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Discussion in 'Speakers' started by CalvinCarr, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. CalvinCarr

    CalvinCarr Supporting Actor

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    Here's the deal. My wife approved the Sony 60XBR950 LCD but she wants new speakers to go with it. Right now I'm rockin an older Sony STR545 with plans to upgrade to a new reciever in the 4K price range next year but only if I don't have to get a Bose system for her. My brother has one and she likes the way it sounds and looks. So with that in mind what should WE (her)go audition to make HER (me) happy?
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    You might check out some of the better looking bookshelf/sattelite speakers systems. I assume that she likes the small size of the cubes.

    What is your budget? If you a going for a $4K receiver, I’m guessing that your speaker budget is pretty substantial also.

    ACI makes beautiful wood cabinets in a wide choice of finishes and they are also top-notch in the sound department. You should check out Rockets (either the ELT system or their bookshelf offerings). Not so many finishes as ACI, but equally fine cabinetwork. And great sound.

    AV123’s Reference series really ought to please your wife. Their monitors are not exactly cheap, but they look stunning and sound even better.

    Get back with that budget and we should have some more suggestions.
     
  3. CalvinCarr

    CalvinCarr Supporting Actor

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    I was looking around 4k for the speakers also. I have bookshelves for the rear now and she hates stands. She really wants in the cieling or in walls.[​IMG]
     
  4. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Calvin, in your price range I would highly recommend checking out ACI.

    Their semi-custom models are designed for custom 'in-wall' or 'i'-cabinet' installation. Check out some of these installations here.

    If you are not familiar with ACI, they have been in business for almost 30 years and have been selling direct the entire time. They have an outstanding reputation for sound, cabinet quality and customer service. If your wife does not like these, she has a very high standard indeed.
     
  5. BobAlbano

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    I agree with Lew here...

    I would contact Mike D over at ACI as his products and service are first class...[​IMG]
     
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    Take a look at the B&W FPM series. I have yet to hear them, but am a fan of B&W in general. The FPM series are flat speakers made to look good with plasma and lcd screens. They're expensive, but I believe in your price range and even though I haven't heard them I'll go ahead and assure you that they will sound better than the bose!
     
  7. CalvinCarr

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    For the in cielings do they come with some kind of backing enclosure?
     
  8. Philip>L

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    You should also check out Thiel's inwall and Powerpoint speakers...
     
  9. Andrew*L

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    Many speaker companies now offer in-wall / in-ceiling speakers, along with their regular lines. I've heard speakers from the following two companies and liked them very much, but I have not heard their in-wall / in-ceiling products:

    Linn Inwall Speakers

    JMLab Inwall Speakers

    JMLab Satellite Systems

    All the listed companies have distributors in the the States, so I would would highly recommend listening to them before buying. Good luck with your purchase.
     
  10. Drew_W

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    Grab your Sound and Vision from a few months a go that had ON-WALL speakers. That should give you some sense of options, since this seems to be an increasing trend.

    You could also look the article up online I believe, it was the cover feature.
     
  11. PaulDA

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    Boston Acoustics also makes a line of in-wall, in-ceiling speakers. My dealer has them setup in a room with a large 120" screen and they sound pretty good. Not as nice as the VR-M90s he has in the same room, but still quite good (and invisible).
     
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    Vienna Acoustics (flash site) makes some pretty nice on-wall speakers - Berg, Webern and Schonberg(?). Give them a listen.
     
  13. CalvinCarr

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    If I get an entertainmet center would it be o.k. to mount in wall speakers into the book shelves and cover the doors with grill cloth?
     
  14. JamieS

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    If you could stretch the 4K speaker biudget up a bit (maybe take a little from the receiver/amp budget by getting a used amp?) you could probaly get 5 Thiel Powerpoints or Powerpain that would be practically invisible (even less so than the bOSE) AND from all accounts would sound amazing (does that 4k include the sub? if so I just blew your budget all to heck[​IMG] ).

    http://www.thielaudio.com/THIEL_Web/...rpt_plnws.html
     
  15. CalvinCarr

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    It says the flagship model is 13k?
     
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    I believe the flagship they refer to is a floorstander.
     
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    I would shy away from the in wall but Magnepan's onwall speakers could be an excellent option. For a more furniture look either Onix Reference or Rockets or offerings from ACI or Odyssey may appeal to her.
     

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