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  1. CH_2009

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    I'm just about to build a false chimney to embed by tv in. I was originally thinking of getting some Q-Acoustics 3000 for surround sound but I would need to make the chimney nearly a foot deep to get the speakers on a shelf/alcove. Recently I've started thinking it would be nice to be a bit shallower so I've been thinking of in-wall speakers so I can do this.

    How does this setup sound
    3 x Monitor Audio CWT160 (Square Grill) for Left/Centre/Right all 3 in a row below TV (https://www.audiovisualonline.co.uk/product/4840/monitor-audio-cwt160-trimless-ceiling-speaker-w-round-grille-single-/ )
    2 x ??? for rear surround
    1 x BK P12-300SB Subwoofer (Platinum P12300-SB )
    Denon AVR-X2400H (Denon AVR-X2400H Black 7.2 Channel AV Receiver w/ HEOS Music Streaming - Denon - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists )

    Any thoughts on the above as a surround system and any recommendations for rear surrounds? I don't know if I should use in-walls for rear surrounds or something like, for example, the Q acoustics 3010.
     
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    Although the Q Acoustics 3000's are quite a respectable 5.1 configuration, pairing the BK subwoofer and the Monitor Audio speakers, there is no reason to think this system will be any less of a 5.1 system with the Denon 2400 amp.

    I think its fine is a nice configuration for the pennies
     
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    Thanks ShanePJ. Any suggestion for rears? My sofa will be right next to the wall so I was thinking small speakers on wall brackets pointing towards the listening point sideways?

    or...would in-walls to the side work? I wasn't sure about this as they won't be pointing at ears.
     
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    Agreed with the above. In di-pole mode those in ceilings do create a good rear fx sound field.
     
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    This place is no good for my bank balance!

    I'm not 100% sure which way by ceiling joists run so I'll need to see how easy it is to run cables but this might be an option. I was hoping for a cheaper option but I see Monitor Audio don't do any cheaper FX speakers.
     
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    Kinetik make some excellent in wall speakers, they also have pivotable tweeters to direct the sound. I have had in walls as my surround speakers and they are the best option, almost invisible and no one knocks into them

    Kinetik Labs

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    It doesn't look like many places sell the Kinetics and they're even more expensive than the Monitor Audios! My budget's taken enough of a hammering sithout going even higher!

    Thanks for the suggestion though. Feel free to keep suggesting!
     
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    Would I notice a big improvement going to WT150-LCRs for the front 3 speakers or a combination of 2 CWT160s and 1 WT150-LCR? Just thinking that as the WT150-LCRs are wall speakers instead of ceiling speakers they might be better for a 5.1 system. I just don't want to get speakers that I might regret. I can't find many reviews on in wall speakers so I'm struggling to know what to get!

    Could I even get by with CWT140 or CWT160 for rear surrounds? I appreciate that they might not be as good as the CT-265FX but considering these are just surround, woud I notice that big a difference?
     
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    While waiting replies you could copy/paste your question and send it to Monitor Audio. I have got some knowledgeble information from them. They don`t try to sell you anything, detailed replies from their techinal staff which knows the products best. Usually reply back in couple days time. If you are in a hurry, just call them and ask to get some tech team guy who has knowledge about in-wall speakers.

    www.monitoraudio.com/en/support/contact-us/

    Personally i would get the best LCR speakers you can afford = WT150LCR or better (dual mid-bass version definitely). And also get matching front three for best results if placement allows it. You won`t regret it! I would rather save little on surrounds than compromise the front stage..

    Could you install the WT150LCR as vertical (upright) also at the center? This is something i might ask from MA aswell if you can do it. Cause drivers side by side & speaker placed horizontally there is usually some side effects to it (lobing, poor off-axis performance etc). Would be curious what MA says..
     
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    Thanks Gasp3621. That's probably a good idea as I'm pretty much set on getting Monitor Audio.

    If I did get the WT150LCRs, I would probably change my design to have the Left and Right speakers to the side of the TV vertically and the center horizontally below the TV. I'll mention this when I get in touch with Monitor Audio.
     
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