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post #1 of 28 Old 04-02-2013, 12:46 PM - Thread Starter
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So after looking at many different in-ceiling speaker options I discovered Micca. After looking at the various comments and threads regarding them, I decided that I would purchase them from Amazon and try them out. I am awaiting their arrival, but wanted to let everyone who might have been on the fence about them that both the R-6C (which is what I bought) and the R-8C models both went down in price overnight by $10. The R-6C is now $39.95 and the R-8C is now $49.95. For some reason, whenever I search for Micca on amazon it only pops up with their lower end speakers, or their R-6C, not the 8C. Just thought this might help some people out. I will let you all know what I think of them when I get them installed.

R-6C: Micca Reference R-6C


R-8C:Micca Reference R-8C

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I bought 6 of the R-8C speakers a month ago for general WHA and really like them. Build seems of high quality and I found the sound to be well balanced and relatively flat. I did side by side testing with them and 4 different speakers in temporary enclosures and they did stand out.

As a comparison, OSD sells the same speakers for twice the price.

FYI - Micca doesn't seem responsive to email and they don't have a phone number listed. If you have an issue you may be on your own.
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scttq---I actually responded to your post in the other thread. You were actually the one that turned me on to them. Thanks. I will be trying them out to see how the mix with the PSB's I will be buying for the front soundstage.

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Some pictures from my informal testing.

I tried the Micca R-8C, Micca M-8C, Monoprice 4104, Polk RC80i and Polk TC80i. The TC80i was more for reference as it is in a different price category.





The cardboard boxes were a bit less than 3cu/ft and they did make a difference in testing. The sound in the boxes was reasonably close to what I got after putting them in ceiling. To my ears, the R-8C had a great sound, I much preferred it over the RC80i and Monoprice 4104.

Let me know how you like them!
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I only went with the 6" because the specs were really close to the PSB's I will be buying. I have a BIC F12 for deep base, so I wanted the 6" with what I am hoping for would be punchy base.

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Hey I have a question! I saw the SONOS CONNECT:AMP in your picture. I posted a thread about those things with no replies:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1466110/any-alternatives-to-the-sonos-connect-amp/0_50#post_23148794

They seem very pricey for what they do at $499 each for 55W per channel with only two channels, although the Sonos app appears to work flawlessly and it's nice to be able to power and control different speakers in different rooms in your house with only one interface. The Sonos is also very small.

My question is are there any competitors or alternatives to the SONOS CONNECT:AMP?
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BTW- they must have a distributor for these speakers in VA as I was charged sales tax and even though I ordered them yesterday, I will be getting them tomorrow.

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I only went with the 6" because the specs were really close to the PSB's I will be buying. I have a BIC F12 for deep base, so I wanted the 6" with what I am hoping for would be punchy base.

I think you will be pleased. I went with the OSD branded 6" dual voice coil version of the speaker (MK690TT) in the master bath and have been very happy with the sound. One thing I did (no idea of how much a difference it makes) is put 5' of R19 through the speaker holes and behind the speakers for the ones going into uninsulated cavities (between floors).
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I have some of the sound deadening insulation that I will be making a faux box out of in the cavity. I don't want to hear the sound in my bedroom floor if someone is watching a movie and I am trying to sleep.

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Good call, I may have to revisit the living room with a better solution to limit the sound transfer to the master bedroom above it.
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I saw the OSD speakers.....but if they are the same why are they double the price? I do like the angled ones though. Just saw that the OSD version of the speaker I bought supposedly handles 175watts and goes down to 28hz. I am calling BS on that one! 28hz for a 6.5" driver?!

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I have to think they both get them from the same supplier in China (or something like that). I have the OSD version of the 6" like I mentioned and besides being a DVC, looks pretty much like a smaller identical version.
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But come on....really down to 28hz?! I mean really?! The OSD brand had a TON more options, and it just sucks that those are double the price. If Micca sold the angled woofer version, I would have been all over them.

