Originally Posted by sptrout
I am in total agreement with crazyrob that ceiling speakers are a really, really bad idea for any of the front speakers. Even for surrounds and rears, ceiling speakers are at best questionable (but sometimes no other choice).
I totally agree with the others that are in total agreement.
I doubly agree with regard to the fronts... DON'T do it. You might be able to slither by with the rears in the ceiling but not the fronts.
My neighbors have a nice house, maybe 10K sq/ft or so. Living room has 14' ceilings or something near that. (they have an elevator..... )
Anyway, I was over there once and she got ALL excited..."come in here and listen to the surround sound"
Turns out it was all in ceiling. As it happened, the local news was playing and the weather man was talking. The TV was in front of me yet the voices were coming from above.
It was rather erie. Much like the Voice of God from above, telling me it WAS going to rain tomorrow....
Knowing the budget they spent on their land and house, it would not surprise me that they put 10/15K into this setup. Frankly, I would not pay $500 for what I heard.
I think you could probably get away with the REARS being in the ceiling and some ceiling speakers can also be aimed. Just give it some deeper thought first regarding the front speakers. Better yet.... if you can get to my neighborhood, maybe I could get you an audition over there and you could hear first hand what I'm talking about.
Either that would be enough to make you committed to avoiding in ceilings for the front or, you put more importance on asthetics than the sound. (which is perfectly acceptable as long as you understand/accept the trade-offs)