Enter Information about your room for loudspeaker recommendations.
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Surface loudspeakers offer wide coverage options and the ability to aim at targeted listening areas. They are designed to install on wall surfaces using included wall brackets or optional ceiling and pole-mount brackets for additional installation flexibility.
Flush-mounted loudspeakers are designed to install in overhead ceiling locations and present with minimal visual impact. Optional accessories include adjustable tile bridges, rough-in pans, pendant-mount kits and square grilles.
Pendant loudspeakers offer coverage options for spaces with open-ceiling architecture and hang from the ceiling structure using cable or chain.
Both EdgeMax™ EM90 and EM180 loudspeakers are designed for in-ceiling installation. To maximize boundary-loading benefits of additional bass and SPL, install EM90 loudspeakers as close to the ceiling corner as the building structure, tile-bridge, and ceiling obstructions will allow. Similarly, install EM180 loudspeakers as close to the sidewall as possible.
If your selected room dimensions provide a warning that the design requires speakers in the middle of the room, try using the standard coverage option instead of premium.
4 Corner EM90 and Mixed EM90 & EM180 layouts have the potential for more bass response in the room, so if bass is a priority, choose the 4 Corners and Mixed option. With a perfectly square room, the usual recommendation will be EM90 loudspeakers in four room corners. If the room is a long rectangle, a mixed layout will typically be recommended with EM90 placed in room corners and EM180 placed along the longer sidewalls.
Note: When working with a mixed EM90 and EM180 system, the EM90 loudspeakers should typically be tapped 3 dB less than the EM180 loudspeakers to balance the overall SPL level: adjust as needed at the jobsite.
The length of the listening space or zone.
The width of the listening space or zone.
The distance from the floor to the ceiling.
For larger rooms with curved or shaped architecture, consider slicing the room and running recommendations based on smaller sections.
Optimize the system for standing listeners.
Optimize the system for seated listeners.
Listening height helps determine what type of speakers to use and where they will be placed. On average, the standard listening height for a seated audience is 3.5 feet (1.1 meter), and 5 feet (1.5 meter) for a standing audience.
Minimum coverage generates reasonable recommendations for placement and provides a balance between satisfactory coverage and fewer loudspeakers.
Standard coverage provides fewer gaps in coverage between loudspeakers and provides good sound quality for most installations.
Premium coverage delivers the best audio experience with ample coverage.
Improved coverage will enhance the overall audio experience, yet add more loudspeakers to the design. This parameter can helpful to adjust when value-engineering a system to a lower budget.
This level is suitable for quiet locations such as bookstores, where the noise level is low and the audio program is expected to be soft (60 - 65 dB SPL).
Slightly louder than Level 1, Level 2 is suitable for cafes and quiet retail stores.
Suitable for upscale restaurants, Level 3 targets a reasonable background/foreground level of 70 - 75 dB SPL.
Louder than Level 3, Level 4 is appropriate for locations such a high-energy retail locations.
With an SPL target of 80-85 dB SPL, Level 5 delivers a foreground music experience for locations such as sports bars and fitness rooms.
Volume refers to how loud the speakers in your installed system will need to get in order to deliver the right experience for the installation. Consider both the ambient noise level of the establishment and the program material in making a choice for volume level.
The two numbers represent the horizontal and vertical distance in the layout between adjacent loudspeakers.
When flush-mount or pendant loudspeakers are selected, two numbers are shown to represent the distance from the 1st loudspeaker (top left) to the left wall and top wall, respectively.