Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Boston Strong / Jersey Strong
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Went with a 3.1 setup from monoprice as a test. Just wanted to see if you could get decent enough sound for a den system that wasn't my primary movie or music set up. Its the room for casual TV watching and listening to music when we've got company.
Gotta say that I'm tremendously impressed with the sound for only spending $200.
I went with Product ID: 4101, the 8-inch Kevlar 2-Way In-Wall Speakers for the L&R. Since I was just experimenting, I didn't go for the 3-ways (Product ID: 6816) for $30 more. Now I'm wondering if that wasn't a mistake and if they'd sound even more than acceptable had I done that. Guess I can always move these somewhere else later if I want.
Also installed Product ID: 6317, the 5-1/4 Inches Center Channel Micro-Flanged In-Wall Speaker right below the TV, and Product ID: 4928, the 10 Inches In-Wall Subwoofer (Passive).
The instructions on how to wire the sub were less than clear. Because my receiver doesnt have speaker-level outs for the sub, I had to connect it in series to the Left Front. Didn't quite get it right on the first hook-up, but had run a pair of in-wall speaker wire, so it was easy enough to make the additional connections.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it sounds, and the wife is VERY happy with how they look. So I guess thats a win right there. Plus, now I've got an extra $1000 that I was going to put towards speakers in that room to spend elsewhere.
Media Room: Onkyo NR-709 / OPPO-103
Paradigm Mini Monitors v2 / Atoms (rears) / CC-370
Den: Samsung 59D6500 Plasma & Monoprice in-walls
Server: WHS2011, i5 2500k CPU
HTPC1(LR):Win8 Pro 64-bit, i5 750 Radeon HD 5850
HTPC2(BR):Win8 Pro 64-bit, i3 2105, Radeon 6770