cerasonar speakers – FAQ
1. Can I retrofit the panels to my living room, TV room, bathroom, etc.?
cerasonar panels require a drywall construction for installation. Restructuring projects or extensive renovations often offer the possibility to suspend parts of or even the entire ceiling, in order to create space for built-in lights or building technology installations. In these spaces also invisible cerasonar speakers can be integrated. Plasterboard panelings of pillars and beams as well as large wall coverings also are an ideal place for installation.
2. Who is able to plan the installation and connection, and what kind of work has to be done?
We are happy to recommend a local specialist who can execute the installation on-site. If not available, we instead train the drywall builder and brief the involved electrician for the appropriate cabling. In case the speakers are part of a home automation system like Control4, Crestron or KNX, we are happy to assist the systems integrator.
If you want to take care of the audio electronics by yourself, this also is no problem. cerasonar DML panels also perform well with off-the-shelf amplifiers or multiroom systems such as Sonos and others. However, to remain satisfied with the invisible sound, recommendations regarding the operational safety must be observed.
3. Does the operation provoke cracks in the wall’s surface?
In a professional single-ply plasterboard construction the joints of the drywall boards are always filled with a crack bridge. At the heading joints towards the cerasonar DML panel the same filling style is recommended using a crack bridge (fabric tape). If these generally accepted rules of craftsmanship are respected, no cracks will occur at the abutting edges. When using porous or mineral color coatings fine cracks can emerge on the surface – these are not caused by vibration, but are due to the shrinkage behavior of the colour. These fine cracks usually are less than 0.5mm wide, and can therefore not be considered as a constructional defect. In jurisdiction hairline cracks are classified as blemishes, that the painter has to correct.
4. Does the music playback disturbe the neighbours?
The cerasonar DML panel emits structure-borne noise into the adjacent areas. It therefore is recommended – and this incidentally affects any built-in speaker – that the drywall shell is designed in a flexible way as it is very much common in acoustic construction. This especially applies to multi-family houses. The rearward sound already is reduced by the mandatory cavity insulation. Additionally, Cerasonar also offers as an accessory cover hoods as they are already standard with the 6060plus panel. If, however, music is played above the household noise level, at some point also the structural noise insulation fails – which again is a trivial problem with any type of speakers.
5. Have you already listened to invisible flat-panel speakers and don’t like the sound?!
1. Have the speakers been installed correctly, or has probably the spackle been applied too thick (> 5mm)?
2. Some products need special amplifiers or control electronics (DSP) in order to equalize resonances and non-linear sound pressure responses. Are these electronic systems missing or are they wrongly adjusted, the sound is considerably affected. The invisible cerasonar speaker models already offer an excellent sound quality in conjunction with normal amplifiers.
6. How many speaker units do I need for which kind of room resp. room size?
This small selection of recommended speaker models is always depending on the individual evaluation of the particular location and the intended purpose, but nevertheless can be used as a reference to help with the first planning.
2 x cerasonar 6060x2 oder 3060x2 per 15-25 sqm
2 x cerasonar 6060plus per 20-30 sqm
2 x cerasonar 6060x2 oder 3060x2 per 15-30 sqm
1 x cerasonar 6060x2 oder 3060x2 per 15 sqm
2 x cerasonar 3060x1 per 15 sqm
2 x cerasonar 1520x1 per 10 sqm
2x cerasonar 6060plus per 10sqm
1x cerasonar 6560x4 subwoofer per 10 sqm
Hotel / Lobby:
1x cerasonar6060x2 oder 3060x2 per 15 sqm
1x cerasonar9040x4 oder 6060plus per 30 sqm
2x Cerasonar 9060x4 per 30 sqm
2x Cerasonar 6060plus per 30 sqm
We recommend the use of our invisible subwoofer 6560×4, even if in some cases this seems unnecessary (e.g. quiet background music, lobby, dining room, etc.). For home theater application as well as for dynamic music reproduction, the installation of the subwoofer is mandatory.
7. What happens if the panels get destroyed or defective? What about the warranty?
In any case, the panels must be removed. A repair or further use depends on the nature of the defect. Our high-performance Exciter XT 5500, which comes from our own production, is equipped with a so-called PTC fuse to prevent electrical destruction. This thermally responsive resistor controls the load capacity of the electrical part of the oscillating system. In case of overload, the PTC reduces the signal level, that is, the volume is significantly lowered until the voice coil has cooled down (the panel then plays quieter).
If installation and operation is effected in accordance with our regulations a malfunction is almost impossible. A good example to compare is perhaps the „floor heating system“, which resembles a similar situation, and which also requires a careful execution. A trained retailer or installer meets these requirements due to the cerasonar installation and setup protocol. DIY is also possible if the manual and technical skills are given.
Ceratec grants a 5-year functional warranty on Exciters and panels, if the installation and setup protocol has been signed and registered with us. Improper use or overloading may void the warranty.
8. Cost factors
In a multiroom installation special or proprietary amplifiers can become an inconvenient multiplier in the budget management. One special amplifier per room makes ten special amplifiers in total. For multiroom systems we recommend the control4 Matrix multichannel amplifier. The built-in equalizer allows for individual room adjustments, while the operational safety can be ensured by a volume limiter.