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post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 
As topic says, what are the current best "ON WALL" speakers available?

Need to set up new system around 65 panny.
They need to be wall mounted.

Was looking at the following:

front speakers - 3 Paradigm Millenia LP's
Rear speakers - 2 Paradigm Millenia LP's
Sub - Paradigm 12" powered sub

This all hooked to an ARCAM AVR400

What else should I consider for speakers? Im not totally sold on the millenias yet, though Ive yet to hear them.
post #2 of 53
Thread Starter 
budget is not a concern
post #3 of 53
I have not heard any of these personally, but brands I see recommended are Totem Tribe, Wisdom Audio, and RBH
post #4 of 53
http://www.artisonusa.com/loudspeakers/

Haven't herad them, but the reviews are pretty solid.
post #5 of 53
I would look into Triad:
http://www.triadspeakers.com/products/owblcr.html

They offer custom paint to match your room as well if you want them to disappear and can make custom speakers if you need a certain dimension or configuration.

James is another well reviewed loudspeaker company:
http://www.jamesloudspeaker.com/index.cfm?page=by_series&id=31&sr=1

As far as subwoofers, I would look at companies such as SVS, Hsu, Funk Audio, etc. You will get a much better subwoofer for the money.
post #6 of 53
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Any other opinions?
post #7 of 53
BG Radia..............

Triad is another excellent choice for multi-purpose.......ie theater/music.
post #8 of 53
We use James Loudspeakers.
post #9 of 53
Probably a little big for your application. But if you can fit it it is a great on wall speaker:D
http://www.genelecusa.com/ht/products/architectural/aow312b/
post #10 of 53
Mirage Omnisats
post #11 of 53
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BobL View Post

Probably a little big for your application. But if you can fit it it is a great on wall speaker:D
http://www.genelecusa.com/ht/products/architectural/aow312b/


WAYYYY TOO BIG smile.gif
post #12 of 53
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So now Im leaning towards the

KEF T305 system: http://kefstore.ca/t305-tseries-system.html

OR:

Monitor Audio Shadow series: http://www.monitoraudiousa.com/products/shadow/

Thoughts?
Edited by Shad0wz - 9/27/12 at 6:22pm
post #13 of 53
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for the life of me I cannot find any reviews etc of the shadow series from monitor audio.... plenty for the KEF system. frown.gif The monitor audio set looks nicer tho.
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post #15 of 53
Budget of no concern? Totem Tribe V. These are incredible speakers.

http://www.totemacoustic.com/en/hi-fi/on-wall/tribe-v/
post #16 of 53
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Originally Posted by realjetavenger View Post

Budget of no concern? Totem Tribe V. These are incredible speakers.
http://www.totemacoustic.com/en/hi-fi/on-wall/tribe-v/

Budget is no concern, I did look at the tribes but they seem huge compared to the alternatives mentioned. Size and the "WIFE" factor are a concern biggrin.gif
post #17 of 53
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So far taking a look at the selection of true SLIM speakers, here are my thoughts:

1. Paradigm millenia LP's - they have a limited range 120Hz to 17kHz, now they do have something called low frequency extension 78Hz but do not think that means they go down that low. As well, max power input at 70 watts, - not too keen on the fact they are wider than they needed to be.

2. KEF's T305 system - they have a much better range of 80Hz - 30kHz. Maximum output of 110dB. Their overall dimensions are better than paradigm.

3. Monitor Audio's shadow series - To me these are the most visually attractive out of the bunch, using a black anodized aluminum, they dont have that black glossy appearance. Their 60 series weighs in at 8 lbs, where the others from paradigm and kef were in the 3 - 4 pound range. I believe this is because the shadow series uses a solid all aluminum chassis, where the others are plastic. Specs are great - Range is 70Hz – 30kHz. Maximum SPD 108.6 dBA, Max power handling 120 watts


So looking at all this, I would choose the Monitor Audio shadow series, thing is, I cannot find a damn single review. I have no experience with Monitor Audio's products. Would appreciate peoples comments regarding monitor audio etc. smile.gif What would you do? smile.gif Again, budget is not a concern. Size and decent performance is! smile.gif
post #18 of 53
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So talking with Monitor Audio support... Think Im going to go with them.
They seem to be built solid, with the best look, being anodized aluminum matte black.

This is what Ill get:

2 x shadow 60's for L/R
1 x shadow center

2x shadow 50's for rears

1x RXw12 sub

All powered by an Arcam AVR600
post #19 of 53
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Originally Posted by Shad0wz View Post

So talking with Monitor Audio support... Think Im going to go with them.
They seem to be built solid, with the best look, being anodized aluminum matte black.
This is what Ill get:
2 x shadow 60's for L/R
1 x shadow center
2x shadow 50's for rears
1x RXw12 sub
All powered by an Arcam AVR600


I have also decided on the Monitor Shadow speakers. For now I'm going with the S60 fronts and center. When the budget allows I will try to get the S25s to replace my Boston Acoustic surronds.
post #20 of 53
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Originally Posted by azarby View Post

I have also decided on the Monitor Shadow speakers. For now I'm going with the S60 fronts and center. When the budget allows I will try to get the S25s to replace my Boston Acoustic surronds.

