In prepping for my 7.1 upgrade from 5.1 I went w/ 2 pair of the 8 inch in-wall. These replaced 1 pair of Parts Express Dayton 6.5 in-walls that are now discontinued but cost $90+ and shipping costs back in 2004: http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...TOKEN=59657047
Main differences between the two:
+Monos are way Cheaper (Half the cost!)
+Monos handle more power (80/120 vs 50/80)
+Mono 8inch woofer vs 6.5inch
I replaced one of the 6.5s w/ the 8 so I could do some A/B comparison. Honestly I couldn't tell that huge of a difference. The 8 had a bit more bass and sounded like it could go louder though.
I then spent the next 4 hours cutting the holes and running the wires for the new pair. So now I'm officially rocking 7.1
I demo'd them for maybe 30 min. My brief review is as follows:
Previously whenever I listened to music I could only stand it if the amp was in Stereo mode, pushing some lovely Boston Acoustic VR-M60s.
Now w/ the rear stage upgraded to the Monos I can say that listening in 7.1 PLIIx Music is actually VERY nice!!! Very full, sounds like I'm at a club lol (I demo'd hip-hop and also 70s classic rock.)Overall
I don't think I'd want these as "Zone music producers" or whatever house radio systems are called. But for rear stage support these puppies are awesome!!! And at these price points.. IT'S A NO BRAINER!!!
I can't wait to demo a 7.1 movie tonight
I've already got Open Range qued up ready to play as well