Originally Posted by isakhnov
Sounds like open baffle are off my list and I will skip on custom enclosures.
In-wall is of no interest given the room layout (built-ins on both sides of fireplace). I can potentially use bookshelf speakers instead of in-celiings and leave old ones not connected. The challenge will be with the matching centerl speaker as looks like any decent one will be fairly large thus driving my LCD even higher on top of the fireplace.
UIW RCS looks like the best integrated setup but is also an unkonwn as I've never heard them myself, any idea what they can be compared with sound wise?
Yamaha already has YPAO so I should be covered with basic calibration.
You could go with a matching in-ceiling center channel, but I like the idea of having the center channel closer to ear level. There are mounting options for the center channel, either above or below your TV. Something like this:
I auditioned lots of in-wall speakers in my journey for my home theater:
- Atlantic Technology
If I had to rank them my top 5 I would say:
- Atlantic Technology
This was exclusively for home theater usage. The Traid's were my favorite speakers but they were easily $3-4K more than the Deftech speakers
I have owned lots of RBH speakers in the past and really like them as well, but they were going to be pricey as well and above my budget. Paradigm was nice, but I thought they were overpriced for what you pay.
Comes down to budget, and you have to factor in a good subwoofer or two in that budget which will be another $600-1000.. I have been very happy with my Deftech speakers and I have owned lots of speakers over the years, some of them priced more than the Deftech's. They are very dynamic for home theater and I don't feel like I am missing anything. I have dual subwoofers in the room which really help (HSU VTF-15H), so don't skimp on the sub.
If I had the budget, I would have gone with the Triad in-wall speakers and not have looked back. I may upgrade to them down the road, but with three young kids it is hard to justify spending that much money when I am already really happy with my speakers.