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Hello,

 

New to home theater set up and bought a new home recently that is prewired for a 5 speaker in ceiling surround sound. Its in the family room ( 9in ceiling) which is an open room and I have  a 58 in LED placed just above the fireplace.

 

I have been trying to do some research and sounds like the in ceiling is not the best way to go but for a newbie like me anything would be better than the sound from my tv speakers. I was reading that angled woofers are the way to go and I was looking at  monoprice 4929 speakers (maybe all 5 or three for LCR and two 4104 for the rears).

 

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions? I don't plan on spending more than $100/speaker

Also any suggestions on a good powered sub that would go with the monoprice speakers?

 

I have a yamaha 475 receiver already.

 

thanks for the help

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http://www.htd.com/Products/multi-purpose


and not to be rude or offensive, your right that is close to awful for a surround sound setup. it would ok for the rears. its a shame they didnt wire the walls instead.

a good cheap sub is....

http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1200-12-120-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-629

or...

http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-sub-1000-10-100-watt-powered-subwoofer--300-628
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If budget is not written in stone - I would aim for these Boston higher-end
in-ceiling speakers. A serious good price for the VSi series
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/BOSVSI560A/BOSTON-ACOUSTICS-VSi-560-6-In-Ceiling-LCR-Speaker-Each/1.html

If mainly home theater, you can buy cheaper speakers for the side surrounds.

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We just finished a installed with customer supplied Monoprice speakers.. How do I say this without offending anyone here........... For the price he paid they are good. They make noise and that is what he wanted.. I just removed SpeakerCraft AIM 7 two, and replaced with Sonance in my office and they sound great.
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A 9in ceiling, how do you fit in there! Just get some cheap speakers that look nice to you. You have to spend big $$ to get decent sound from the ceiling.
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thanks for the responses...confused between MP and HTD?

 

I don't mind getting the BA for center channel but is it ok to mix and match or just better to go with all of one.

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thanks for the responses...confused between MP and HTD?

I don't mind getting the BA for center channel but is it ok to mix and match or just better to go with all of one.

dont mix and match.

IMO the HTD's are better than MP, i mean i get a lot of my cables there but that about it, also HTD has great customer service and if you called them they would help you out tremendously,
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thanks for the responses...confused between MP and HTD?

I don't mind getting the BA for center channel but is it ok to mix and match or just better to go with all of one.

It is recommended to mate (timbre match) the front L/C/R speakers. The Boston VSi speakers
are higher-end speakers on close-out prices.

Boston designed their speakers, for good wide dispersion

For more budget-friendly surrounds - you can look at this, from Boston
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/BOSHSI460A/BOSTON-ACOUSTICS-HSi-460-In-Ceiling-6in.-Speaker-White-Each-NEW/1.html

Your call

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Often what people do in your situation is set up the front 3 as regular speakers or on-wall or in-wall, then use the in-ceiling for surrounds.

As you say, it might be better than TV speakers, but in-ceiling fronts can be a little odd with a TV, if the sound is coming from the ceiling instead of the screen.
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Often what people do in your situation is set up the front 3 as regular speakers or on-wall or in-wall, then use the in-ceiling for surrounds.

As you say, it might be better than TV speakers, but in-ceiling fronts can be a little odd with a TV, if the sound is coming from the ceiling instead of the screen.

Agreed. In ceilings are no good for the Fronts.

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In-wall or on-wall, unfortunately is not an option...no room on either side or below the TV (the TV is mounted over the fireplace and there are windows flanking the FP.

 

HTD might be better but they don't make an 8' angled woofer ....Monoprice is the only one with 8" angled woofer (4929) and thought that would be a must.  I called HTD and they only have a 6.5" speaker with angled woofer (HD-R65AIM) and a little more expensive. Also I understand that with 9 ft ceilings and an open floor plan - I would probably need an 8'' speaker.

 

http://www.monoprice.com/Product/?c_id=109&cp_id=10837&cs_id=1083703&p_id=4929&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

 

http://www.htd.com/Products/high-definition/HD-R65AIM-ceiling-speakers

 

thanks again

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Also I understand that with 9 ft ceilings and an open floor plan - I would probably need an 8'' speaker. thanks again

An 8" woofer really does not guarantee anything - some well designed 6 inch woofers will out-perform them,
and out-perform some of them angled woofer speakers.

Your call and enjoy the adventure.

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An 8" woofer really does not guarantee anything - some well designed 6 inch woofers will out-perform them,
and out-perform some of them angled woofer speakers.

Your call and enjoy the adventure.

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