Originally Posted by Stapleton
Thanks! Those links are very helpful. I have to do either in-wall or in-ceiling, which does everyone recommend?
As you know, most speakers are drivers (tweeters, woofers) in a sealed box (for example, acoustic suspension), or sometimes with holes (ports) or passive radiators called bass reflex. The tweeters don't care about being in a box, but the woofer needs
to be and the size of the enclosed volume of air is very
specifically picked for that woofer. The problem with speakers in a wall or ceiling is that the volume of air is not so well defined and varies, so it will impact the sound differently from wall to wall. One reviewer may praise an inwall speaker as sounding "top notch", yet when you put it in your
wall/ceiling the different volume of air makes it a totally different speaker! They may also claim to be "infinite baffle", which assumes the air in the wall is effectively "huge", and this may or may not work out OK, but if at all possible, I recommend you consider a small speaker instead, so the designers know exactly
what the volume of air is behind the speaker, because they supplied it!
If due to SAF, etc, you have
to compromise and get one of these in wall/ceiling designs, I'd buy a Polk or Boston Acoustic in-wall and keep your fingers crossed they work well with you particular wall. [A few very high end versions actually HAVE enclosures you fit in the wall between two studs, but they are very pricey, complex to install (compared to just cutting a hole) and I'm assuming you don't want to go to those lengths]
What's wrong with your current amp you have been using? Why do you need to consider another?
P.S. Another little secret dealers don't like to tell customers is that the sound leakage to the adjacent room with those inwalls/in-ceiling is annoyingly loud
since the woofers excite the air IN THE WALL
, just as much as they do the air in your room! [And with only one layer of sheet rock to muffle it, not two plus a layer of insulation]Edited by m. zillch - 8/9/12 at 9:38pm