1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

Home Theater Speaker Comparison Question

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by BeezleBub_Ross, May 16, 2019.

  1. BeezleBub_Ross

    BeezleBub_Ross Auditioning

    Joined:
    May 16, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
    I am currently getting estimates on ceiling speaker installs and didn’t know if anyone had any input on the differences between these 3 types:

    Klipsch CS-16C-II 6.5” in-ceiling
    Episode 350 Series in-ceiling 6.5”
    TruAudio REV6P Revolve series 6.5”

    Honestly, I don’t know much about this, and my internet searches have proved confusing. Thanks all
     
  2. JohnRice

    JohnRice Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2000
    Messages:
    10,763
    Likes Received:
    1,135
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    A Mile High
    Real Name:
    John
    I have a question in return. What will you be using the in-ceiling speakers for?
     
  3. BeezleBub_Ross

    BeezleBub_Ross Auditioning

    Joined:
    May 16, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
    I have a loft in my home that I’m converting into a modest home theater. So it’ll mainly be for movies and video game sessions.
     
  4. JohnRice

    JohnRice Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2000
    Messages:
    10,763
    Likes Received:
    1,135
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    A Mile High
    Real Name:
    John
    Well, my response is, don't ever use in-ceiling speakers for a home theater. Maybe for the surround speakers, if you absolutely must, but never for the front. There are much better options. Speakers on shelves, or in-wall instead, but never in the ceiling.
     
  5. BeezleBub_Ross

    BeezleBub_Ross Auditioning

    Joined:
    May 16, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
    Good to know. I actually have another estimate planned for today. What about hanging the fronts? Or would floor fronts be optimal? They would be up against an exterior wall, so in-wall wiring is pretty impractical. Thanks for your input, btw. :)
     
  6. Craig Chase

    Craig Chase Gear Guru

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2002
    Messages:
    1,729
    Likes Received:
    90
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Real Name:
    Craig
    Do you have a budget in mind? John Rice is right, in wall speakers are not even close to sounding as good as a box speaker, especially in dollar for dollar terms.
     
  7. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 1999
    Messages:
    6,423
    Likes Received:
    129
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Real Name:
    Wayne
    I'd certainly hang the front speakers before going with in-walls.

    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  8. Al.Anderson

    Al.Anderson Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2002
    Messages:
    2,619
    Likes Received:
    86
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Real Name:
    Al
    I agree with John, in-ceiling fronts for anything but ambient music is a bad idea. And an in-ceiling center is even worse than right/left front.

    If by hanging you mean walk mounting then that's fine, no need to go with floor standing. If by hanging you mean leaving them very high,then not ideal, but at least tilt them toward the listener. (But still better than ceiling speakers).

    If you decide that mounting bookshelf speakers isn't going to work for you, there are also on-wall speakers which fit the bill. You lose some low end, but if you're going to use a sub it'll be fine.
     
  9. JohnRice

    JohnRice Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2000
    Messages:
    10,763
    Likes Received:
    1,135
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    A Mile High
    Real Name:
    John
    I don't know what's meant by "hanging" speakers. The main idea is that the sound in the front should come from the same direction as the image. Typically speakers to the left and right of the screen, and the center either directly below or above. What you don't want is the image in front of you and the front sound coming from over your head. A lot of the time you can just install small shelves, just wide enough to hold a bookshelf speaker.
     
  10. greggor

    greggor Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 1999
    Messages:
    409
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Real Name:
    Greg
    You really want the speakers at ear level if you hang them. Sometimes the dimensions of our rooms doesn't always provide us with the best placement for speakers.

    As far as the speaker choices go I would try and demo them and purchase the speakers that sound the best to you and are with in your budget. I would never recommend purchasing a speaker without hearing it first.
     
  11. BeezleBub_Ross

    BeezleBub_Ross Auditioning

    Joined:
    May 16, 2019
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
    Thanks a ton for all your input! I've taken it into consideration and spoke with my installer. I'll be switching to floor speakers with a center on a stand in the middle at head-height or so. It bends my budget a little, but I can upgrade the speakers in the future. The kind I'll be using are Monitor Audio Bronze. I will however still be going with directional in-ceilings for the the surround due to the layout of the loft itself. Hopefully the fronts improve the space a bit. :)

    Surrounds and rear are TruAudio REV6P Revolve series 6.5”
    Sub is a JBL Studio Sub 250P

    I'm sort of piecing this along as I go as it's my first venture into home theater building. Again, I appreciate all your help and feedback! :cheers:
     
  12. Dave Moritz

    Dave Moritz Lead Actor
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2001
    Messages:
    7,369
    Likes Received:
    1,365
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    California
    Real Name:
    Dave Moritz
    Monitor Audio makes nice speakers so that is a great choice! There is another option for your surrounds that does not include hanging speakers from the wall or installing in-wall speakers. Speaker stands are very affordable and you can easily hide the wires and use banana plugs so if there is any occasion where you want the surrounds to go away it just takes a minute or two and they are gone!

    20190217_185152a. 20190225_215437a. IMG_2386a.
    IMG_2519a.
     

Share This Page