Originally Posted by JoJoDaClown /forum/post/12827422
NOT IN-CEILING, but speakers that are mounted to the ceiling. My basement will have a lot of people moving about, and a dog and cat running around, and eventually kids. I want the speakers up. I have enough room that ceiling mounted speakers will be fine when I aim them towards the sweet spot.
So, back to my question: What ceiling mounted speakers should I get. They have to be something that either already has mounts or can be mounted with mounts. Obviously not something huge, but not teeny.
I know what I'm going for, so please don't try to redirect me.
By all means.... please pardon my ignorance and mis reading of your original question.
But in an effort to once again answer your questions....
First of all, as to people, pets and kids.... it's called TRAINING. About 10 minutes with the water squirt bottle, and our cat never goes near our speakers. Same with our 80# Chocolate Lab.... although, it took a bit more patience, he KNOWS never to go near the gear or he is in big trouble. As for my two kids and guests.... learn to say NO. My kids know their LIFE is in mortal danger if they mess with the HT gear. They have their own gear but, the HT gear is off limits. With over $15K invested in speakers, separate amps, pre-amps, video and source gear, until they are old enough to KNOW how to operate everything correctly, they are not to touch.
But, I digress.... I'm not supposed to "redirect." Pardon me once again.
You know, there is a reason every single HT speaker set up guide you read be it from Dolby, THX, speaker manufacturers, general set up guides or whatever.... without fail.... always
recommend that in the front sound stage (L,C,R speakers), the tweeter be placed as close to ear level as possible.
If you want the system to sound half way decent.... the L, C, R speakers should be firing right at you in the same plane to create a "realistic" front sound stage where 80 to 90 percent of your sound is coming from. It's fine to mount surrounds high and point them down because so little information is generally recorded in the surround channels that it won't really matter all that much. In fact, Dolby actually recommends that side surrounds in a 7.1 system be mounted 2 to 3 feet above the listening position.
Sorry.... enough of me trying to convince you that simply mounting speakers ON the ceiling and "pointing" them at the listening position will not only be distracting because cars, planes, voices or anything else normally in front of you as the action is happening on the screen is now coming from above you (and believe me, you WILL notice the distraction), but room boundry reflections (again, making an assumption that the speakers will not only be near the ceiling, but also walls or gosh forbid.... corners as well) will further degrade sound quality.
Dang it.... I did it again.
Oh, snap.... I give up. I can't in good conscious recommend anything ON ceiling mounted that's going to sound good. (IMHO of course) Unless, like I mentioned earlier something from TRIAD who is going to custom design something for your particular room and possibly something from Sonance. But, those are out of the budget design.
I would just go with SVS, HSU, HTD, Aperion Audio, Ascend, Axiom, AV123, Polk, JBL, or whatever fits the budget and be done with it. All are well respected brands and with the ID brands especially.... have great customer service.
Good luck in your project....