Originally Posted by vince2
I can't emphasize this enough DON'T SKIMP ON CEILING SPEAKERS! You get what you pay for (within reason). You don't need brackets installed for most decent brands, they come with ears for securing to drywall.
If you only have $300 to spend, do just one or two rooms for now. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for a miserable experience. Within a year, you'll be replacing the cheap speakers due to failed cones, rusted grills, or tinny sound. If you're just a builder working on a cheap flip and don't care about quality...shame on you again!
If I was a builder I wouldn't even have bothered asking.
When you are new to home audio and especially ceiling speakers, you have no idea what is "quality" and what is "cheap."
First of all, I posted a question about a month about and got several replies telling me to buy one or two decent pairs of speakers in the main rooms, and install the $35 Dayton speakers in the rest of the rooms. The people who said so said from personal experience that they were glad they did, as the cheap ones were all they really needed for these secondary rooms.
I am installing speakers in 6 places... Family room, office, guest bedroom, master bedroom, master bathroom, and garage. The family room speakers and teh master bedroom speakers will get the most use (and are the largest rooms), and the rest will not need top-quality speakers.
None of these should be subjected to water or moisture or I have bigger problems than poor quality speakers.
What I was wondering is whether these speakers, which seem to me to be much better than the $35 pairs others have suggested, would be worth the slightly higher cost and/or be able to perform well even in the larger rooms.
For one measure, the $35 Daytons say their speaker frequency response is something like 60Hz-20000Hz, and the Sylvania's 45Hz-20000Hz. In my experience that extra 15Hz of bass response is a big deal.