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post #1 of 25
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Hi guys! I don't know much about speakers, but we are installing built-in ones to our new house. What is the best brand of speakers? I'm not sure what kind of speakers we need, but there are holes in the wall for them. Also, there is a home theatre that needs a surround sound system. Any suggestions? There is no price range, just whatever speakers are the best.
post #2 of 25
Get ready for a never-ending string of opinions...
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by thingslost View Post

Hi guys! I don't know much about speakers, but we are installing built-in ones to our new house. What is the best brand of speakers? I'm not sure what kind of speakers we need, but there are holes in the wall for them. Also, there is a home theatre that needs a surround sound system. Any suggestions? There is no price range, just whatever speakers are the best.

Put 500 people in a room and see how many different votes
you will get. Go to www.bostonacoustics.com and click on
Shop Boston. Take a look at all the different speakers. For
the home theater section - look at the VS series speakers.
This will be a good set for less than $10,000.
post #4 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm just trying to get an idea of what are generally the better brands for speakers. Maybe just a list of what are generally thought of as what's up there? Or if not, the most expensive brands? Thanks.
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post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by thingslost View Post

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm just trying to get an idea of what are generally the better brands for speakers. Maybe just a list of what are generally thought of as what's up there? Or if not, the most expensive brands? Thanks.

Are you actually interested in sound quality, or are you just trying to compensate for something?
post #7 of 25
Go to www.hometheaterreview.com and have a good time.
post #8 of 25
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I am interested in sound quality, but it has to be more than that. Levi's makes nice jeans right? However, just because I want nice jeans, doesn't mean that I don't want nice jeans from Prada that are also aesthetically pleasing. These speakers are going to be on display and must contribute to the resale value of the home.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by thingslost View Post

I am interested in sound quality, but it has to be more than that. Levi's makes nice jeans right? However, just because I want nice jeans, doesn't mean that I don't want nice jeans from Prada that are also aesthetically pleasing. These speakers are going to be on display and must contribute to the resale value of the home.

Prada makes jeans?! That I didn't know!

I digress...

Most in-wall speakers get painted to match the room and become "invisible" to the listener, so I'm not sure what you hope to accomplish with them aesthetically. Do you want them to become invisible, as I described, or do you just want something that sticks out and "looks expensive"?
post #10 of 25
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Are you actually interested in sound quality, or are you just trying to compensate for something?

But I mean if you can recommend some speakers that will make my willy bigger, that would be lovely as well. (You MAY even consider them yourself, instead of making fun of 16 year old girls online...just saying. <-- See? That makes it joking...)

NOW, for anyone with HELPFUL suggestions, yes, I'm looking for speakers with good sound quality. However, I'm not ashamed to admit that it is important to me to find something with a nice look and nice reputation too. Hell, I'm not even ashamed to admit that I'm willing to spend a good amount of money on this project. So...bring it on.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by palehorse View Post

Most in-wall speakers get painted to match the room and become "invisible" to the listener, so I'm not sure what you hope to accomplish with them aesthetically...? Do you want them to become invisible, as I described, or do you just want something that sticks out and "looks expensive"?

The in-walls are fine if they're ugly. Especially since they are to be mounted inside a casing that will, yes, match the wall. However, the house is going to have more than just in-wall speakers. There are three rooms (one dedicated media room, one living space and one TV room) with non embedded speakers. Those will need to look nice (in addition to having good sound quality). They should all "look expensive" since they most likely will be...I'm not sure why speakers can't look nice and have good sound quality too...or do those speakers not exist? All I was saying is that just good sound quality isn't enough.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by thingslost View Post


But I mean if you can recommend some speakers that will make my willy bigger, that would be lovely as well. (You MAY even consider them yourself, instead of making fun of 16 year old girls online...just saying. <-- See? That makes it joking...)

NOW, for anyone with HELPFUL suggestions, yes, I'm looking for speakers with good sound quality. However, I'm not ashamed to admit that it is important to me to find something with a nice look and nice reputation too. Hell, I'm not even ashamed to admit that I'm willing to spend a good amount of money on this project. So...bring it on.

A 16 year old girl with "a good amount of money"? That explains everything!

If you didn't notice, I already posted three links to some very respectable in-wall solutions... any one of which would sound great, and look good too. But, I'm not sure the other chicks at your country club have ever heard of those companies before...

And, for the record, I was just ribbin' ya... at first.

Good luck!
post #13 of 25
Do me a favor... Go to audiogon.com and browse their speaker SALES (not the classifieds). The ads there range from $300 to $500,000 per speaker, so youll see a variety of options.

