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Can in-ceiling speakers be used on a wall?

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I have a 5.1 system with all in-ceiling speakers. The LCR are B&W CCM 818. These are $800 each speakers and have fairly good sound quality. I have been planning to replace them because the imaging from ceiling is not very good for 2 channel listing except from directly below the speakers.

I am wondering what the LCR would sound like if I relocated them to be in the wall just above or below TV. I am guessing that imaging would be greatly improved as sound would go out into the room and would not be reflecting off of the floor.

Any thoughts on this?
post #2 of 5
Do it!

The ceiling will almost never be a good location to place LCR speakers -- it's a cop-out to facilitate the visual aesthetic. Yes, there are a few different in-ceiling models that are specially designed to sound decent because they locate the drivers on a slant; effectively trying to emulate an in-wall speaker. The best ones I've seen are motorized and drop down from the ceiling to place the speakers on a proper axis, but there are very few installations that truly need this type of nonsense. smile.gif

It looks like your B&W's have the 8" driver on a 12-degree angle. If you do choose to throw them in the wall, I would mount them just a bit higher up to accommodate the angle. This will aim the speaker's output down towards the seating area.
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Most inceiling speakers have more depth than their inwall siblings. So, they might not fit in your walls, especially if you have normal 2x4 wall studs. Also, they'll look like port holes on your wall, if you do get them to work.
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Originally Posted by kwkshift View Post

Most inceiling speakers have more depth than their inwall siblings. So, they might not fit in your walls, especially if you have normal 2x4 wall studs. Also, they'll look like port holes on your wall, if you do get them to work.

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I re used my in ceiling speakers for my new family room. But only for the sides and rears. Your fronts, in my opinion should never be in wall or in ceiling. I have no pictures of my surround backs, but they did fit in 2 X 4 construction. My side walls are 2 X 6. They are Paradigm SA- 15 R's. I feel in walls are good enough for the surrounds. I don't like a room overwhelmed with speakers. The other factor is the wife. She tolerates my 7.1 system in our new Family Room and I bet a lot of other guys can't get away with that.
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