Sum that up with two words...the room. In walls could be both good or bad depending on the room (acoustics, size, etc.). I am not an expert in this area so someone else should chime in. I do know that having the room treated acoustically really helps, but it is kinda spendy. I guess grab an SPL meter and experiment. If the dealers will let you borrow speakers (some will some wont, the ones near my home let you borrow speakers to test in your own home) then test em out. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.