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Question In wall speakers

goggins

Active Member
Looking for some advice and suggestions for a pair of in wall speakers. Room is 5.4m wide by 5m long. Speakers would be on the 5.4m and angled slightly inwards towards listening point.
Regards
 

Ugg10

Distinguished Member
As an alternative I have B&W FPM series speakers that are meant to be bolted to the wall and are only a few inches deep. These occasionally come up second hand at ok costs, they were quite expensive new but got good reviews for so called lifestyle speakers.


I think the biggest thing about in wall is to get the rear volume correct, fully sealed and filled as per spec to get the best out for them Therefore designing the wall cavity and wood frame is worth spending time over. This assumed they do not come with their own enclosure which some do. Iirc MK Sound specialised in these and Kef used to do them.
 

goggins

Active Member
Thanks for the info above, really helpful. Thin as the b & w ones are, I am set on going down the in wall route. More so as having had countless large speakers over the years, a compromise with er indoors is due. It is a new room and there is space behind the wall to accommodate a made enclosure you’ve mentioned.
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
Looking for some advice and suggestions for a pair of in wall speakers. Room is 5.4m wide by 5m long. Speakers would be on the 5.4m and angled slightly inwards towards listening point.
Regards
Very important: what sort of budget do you have? This sort or this sort or something in-between?
 

goggins

Active Member
Thanks Mark. for the links. The cost of the kef ‘s would be more than sufficient I think for the room. Even though it is going to be the main living room, we still have a dedicated cinema/music room. Do you have any experience of the sound they would produce? I have an old pioneer separates hifi I would like to use and wondered if the kef’s would be ok
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
As always, you get what you pay for. I would not try to deal with my main living room (42m²) with a pair of small in-wall speakers costing £120, but everybody has their own compromises to make, and my opinion is based on my situation, not yours. (BTW, you didn't indicate the size of your living room).

From a technical viewpoint, and once again given inadequate information, I would guess that your the KEF Ci100QS would be OK driven by your old Pioneer separates.

Just a tip for getting better answers: give your budget and identify (make and model) existing and/or planned components. It's much easier to answer questions if we know what we're talking about. You know what you have, but those of us trying to assist only know what you tell us. Sorry if that sounds a bit harsh.
 

goggins

Active Member
Thanks again Mark for your reply. Not harsh at all. When I clicked your link it took me straight to a video of the kef ci4100’s which looked a good size and right for my budget. I’ve since looked again and it brings up the ci1000 for what looks like the £120 you mention. My room is roughly 27 square metres as mentioned on my opening post. I have had no experience of kef speakers and where I live, there are no local hifi dealers as such. I’ve been on here for a while and have purchased items through others opinions with pleasant results.
Regards
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
I have had no experience of kef speakers and where I live, there are no local hifi dealers as such. I’ve been on here for a while and have purchased items through others opinions with pleasant results.
It's always hard to suggest specific manufacturers and their products, especially with speakers with their highly parochial market. Your profile page showed you to be in Scotland, so I assumed ready availability of the major British manufacturers with sales outlets for popular brands in the next "large" city. The £120 is the RRP from the local (to you) manufacturer's web site and may not represent street price; over here (CH) the price is somewhat higher.

The KEF Ci4100QL lists at £400 and would appear to be far more capable of filling your 27m² room than the Ci100QS.

Probably the best thing for you to do is take a day's holiday and visit a dealer in a larger city. It's how my wife and I chose our speakers, and since you have the whole day, the few hours spent driving isn't too much of an inconvenience.
 

goggins

Active Member
Hi Mark, for my other half to go and spend the day out looking at speakers would be a definite no no. If I mentioned she would also get to look at shoes or hand bags I might be onto a winner 🤔
I will check my nearest place for a listen but I suspect it would be Edinburgh ( 3 hour-ish drive) Thanks for now.
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
Hi Mark, for my other half to go and spend the day out looking at speakers would be a definite no no. If I mentioned she would also get to look at shoes or hand bags I might be onto a winner 🤔
I will check my nearest place for a listen but I suspect it would be Edinburgh ( 3 hour-ish drive) Thanks for now.
Sounds like a plan. You buy speaker, she buy shoes - win-win for all. The last holiday we had (before Covid put a stop to everything) was in Scotland: Edinburgh - Inverness - Balloch - Edinburgh round trip. We liked it.

BTW, I involved my wife in the purchase of the surround sound (this required a day's vacation and a 2 hour drive), the speakers (believe it or not, on Easter Friday - but that's a longer story), and the TV. IMHO it was well worth it. Perhaps you should broach the subject?
 

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