Do Ceiling Speakers Need An Amp?

If you are new to home audio then it can seem a bit daunting planning a ceiling speaker system for your home.

But never fear, it’s actually quite simple.

In short, all ceiling speakers DO require an amplifier in order to work. But there are a few different types of amplifier.

This brief post will go over the main types and hopefully help you to understand which option is best for you.

HiFi Amplifier

With a HiFi amplifier you’ll have a freestanding “box” that will sit somewhere in or near the room that you are adding music to.

Your ceiling speakers will then wire back from each position to the amplifier.

HiFi amplifiers come in all shapes and sizes, one pro is that they often pack more punch than smaller in-wall or in-ceiling amplifiers so if you’re looking for power then a freestanding amplifier is the way to go.

One potential downside to a freestanding amplifier is control…. some of the more traditional HiFi amplifiers will require you to go and turn them on, which can be a bit of an annoyance when you just want to get some music playing in the kitchen…

However as technology moves on we now have quite a few amplifiers with WiFi control and even some Bluetooth amplifiers like the Tangent Ampster BT II which automatically wakes up when you connect a device to it via Bluetooth.

If you are looking for maximum power then go with a freestanding HiFi amplifier… don’t be put off by the freestanding box, some of these boxes will never need to be touched and you’ll likely not even notice they are there, but you will benefit from high sound quality and maximum power output.

In Wall / Ceiling Amplifier

Our most popular solutions are in ceiling and in wall amplifiers, these are usually lower power but more than adequate for general music in your average kitchen or bathroom.

There are numerous options such as the Systemline E100 and the Systemline E50 to the app-controlled in ceiling amplifier of the KB Sound Select Star.

These options will require wiring from the ceiling speakers to the amplifier which, depending on the system you choose, could be mounted in the wall, above the ceiling or out of sight in a cupboard.

The benefits here are clear, ease of use!

You can simply walk up to an E100 mounted in your kitchen wall and press play or simply use your smart phone app to control the KB Sound Select Star.

Don’t be put off by the seemingly low power ratings.. some of these amps still pack a hefty punch and most can handle up to two pairs of speakers for larger rooms.


Possibly our most popular solution that we offer, the all-in-one speakers completely take away the hassle.

The ceiling speaker has a built in amplifier, you simply need to add power and you can start enjoying your music!

Again, whilst not as powerful as the HiFi amplifiers they are still more than adequate for your average kitchen or bathroom.

The most popular brand here is Lithe Audio Bluetooth Ceiling Speaker… they’ve carved a niche in installed audio with their plug and play Bluetooth ceiling speaker.



So to sum up, all ceiling speakers will need an amplifier of some kind, whether you go for a freestanding HiFi amplifier or an all-in-one ceiling speaker depends on your project and what you’re trying to achieve.

For more advice on ceiling speakers and amplifiers please feel free to get in touch with one of our expert team.

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