel sound reproduction or home theatre at low cost. Design wise, these Yamaha ceiling speakers are very practical and effective – they have a noticeable grain-finished acoustic baffle with a spiral pattern which makes the sound disperse naturally. The sound performance that they put out is outstanding – we were quite thrilled at how great these sound. The NS-IC800s added some punch to the bass and carry mid and highs which sounded excellent. The movies sound spectacular and the music really rocks hard and sound sweet on softer recordings. They work very well as Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a good Bluetooth receiver and we were surprised at how good these ceiling speakers sounded with deep punchy bass.
Furthermore, the Yamaha NS-IC800 ceiling speakers are very easy to install – the large mounting clamp with non-slip thread grips ceiling or walls firmly for installation. The slim fringe grille becomes almost invisible after installation, so it won’t conflict with your interior décor. A sealed back cover protects both the speaker unit and crossover from dust and moisture. The magnets also make it easy to attach or remove the grille. We also note that the NS-IC800s use a blue polypropylene mica cone woffer and fluid-cooled soft-dome swivel tweeter in a coaxial design. The tweeter swivels so it can be aimed at whatever position you need for better staging.
The Yamaha NS-IC800s is essentially a 2-way crossover type in-ceiling speaker with a maximum frequency response of 28 kHz. The RMS output power is 140W with an 8 ohm impedance, and physical depth of 4.3 inches. The driver type-dome delivers a solid 3.50 kHz crossover frequency, with a slim profile design for flush in-ceiling or wall mounting. By and large, we found that the NC-IC800s produced sound that was superior to many other bluetooth ceiling speakers at this price range.
The Verdict? We were extremely satisfied with the performance and sound quality of the Yamaha NS-IC800s. They make excellent Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a good Bluetooth receiver at a very good price point; if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to fit your home theatre or sound system, these speakers will definitely not let you down. It also comes with a warranty when purchased, so you don’t have to worry about any malfunctions. This is pretty generous considering the reputation of the manufacturer – and at this price this in-ceiling speaker is definitely a steal.
The Leviton AEC80s are one of the best ceiling speakers available in the market and sound much better than typical Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a quality Bluetooth receiver. They are easy to install and have a very good quality of sound at this price range. These professional ceiling speakers are designed with every detail in mind; they are excellent quality speakers equipped with JBL drivers and movable concentric tweeters and built-in crossovers that delivers a stunning audio performance. We also found that the AEC80s work and articulate very well with other speakers (combined with a Klipsch 10 inch subwoofer) to make an exceptional theatre experience. The company provides excellent support service and warranty which comes with this quality product. If you are looking to create your Bluetooth ceiling speakers setup with the Leviton AEC80s, you will definitely be impressed by its dynamic and crisp sound.
Essentially, the AEC80s combine JBL knowhow and technology with the durability of Leviton products. These ceiling speakers are equipped with JBL titanium-laminate drivers for maintain musical accuracy and clarity even at low frequency levels. With a straight single line path crossover network, these in-ceiling speakers get the least among of signal distortion to minimise audio interference. Furthermore, the Leviton Architectural Edition feature heavy-duty input terminals for long-term connection integrity, coupled with integrated mounting brackets which increase its stability and durability. The long-excursion woofers with butyl-rubber half-round surrounds and extended pole-piece magnetic structures provide maximum bass impact and dynamic range.
Apart from these impressive technical specifications, the AEC80s has a power handling capability of 100 watts and an audio sensitivity of 89 decibels. The AEC80s features acoustically transparent paintable baffles and grilles to fit with your home décor. All these value-added features are backed by a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Finally, we really liked the acoustically transparent grills which help to conceal this speaker when installed – we note that this design was inspired by JBL’s years of professional experience in theatre sound systems. If you are fussy about room aesthetics, the Leviton AEC80s may be used in surround-sound installations which will be barely noticeable after installation. The JBL low-diffraction swivel tweeter also makes it convenient for you to optimize the sound field for a particular listening room’s geometry. This means that you can adjust the direction of the sound to suit your home theatre purposes, giving plenty of customization options.
The Verdict? The Leviton AEC80s are one of the best ceiling speakers produced by JBL in conjunction with Leviton that delivers sound performance that surpassed our expectations at this price range. They make very good Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a good Bluetooth amplifier in a home theater setup. Apart from the wide range of technical specifications included in this speaker, we felt that the overall sound performance was simply superb and acoustically compatible with most higher end sound systems. The bass impact on these bluetooth ceiling speakers was also particularly good. We would recommend these bluetooth ceiling speakers if you are looking to bring your home theatre experience to the next level.
