Originally Posted by pokekevin
Originally Posted by commsysman
At a given price point, the sound quality of in-wall speakers is far inferior to that of speakers that have their own enclosure with a correct acoustic design. Holes in walls do not make a good speaker enclosure.
If you must put speakers in your walls or ceiling, do so with the knowledge that you are not going to achieve particularly good sound quality and will pay through the nose for what you do get.
Of course, you CAN get cheap public-address-quality speakers to stick in a wall, but the ones that sound halfway decent are very expensive!
I wouldn't wish in-wall speakers on my worst enemy; even the very best of them.
A properly designed In-wall can sound just as good, and possibly even better, than its in room counterpart.
There are several big potential advantages to an in-wall installation done right:
(1) Flush mounting the drivers with the wall avoids speaker cabinet diffraction problems.
(2) Putting the speaker in the wall avoids peaks and dips due to reflections off the wall behind the speaker
I wouldn't be surprised if it evolved that some people are reacting badly to the removal of these potentially audible artifacts.
I'm thinking of the very real backlash against digital because it removed the audible artifacts of vinyl.
Of course the dog in the stable is this business of properly designing the in-wall system. It probably isn't done a lot.