Heard and Not Seen

Unless you still live in a dorm room, big strapping stereo speakers aren't much of a status symbol anymore. If anything, smaller is better, particularly in home theaters, which call for multiple speakers in a limited area. Here are some tips to hide your speakers.
Tips to Hide Your Speakers
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If your home has white-painted trim or other light colors, consider purchasing white speakers. If your interior colors are darker or cooler, go for black. Manufacturers are offering other options, too.

Paint in-wall or ceiling-mounted stereo speakers to match your designer wall colors. It won't hide the speakers completely, but they will blend better.

Use smaller speakers, mounted out of sight, paired with a freestanding woofer. The smaller speakers take care of higher pitched sounds, while the subwoofer generates lower pitches.

For many people, positioning the heavy, 2-foot cube of a subwoofer is like working a tree stump into the room. Still, you can make a subwoofer the cornerstone of an inconspicuous speaker complement. It can be secreted away in a corner, used as a coffee or end table, or built into a wall cabinet. In fact, some manufacturers design them to look and function as such.

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