Do In-Wall Speakers Need A Box?

Do In-Wall Speakers Need A Box?

There are plenty of options when it comes to picking a speaker. People have different choices depending on their requirements. Some people feel that the hanging speakers take up space and that is why they think about in-wall speakers.

These in-wall speakers generally don’t have a good reputation given to problems related to the backbox or its quality. So, I’m going to discuss the backbox today.

Do in-wall speakers need a box? It is better for in-wall speakers if they have a box as they protect the speaker, maintain sound quality, and also prevent sound leaks. Without a back box, mostly in-wall speakers can create sound leaks and low-quality sound, if it is not that expensive or medium-priced. Otherwise, the best in-wall speakers are okay without a back box.

Why Do In-Wall Speakers Require A Backbox? 

Generally, in-wall speakers don’t come with a backbox. The design of these speakers is such that they relay sound without being meddlesome with the interior of your room.

In-wall speakers like any other product have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you go to see the in-wall speakers don’t have a good reputation. 

It would be wrong to say that in-wall speakers are bad. They may not be at their best in the absence of a backbox or if chosen of low quality.

Often these speakers do not come with a backbox and on top of that, if they lack quality, they are definitely not a good option.

When the in-wall speakers are without a backbox, the sound that comes out of a speaker can penetrate through walls and there are sound leaks.

Say you are listening to some music and the person in your bathroom or in the room upstairs is getting disturbed due to the sound, that is definitely not something you or anyone would want right?

Well, this sound leakage is one of the problems that add up to the bad reputation of the in-wall speakers. Without a box, there is nothing to shield a speaker from the dust particles that gather around the speaker.

If the amount of dust keeps on adding up, there will be a gradual decrease in the sound quality. 

Therefore, I feel these reasons are more than enough to explain why in-wall speakers need a backbox. The backbox is basically a means of protecting and supporting the speaker as well as soundproofing.

When you add a back box to the in-wall speaker, the bad reputation that it has is fairly reduced

Why Is It A Great Idea To Build A Box For In-Wall Speakers?

When compared to other speakers available in the market out there, in-wall speakers are considerably less expensive.

You may have heard that since they are less expensive they don’t offer good quality, that is evidently not true. Many people skip the step where they have to attach a backbox and end up experiencing sound leaks and low-quality sound. 

The fact that sound from one room roams in the entire house disturbing everyone, makes it important to install a box for the in-wall speakers.

With the help of the box, the frequencies that are generated can redistribute the sound waves to the listeners. This will fairly enhance the listening experience as the sound reaching the listener would be amplified and of great quality. 

Backboxes are also said to keep the speakers from losing support and falling off. They give mechanical support and help to keep the speakers in place. As I even mentioned earlier, boxes prevent dust particles from hindering the sound quality.

They act as a protection to the speakers and you can enjoy an uninterrupted sound for a long period of time. 

There are many ways that you can get someone to install a backbox on your in-wall speaker. However, that would be quite expensive, and then it wouldn’t make sense for you to save on your speakers.

You can always take a little effort and install a box yourself. It is not that hard as you may think it is, so make sure that you give it a try.

In-Wall Speakers With Box Or Without Box?

Well, if you are wondering where do I know all this from or how am I sure about these things? Let me explain.

Case Study:

So, I’m very curious about these things and love to explore things. As a case study, I tried out both cases before I could write this article. I first installed the in-wall speakers without a backbox and then put them in a box. Let’s look at what the results looked like.

Without Backbox:

My house is in a basement and I thought why not try out something. I installed the in-wall speakers in my living room. When I played music on low volume, there was not bothering at all.

On the contrary, if I raised the volume to a party mode, my mother from the kitchen would threaten me. The sound literally penetrates through the wall and disturbs people in the next room.

I then decided to keep my speakers the same way for a week. After a week when I detached them, I saw that dust had started to gather around there.

I didn’t keep it for a longer time as I didn’t wish to harm my speakers. Although the amount of dust I came across was not that significant, I can imagine how much dust would gather if I keep it that way for weeks or months.

With Backbox:

Next, in that week’s time, I had plenty of time to build a backbox for my in-wall speakers. I then cleaned the little dust I found and fixed the speakers again but this time with the backbox. Guess what?

My mother didn’t hear the sound as prominently she could the first time and I could enjoy my music. 

It is also true that with the backbox I can rest assured that my speakers would stay in place as the box provides support.

I don’t have to worry about the sound quality as well as any sound leakage. I would say that if you are buying in-wall speakers then do not make the mistake of installing them without a backbox.


In this post, I have discussed the requirement of box in In-Wall Speakers. If you have anything further questions, feel free to comment down below.

See you in the next one, be techy:)

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