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Old 10-17-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Just a quick question. Do any of you guys use the "in wall" mounted speakers for your home audio? Do you use the in floor sub-woofer? The Polk-Audio speakers seemed to get good reviews and I was just wondering if it's worth the money to invest in such or to just stick with floor speakers? My wife and I are wanting to keep the living as clutter free as possible, but we do want to be able to use our stereo receiver.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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In-wall speakers, even good and expensive ones, sound worse than speakers in a box. In-wall suffers from unpredictable vibrations from the wall itself that distort the sound; they suffer from diffraction from the wall; they lock you in to placement; they require in-wall wiring; if they fail and the brand is not available you have difficulty replacing them.

So unless a flush appearance is a top priority, I wouldn't choose them.

As for in-floor subwoofers, they are more rare because almost no one is willing to cut a hole in the floor. I think they have the potential to perform reasonably well simply because the floor is more rigid than walls and bass frequencies are not hurt by diffraction like high frequencies are.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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As far as the ones I was looking at you can find them here.

It is something to consider in regards to the wall vibration and distortion. Of course, if I mount external speakers (we're pretty much set that we don't want floor speakers taking up room) we're still going to want to hide the speaker wire. I do want quality sound, but I'm not into the top notch quality - but a clean, no clutter appearance is necessary for us.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I would choose on-wall speakers over in-wall. On-wall includes the better soundbars, both powered and passive.

A good example is the Paradigm Millenia series.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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In-wall speakers, even good and expensive ones, sound worse than speakers in a box. In-wall suffers from unpredictable vibrations from the wall itself that distort the sound; they suffer from diffraction from the wall; they lock you in to placement; they require in-wall wiring; if they fail and the brand is not available you have difficulty replacing them.

So unless a flush appearance is a top priority, I wouldn't choose them.

As for in-floor subwoofers, they are more rare because almost no one is willing to cut a hole in the floor. I think they have the potential to perform reasonably well simply because the floor is more rigid than walls and bass frequencies are not hurt by diffraction like high frequencies are.
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I would choose on-wall speakers over in-wall. On-wall includes the better soundbars, both powered and passive.

A good example is the Paradigm Millenia series.
This^^.

Flush mounted speakers are always a compromise over similarly priced freestanding speakers. There are too many variables inside a wall or ceiling that will negatively affect a flush mounted speaker's performance.

I've never been a fan of floor mounted subs. Too many restrictions. If someone wants good (not audiophile) sound in a room, there is usually a way to place a sub so that it works well, and isn't a huge visual distraction. But I have worked with people who were unwilling to accept any intrusion into their decor, including flush mounted speakers, so they went without. So be it.

OP-Bigger is generally better when it comes to speakers, all things being equal. So putting tiny cubes on a wall isn't necessarily an improvement over a speaker like the one you linked to.
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