Originally Posted by sj0123
First timer with media room setup.
Need help in deciding between inwall vs floor standing speakers
Two toddlers at home, and so wife says inwall, whereas I prefer tower speakers
My installer has suggested the following options. Please share your experiences with any of these speaker packages.
Inwall : KEF CI4100 QL
I am hoping that being THX certified- this is kind of comparable to floor standing ones.
Tower: Klipsch 8000F, Martin Logan 40i or KEF Q750
A THIRD option, which would be equally child-proof but provide much better performance than in-walls, would be WALL-MOUNTED bookshelf speakers. These will cost less than towers, but when paired with a strong subwoofer, sound equally or (more likely) better than towers alone. Subwoofers are fairly child-proof...if you want an extra measure of child-proofness for a sub, just get a downfiring one.
If you have tools and rudimentary skills, you can actually install on-wall bookshelves yourself and skip the substantial cost of paying to have your walls cut for in-walls. Two other huge advantages of wall-mounted bookshelves are, much easier to return the speakers if you don't like how they sound, and when you move you can easily take them with you instead of leaving them behind (unless you want to patch big holes in your walls).
A compromise with the wife would be to use wall-mounted bookshelves for the critical front 3 (which do 85-90% of the output) and in-walls for the surrounds.
Good compact wall-mounted bookshelves should run no more than $100-200 apiece. Examples:
- Ascend 200SE
- NHT SuperOne 2.1
- RSL CG23 (free return shipping on these)
A strong sub starts at about $600...how much of a sub you need will depend on the total CONTIGUOUS cubic feet of the whole space including all adjacent open areas not just your listening area.
PS. In general, pay an installer for LABOR ONLY, and order speakers yourself. If your installer refuses to do that, find one that will...it's not hard. One reason installers love to recommend in-walls is that it ropes you into paying for their hefty labor charges.