Originally Posted by commsysman
There are no in-wall speakers or on-wall "lifestyle" speakers that perform as well as speakers with well-designed enclosures. The few on-wall or in-wall speakers that are halfway decent are very expensive. You can mount small sturdy shelves on the wall to use for bookshelf/monitor speakers.....
I trust you are commenting on the quality of most commercial wall mount solutions, as in-wall is the best possible way to mount a speaker if you want flat, smooth response with added sensitivity to boot.
- it must be a no BSC crossover design
- it must be mounted flush with the wall
- it must have the appropriate driver enclosures behind or encased in the wall.
Ryan pulled some charts from Toole's book that show all but
the proper installation
... all have full BSC, so the flush wall mount has rising response below 1KHz. This can be fixed in XO design. Especially note the sharp dips that result if you were to "mount small sturdy shelves on the wall to use for bookshelf/monitor speakers." This can't be fixed without moving the speakers off the wall... and your Athena's have these surface mount artifacts as well.
Here's a gent who's done many a speaker design, and what he did for his HT... flush mount LCR voiced with AT screen in place. How do you go "up" from here? Maybe flush mount the baffle...
Here's one with co-ax WTMWs... granted, I'd drop the LR and raise the CC, but nothing's perfect. (and I'm assuming the right XO design and boxes in the wall). Looks very expensive...
Conversely, if you can place free-standing speakers an appropriate distance from the walls, you get equally good sound quality with a lot more transportability, the real advantage of free-standing speakers.
Frank, who's a speaker DIYer and so has no commercial speaker recommendations.