Last updated: August 10, 2021

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Welcome to our big wall speaker test 2021. Here we present all the wall speakers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best wall speaker for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a wall speaker.




Summary

  • Wall speakers are available in all different quality and price classes.
  • You have to decide beforehand whether you want to buy a passive or active speaker.
  • Loudspeakers are a very big subject and there are many different options, but they are also expensive if you want really good sound.

The Best Wall Speaker: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a wall-mounted speaker

What are the advantages of a wall-mounted speaker over a floor-standing speaker?

The first advantage of a wall speaker is that you can hang it up, which saves space in the room. This is more expensive, but it pays off because the speaker is not in the way.

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Wall speakers are more space-saving than normal speakers because you can easily hang them on the wall. (Image source: pexels.com / Pixabay)

The next advantage is that in a home cinema system, the sound is better if the speakers for the rear part are placed at a certain height.

What does a wall speaker cost?

Wall speakers are available in all price ranges. There are devices for newcomers as well as high-end devices. It is always important to consider whether the price is for a single loudspeaker or a whole segment.

For example, a loudspeaker that costs 150 euros is better than a whole segment that costs 150 euros.

Price range price
Entry-level 70€ to 150€
Mid-range 150€ to 300€
High-end from approx. 300€

The entry-level price range starts at 70 euros and goes up to 150 euros. For the mid-range, a wall-mounted loudspeaker costs between 150 and 300 euros. This already gives you a very good sound.

The most sophisticated speakers are in the high-end class, which starts at around 300 euros.

What are tweeters and woofers?

A tweeter has a higher frequency range and therefore plays the higher tones. A woofer, on the other hand, has a lower frequency range and therefore plays the lower tones.

What does the word HIFI mean?

This is an abbreviation for the word High Fidelty and stands for a quality standard in sound technology. In German, High Fidelty stands for a high fidelity of sound.

What types of wall speakers are there?

There are normal wall speakers that are usually 20 cm deep and there are also flat-panel speakers that are very thin in comparison and are therefore easier to hide on or in the wall.

What are the alternatives to wall speakers?

Of course, there are many other different types of speakers. There are floor-standing speakers, compact speakers and bookshelf speakers. All these speakers have different sounds and functions. For example, a floor-standing speaker needs the floor to reproduce the sound best.

Another increasingly popular alternative to conventional speakers are the so-called smart speakers such as Amazon's Alexa or Google Home.

These speakers are small devices that you set up in the room and can operate using voice control. They not only play sound, but also talk to you and answer your questions.

Decision: What types of wall speakers are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of wall speakers:

  • active wall speaker
  • passive wall speaker

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the best wall speaker for you.

What distinguishes an active wall-mounted speaker and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An active wall speaker already has an amplifier built in. The advantage of this is that you only need more power and a pick-up device to get started.

Because the amplifier is already built in, you don't have to worry about tuning it properly. This is already done by the manufacturer.

Advantages
  • Already properly tuned
  • Lower cost
  • No extra cables needed
  • Connects directly to terminal
Disadvantages
  • More difficult to repair
  • Less flexibility
  • Often worse sound

An active wall-mounted loudspeaker is usually connected directly to the end device, which saves you a lot of wiring. Because an external amplifier is no longer needed, you also save a lot on the purchase price.

What are the characteristics of a passive wall-mounted loudspeaker and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Passive wall speakers consist only of the speakers and therefore do not have an integrated amplifier. They can only be connected to an A/V receiver via special audio cables. This receiver is in turn connected to the end device.

Advantages
  • Simple set-up of the speakers
  • Great flexibility
  • Easy to repair
  • Precise tuning to your own taste
Disadvantages
  • Higher acquisition costs
  • Complicated for beginners
  • Complex tuning of the technology necessary

Most wall-mounted loudspeakers are equipped with passive speakers. This means that the selection of passive speakers is much larger than that of active speakers.

Many are also of the opinion that only passive speakers can deliver the best sound because the manufacturers are not able to adjust them correctly.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate wall speakers

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate wall speakers. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective model.

In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Impedances
  • Rated power
  • Bracket included
  • Principle
  • Frequency range
  • Colour
  • Weight
  • Dimensions

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a model based on the criteria or not.

Impedance

Impedance describes the electrical resistance to a signal. It is given in the unit "Ohm" and you will only be confronted with the impedance when you ask yourself which amplifier goes with which loudspeaker.

