I am about to begin new construction and am in the midst of planning the automation and audio infrastructure with my installer. I will be using Crestron's Sonnex switcher/amplifiers for audio distribution and will be using Focal Electra IC 1002 in-ceiling speakers (which are the exact same as the old Profile IC908 speakers) in the main listening areas. My goal is to achieve "big sound" throughout the entire house and "super big sound" in an area surrounding the pool and in a covered poolside outdoor living area. My installer suggests pairing a subwoofer with the IC 1002s in the main listening areas and outside to fill in the deep stuff, but there seems to be some debate as to the optimal placement for in-wall or in-ceiling subwoofer installations.
Can anyone please recommend for me a good in-ceiling or in-wall subwoofer to pair with these speakers for a hi-end sound? I am most interested in unpowered versions because I can bridge two Crestron Sonnex channels to achieve 400 watts at 8 ohms to each of the subs.
Which is typically better, in-ceiling or in-wall subwoofers? Also, can you please suggest for me the optimal placement of the subwoofer relative to the in-ceiling speakers? For instance: low on wall, high on wall, between the speakers, center of the room, one on each side of the room, over the primary listening position, offset from the primary listening position, or in a corner? I can give you more details on the geometry of each of the primary listening zones if that will help.
Thanks in advance for any advice.