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post #1 of 3 Old 12-13-2013, 09:04 AM - Thread Starter
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Finally finding a TV console that fit our various specs and budget, I'm wondering if hiding the front/center speakers (Klipsch Quintet II) will be an ok option, or if it will seriously degrade the sound.  The front top panels on the stand can be replaced with foam.  The speakers aren't big, so they will not be tight to the cabinet.  I'm no audiofile (certainly can't afford to be one).  Do you think there will be a noticeable difference between having the speakers in the cabinet as opposed to mounting them?  Thanks.

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If speakers are to be IN a bookshelf or cabinet, the front of the speakers need to protrude out in front of the cabinet a bit to minimize reflections that will muddle the sound.

You also need to get FRONT-PORTED speakers or sealed speakers, not rear-ported speakers. Rear-ported speakers need considerable open space behind them.The Quintet II are rear-ported, and that makes them a bad choice for this type of use.

The NHT Super Zero speakers are sealed-enclosure speakers that would be perfect for what you want to do. Their sound quality is also much better than the Quintet speakers.

Sealed-enclosure speakers will have minimal interaction with the cabinet.
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Thanks for the tip.

There is a good 9" from the rear of the speaker to the back of the cabinet. There's tons of room in there

Since both the speakers and the cabinet have speaker grills, should I take the grill off the speaker?


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