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post #1 of 4 Old 07-10-2014, 05:35 PM - Thread Starter
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Putting My Bookshelf Klipsch Speakers In-Wall?

Okay. This might sound crazy to you all.

I recently sold my current home. I just signed a contract on a new build (basement will be finished in the next six weeks). In my current home, I have (and love) this 7.1 setup:

Panasonic 52" Plasma
Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver
HSU Research STF-3 Subwoofer

Klipsch Reference Series RCX-4 Center Speaker
Klipsch Reference Series RSX-5 (x2) Front L&R Speakers
Klipsch Reference Series RSX-4 (x4) Side and Rear L&R Speakers

I love, LOVE these Klipsch speakers, and the buyer of my current home just wants the basement wired, doesn't want the speakers.

I am setting up a 7.1 system in the new home. The basement is studded out, no wires run (yet). I can afford to buy in-wall and in-ceiling speakers (on a modest budget). I'd really like to use my Klipsch setup at the new house, but I'd (and my wife would) like to hide them (they're not tiny). My question is whether anyone here has ever put bookshelf speakers into their walls with success. These have nice stands, so I am thinking I could build enclosures between the studs. They have rear-firing ports, so that might also be a problem. Once the drywall goes up, I could put some type of grill or screen over them to hide the speaker within the enclosure. Would this sound good? Would it work? Would it be muddied? Would it look ridiculous?

Please don't pile on. I'm sure this might sound ridiculous to most audiophiles, but I could save a lot of money this way (and hold onto the speakers I dearly love).

I searched AVS and Google to find a good answer to this question, but came up empty.

I look forward to hearing your comments!

*I put this in the HT forum area, too, but I want to see what you speaker guys/gals have to say!
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Rear ports probably means no go.
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Rear ports probably means no go.
So you're saying there's a chance?
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The bookshelf speakers are designed to be used in free space (4pi), but if you put the speaker in an enclosure in the wall youll be using them in what's more like half space (2pi) with adjacent boundary cancellations from the enclosure.

The result? Too much, bloated bass with poor linearity.

More helpfully, if you can flush mount the speakers while cutting a hole in the Sheetrock only the size of the speaker baffle, and seal around the sides of the speakers, you'll be in better shape. You'll also want to plug the rear port.

You'll still have some boosted low end that youll want to EQ, but it'll be a better start

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