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Which speaker do you prefer? Please keep in mind price, size/aesthetics (discrete, small size, thin

  • Niles CM4PR

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  • Definitive Technology DI 4.5R

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  • Polk 500-LS

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  • Monitor Audio CWT-140

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  • Yamaha NS-IC400

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  • Jamo IC 206 FG

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  • Jamo IC 206 LCR FG

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I'm hoping some folks can recommend in-ceiling speakers that are less than ~7" in diameter grill. The wife would like something as discrete as possible and I'm hoping for decent sound even though I'm limited to around 7" or less. I would like to spend around $300 or less--willing to go a bit higher but only if I see the added value. My needs:
  • 5.1 set up in living room
  • 2.0 in office
  • 2.0 in master bedroom
  • 2.0 in master bath (one in shower and one outside of shower; none of the speakers below are specified for moisture/outdoor use--still haven't researched shower speakers but if anyone has any suggestions, by all means!)
  • 2.0 in laundry/powder (both are really small rooms that are near each other so one channel in each room)
  • 2.0 in garage (plan to reuse some old 8" driver Sonance)
  • 4.0 outside (2.0 on roof deck and 2.0 for patio area--still haven't researched outdoor speakers so if anyone has any suggestions, by all means!)


Below are some that I found so far. I'm leaning towards Polk 500-LS because they seems to have the best specs/price. The Niles is really interesting due to sheer size. The Polk SC50 is nicely priced with good specs but the thick bezel is a turnoff. I'm impressed with the new Jamo's and how they squeezed a 6.5 driver in under 8" exterior diameter. I like the KEF and Paradigm but the brand label on the grill is a turnoff.

Niles CM4PR

Around $225 w/ 4-5/8" diameter grill

3.5" driver w/ enclosure

70Hz - 21kHz

25 - 100 watts

Definitive Technology DI 4.5R

Around $220 w/ 5-3/8" diameter grill

4.5" driver

35 Hz - 30 kHz

88 dB sensitivity

10 - 150 watts

Polk 500-LS

Around $300 w/ 7-3/4" diameter (a bit too big)

5" driver w/ enclosure

35Hz-33kHz

89 dB sensitivity

10 - 125 watts

Polk SC50

Around $100 w/ 7-1/4" diameter

5" driver

50Hz - 20kHz

88 dB sensitivity

20 - 100 watts

I don't really like the thicker bezel around the grill but it is cheap.

Monitor Audio CWT-140

Around $150 w/ 7-1/8” diameter

4" driver

75Hz - 30kHz

85 dB sensitivity

10 - 50 watts

Yamaha NS-IC400

Around $150 w/ 5-7/8”diameter

4" driver

95 Hz - 40 kHz

85 dB sensitivity

30 - 90 watts

Speakercraft CRS3

Around $135 w/ 5-1/8" diameter

3" driver

80Hz - 16kHz

86dB sensitivity

40 watts

Jamo IC 206 FG (2-way)

Around $225 w/ 7.9" diameter

6.5" driver

68Hz - 21kHz

55 - 110 watts

Jamo IC 206 LCR FG (3-way)

Around $350 w/ 7.9" diameter

6.5" driver

68Hz - 21kHz

55 - 110 watts

Sonance VP45R

Around $250 w/ 6-7/8" diameter

4.5" driver

58Hz - 20kHz

90 dB sensitivity

5 - 70 watts


EDIT:

A few more that I will not be able to add to the poll:

KEF Ci130QR

Around $130 w/ 7.6" diameter

5 1/4" driver

45Hz - 34kHz

87 dB sensitivity

10-100W

Paradigm AMS-100R

Around $150 w/ 7.7" diameter

6.5" driver

75 Hz - 22 kHz

89 dB sensitivity

15 - 100 watts
 

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What did you end up getting?
I bought a pair of each speaker and just ran through them playing different tunes. I ended up liking the Niles CM4PR the best. I thought for the size and how discrete they are, they put out pretty good tunes. The wave enclosure enhances the sound and makes the bass boomier (although a bit muddled). I'm not an audiophile by any means but I think these speakers will be just fine for ambient music scattered around my house. I have them installed but haven't had much of a chance to full set up my whole house audio.

Niles CM4PR
http://www.nilesaudio.com/product.p...dspeakers&categoryID=Speakers&prdcdID=FG01666
 
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