When you're done, come back and tell us which speakers you believe look good. We can then let you know whether or not they sound good as well.

"good looks" are entirely subjective, so we need more to go on...
post #14 of 25
May be this will be a good one for cvictorg to help out. He always
comes up with a lot of options. It will be interesting to see how all
this ends.
post #15 of 25
Go to www.thielaudio.com and have a look.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by palehorse View Post

A 16 year old girl with "a good amount of money"? That explains everything!

If you didn't notice, I already posted three links to some very respectable in-wall solutions... any one of which would sound great, and look good too. But, I'm not sure the other chicks at your country club have ever heard of those companies before...

And, for the record, I was just ribbin' ya... at first.

Good luck!

Well, I did look at the links. They weren't exactly what I was looking for but thanks none the less. Although, I'm a bit confused. If they're supposed to be "invisible", how can they be good looking too?

I was also jesting but I suppose some things are merely lost in translation.

As for the "chicks" at my country club, if they existed, they would have done some research on the internet, on their bedazzled iPhones or whatever and come to the conclusion that since I was just asking for help at first, there was no reason for you to be a jerk about it. Then they would cry and buy themselves loads of clothes to make up for the mean man who made them cry. And yes, Prada does make jeans, but mainly for men. Maybe you should invest in a pair? They're quite attractive.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

Go to www.thielaudio.com and have a look.

Thanks for the suggestion!
post #18 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by palehorse View Post

Do me a favor... Go to audiogon.com and browse their speaker SALES (not the classifieds). The ads there range from $300 to $500,000 per speaker, so youll see a variety of options.

When you're done, come back and tell us which speakers you believe look good. We can then let you know whether or not they sound good as well.

"good looks" are entirely subjective, so we need more to go on...

I looked at audiogon.com, and honestly, none of them look so good. Probably because they are not professional pictures and they are not new speakers. I'm sure the actual speakers are wonderful. However, I'm really just looking for simple suggestions that fit three guidelines (in no particular order):
1) Must have an impressive reputation.
2) Must have good sound quality.
3) Must not look as if manufactured by Fisher Price (<-- this is a joke... kind of).

I should have been more concise and specific to begin with, but I hope my modifications have cleared a few things up. I do appreciate the time you are putting into responding and thinking of new suggestions as I understand that this is not your project, and that you have no need to put so much work into it. Thank you.
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by thingslost View Post

Hi guys! I don't know much about speakers, but we are installing built-in ones to our new house. What is the best brand of speakers? I'm not sure what kind of speakers we need, but there are holes in the wall for them. Also, there is a home theatre that needs a surround sound system. Any suggestions? There is no price range, just whatever speakers are the best.

http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/
post #20 of 25
www.bowers-wilkins.com.

There's the easy answer. Many people think the 800 series is the most artistic looking design out there. You could say they are the Prada of speakers. There are other more exotic designs (like Wilson's) out there but most would not relate to their "stacked box" design.

For in-walls, Triad is hard to beat for sound quality.

Chris
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by united_warranty View Post

http://www.soundstagenetwork.com/

Thanks! This is really helpful!
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Hudda View Post

www.bowers-wilkins.com.

There's the easy answer. Many people think the 800 series is the most artistic looking design out there. You could say they are the Prada of speakers. There are other more exotic designs (like Wilson's) out there but most would not relate to their "stacked box" design.

For in-walls, Triad is hard to beat for sound quality.

Chris

Thanks! They're cute.
post #23 of 25
For non in-wall the avantgarde speakers sound great and look expensive.... And are not inexpensive.
post #24 of 25
You might want to look at the Revel Ultima series. They are amongst the best engineered speakers on the planet, and their beryllium tweeters are some of the highest performing drivers you will ever come across.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by thingslost View Post


I looked at audiogon.com, and honestly, none of them look so good. Probably because they are not professional pictures and they are not new speakers. I'm sure the actual speakers are wonderful.

That's why I suggested you look at the actual sales ads there, not the classifieds.

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However, I'm really just looking for simple suggestions that fit three guidelines (in no particular order):
1) Must have an impressive reputation.
2) Must have good sound quality.
3) Must not look as if manufactured by Fisher Price (<-- this is a joke... kind of).

I guess I should find it refreshing, or perhaps be impressed, that someone would be so open about their own vanity?

Such is life..

1. Have you seen any speakers, at any if the links provided thus far, that have the right look? If so, which ones?

2. How many speakers do you actually need, and how many of each type (floorstanding, on stands, on shelves, on-wall, in-wall, etc)
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