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ceiling speakers... what quality is necessary?

by cardvol / January 1, 2007 6:00 AM PST

i am installing in-ceiling speakers in most rooms in my new house. they will be used for background music (parties, etc) and will be listened to at moderate volume levels but never loud. i am more than willing to pay for quality, but have been told that going all-out on ceiling speakers used for this purpose would be a waste.

1. is that true?
2. any reccomendations on brand, model, approx. cost i should spend to avoid poor performance?
3. will builder-grade speaker wire dramatically impact performance?

thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

cardvol

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NEW HOUSE NOW IS THE TIME FOR A EXPERT
by stewart norrie / January 1, 2007 7:41 AM PST

how to make your house go up in value Hire an expert and do the job rite. An expert will install all the wiring and pick out the proper componits for you and wire it up properly Also have them install a nice home theater system for you. this will increase the value of your homeDONT DO IT YOURSELF steweee

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Niles
by jostenmeat / January 1, 2007 7:46 AM PST

Check out Niles speakers. My friend has them in the ceiling, and one can tell that they are quality. You will be able to angle the tweeters toward the listener if you wish.

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Ceiling Speakers
by gadgetlvr / January 1, 2007 11:01 AM PST

I have paradigm and they're okay. I'll upgrade to Atlantic technologies eventually- great sound and they have a wider range. You don't have to be standing underneath to hear them well.

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What I have
by HTHMAN / January 1, 2007 11:31 AM PST

My house came with ceiling speakers installed in 3 rooms with what appeared to be about 14G wires but without any sound source. I too just wanted them as backround music as I already have quality components. I picked up a 2 channel receiver on clearance at Radio Shack and a cheap 5-disk CD changer. I never pulled the speaker to check the brand. but am sure they are just builders grade speakers. They do not compare with my system speakers, but for backround, they are quite pleasant. Because of the large enclosure, there is decent base, but not a lot of high end.

Ceiling placement would never do as a serious sound system no matter how good the speakers. I would not put a bunch of money in them if you intend to use as backround. At Christmas. I just stuck in 5 Christmas CDs, hit ramdom play and let it go. You want backround music to be soft enough so you can still talk. No one will be critical of the sound.

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automation system, decent set of 5 channel speakers, tv...
by cardvol / January 3, 2007 12:06 AM PST
In reply to: What I have

thx all.. will look into these speakers. i noticed yesterday the builder has already installed bose speakers (yuk) in ceiling in bedroom and sitting room couple other things...

every room has been prewired for cat5 and coax all run to the same closet the speaker wire has been routed to. i am toying with the idea of installing a control4 automation system to control all a/v, thermostats, lighting, secutiry, etc.

i will have two main rooms for tv, living and bonus. both rooms are already wired for surround and routed to the same media closet above.

i have the following equip already:

yamaha rxv995 receiver
definitive tech procinema 100 satellites (x 4)
def tech center ch and 10" sub

i need the following:

1. above average 5 channel speakers for living room (moderately priced) this room is two stories if that matters. the builder has already installed an in-wall bose (yuk again) sub in this room

2. a tv for the bonus/home theater room. leaning 50'+ plasma 1080p but havent ruled out 60"+ dlp projection 1080p

any input??

thanks,
captain noob

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