New system reccomendations needed

Discussion in 'Speakers & Subwoofers' started by jackNi, Jun 17, 2006.

  1. jackNi

    jackNi Auditioning

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    I had Bose lifesytle 28 in my old house and I was very lucky that I was able to sell the house with the Bose system without any loss vs my buying price. I decided that I will definitely not buy another Bose.
    Now my question is this, since our house is being built now, for the living room I have the opportunity to lay the speaker/power cables behind the walls. For the appearance, I was thinking to use in-wall speakers. I have never considered in-wall speakers before, so I have no idea if they are good or not.
    Can any of you experienced guys/ladies give me your ideas, if it is logical to go on with an inwall speaker 7.1 surround system.
    If yes, can you tell me if you were me with a budget of 1000 or max 1500 what brands/models you would buy?

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  2. James Edward

    James Edward Supporting Actor

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    I install in-wall speakers almost daily, and the price/performance ratio really stinks. They never sound as good as decent box speakers, and are much more prone to bleed-through to the next room(obviously).
    If I were you, I'd have 2 sets of wires run- one set for possible in-wall installation, and another for box speakers up front.
    However, I LOVE using ceiling or wall speakers for the surrounds. They add a great spatial quality that doesn't happen at ear level. If at all possible, use box speakers for the fronts and center, and ceiling or wall for the surrounds.
     
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    Thats great info for all you DIY folks to have about the bleed through and also the sound just not as good. I think you can get up into the 1K range for front R/L only and still not sound as good as say a $500 set of Rockets or Axioms from the net.
    The dual wire thing is a great idea too. Hide the box wires under the moulding or carpet at the wall.
     
  4. Ryan Schnacke

    Ryan Schnacke Supporting Actor

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    It would seem reasonable to use in-wall insulation to reduce bleed through problems.

    There is one exception where an in-wall/in-ceiling speaker is absolutely the very best in sound quality, SPL and cost-effectiveness. This is the case of your subwoofer. Consider building your subwoofer so its at the boundary between your living room and some adjacent space. Mine is in a hidden manifold so that my entire attic forms the "enclosure". A basic setup would cost ~$400 for 2 15 inch woofers and a plate amplifier plus maybe $50 in building materials. You'd have a virtually invisible subwoofer that would outperform any ready-made subwoofer under $1000.

    Go to http://ibsubwoofers.proboards51.com/ for more info.
     
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    I am also building this year. We are considering using these speakers in our living room: http://www.stealthacoustics.com/index.html My wife doesn't like the look of speakers, so these will do the job nicely. In our theater though we will still use the JBLs.
     

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