For those who are familiar with the Speakercraft brand, the SpeakerCraft AIM8 Threes are one of the best ceiling speakers with an 8-inch woofer and amiable tweeter. The AIM8 Three has excellent quality of construction – it is beautifully engineered and the assembly is flawless. Everything about this speaker reveals exceptional attention to detail and quality and it was a pleasure installing the speaker. Straight out of the box, we found that the build quality, fit and finish are phenomenal and they sound fantastic at this price range. They work exactly as Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a good Bluetooth receiver with even better sound, and we highly recommend them.
We found that installing the AIM8-Threes very easy – after cutting a hole in the ceiling, the speaker inserts into the hole easily while four screws accessible from the front draws clamps down and secures the speaker to the ceiling. The attachment of the wires is conveniently done through two color coded terminal devices. The packaging was also exceptionally well thought out – the unit was held securely separated from the external box, and the speaker grill packed safely inside the box. The installation instructions were also straightforward and easy to understand.
In terms of sound performance, we were very impressed by the AIM8-Threes. Even without a subwoofer hooked up the receiver, the speakers sounded amazing. They have such a rich, full sound. The sound is very clear and powerful, with decent bass response and high accuracy. Compared to conventional Bluetooth ceiling speakers, the great thing about these Speakercraft ceiling speakers is that they are quite large and loud, which means that they can also function as mains or as surround speakers. They produce essentially one of the best and crisp sound we have ever heard from ceiling speakers.
Furthermore, the AIM8 ceiling speakers are a two way speaker and the tweeter can be aimed specifically to optimize the sound directly towards the listeners – this allows you to adjust the position of the tweeters to create better soundstage. This speaker has a minus 3 decibel neutral and plus 3 decibel adjustment control, which is pretty rare because we have never seen systems that allow you to adjust the decibel levels of internal components. It’s part of a system that allows you to fine tune your bluetooth ceiling speakers to the environment.
The Verdict? We were overall very pleased with the performance of the AIM8-Threes. There are really one of the best ceiling speakers ever produced by Speakercraft. Combined with a good Bluetooth receiver, they work and sound even better than conventional Bluetooth ceiling speakers with full music streaming capabilities. They are an excellent all around utility speaker with crystal clear highs and crisp lows and mid range sound. We would also recommend them for both surround and music playing applications, and for enhancing your home theatre – they are truly high end quality speakers that will not disappoint!
The Polk Audio MC80s are undoubtedly one of the higher performing ceiling speakers in its category. It has a good frequency response from 50-20,000 Hz, 3/4″ amiable silk dome tweeter, 8” dynamic balance woofer and handles up to 100 watts of power. As with the other Polk ceiling speakers, installations of these speakers are a breeze. When we tested these speakers with our 5.1 surround setup we were blown away by the crisp clear highs, detailed mids and decent lows to lower the powered sub-woofer a few notches. Considering their small size, we were really impressed by their bass response and once we hooked them up to the subwoofer, the total surround sound produced by the home theatre system was phenomenal. When paired with a good Bluetooth receiver, they instantly transform into an incredible pair of Bluetooth ceiling speakers that deliver phenomenal sound. It is well and truly one of the best ceiling speakers you can buy at low cost.
The great thing about the Polk Audio MC80s is that the titled tweeters allow you to adjust the sound to your liking and listening position, and creating soundstage for your home theatre. We were even able to pick up the audio cues coming from the right and left channels as the action took place in the movie. Playing music through the setup seemed cleaner and crisp, and we greatly enjoyed listening to the MC80s through our test setup. These ceiling speakers are very loud and very clear up to any volume and work better than conventional Bluetooth ceiling speakers because of its separate power source – we found that by turning this up to the maximum volume, the speaker alone will shake the entire floor above the speaker. If installed in a wall, this in-ceiling speaker would probably produce a decent amount of bass with the wall providing a complete sealed enclosure.
Installation of these ceiling speakers was quick and efficient. To install these speakers, just find your studs, trace the cardboard template onto the wall between the studs, connect the speaker wires, insert the speaker into the ceiling and tighten the screws. Furthermore, this ceiling speaker comes with a paintable white matte grille which is durable and moisture-resistant, allowing you to place this speaker in areas such as the kitchen. We recommend boxing up these speakers on the back when you mount them to pick up more rich sound and more bass. Having a good sound amplifier makes a difference – we tested this model with a SONOS amp to our complete satisfaction. The Bluetooth connectivity to the amplifier is just as good as dedicated Bluetooth ceiling speakers.