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But come on....really down to 28hz?! I mean really?! The OSD brand had a TON more options, and it just sucks that those are double the price. If Micca sold the angled woofer version, I would have been all over them.
They are probably measuring it at the -10 dB point as opposed to the standard +/- 3 dB point. Very deceiving.

Dumb enough to spend lots of cash on this junk!
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They are probably measuring it at the -10 dB point as opposed to the standard +/- 3 dB point. Very deceiving.

Agreed, they sound good but not that good. I think Micca has them rated for 40hz.
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Actually...the Micca R-6C which this is similar to is rated to 50hz...which is what I would think it would be around.

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Just got them installed and listened to some Classical as well as Alternative. Wow....just wow. Super clean and precise vocals and string instruments. Punchy mids. Havent tried the bass yet. Will ket them break in some more before I write a longer review. So far, very impressed!

Just watched Transformers DSOTM in TrueHD surround sound. Holy cr@p!!!

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Great that they worked out for you!
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Dang, I hate seeing this deal. I have the lower level Micca's in my basement from my center, front and surrounds and they sound great to me. I also put the 6" ones in the house up north and they are pretty amazing there for the price. I still have to fill out my order for what I want as zone 2 and I was going to put the "shop" portion of the basement together with the non-tv portion of the basement on zone 2. I thought I would hold off on speakers and eventually match the other micca's I have. Now I'm reconsidering for $7 more per speaker I could have the reference ones...

I also have the BIC F12. It's a beast!

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Can't speak for the lower level ones, but the reference ones are sweet!

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I "tested" the M-8C (see my pictures) and thought they were exceptional for the price. I found them to have a warmer sound that the Reference line but a little out of balance between the mids and highs. A little tweaking probably would solve it. For my ears I would pick the M-8C over the Monoprice 4104.
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Am really happy that I found this thread! In our old home I was able to setup a nice traditional style theater. But, our new home is more of an open floor plan and there's no good wall space to mount rear speakers or use stands. I think that these will work great and save me some cash!

Any advice on front speakers? Want to upgrade my center channel, was looking at the ML Motion 8 as I was impressed when testing this at a local shop. For the front left and right, i can use bookshelf or in ceiling, might even be able to get away with a floor standing something. Really could use some guidance.
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SCTTQ,
Thanks for the helpful info on the speakers you tried. I'm doing whole house audio for 6 zones. For casual music listening would you go with the MICCA reference line or the M-8C? Or the monoprice? Which speaker do you think the most people would enjoy for music?

Thanks!
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After living with the reference line for about a year I am still extremely happy with the sound for our Sonos whole house audio setup. The thing that bugs me a bit about them is that visually they stick out a bit since the edge doesn't go totally flush to the ceiling. In hindsight I probably should have gone with a pair of 6.5" rather than 8 in the master bedroom, it's a bit overkill.

As for the other speaker options, I stand by my original mini review, Micca 8" was my favorite and 8" Monopricee was my least favorite. Honesty, for background whole house audio use, I think they would all work fine. I know lots of folks are very happy with the Monoprice speakers and same with the Polks. Once you turn up the volume a bit, I found the Micca Reference line really set itself apart from the rest.
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Can someone with the 6" Micca Reference Series R-6C tell me what the size of the hole is for installation in-wall?  Also what is the depth of the speaker from wall-face to back of speaker?  Thanks.

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I currently have a dedicated media room that I have Def Tech Pro Monitor 1000 for my left and right fronts with the Procenter 2000. My question is for my surrounds sides and rears. Would the R-8C be too much over kill for surrounds or should I go with M-8C. Also depending on how much space I have I might have to go with the 6.5''.
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yes,Super clean and precise vocals and string instruments. Punchy mids. Havent tried the bass yet. Will ket them break in some more before I write a longer review. So far, very impressed![IMG]http://*******/xGWw1O[/IMG]
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I have now had these installed for over a year. They pair very nicely with my B5/C4 PSB speakers. Surround sound is nice and clear, and I can barely tell that they are not by the same company as the fronts. Awesome stuff.

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