What do you think of in-ceiling speakers

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  1. Matthew McGuire

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    Assuming I have no other choice, what to you think of using a good set of in the ceiling speakers for my mains and my surrounds in a 5.1 setup. The ceiling is 9' and flat. My center channel would be on the TV, about 4-5 from the floor.
     
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    i personally wont consider in ceiling speakers.

    first, i couldnt install them myself.

    second, uh, why do i want to put them so high, up there??? i think that would really ruin the imaging.

    third, are there lots of choices?

    fourth, what if i want to upgrade to a bigger set of speakers, while the installed ceiling could only handle limited size speakers?
     
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    I think the in-ceiling speakers would be acceptable for surrounds.
    THX accepts surrounds facing straight up so I assume that surrounds facing straight down would be fine as well.
    The tweeter may be aiming straight down but I'll bet that wall mount speakers have omni-directional tweeters. You could then reflect or direct the tweeters to the listener position.
    I do not suggest ceiling speakers for mains. [​IMG]
     
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    I use round, in-ceiling speakers as rear channels in my set-up and they work fine. There are times where I think I'd prefer the sound coming from the sides, but if space is a concern AND you're not a perfectionist you'll be fine.

    I have B&W 8" rounds with aimable tweeters. If I were to do it again I think I'd settle with 6" rounds. NHT makes a 6" with tri-polar tweeters which you should check out.

    Hope this helps,
     
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    Don't go ceiling mount for the fronts if there is any other way. They will not be aimed correctly for anything..music or movie. They are not nearly as good as a small pair of bookshelf speakers. I have good inwalls throughout my home and they just can't match a pair of speakers in a purposely designed cabinet.

    Rears would not be any problem. The diffuse sound field would probably work for you.
     
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    I have the Polk Audio RC80i's speakers in the ceiling and they are used for my surround rear speakers. They sound great and at Brandnamez.com they are a great bargain. They have a adjustable tweeter that you can aim at the walls or the listening area. Stick with Floor or bookshelf for front speakers. Just make sure you install behind you and a little to the side of you listening area.
     

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