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Considering Speaker Kits

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by KenLars, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. KenLars

    KenLars Auditioning

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    I'm looking for a HT/audio design speaker to go on the wall (not within a couple of feet but on it) and wanted to stay within $1000/pair. There are lots of speaker designs that are good within a couple feet of a wall but not so many meant to go right up against one. I also don't want to buy some software and components and figure out a design. I want either finished speakers or a very complete kit so I just do the woodwork. I'm seriously looking at the North Creek MTM Okara II-C upgrade speakers and the North Thunder Subwoofer. There aren't so many up against the wall speaker kits (that I've found anyway) but there's probably a lot more choices of subs that would do a good job. What do you think?

    I also looked hard at the BESL Series 2.5 LCR speakers as they look great and seem to fit the bill and the builder has a good rep....but I think that they just blow my budget too much. Sigh...

    I would post links to make it easy to look but this site won't allow me to do that because I don't have 15 posts.
     
  2. KenLars

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    Anyone have any thoughts?
     
  3. Jason Dalton

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    Well, I haven't heard either of the speakers you mentioned, but I don't think you could go wrong with either one.

    Have you considered inwalls?
     
  4. KenLars

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    I've thought about inwalls but not too seriously...there's just not a lot of flexibility with them...not that you CAN'T repair walls and put a new hole somewhere else if the placement isn't what you wanted/change your mind...but it's not easy to do either like moving a speaker off this shelf and onto the next one.
     
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    Well, I doubt you'll find a speaker that performs excellently against a wall but you may find some that peform acceptably against a wall. I'd concentrate on sealed or front ported designs and just find a pair you like or that are rated well if you trust that.

    If it is mostly home theater then it won't make a ton of difference, if it's critical music listening you are mostly concerned about then you'll have to make sacrifices.
     
  6. KenLars

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    It's hard to say how much or if I'll lose by the speakers being against the wall since these speakers (and I'm sure some others that I didn't find) were designed with that in mind. I guess there's always trades to be made but these speakers will be primarily for HT. Since these guys - North Creek and BESL - are both kit makers, I was hoping that someone had made a kit by them...even if they hadn't made the exact same speakers. I did find the LDSG site and they recommended both of these makers.
     
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    Well, they are not a kit but the ACI emerald on-walls are in your price range and I think they are exactly what you are looking for. I've heard the normal emeralds and they are incredible. I understand that the on-wall versions give up little.

    http://www.audioc.com/speakers1/emer...emeraldonw.htm
     
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    North Creek certainly designs some nice speakers.

    There's no magic to having speakers near to or in-wall. The only thing necessary is to have little or no baffle step compensation in the crossover. Note that virtually any speaker can be modified to function this way.
     

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