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Originally Posted by Jason Riggs
Hello everyone, we recently finished building a new home and I need some help choosing speakers. The room is wide open with 14’ ceilings and I’ve already installed 6.5” in-ceiling surround channels. I am struggling on the LCR channels and could use your feedback. I was initially leaning towards in-wall speakers but I have a stud running right down the middle of the TV so that won’t work. I’m now looking at on wall speakers but struggling to find the right fit. Here is my criteria:
-Slim(ish). I don’t want 12” deep bookshelf speakers.
-On wall mount (no floor stands)
-Not an audiophile though I enjoy listening to music. Primary goal is better audio for shows and movies.
-Under $1k for all three channels
I have a Yamaha TSR-7810 receiver and a nice 12” subwoofer already. I like the look of the Bose speakers but I don’t need an entire surround-in-a box setup. I thought about a passive LCR sound bar which works aesthetically but I feel like we can probably get better quality at a lower price with separate channels.
1. In-walls for the front 3 are an absolute last resort---basically, if someone is holding a gun to your head. Dollar for dollar, a huge step down in sound quality. Also, impossible to easily change out if you get them in your room and decide you aren't crazy about them. And lastly, when you move they stay...money down the drain.
2. Physics is physics: tiny dainty little cubes like Bose will NEVER sound as good as even $100 apiece bookshelf speakers...at ANY pricepoint. Don't buy the marketing/sales BS. You want your front 3 speakers to have at least 5" woofers, or if 4" woofers than two of them not one. 4" woofers are ok for surrounds, god help you if you seriously want to enjoy music with single 4" woofers as your front L/R speakers.
3. Your room being big or small affects ONLY your subwoofer choice...be sure to include all adjacent open spaces, not just the listening area. Your actual LISTENING DISTANCE and preferred LOUDNESS levels is what determines your speaker choice.
4. There are a number of very good COMPACT bookshelf speakers that are no more than 6-7 inches deep, which can be easily wall mounted. Here are some I'd look into:
- Ascend 200SE
- RSL CG23
- NHT SuperOnes
~ Are you a "geek hobbyist" obsessed with squeezing out that last 5-10% improvement? The economy will thank you...especially the Chinese one. Or are you more of a get-set-and-forget "casual user" who simply wants to increase your enjoyment of movies, TV and gaming? Relax, HT isn't rocket science, nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg---especially if you ignore the aforementioned vocal minority. And remember to smile...it's just a silly hobby, after all. :)