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What Size Should I Use For Theater?
Last Updated: 06/16/2015

What size should I use for theater set up?

A bigger speaker is generally not better. The subwoofer already handles the lower sounds. A bigger speaker is slower to react to mid range sounds than a smaller one.

That's why we recommend 6 ½" speakers.

Generally 6 1/2" speakers work best for home theater in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.

You're already going to be using a powered sub-Woofer for your theater room and that will take care of the low, low bass sounds. A subwoofer handles frequencies from about 120 hertz and lower (the low, boomy sounds).

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

A 6 1/2" speaker will produce sounds from 80-100 hertz on up (mid-range type sounds like snare drums, gun shots, and snaps and higher).

If you use the 8" speaker in your home theater realm it will be slower to react to those mid-range noises than the 6 1/2" speaker will because of it's larger mass. Just like a sports car will be quicker off the line than a big truck.


Customer Comments:

Very helpful. Does it matter how big your room is?
Inwallstore: Not the size of the speakers themselves but the number of speakers for coverage. This this FAQ about How many speakers should I use for theater set up?
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