I'm currently looking to upgrade my front l/c/r channel Monoprice 8" in wall speakers for something much better. The Monoprice have served me well especially given their very affordable price but its time for an upgrade.
I do have their 6.5" surrounds which I'm keeping to go along with my much beloved SVS NSD-PB12 sub. My issue is that I only have about 5" in depth so looking for compact. I guess I can always leave it exposed on the backside since its in my storage room so no one would really see.
I've looked at the SVS ultra bookshelf which is 10" deep and also the NHT absolute wall bookshelf's which are 5".
Just wondering if there are any other options out there. My budget is about $1000 for the 3 speakers.
These are the Monoprice 8" I'm using now for the front 3 speakers.
Oh, forgot to mention my screen is the Elunevision Reference auduoweave 115" and receiver is the Denon 2312CI.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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In-wall speakers are best with a backer box.
You don't say why you're upgrading. Do the Monoprice sound harsh at all volumes? At high volumes? How high do you play (dB down from reference level)? How high do you want to play?
Is the room treated acoustically?
I'm thinking of upgrading because the Monoprice starts to sound harsh when playing at near reference levels. Also, they do sound a bit tinny so I'm looking for a fuller sound.
Sorry but I'm not an audiophile by any means, just looking to get my setup sounding better.
Thanks I've looked at those.
I'm now leaning towards the NHT Classic 3 or SVS Ultra Bookshelf. Any input on the differences between the two?
Can I use these for my front L/R and C channels?
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I appreciate that you're not an audiophile, although just that you're willing to upgrade speakers and that you don't want "tinny" and want "fuller" sound makes you an "audiophile" compared to most of the public.
I didn't mean to suggest that you need to wax poetic like some silly magazine review, or spout all this audio techno stuff.
It's about what your goals are for how the speakers are used.
If I say "I need a new car," you don't know if I'm trying to fit in a larger family, haul construction supplies, navigate rocky snowy terrain, haul a boat, look more styling driving down Hollywood Boulevard, beat people in street racing, want to save my marriage by having separate environmental controls for the passengers, etc. You don't have to be a Car&Driver editor to think about your needs.
Most speakers sound harsh when playing at near reference levels. You need speakers that can handle more power or are more sensitive.
How about this Klipsch THX In-wall: http://www.klipsch.com/kl-7800-thx-in-wall-speaker
Or this Triad In-wall: http://www.triadspeakers.com/products/iwg6lcr.html
Or Triad on-wall: http://www.triadspeakers.com/products/owblcr.html
Maybe your receiver does okay with 4ohm but not officially.
Maybe the speakers' impedance isn't too tough a load. You could read about each.
But other than that you should get diff speakers or diff receiver.
Thanks for the info. I think I'm going to try it out with my receiver first but thinking maybe adding a 3 channel external amp might be the way to go.
I've read a couple D500 owners using receivers not supporting 4ohms and seems to be working for them but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm pretty set on the D500's and don't really want to replace my Demon since its less than a year old.
Any suggestions on a 3 channel amp capable of doing 4 ohms at under $500?
Now I'm looking at the Chane Arx A2rx-c for my fronts. It will work as mains as well as a center and all the reviews seem to be good.
Only issue is that its sold out now and won't be available for another 90 days.