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post #31 of 1790
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Originally Posted by justincr250 View Post

Im going to be installing mine tommorow or Friday. I'll keep everyone posted!

Any luck? I'm dying to find out about these in-wall speakers!
post #32 of 1790
Is it possible to use in-ceiling as in-wall speakers? It seems in-ceiling ones seem to have lower low end of the frequency range compared to similar sized in-wall ones.

Also, can they be used as a center-channel speaker?
post #33 of 1790
Anything is possible after all, it is still a speaker. The one difference that seems constant is that "in-wall" speakers are almost always rectangular and "in-ceiling" are almost always round.

Most of the time, the In-walls will also have the woofers and tweeters (and sometimes midrange) mounted seperately on a back board. In Ceiling are often coaxial and have the tweeter mounted in the center of the woofer. It is easier to make a good sounding speaker with seperate mounts on a board than coaxial, but there is no reason an in-ceiling can;t still sound good.

Also, sometimes the design does take into account the locations and there are features like swiveling tweeters that may or may not be present on one or the other that can allow better sound.

Much of it will also depend on exactly what you will be listening to and the use of hte room.
post #34 of 1790
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Any luck? I'm dying to find out about these in-wall speakers!


I got my monoprice speakers hooked up and they sound pretty good! build quality looks first rate and installion was a breeze. Im only using them for rear surround right now but gun shot sounds are amazing. Once I hook them up with my nuvo system I can post more details.
post #35 of 1790
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Originally Posted by justincr250 View Post

I got my monoprice speakers hooked up and they sound pretty good! build quality looks first rate and installion was a breeze. Im only using them for rear surround right now but gun shot sounds are amazing. Once I hook them up with my nuvo system I can post more details.


I'm looking forward to someone hooking them up as main speakers so we can get a better idea how they sound!
post #36 of 1790
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Originally Posted by justincr250 View Post


I got my monoprice speakers hooked up and they sound pretty good! build quality looks first rate and installion was a breeze. Im only using them for rear surround right now but gun shot sounds are amazing. Once I hook them up with my nuvo system I can post more details.

Were you previously using other speakers for rear surrounds? If so, how do the Monoprice in-walls compare to them?

Also, what size did you buy?

Thanks!
post #37 of 1790
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Originally Posted by [/quote] View Post

Were you previously using other speakers for rear surrounds? If so, how do the Monoprice in-walls compare to them?

Also, what size did you buy?

Thanks!

I bought the 8". Never had in-ceilings in to compare them too.
post #38 of 1790
I put two of these in my living room and hooked them up to air tunes. They sounded really dead until I boxed behind them. I am also going to put them in my HT I am building in the basement.





post #39 of 1790
I installed these speakers in my walls for surround sound yesterday. I was surprised that they sounded so good. I have an 6.1 Onkyo theater set up. I put three 8 inch in the back walls with two 6.5 in the front. Compared to the regular Onkyo speakers, these sound a thousand times better. Now I am trying to decide whether I should use an 8 inch for center channel.
post #40 of 1790
I also maxxed out the volume on my receiver and got no distortion at all. Sound stay clear and clean, but my receiver is only 700w also.
post #41 of 1790
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They sounded really dead until I boxed behind them.

Cody, when you say they sounded dead, was that just as far as bass, or was it everything?
post #42 of 1790
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Cody, when you say they sounded dead, was that just as far as bass, or was it everything?

Yes it was the lows that sounded flat. I am not an audio junky but I know when it sounds good and I am very impressed with the quality and price of these speakers even when really cranked up.
post #43 of 1790
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Yes it was the lows that sounded flat. I am not an audio junky but I know when it sounds good and I am very impressed with the quality and price of these speakers even when really cranked up.

That's great to hear, especially since I only plan on using these speakers for rear surrounds where bass doesn't matter much to me. Currently I have rear surrounds with 4" woofers so the Monoprice in-walls with 6 1/2" speakers should be a good replacement.
post #44 of 1790
I boxed my in-ceiling speakers in some rooms and it did make them sound better. I was told many times on here never to do that since the speakers are designed not to have boxes but the bass came out better.

I spent $100 to $200 per pair for 11 pairs so its not like they were triad or even speakercraft prices. Sometimes is great to experiment to get better sounding speakers to our ears.

I dont think these monoprice speakers were around 1 1/2 years ago too bad they sound great for the $$$!!
post #45 of 1790
I have a 6 pairs of monoprice speakers coming today. flooring guys coming tomorrow so looking to install these fast.

It looks like from the picture the monoprice speakres have what I would call is spring terminals. Is it correct i dont need any special connectors to hook these speakers up later when they come?
post #46 of 1790
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Originally Posted by personalt View Post

I have a 6 pairs of monoprice speakers coming today. flooring guys coming tomorrow so looking to install these fast.

It looks like from the picture the monoprice speakres have what I would call is spring terminals. Is it correct i dont need any special connectors to hook these speakers up later when they come?

Yes sir, all you need to do is strip the end of the wire.
post #47 of 1790
OK, I installed 2 of the 8 inch in walls this weekend. All in all, they are decent. The build quality felt a little less substantial than the Parts Express speakers, but only barely. The speaker cone itself seemed well built and was the yellow kevlar type weave.

