Originally Posted by ProfD
Well I admit that I am not an AV guy who has listened to tons of in-ceiling setups.
The best I can give you is that I have a relative who lives in a mansion in NJ with her family. They had an top rated AV professional set up a 5.1 wired in-ceiling speaker system in their large family room last year, with a huge samsung plasma TV. They have wired in ceiling speakers in about 5 rooms in their house that you can control with a Sonos setup through a laptop or other devices. Ceilings are 8ft or 10ft depending upon the room. I never asked the brand of speaker they used, but they are all 8" speakers and trust me they spared no expense.
Do I complain about the sound quality when I am in their house? No. It sounds very good, no question. But if I compare the sound quality of their setup to decent tower speakers for 2 channel listening
, or several well rated 5.1 speaker setups that I have heard it is really no comparison. The regular speakers sound much better.
That said, I am about to put two monoprice 8" speakers into my kitchen ceiling on Saturday. And two more to use as surrounds in my living room. (This was a wife request.) But I greatly prefer to go down to my basement and listen to my B&W setup.
Ok, this is a perfect response and I thank you for taking the time to provide details about your experiences.THIS
is a great place to start. Can I give a blanket statement that in-ceiling speakers = towers or bookshelf speakers? Absolutely, positively NOT. Can I say that there are some in-ceiling speakers that sound a lot better than some tower or book shelf models..... heck yes. There are some nasty sounding speakers out there for sure!
- The point of an in-ceiling speaker system in a home is not critical, full range stereo listening. Anyone trying to achieve or expect that is probably going to be in for a disappointment. An in-ceiling system is meant for sound reproducing equipment to kept out of the way in rooms where that activity isn't going to be a primary focus. Kitchen, Bathroom, Foyer, Patio, etc. My point to the OP is that there are some excellent, incredible sounding in-ceiling speakers out there that will allow sound to float throughout your room and, should you choose to get really into what you're listening to, allow for some very good listening experiences, even at high volumes.
- In-ceiling surround. This is the toughest thing to do right, and is definitely expensive to do so. Just about all of the in-ceiling LCR speakers under, say, $400-600 each are going to be of the variety where the manufacturer just took a woofer, tilted it 15 to 30 degrees, and stuck a tweeter over it. These are all going to sound about the same, which is just kind of OK. Not real dynamic, and it's hard to justify spending a lot on this config.
But, there are some models out there that when placed and installed correctly can be stunning performers.There is certainly a premium price tag tied to those. Typically, a really great in-ceiling LCR is going to go for around $1,000 and will need to be placed properly and in a proper room to be effective. This is not to say it will or will not equal a $1,000 floor standing speaker or book shelf. I can give examples both ways.
Which brings me full circle back around to some of the other posts... This is technology we're dealing with. There is very little anyone can put a black and white stamp on when it comes to audio/video/control. It is constantly evolving and changing with new and amazing products coming out every day that change the way things are done.