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Mid-range in-wall speaker recommendations?

I'm building a theater room in a 15' x 17' space that is currently unfinished with 6" studs on left/right/rear walls and a 4" stud wall inset 1" from a 6" stud wall on the front. There's an unfortunately large window in the rear of the room which may mean putting the rear channels in the walls or ceiling.

For WAF and other reasons I'm planning to go with all in-wall speakers in 7.1.4 Atmos configuration. There will be a standard in-room sub. The budget can handle up to ~$400/speaker not including sub but if there are good options in the $200-$300 range, all the better. If I should really consider speakers above my $400 budget, I guess I'd be interested in the reasoning there as well.

The room will be multi-purpose. In addition to movies there will be plenty of video game playing and music listening.

I plan to place a backing box behind each speaker for sound isolation and can size the boxes for ideal spatial volume if that makes a difference for speakers that do not have integrated enclosures.

Brands I've been looking at so far include Klipsch, Polk, and JBL.
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I'm building a theater room in a 15' x 17' space that is currently unfinished with 6" studs on left/right/rear walls and a 4" stud wall inset 1" from a 6" stud wall on the front. There's an unfortunately large window in the rear of the room which may mean putting the rear channels in the walls or ceiling.

For WAF and other reasons I'm planning to go with all in-wall speakers in an 11.1 Atmos configuration. There will be a standard in-room sub. The budget can handle up to ~$400/speaker not including sub but if there are good options in the $200-$300 range, all the better. If I should really consider speakers above my $400 budget, I guess I'd be interested in the reasoning there as well.

The room will be multi-purpose. In addition to movies there will be plenty of video game playing and music listening.

I plan to place a backing box behind each speaker for sound isolation and can size the boxes for ideal spatial volume if that makes a difference for speakers that do not have integrated enclosures.

Brands I've been looking at so far include Klipsch, Polk, and JBL.
HSU.

An absolute bargain.

http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hiw-1.html

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HSU.

An absolute bargain.
Thanks for the tip. Reading reviews it seems like these speakers are well regarded; especially the bookshelf speakers they are derived from. I'm going to pick up a pair to audition and look into creating an in-wall enclosure that replicates the bookshelf speaker's enclosure.

I'm a bit concerned that it may make for an anemic center channel speaker, but I suppose I could cannibalize an HC-1 and build my own in-wall enclosure for it. I'm planning to place the center channel behind an acoustic projector screen so the aesthetics there aren't an issue.
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Look at the RSL options. Lots of bang for the buck.
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check out axiom audio for in wall speakers.They have integrated back boxes.
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I put a pair of these in my living room and I think they sound fantastic. They mount almost flush with the wall and the grill can be painted to disappear.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thanks for the tip. Reading reviews it seems like these speakers are well regarded; especially the bookshelf speakers they are derived from. I'm going to pick up a pair to audition and look into creating an in-wall enclosure that replicates the bookshelf speaker's enclosure.

I'm a bit concerned that it may make for an anemic center channel speaker, but I suppose I could cannibalize an HC-1 and build my own in-wall enclosure for it. I'm planning to place the center channel behind an acoustic projector screen so the aesthetics there aren't an issue.
Your room is not large; a HSU in wall would make an excellent in wall center.

Not sure about the idea of putting one of their bookshelves into a cavity though; that's not a good idea for ANY speaker to be honest.

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Your room is not large; a HSU in wall would make an excellent in wall center.

Not sure about the idea of putting one of their bookshelves into a cavity though; that's not a good idea for ANY speaker to be honest.
I didn't mean I'd put the bookshelf in the wall; rather I'd remove the drivers and crossover from the bookshelf and fabricate in-wall enclosure of similar volume. Hsu has confirmed to me that this is a viable option for a large in-wall center but as you say it's a small room so I'll stick with the standard in-wall model.
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I didn't mean I'd put the bookshelf in the wall; rather I'd remove the drivers and crossover from the bookshelf and fabricate in-wall enclosure of similar volume. Hsu has confirmed to me that this is a viable option for a large in-wall center but as you say it's a small room so I'll stick with the standard in-wall model.
Ah, gotcha.

Not a "small" room, about the same size as mine, but hardly "large" which, actually, saves us a ton of money on speakers!
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I didn't mean I'd put the bookshelf in the wall; rather I'd remove the drivers and crossover from the bookshelf and fabricate in-wall enclosure of similar volume. Hsu has confirmed to me that this is a viable option for a large in-wall center but as you say it's a small room so I'll stick with the standard in-wall model.
So have you had an opportunity to listen to these speakers??? How are they???
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So have you had an opportunity to listen to these speakers??? How are they???
I ended going with the bookshelves in the front three positions behind an AT screen and the in-wall units for the surrounds. We've watched dozens of movies with this setup and they sound fantastic coupled with a HSU VTF-15H MK2 sub.
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I ended going with the bookshelves in the front three positions behind an AT screen and the in-wall units for the surrounds. We've watched dozens of movies with this setup and they sound fantastic coupled with a HSU VTF-15H MK2 sub.
Did you get three HB1s?

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Did you get three HB1s?
Yep! Three HB-1s across the front and a pair of HIW-1s for left/right surround. I also have a couple HIW-1s for rear surround but haven't gotten around to putting them in. In the ceiling I have four RSL C34Es.
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Yep! Three HB-1s across the front and a pair of HIW-1s for left/right surround. I also have a couple HIW-1s for rear surround but haven't gotten around to putting them in. In the ceiling I have four RSL C34Es.
Excellent.

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