The most common values are 4 and 8 ohms, which means that if a speaker has 8 ohms, you need to find an amplifier that can supply this resistance with enough power.

This should not be a problem as most amplifiers work with 4 or 8 ohms. In addition, with some amplifiers it is possible to adjust the ohms by means of an impedance switch.

The values of the two units do not always have to match. It is true that the best performance can only be achieved when an 8 Ohm speaker is connected to an 8 Ohm amplifier, but theoretically you can also connect an 8 Ohm speaker to a 4 Ohm amplifier.

You can also do it the other way round, but you should be careful, because then you will overload the speaker and it might break.

The impedance between amplifier and loudspeaker should match, but does not have to.

Rated power

This describes the continuous power handling of a loudspeaker by an amplifier without it breaking down and is given in watts. You will often find the abbreviation RMS (root mean square) behind it.

This does not describe the power, but only how high the speaker or amplifier can be loaded. If your amplifier can handle more power than your loudspeaker, there is only the danger that you turn it up too high. However, you will hear distortions in the sound before the critical point is reached.

Bracket included

When buying a wall speaker, you should always check whether or not a bracket for the speaker is included in the delivery. If it is not included, you may have to pay extra for it.

If your speaker does not come with a bracket, you should make sure that the bracket fits your speaker. It is important to look carefully, as this bracket is then responsible for the safety of your speaker.

Brackets are important to securely mount the speaker.

Principle

This is about whether the speaker has a 2-way principle or a 3-way principle. Specifically, it's about the frequency range and how it is distributed among the drivers. The drivers are the individual loudspeakers that are built into the cabinet of the wall-mounted loudspeaker.

In a 2-way system, there is only one tweeter and usually a split midrange and woofer in the speaker.

In a 3-way system, the frequency range is distributed over three drivers. It is divided between tweeter, midrange and woofer.

Frequency range

The frequency range of a loudspeaker indicates the frequency from which a loudspeaker reproduces audible sounds. For comparison, the frequency range of human hearing extends from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. The problem here, however, is that there is no uniform definition of the different ranges.

Here is a classification that is intended to provide points of reference for the different ranges:

Range Hertz
Low bass 20 - 40
Medium bass 40 - 100
Upper bass 100 - 150
Lower mid/bass 150 - 400
Mid-mids 400 - 1,000
Upper mids 1.000 - 2.000
Lower treble 2,000 - 3,500
Mid heights 3,500 - 6,000
Upper altitudes 6,000 - 10,000
Super Highs 10.000 - 20.000

Colour

Colour is also an important factor when buying a wall speaker. Since the speaker will be hung on the wall, it should be colour-coordinated with the wall.

The most common colours for wall speakers are black and white. Some suppliers even offer the option of having the speakers made in a specific colour, but this again affects the price.

Weight

The weight varies depending on the size and type of the wall speakers. You should make sure that the wall intended for the speaker can bear the weight of the speaker without causing damage.

Dimensions

Many people think that the size of the speaker has something to do with the sound. This is not true in this sense, because the quality of the speaker is mainly important for the sound. Of course, it is an advantage if the loudspeaker also has a corresponding volume.

Otherwise, it is important to make sure that the speaker fits into the room and that nothing gets in the way. There are also different tastes here. Some want the loudspeaker to stand out and some think that the loudspeakers should hang inconspicuously in the room.

Facts worth knowing about wall speakers

Can I build the bracket for my speaker myself?

This is certainly possible. You can find many instructions on the Internet on how to best make a bracket or you can give free rein to your own creativity.

Where do I hang my wall speaker?

If you are using a wall speaker for your home cinema system, you basically have to consider the same installation aspects as for normal speakers.

Starting with the centre speaker, this is very well suited for wall mounting. The only thing to keep in mind is that it must be close to the TV and placed between the two front speakers. In addition, it must be ensured that the speaker has a minimum distance of 40 cm from the floor.

The front speakers, on the other hand, should be placed at a sufficient distance from the ceiling. According to recommendations, they should therefore be placed at ear level.

The surround speakers are best suited for wall mounting. It is recommended that they be mounted at a minimum height of 1.40m.

Can I integrate my wall speakers into a home cinema system?

As soon as the loudspeaker has the technical requirements, this is certainly possible. However, it depends on the A/V receiver and how it distributes the sound to the speakers.

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