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My wife and I are remodeling our home and as such, she wants zero wires and speakers. I thought it would be a good opportunity to have the house pre-wired, moving to a in-wall setup using Monoprice speakers. I've seen plenty of good reviews in that thread, but I'm concerned about the level of drop-off moving from an expensive set of speakers to what amounts to a $400-$500 set.


In addition to her distaste for wires and speakers, she's not found of listening at any loud volume. This often mitigates some of the advantages of my Def Tech's.


I'm ready for some disappointment, but what are my options? I'm open to perhaps upgrading down the road, but is it even possible to get a great sounding setup that's close to on par with a good Mythos set?


BTW, I'll be using my Def Tech Super Cube as my subwoofer.


While our home is being remodeled, we'v moved and I've been using Paradigm CT90's. They were perfectly fine in our bedroom, but terribly tinny and small sounding in a large living room. This is what I fear will happen with the Monoprice in-wall set.


Anyone move from full sized speakers to in-walls and what's been your experience?
 

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You can get fantastic in-walls from some highly regarded companies. Paradigm, Triad, etc.


Will your wife ever let you listen to music/movie by yourself? Will she ever leave the house for wine with her friends, or for her volunteer work for the local symphony, and allow you to invite your brother and friends over for a movie night?


Also, keep in mind that when women don't like the loud volumes, it's not always because they're being "girlie" and "wimpy." Often times it's simply because they have better taste and are more discerning. Women tend to have better hearing than men. Most people's systems have lots of distortion at high volumes. The speakers aren't sensitive enough at all frequencies to be cranked up when only fed 120 watts-- they'd need 400 watts to not clip the amp, etc. When you're more sensitive to distortion, the odd-order harmonics become like fingernails on chalkboards. When the system has effortless dynamics, you'll hear about guys cranking it up without realizing how loud it was, until look on a meter.


If you take your wife to a movie that has a well-regarded sound system (like one of the good IMAX theaters (some are crappy upgraded theaters)), or a good live concert, or orchestra, and she enjoys that, then it's the setup that's at fault, not her tastes.
 

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Originally Posted by cmeinck /forum/post/20859297


but I'm concerned about the level of drop-off moving from an expensive set of speakers to what amounts to a $400-$500 set.

So get in-walls for WAF but don't compromise on quality.

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You can get fantastic in-walls from some highly regarded companies. Paradigm, Triad, etc.

Exactly, +1


Even use "but I've agreed to get rid of my great speakers for in-walls" as an argument to get really high quality.
 

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Why so low a budget, for in-wall speakers?

My plan is to outfit the entire house with speakers with multiple Sonos hookups. Remodel is already over budget, but figured that if in-wall sizes are standard, then perhaps I could upgrade my main surround system down the road. Goal is to get a good functioning system throughout the house and have options to upgrade should the Monoprice speakers fall way short of what we've been enjoying with the Mythos.


I am planning to sell off my Def Techs, so that could increase my budget.
 

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I'm ready for some disappointment, but what are my options?

Two words: Man Cave. Start your remodeling in the basement, with sound-proofing the ceiling the first order of business.
 
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