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In-wall vs On-wall for surround and rear speakers

I'm doing some upgrades to my dedicated home theater and one change is I want to make the surround speakers in-wall since they get in the way a bit walking in the room due to where the walking path is. While I'm at it, I'm debating also making the rear speakers in-wall for consistency. Right now my surrounds are Paradigm Atoms and the surrounds are Paradigm ADP-170. If I go in-wall, I plan on a speaker that has an enclosure, or building a backer box since it is important I don't have a lot of sound leakage.

My question is, are in-wall speakers inherently worse performers for a given price point? If I don't need to, should I keep the ADP-170 for rears and just do in-wall for the surround?

Home Theater: Marantz SR6012, Fronts: Paradigm Titans, Sides: Paradigm Atoms, Surrounds: Paradigm ADP-170, Sub: RBH I-12
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I wouldn't say worse, but they might be more susceptible to room gain which may or may not be useful. But given that you're using them for surrounds, you probably wouldn't notice it too much. I'd personally just do the in walls for surrounds, but that's just me. Curious what others have to say.

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In wall speakers definitely have some sound quality advantages over box speakers mounted on or near a wall. When you factor in the improved aesthetics you get with in walls, its a win win. As you said, backer boxes will be needed to control sound leakage.
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Is there a rule of thumb as to how much volume to make the backer box with?

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Is there a rule of thumb as to how much volume to make the backer box with?
I would check with the manufacturer, there is more to it than to just build a simple back box
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