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I'm new to this topic so I would really appreciate if somebody could help.
My living room area is pre-wired for the speakers and now I would like to install the speakers. What would you guys suggest? Which speakers and from? I'm now really looking for the high end stuff. More on the average side. Which brand would you suggest and where to get them from? What about the installation? Also what would be a good receiver to get?
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Stand alone? In wall? In ceiling? What is your budget? What will be driving them? How big is your room? Help us out.

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Stand alone? In wall? In ceiling? What is your budget? What will be driving them? How big is your room? Help us out.

In the ceiling. I need to get everything, so I don't have anything that will drive them yet. The room size is approximately 20 x 25. The budget would be probably not more then 1000$.
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In the ceiling. I need to get everything, so I don't have anything that will drive them yet. The room size is approximately 20 x 25. The budget would be probably not more then 1000$.

Are the in-ceilings just the rear surrounds, or all speakers?

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Are the in-ceilings just the rear surrounds, or all speakers?

All of them. I have 5 spots where they can be installed (3 + 2).
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I cannot help you much since I know very little about in-ceiling speakers (except that I dislike them). If you need to have them installed and you are including that as well as a receiver in the $1K total, you may have a tough squeeze. Try a local specialty audiio/HT shop and get a quote.

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I cannot help you much since I know very little about in-ceiling speakers (except that I dislike them). If you need to have them installed and you are including that as well as a receiver in the $1K total, you may have a tough squeeze. Try a local specialty audiio/HT shop and get a quote.

Thanks. May I know why you dislike in-ceiling speakers?
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Thanks. May I know why you dislike in-ceiling speakers?

Two reasons. They sound terrible and they are in the wrong place for a source of music/voices. You may not care as I do. I'm pretty picky about these things.

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Two reasons. They sound terrible and they are in the wrong place for a source of music/voices. You may not care as I do. I'm pretty picky about these things.

So if I didn't go for the in-ceiling speakers, what would you suggest to get below 1000$ (500$ preferably)? I would need top go wireless for 2 speakers, but that's ok. I'm open for all possibilities.
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Sorry, I know of no decent wireless speakers either. As I said, I cannot offer much help. I hope others with a more sympathetic interest might jump in for you.

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I am in the same situation as you with my living room prewired for ceiling speakers. However, I have decided to go with flat panels mounted on the wall for the front 3 speakers. Another option is to go with 4 in ceiling and have a front firing center channel. That way you don't get weird imaging with the voices coming from the ceiling. If you go with fronts in the ceiling you will want to get pivoting speakers. You can spend less on the rears if you choose. It may be difficult to stay within your budget and still get decent 5.1 surround.

Speakercraft Aim has a large selection of in-ceiling that pivot. They can get pricey, but check out the lower end of their selection such as the Aim5 one.

Also see the definitive in-ceiling. Maybe the UIW 64/A for the fronts ($349) and the UIW 63/A for the rears ($229).
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Two reasons. They sound terrible and they are in the wrong place for a source of music/voices. You may not care as I do. I'm pretty picky about these things.

I have to disagree with the "sounding terrible" part. Like any other speaker there are good and there is bad sounding speakers. Same as in-ceilings. You just might not have auditioned or heard a decent set-up. The right speakers and set-up can make the sound come right out of the television, and not from the ceiling.

But for $1000 for everything I think your better off purchasing the front two and building from there. Or purchase a complete system of bookshelfs. You can get a decent system for right at, or under $1000.

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These get mentioned around here alot. I know nothing about them. You need to research yourself. But they are in your budget.

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Thanks a lot mazersteven.
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I have to disagree with the "sounding terrible" part. Like any other speaker there are good and there is bad sounding speakers. Same as in-ceilings. You just might not have auditioned or heard a decent set-up.

You are right. Every in-ceiling system I have heard, including the Sony corporate screening room at their NYC building, has been grossly disapointing. I will allow for the possibility that good ones might exist.

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The right speakers and set-up can make the sound come right out of the television, and not from the ceiling.

That is conceptually difficult to accept but, I suppose, it is possible.

In any case, the choice of ceiling mounting is not an accoustic one. It is an acoustic solution to an esthetic choice related to appearance.

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