BG Radia PD8CI, Price: $250 each (approx.)
- Eight inch woofer/mid with 3inch Ribbon tweeter
- Rated best speaker by installer who posted on AVS forum and who uses them frequently with Sonos, with good bass extension specifically noted
- Excellent value
- Ribbon tweeters potentially nice for good treble clarity for an in-ceiling (my guess)
- I have not heard these—trying to find a dealer in the bay area
Noble Fidelity L-85s: $325 each
- I stumbled onto this one during a google search for in-ceiling speakers
- Review in avguide.com is outstanding. Multiple installers claiming impressive sound—best review I’ve read of any in-ceiling speaker.
- 8inch Kevlar mid/woofer and 1 inch pivoting soft-dome tweeter
- Lifetime warranty
- Midrange and high freq adjustment switches
- Tweeter is aimable
- Quite shallow- 3 and 5/8ths inches
- I have not heard these- trying to find a dealer in the bay area
Monitor Audio CPC GS: $550 each (approx.)
- 6.5 inch mid-bass driver with gold-level tweeter
- Recommended by local installer who uses a lot of Monitor audio speakers
- Magnolia carries Monitor but not the in-ceiling, per the salesman because “they sound OK but are expensive for what they are”
- Well liked by friend for background music, but he is not really an audiophile
- Have found very little in way of comments/reviews on this speaker
- Fairly deep- require 7 inchs
- Only available from installers, so I can audition them which is a big minus for me.
Martin Logan Helos 100: $500 each
- 8 inch aluminum cones, 1" (2.5 cm) neodymium soft-dome tweeter
- 6 inch mounting depth
- Speaker assembly can be rotated
- I auditioned these at Magnolia. They had good bass extension, clear mid range, and good treble brightness without being “tinny” Overall, I liked them a lot, and better than the Speakercraft AIM 3s and AIM 2s
- Tonal balance/warmth matched well with the Vienna Acoustics front speakers I’m buying.
SpeakerCraft CRS 8- 2s and 3s: $250-350 each
- 8 inch mid/woofers where the 3s have aluminum
- Can purchase aimable versions, but for background audio, not very important IMO
- Sound is overall good, but nothing about it was great IMO. Bass was less than the MLs. Mids/highs sounded fine. They are very good, but they’re yawners IMO.
- I actually DID NOT LIKE the 3s—way too shrill and tinny to the point they sounded distorted. I only liked the 2s. The salesman said they just don’t sound good in his room and the treble adjusters might be cranked, so this could have been the issue
- Lifetime warranty
I hear some people like Triad and Sonance but I haven't researched them much. Please post any comments or reviews of your favorite in-ceiling speakers. If I manage to audition the BG radias or the Noble Fidelities, I'll let you know.
BTW, I know that floorstanding and on wall speakers are better the in-ceiling, so no need to state that in your posts! There is no doubt that in-ceiling speakers are a compromise, that is obvious. Even so, I need them!