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in-wall speakers for surround sound

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Nov 16, 2019
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in-wall speakers for surround sound

Hey everyone,

Renovating a small space and drywall is off. I'd like to take this opportunity to install in wall speakers. Hopefully going for a 5.1 system. Has anyone does this? Any suggestions on brand/where to buy?
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I would run only the speaker wires (14 gauge) and then feed them out from a couple of the corners.

In wall speakers do not sound as great as wall mounted speakers ... and what if you want to change your speakers? Wall mounted speakers (especially if they have a port in the back of them) can bounce off the corners of the walls for a more enveloped effect.

I fed my wires from the receiver down the sides of the fireplace into the basement and then back up to the corners of my living room ...

Mounted the smaller Klipsch R14M at the front corners above the Jamo Towers.

Mounted the larger Klipsch R51M at the back corners.

Can't see the speaker wires.

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I'm pretty set on in wall speakers for aesthetic reasons. Willing to compromise on sound quality somewhat.

Looking at a Monoprice setup:

- 2 x 6.5" in wall speakers (left/right) (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=15700)
- 2 x 6.5" in wall speaker (rears) (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=24433)
- 1 x 5.25 center speaker (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=24431)
- 1 x 10" sub (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=30487)
- 2 x 6.5" ceiling speakers (https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=24434)
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I have some Paradigm in wall speaker as well as other Paradigm speakers. I bought them at Kromer Radio in the past. I most recently bought some Paradigm speakers at Gibby's. Probably more expensive than your Monoprix setup, but you get what you pay for. My first pair of paradigm speakers I bought in the early 80s is still in use.
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batcave wrote: I have some Paradigm in wall speaker as well as other Paradigm speakers. I bought them at Kromer Radio in the past. I most recently bought some Paradigm speakers at Gibby's. Probably more expensive than your Monoprix setup, but you get what you pay for. My first pair of paradigm speakers I bought in the early 80s is still in use.
Thanks, appreciate the suggestion. Looks like there are dealers in Vancouver which is a must during the covid times.
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Sep 3, 2005
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I've got inwalls in my bedroom and at moderate volumes they bleed alot of sound into the room on the other side. They are just mounted to the drywall. If I had access before the drywall was installed and known what I know now, I would build cabinets to reduce the rear wave. The cabinet requires a specific volume of air that woofers need to sound their best. The manual might say how much volume the cabinet should have.
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Used Polk in-walls for the ceiling (Atmos height channels) in my system, which are truly excellent. Despite this I stuck with normal speakers for left, right and centre as in-walls are no match.

Warehouse deals on Amazon often seems to have a selection, and mine were still sealed. You also need in-wall rated speaker cable.

Whatever you choose, it will be far beyond TV speakers
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AndrewBond wrote: Used Polk in-walls for the ceiling (Atmos height channels) in my system, which are truly excellent. Despite this I stuck with normal speakers for left, right and centre as in-walls are no match.

Warehouse deals on Amazon often seems to have a selection, and mine were still sealed. You also need in-wall rated speaker cable.

Whatever you choose, it will be far beyond TV speakers
Realistically you don't need in-wall rated speaker cable. They aren't constantly conducing alot of power. The cables themselves aren't a threat to burn up. The value of the FT rating is that if the house was already on fire, they wouldn't be as combustible as another kind of material, but if the drywall was already on fire, I wouldn't think that would make much of a difference.

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