Originally Posted by Boxerboy
I have a need for inwall speakers for two channel listening. My kitchen is about 12 x 24 and I have a pair of Paradigm SA-25 inwall speakers being driven by a Marantz zs5300 multi-room controller putting out 60wpc into three rooms. I choose the source from my A/V receiver and this set-up has been in place for about two years.
One of my speakers seems to have completely stopped emitting any sound at all. Obviously, I'm going to look into repairing it.
This setback has caused me to reconsider my options for this room. My wife and I realize that we spend more time listening in this room than any other in the house. We are willing to spend what it takes put better sounding speakers into this room. I will have to fight to get any speakers that are deemed to be "big and ugly".
So - what great sounding inwall speakers to two channel listening?
What is the wall depth?... and do you have the full cavity width?
Triads are fully engineered MDF enclosures with thick baffles and bracing. They sound like good freestanding speakers because they are built exactly
like Triad's excellent freestanding speakers.
If there are conduits, gas pipes, water pipes, etc., or if the cavity is narrower because of a jack stud, or other obstacle, you need to identify this because it may limit which enclosures will fit.
Let's say that you have open cavities in the "wet" wall of the kitchen (where the drain and vent stacks are located), and you have 2x6 construction.
For C-class executive budgets, the Monitor class are available as In-Wall versions... Paint matching your grilles at the factory (with the factory finishing equipment) to your walls is no extra charge.
In-Wall Gold Monitors ($ 7,300/pr.) These require a 2x6 cavity depth, and are approx 14" x 24"
InWall Silver Monitors ($ 4,500/pr.) These are available as 4" depth or 6" deoth, with the cutout size being larger for the shallower speaker
Toward the bottom of the scale of offerings, the InWall Silver Omni ($ 900/pr.) are basically a bargain...
These are just three of the 15 or so models that are available...
The 60w/ch from your Marantz multi-zone system are capable of driving the smaller speakers without any issues, but good speakers will always appreciate better electronics.
That system has pre-outs that can be setup to be variable, use them into a bigger stereo amp for this zone.
Something 100w/ch and high current (like a Parasound Classic 275 or 2125) would really wake up any of these speakers, and the sound would be just outstanding on any of the Monitor or Mini-Monitor class InWalls.
PM Paul for more info and a referral for a Triad dealer in your area.