The Verdict? We were very impressed by the audio performance of the MC80s so much so that they could even be used as a center channel and its price is $100-$300 less than Polk’s true center channel speakers. When tuned in to your surround sound system, music concerts will start to sound like you are hearing them live from the MC80s with their rich and full sound. When played together with the 5.1 setup and subwoofer, the total sound produced was phenomenal and satisfying. They are simply one of the best ceiling speakers in terms of audio performance and value for money – and if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to dedicated Bluetooth ceiling speakers and yet retain sound quality, we would highly recommend the MC80s.
The Klipsch CDT-5650-C are one of the best ceiling speakers of the Klipsch line that deliver exceptional value for money. They are easy to install and produce very good sound, and have premium speaker specifications usually found only in high end audio drivers. These ceiling speakers were designed to meet the demand for a high-performance ceiling speaker that easily challenges the limitations of fixed locations. They sound much better than integrated Bluetooth ceiling speakers with its separate Bluetooth amplifier power source. It incorporates a gimbal mechanism or Controlled Dispersion Technology (CDT), both the high and low frequencies of the CDT-5650 can be directed towards listening areas to create excellent soundstage. The speaker uses a two-way system with one titanium dome compression tweeter with a swivelling 100-degree drive components to deliver powerful sound.
When we tested these Klipsch speakers, we were quite blown away by the sound. We tested these speakers along with a pair of R-5650-W in-wall speakers next to it. Taken together as a whole, they create a nice sound stage for music in the house. That said, they need a quality 100 Watt amp to drive well and play quality music. We found that installation of the speakers a breeze – simply install these as you would a normal pair of ceiling speakers. Once connected to the amplifier and linked to your 5.1/ 7.1 system, you’re all set and good to go.
The sound on the Klipsch ceiling speakers are phenomenal and drive up to 50-watts (200-watts peak) of power, which means it can get very loud. The sound is crisp and accurate, and has good emphasis on the mids and lows. It produces more bass than you would expect from a conventional ceiling speaker; we were actually quite surprised at how well these speakers performed, provided that you hook it up with the right amplifier. The sound did not distort at high volumes at all; these speakers made watching movies come to life with cinematic effects heard throughout the house. We were quite enthralled when we tested these.
The CDT-5650-Cs also boosts an impressive array of specifications that are usually found only in high-end speakers. The tweeter is independently adjustable from the woofer to allow the speaker to provide an even more precise localization of sound; it is mated to a swivelling 100-degree tractix horn. We found that the swivelling horn design dramatically increases efficiency by enabling the speaker to produce more output using less energy. Additionally, a horn-loaded tweeter works well in instances where you want to point the sound to a specific location because it has more controlled directivity than a conventional dome tweeter. The speaker also features an impressive 6.5” cera-metallic woofer which can rotate a full 360-degrees and shift 15-degrees in any direction. This flexibility combined with the swivelling tweeter puts you in complete control of where the sound will go.
The Verdict? While the Klipsch CDT-5650C is on the pricier end of the spectrum, they are superb quality bluetooth ceiling speakers built for higher-end audio equipment. At the time of writing, these excellent speakers are selling at a very reasonable price point, which means that you are really getting value for money with each purchase. Furthermore, the sound that these ceiling speakers produce is simply above par, with the added functionality of adjusting your woofer and tweeter to create a vibrant soundstage for home theatre. They work just like any Bluetooth ceiling speakers when connected to a Bluetooth amplifier. All these combined with the meticulous attention to detail makes the Klipsch speakers one of the best ceiling speakers you can find on the market.
The UEWA/Di 8R is one of Definitive Technology’s best ceiling speakers available on the market. The sound on these ceiling speakers are excellent and fills the space with full sound and deep bass. If you are looking for a set of speakers to complete your home theatre setup, these Definitive Technology speakers is a recommended option which at the time of writing are selling at a very good price. The installation of these speakers is simple and they even come with a template for old construction and new construction brackets can be purchased from a number of sources. They are really incredible speakers that fit very well into a Bluetooth ceiling speakers setup when paired with a decent Bluetooth amplifier.
