I'd like to take a brief intermission to show everyone what the entry level Slanted 8 looks like under the covers. I took them apart as I mounted them into the ceiling at the rear of the room for the rear surround speakers of my 7.1. Another pair of Slanted 8s will be mounted up high on the side walls for the side surrounds.
Before I get to the internals of the Slanted 8, here is a picture of the 2x12 mounting plate I put up in the ceiling. I cut and glued a square mounting base of 2x3s underneath and that base is screwed into the side of the joists while the 2x12 mounting plate (shown) is screwed into the square mounting base made of 2x3s.
And here is a side view of the Slanted 8 mounted in the ceiling. Now my wife and I just have to fix the drywall and paint the ceiling and Slanted 8s. While we were doing all of this ceiling surgery, I also ran Cat6 for a HDMI extender and 12/2 electrical cable to handle a projector, which I will likely install this fall.
Here is the initial inside view of the Slanted 8. Also seen in the ceiling mounted side view, the cabinet construction is very good and it is an incredibly solid little box.
Here is a similar view with the insulation taken out. For an entry level 2-way, this seems like one hell of a crossover. (The big screw is a cabinet mounting screw that I'm using 4 of to make sure the S8 is mounted solidly to the ceiling.)
And here is a straight on view of the crossover.
And here is a view of the driver: back, front, and side. The side view gives a good shot of the BMS compression driver mounted to the back of the midrange speaker.