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In ceiling speakers anyone?..........

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by AV Geeza, Jan 31, 2002.

  1. AV Geeza

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    Im looking for some discrete rear speakers and am considering in ceiling speakers from Speakercraft.
    Im looking at the "AIM" series and would like to know if anyone has heard them or has any experience of any other in ceiling speakers?
     
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    The best in ceiling range is that from Triad. They are a new brand in the UK but have been specialising in high end custom installation products for about 20 years. All of their speakers are sealed enclosures which prevents excessive sound leakage to other rooms, and gives a predictable performance in every installation as the speaker is not relying upon the cavity which it is going into. Go to www.triadspeakers.com to see what they're all about.
     
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    Check out M&K in-wall/ceiling speakers:

    www.mksound.com

    You can't really go wrong with M&K. If you look back through the various installs featured in Home Cinema Choice and other magazines, you'll find that where in-wall/ceiling speakers are used, they are nearly always M&K.

    Matt.
     
  4. AV Geeza

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    Thanks for your suggestion pc & matt, but they dont appear to do in ceiling speakers, only in wall.
    In wall would mean hacking out plaster & redecorating, whereas in ceiling should be quite simple with no redecorating.
    Any other suggestions???
     
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    Oops!!:blush:
    Sorry guys, just noticed that some of the speakers can be mounted in the ceiling.
    Must read things properly, must read things properly, must........
     
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    AV Geeza,

    I'm currently using KEF Custom Install in ceilings and would definitely recommend you consider enclosed speakers. We have got terrible sound bleed into other areas of the house.

    The KEF's are very good with the UniQ driver dispersing sound and being less directional so less of a compromise with them being in the ceiling, but if you are upstairs it's hardly quiet :rolleyes:

    With the links mentioned I had a look at the Triads and as they're enclosed boxes they should be significantly better and they're dipole.

    Good luck with the in ceilings I'm about to move down the wall after months of seeking wife approval :D

    Steve
     
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    AVGeeza,
    The best 'Surface Mount' speakers currently available are the Thiel Power points.
    For more info take a look at,
    www.thielaudio.com/THIEL_Web/Pages/pwrptreviews.html

    These incredible speakers are from the states, if you need import info I'd be glad to help. Be warned, they are not cheap.

    Eric
     
  8. ReTrO

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    It's well worth looking at B&W's range of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. They do a large range from the basic co-ax speakers the top end CWM Signature 7 NT's which are £750 a pair.

    MK's speakers are also very good, as are Triad though they are very expensive.

    If you are adding them to your system get ones that are tonally matched to your current speakers.
     
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    The Triad range starts from £700 pair with the Omni Silver/4 speakers. For a high quality, enclosed, discrete loudspeaker, available in any colour finish.....I don't think thats too bad.....

    They do go up from there mind...........
     
  10. AV Geeza

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    pc,
    Have you got Triad speakers yourself or have you demo'd them?
    If so, where?

    Cheers :)
     
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    The only places I'm aware of that have Triads on demo are Zebra, Kings Road London, and Prestige in west London.

    All Gecko dealers can get hold of them if required. We are installing a full home cinema with them, includiong in-wall subs, in the coming months.

    Ed: I beleive that HCC did a review of one of their systems a few moons ago, around 2000 I think.
     
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    Richard,
    IYO do the Triads do a better job than M&K's do for ceiling mounted speakers? :confused:
     
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    Both the M&K and Triad speakers are designed for in-wall useage really. But they work fine in-ceiling mode. I prefer the Triads personally as they have speialised surrounds andcentre speakers which the M&K's don't. The Triad surround are of a bi-polar nature so give a good surround spread with both DPL and digital surround.

    Inconclusion I think the Triads are better inceiling than the M&K's.

    If you want good 'just' stereo speakers for music usage I would recommend the B&W Signature 7 NT's @ £750 pair.
     
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    Im only interested in speakers for movie rear effects so it looks like the Triads are a good bet as they are bi-polar. I will try to arrange a demo.
    BTW, how critical is matching rear speakers to fronts & centre?
     
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    Matching your rears to the fronst is frailty important, but not as important as having a matched trio at the front.

    Best place to demo them would be Prestige as they have the Silver (6?) surrounds in their demo room, along with a Sim2 HT300.
     
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    For those that have not noticed pc is a moderator on the Gecko forum who are the Triad distributors so his opinion is hardly unbiased.
     
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    Well spotted Ian.

    This forum has now opened up a manufacturers forum so things can be discussed in a slightly more fair and open fashion. I look forward to seeing you all there.
     

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