In-ceiling speakers serve very different needs than traditional, freestanding speakers. The better ones like the CCM664's will serve customers who want very good quality for either multi-room or surround sound speakers.
Hide the hardware and reveal the true quality of the music. From two-channel hi-fi to multi-room audio and home theatre B&W Custom Installation speakers are capable of delivering sound that is, quite simply, out of sight. Each model in the Series is designed to be installed neatly into wall or ceiling, fitting virtually flush to the surface. The only visible evidence of each speaker is its slimline grille and frame, which can be painted to blend perfectly with your interior style, or even covered with co-ordinating fabric.
So forget cabinets, forget cables and focus all your attention on the pure aesthetics of your living or work space. While B&W Custom Installation speakers are made to disappear from view, they produce a sound that’s anything but shy and retiring. Harnessing the same Bowers & Wilkins technologies found in recording studios around the world, the speakers will fill a room with stunningly lifelike, three-dimensional sound. The result is a series that’s near invisible to the eye. But infinitely pleasing to the ear.
A Closer Look
The CCM665 in-ceiling speakers feature a 25mm (1") soft dome tweeter and a 150mm (6") bass/midrange driver with a rigid chassis. The maximum amplifier power output is suggested at 130 Watts per channel which covers the majority of amplifers and most consumer needs. We would recommend an absolute maximum input of 100 Watts per speaker which is still quite loud but pushing the limits! Installation couldn’t be easier with thanks to the QuickDogs™ fixing system - a nifty little B&W invention - and plug-and-play connection. The CCM665's are compatible with 8 Ohms and for their price have an amazing frequency response of between 45Hz and 35kHz.
Advanced Technology: Trickle down technology from the high-end home audio series has now found it's way into the entire CM6 Series. The advanced soft dome tweeter ensures nice, clear highs. The tweeter domes are exceptionally rigid and deliver extremely uniform and instantaneous power response. The bass/mid cones promote natural and detailed sonic reproduction. The crossover networks are very sophisticated by any standards.
Tip: When used as surround channel speakers the CMM665's should be located just behind and either side of the listening position. Try to avoid corner locations for any of the speakers and to ensure that the acoustic environment around each speaker is similar.
Research - Building Projects: If you are reading this material as part of research of a new building product, then you may be surprised to know that on average in the USA, 65% of all new homes built have multi-room sound in some description specified as a standard feature. Although we don't have the exact figures for Australia, we're fairly confident that it will be the same or even more. Australian's love new technology.
But sadly, the big home builders have looked at this as a simply a profit opportunity and unless you organise otherwise will install what are known as "contractor series" speakers. If you guessed that these were bottom of the pile quality, you'd be right! A wrong decision here means you are stuck with bad sound and until the day you move or have them replaced.
Tip: Due to a simple lack of knowledge, many consumers think that In-Ceiling Speakers are a cheap option/alternative to other types of speakers. However, good quality In-Ceiling Speakers need some serious engineering to work well in your ceiling where dust and extremes of temperature take their toll. Some models have 'boxes' that you can buy as an optional extra which protect not just from the elements but are also meet one-hour fire-proof specifications.
Buyer Beware: There are dozens if not hundreds of In-Wall and In-Ceiling brands on the market. In fact, if you order enough, the Asian manufacturers will put any name you like on them! Don't laugh, because it is actually happening and boy are they cheap...but also nasty - real nasty!
The good news is that you can now buy In-Ceiling Speakers that actually deliver very good sound and UK brand B&W is living proof - everything they put their name to is designed in house including their In-Wall and In-Ceiling products which although mostly unseen could be referred to as "buried treasures."
By purchasing products like the B&W CCM665's you will be better off and eliminate all the headaches and disappointments with lower quality products. They have an extremely rigid, high-strength chassis with a unique and easy-to-install mounting bracket system. However, with a 87dB SPL and if being used as surround sound speakers they do need a 'beefy' or high-current amplifier capable of delivering at least 100 Watts RMS output per channel. Allow about 20% more power output from the amplifier than you estimate you will need. If not sure about this, please call to discuss.
For those of us that have not only a need for In-Ceiling speakers, but a desire for something that has been designed to sound as good as possible, Bowers & Wilkins is a company you can trust. Looking at the improvements they've made in the different lines over the years, shows clearly that they are thinking about the specific use of the speaker in the home environment and even in the future. The products are also compliant with the latest international environmental standards for end-of-life disposal.
You'll enjoy superior In-Ceiling performance at a modest price with any of the Bowers & Wilkins CM Series custom speaker range. The CCM665's are suitable for rear surround speakers in small to medium sized rooms as well as basic multi-room Stereo music systems where you want something better than just "also ran" performance but don't want to spend a fortune. Easy 1-2-3 DIY installation or we can arrange via our Installation department - Speak with Simon Lee.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Sold As A Pair)
- Drivers: Two
- Tweeter: 1x 25mm (1") soft dome tweeter
- Bass/Midrange: 1x 150mm (6") black glass/fibre cone bass/midrange
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 40 Watts - 130 Watts RMS.
- Recommended Maximum Input: 100 Watts RMS of 'clean' power.
- Frequency Response: 45Hz - 35kHz.
- Crossover Frequency: Not stated.
- Crossover Components: Non-Ageing Components.
- Impedance: 8 Ohms (nominal) - 4.5 Ohms minimum.
- Sensitivity: 87dB.
- Finish: White - can be painted
- Dimensions(WxD): 240 x 133mm.
- Weight: Approx. 2.0kg each.
- Designed In England.
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years. (Covers faulty workmanship and materials, but not abuse).
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.