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in wall speakers vs wall mounted compact speakers

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by js911, May 15, 2005.

  1. js911

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    I am in the process of setting up our newly built family room for home theatre + music. One constraint imposed on me (via my better half) is an aesthetically pleasing effect i.e. NO large floor speakers etc.

    The two options I am considering are in-wall / in -ceiling speakers such as the Monitor Audio Gold's OR wall mounted compact speakers such as the MA radius for example. I already have a pair of Radius 180's + REL sub in the living room and have been reasonably pleased with this (although I do think a little light in the mid-range)

    My initial instinct was the in-wall speakers but its proving hard to audition this and obviously even of I could it might be noting like my room's acoustic set-up. Does anyone have any thoughts on this matter ? Can an in-ceiling speaker (even an expensive one!) get close to a separate box OR will the larger drive units of the MA gold out weigh the constraints of being in the wall/ceiling.
     
  2. skinnyfat

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    I have heard two in wall speakers during my search for speakers. My wife was also not too pleased with big boxes !! I listened to the Kef and Paradigm's. Both very impressive for in walls. However when my wife saw the Kef Q series she was impressed with their asthetics and agreed to have them in our lounge. Have you considered the Kef Q1's or Q Compacts ?? They would make good bookshelves and the REL would compensate for their lack of bass response well. Obviously I am biased towards them but I think you will find that their midrange is brilliant, the uni-q driver really does do what it says. What I did notice is that a boxed speaker as opposed to an in wall type produced a more natural sound, perhaps some colouration from the walls or just poorly installed. Hope I have been of some help ?!?!
     
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    Also consider M&Ks in-wall series.
     
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    M&K in walls are outstanding ugly though...........
     
  6. js911

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    I think I'll also take a look at the M&K. As mentioned a little
    ugly but very discrete. The Kef Q1's wouldn't pass the decor test !
     
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    js911

    In-Wall and In-Ceiling should be considered different beasts - these days In-Wall can very good and there are also some On-wall options to consider.

    Artcoustic sound excellent and being 'Picture Frames' can look like whatever you want them to look like - and often you can get the nod from the 'Powers that be' to spend a little more on your Loudspeaker system as the Artcoustic can also be considered part of the 'Interior design' budget'. :)

    See http://www.artcoustic.com

    Atlantic Technology take the core driver and crossover technology from their award winning Home Theatre range and provide very high quality In-Wall solutions - which you can mix and match with their more conventional 'cabinets' due to the use of common components.

    See http://www.atlantictechnology.com/system_10.htm

    If you want really high quality they also have a THX Ultra option:

    See http://www.atlantictechnology.com/system_20.htm

    In-Wall and On-Wall is becoming big business so lots more options out there.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
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    Tujax...

    VERY nice, given me something to consider :) the nice thing about kefs is you CAN put them just about anywhere and they still sound good !!

    Skinny
     

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