What we particularly liked about the in-ceiling DI 8R speakers is their ability to blend into the home surroundings due to its small diameters, hidden flange design, and low profile micro-perf grilles. This unique design renders them practically invisible from view. They are as easy to install as traditional flanged flush-mount speakers, and don’t require custom sheetrock/spackle skills to install. The DI 8R grille is a mere 9-3/4 inches (24.8 centimeters) in diameter, noticeably smaller than any competing 8-inch in-ceiling speaker. It also has pivoting pure aluminium dome tweeters which allow you to adjust where you require your sound output to be – allowing you to create a home theatre soundstage with a 5.1 or 7.1 system.
As compared to Klipsch or JBL, several of our testers had differing opinions as to whether the Definitive Technology speakers sounded better. Although these ceiling speakers have very good audio quality, we should add that the UEWA/Di 8R in particular had more fuller and richer bass response due to its 8 inch size and clear trebles. The speaker is quite loud (but clear) even at low volumes. Apart from sounding fantastic, these ceiling speakers also look great and we loved the magnetic cover design. The easy mounting flexibility is also an added plus; no prior experience would be required as they provide detailed instructions on how to mount these speakers. They work just like Bluetooth ceiling speakers when paired with a Bluetooth receiver with plenty of power to go around.
The Verdict? Overall, the Definitive Technology UEWA/Di 8R makes it to this list largely because it’s highly value for money and sounds almost as good, if not better, than its more expensive counterparts. It also features a flangeless design and micro-perf grille to minimize visibility with pivoting pure aluminium dome tweeters. The key highlight, however, is that these are one of the best ceiling speakers produced by the Definitive Technology brand which is now going at a very good price at the time of writing, making it highly value for money. It’s an amazing speaker to include in your Bluetooth ceiling speakers setup and we highly recommend them.
The Yamaha NS-IW480CWHs are very well-constructed, inexpensive, and fine-sounding ceiling speakers. These speakers are priced just right for the homeowner looking to expand or start a new built-in system. They come with an adjustable directional tweeter and deliver high-quality natural sound to enhance the home theatre experience. They are best used as surround sound speakers to complement the mains, and they sound awesome when connected to the right sound amplifier. The construction quality of these Yamaha speakers is top-notch and the installation was very easy. For those looking for a low-cost, high quality speaker, the NS-IW480CWHs are an amazing set of ceiling speakers from Yamaha to include in your Bluetooth ceiling speakers setup with a Bluetooth receiver.
Each IW-280 speaker weighs 3.3 pounds and measures 10-9/32” in diameter and 5-1/32” deep. The 6.5” woofer is tilted at 12 degrees from vertical and the tweeters swivel somewhat for directional sound. These speakers come with 8” polypropylene mica cone woofers and dual 3/4” dome tweeter with SoundMax technology to produce natural and rich sound.
The great thing about these speakers is that the woofer is angled and positioned within its casing so the woofer speaker can be pointed in the direction of the listener. It is important to point the woofer by turning the entire casing to the desired position so it is angled towards the listener, and then move the individual tweeters to point to the listener as well. These ceiling speakers also come with an easy card board template for cutting out the hole, so place it on the ceiling and use a pencil to draw the cutting line and cut the ceiling for an 8 inch diameter hole. The speakers are equipped with a nice white grill to cover the speaker and cover all the edges of the circle. The cosmetic grill that covers the speaker can snap into place without any tools or need of the included adhesive pad.
Ceiling speakers like these Yamahas are very nice for surround sound because they essentially disappear into your ceiling. We were very impressed with the sound quality and the bass output, even without a subwoofer connected to the system. The connectors for the wires are a very high-quality spring-loaded design, which helps to reduce static interference. When paired with a decent Bluetooth amplifier, the quality of the sound was rich, crisp and accurate; listening to these speakers, movies sounded like they came to life and you can hear things which you never thought were there in the movie – they are a very good compliment to the overall home theatre system. It’s really hard to find fault with these ceiling speakers and you simply cannot go wrong with these. They sound and function exactly as Bluetooth ceiling speakers in our setup without any dips in sound performance while connected to the Bluetooth amplifier.
The Verdict? In our view, these Yamaha speakers strike the right balance of cost, quality and performance. They are essentially mid-end speakers which are cost effective and very easy to install, and deliver some outstanding music performance for the price. With a 120-Watt maximum input capacity and swivel tweeter for wide dispersion, these are excellent ceiling speakers you can find in terms of practical design and cost to fit into your Bluetooth ceiling speakers setup with a Bluetooth amplifier. If you are on a budget and looking for high quality ceiling speakers, these Yamahas are your best bet.