Have you had the chance to hear them yet?
post #21 of 53
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Originally Posted by azarby View Post

I have also decided on the Monitor Shadow speakers. For now I'm going with the S60 fronts and center. When the budget allows I will try to get the S25s to replace my Boston Acoustic surronds.

Hi,

Congrats on your selection! The Shadow series do look very cool & MA are a very well respected company! Over here in the UK, a quite a few have opted to go for another subwoofer as the MA Sub is quite expensive compared to other options - especially as you are the in US - Jim Wilson has extensive & up to date knowledge on Subs - might be an idea to get his thoughts - there are companies like SVS, HSU etc..

Bazzy!
post #22 of 53
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Originally Posted by Shad0wz View Post

Have you had the chance to hear them yet?

None of the local brick and mortars have them available to demo. This is usually against my normal method of try before buy. In this case I'm going to have to rely on the experience of my local installer. I currently have B&W CM4s and a CMC. My other choice was to get some B&W FPM 6s. The speakers should be here in less than 2 weeks and they said they would do the install as soon as they came in.

Also having them mount the 65" Panasonic plasma at the same time. I figure with a bad back, to let them have a go at it and keep the wife happy with a neater looking install. These guy were working on a custom rack set up with 3 five foot tall comm racks and and add on of 3 more three foot comm racks full of Integra amps, and oher equipment for a new build. The house supposedly has 25K sq feet under one roof. I figure if they could handle that, they could handle my puny little upgrade.
post #23 of 53
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Originally Posted by azarby View Post

None of the local brick and mortars have them available to demo. This is usually against my normal method of try before buy. In this case I'm going to have to rely on the experience of my local installer. I currently have B&W CM4s and a CMC. My other choice was to get some B&W FPM 6s. The speakers should be here in less than 2 weeks and they said they would do the install as soon as they came in.
Also having them mount the 65" Panasonic plasma at the same time. I figure with a bad back, to let them have a go at it and keep the wife happy with a neater looking install. These guy were working on a custom rack set up with 3 five foot tall comm racks and and add on of 3 more three foot comm racks full of Integra amps, and oher equipment for a new build. The house supposedly has 25K sq feet under one roof. I figure if they could handle that, they could handle my puny little upgrade.

I talked to monitor audio canada and they found me a couple stores demo'ing the shadows on the floor. Saw / heard them yesterday and they were FANTASTIC, both looks and sound wise. Going to place my order tommorow. They had them mounted around a 65" panny VT50, same setup as mine so was more than pleased with the overall look smile.gif

Post pics when you get yours installed pls smile.gif
post #24 of 53
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I am considering going with the GXw15 over the RXw12 sub. I really like that the GX has auto EQ where as I dont think the RX does. Just nervous that the 15" sub on the GX may not be "punchy" enough / ie slower than the 12" in the RX. Thoughts?

OR if the GXw15 is not going to fit the bill, what about GSw12, the older ver of the gold subby
Edited by Shad0wz - 9/30/12 at 7:38am
post #25 of 53
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Originally Posted by Shad0wz View Post

I talked to monitor audio canada and they found me a couple stores demo'ing the shadows on the floor. Saw / heard them yesterday and they were FANTASTIC, both looks and sound wise. Going to place my order tommorow. They had them mounted around a 65" panny VT50, same setup as mine so was more than pleased with the overall look smile.gif
Post pics when you get yours installed pls smile.gif

My Plasma is a VT50 also. Looks like we have good taste:). My speakers are being shipped in from Canada. Not sure what the process is to get them through customs down to Phoenix. Been waiting one week with two more to go.
post #26 of 53
Thread Starter 
Indeed, VT50 is a fantastic set!!!

What are you using as a sub for your set?
post #27 of 53
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Originally Posted by Shad0wz View Post

Indeed, VT50 is a fantastic set!!!
What are you using as a sub for your set?

Right now I am keeping the Boston Micro 120xs When the budget allows I will upgrade them to Shadow S25s
Edited by azarby - 9/30/12 at 8:11pm
post #28 of 53
Thread Starter 
For the sub? U do mean surround right? I was asking about the sub smile.gif
post #29 of 53
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Originally Posted by Shad0wz View Post

For the sub? U do mean surround right? I was asking about the sub smile.gif


OOps Sorry. My sub is a Boston PV700 200W
post #30 of 53
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Placed my order today.

This is what finally came together:


2 x shadow 60's for L/R
1 x shadow center
2x shadow 60's for rears
1x GXw15 sub

All powered by an Arcam AVR600

Should have all the gear later this week!
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