I did hook them briefly as fronts and they sounded nice with good range, but could not do any A/B switches or anything critical. In my opinion, they would be OK for most systems in living room applications, especially using a sub. They did seem to have good high end and sounded crisp. Also, due to mean framing guys, one of the stud bays was only about 9 inches wide so I had a slight difference in sound from the 2 due to cavity size. I had to cut the built-in mounting tabs off and screw directly to the stud to make it work.

My friend had bought a pioneer 1017 receiver and when it went through the automatic test tones, the speakers certainly sounded fine in the test sweeps compared to the Boston Acoustics CR7 bookshelf speakers used as fronts. Even the mid-bass pops that the receiver put out for some of the tests did have some oomph. Again, the difference in cavity size was apparent between teh 2 back speakers using test tones, but the receiver actually did a decent job of accounting for that and equalizing automatically. I was pretty impressed.

They are a good value for the money in non-critical listening applications and I would have no hesitation recommending them for normal living room systems. Are there better speakers out there - most certainly, but for someone with less than ideal listening conditions and a sub, these will work fine.
post #48 of 1790
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the data!
post #49 of 1790
I hooked them up to my front channel and they sounded pretty good! I would definitely give the thumbs up for someone on a budget and wanted good quality. Im now purchasing them for the rest of the whole house audio system.
post #50 of 1790
Good to see discussion on these budget in ceilings. I have been running these through my mind for quite some time.

My choice is between these three...

Aperion Audio In-Ceilings 632 IC
http://www.aperionaudio.com/catalog/...eiling,31.aspx
$149 per pair

Monoprice 8" In-Ceilings
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
$52.50 per pair

HTD High Definition In-Ceiling HD-R80
http://www.htd.com/in-wall-ceiling-s...4Pa38Ta38Lbx50
$159 per pair

I think it will probably come out as the monoprice being last on the list but is it 1/3 as good as the others?

For $150 I could put together a 6 channel system in the living room with monoprice speakers.

With the others it will be in the range of $450! Yikes.

Any thoughts?
post #51 of 1790
I just ordered and received 2x pairs of 8" and 1x pair of 6.5" in ceiling speakers for my whole house audio and I will let you know how they sound. I am concerned with distortion at high volumes with the 8" speakers but for ambiance (not party rock and roll) I am assuming they will do fine. That is more a limitation of my LyriQ CAT5 system then the speakers...

- Kuli
post #52 of 1790
I had ordered a bunch of these for both my home theater and my whole house systems. So far, I only have the 5 inch whole house speakers hooked up in the master bedroom and the home theater in the master bedroom that use the 8 inch in ceiling speakers as the surrounds right above the bed. I have no complaints on either.

Both lack that punchy bass, but i do not have them enclosed from behind. Maybe that would help. But as surrounds or backround music, these speakers are awesome.
post #53 of 1790
I was looking at these and considering getting some to do a 5.1 setup in my living room, the room is smallish at 12' x 12' but it is not a perfect square as the rear wall of the room is basically a large bay window.

I currently have a JBL SCS series sub and satellite setup in the room. They are small speakers with only 3" drivers on them and I would be looking mostly for an increase in performance plus improved aesthetics of in-wall, in-ceilings speakers.

I was thinking of using three of the 5.25" in-walls for my LCR and 2 of the 5.25" in-ceiling for my surrounds. I would still keep using the 8" JBL sub until I could save up for another one.

Other info that might be useful for a recommendation is my receiver is a Yamaha 5780 and I have a 37” LCD wall mounted which I plan to upgrade in a year to a 42” eventually all cables and wires are already in the walls with enough slack in the basement to extend the surrounds to the ceiling. The main seating distance is about 9 feet.

Should I get the larger 6.5” speakers instead and would the center suffer from being mounted horizontally? I really don’t want to spend lots on new speakers as this room will one day be the “TV” room when I get to finish a proper home theatre in the basement.
post #54 of 1790
I just ordered two 8" monoprice ones, the square ones. Are they going to be too big for use as surrounds? Thanks.
post #55 of 1790
Crap. I bought the square 8" which are supposed to go in wall, for my ceiling. Will there be a problem? I am installing them today so i kinda need an answer. There being used for surrounds. PLEASE HELP!
post #56 of 1790
I replied to your PM.

I have in-walls in my family room ceiling, I havent had a problem in over a year with them. In-walls, in-ceiling...there isnt much difference.
post #57 of 1790
Thanks again. Would you advice that i box them in? Or just see how they sound unboxed? Thanks.
post #58 of 1790
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Thanks again. Would you advice that i box them in? Or just see how they sound unboxed? Thanks.


audiophiles would say dont box them, they were not designed to be boxed. I say EXPERIMENT

honestly, listen to them unboxed first. I have in-walls in my patio ceiling too and they just didnt have the bass. built boxes for them out of MDF and they sound better to me and my family.
post #59 of 1790
I'll try both. Do the grills snap in? I was thinking of spray painting them if they do. Thanks again!
post #60 of 1790
Yes the grills snap in.
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