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BillT
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In-wall speakers

I would like to add a (critical listening level) pair of in-wall speakers to my system. The system is not really high end but it is all I can afford at this time. I have a 125 watt Yamaha integrated amp and 6 pairs of in-wall/ceiling speakers and a sub woofer on the first floor. I have 5 pairs of Klipsch speakers that do what I expected them to do but I have one room where I installed a pair of Polk speakers that seem to lack depth and base. I would like to replace this pair with something a little higher end ($1,500.00 max) and use this as a dedicated listening room. Does anybody have any advice regarding decent in-wall speakers. My listening is eclectic: My Sony carousel has Chopin's Nocturnes, Bob Dylan's Modern Times, and Diana Krall right along side of each other. I would appreciate any advice on this matter because all of the research I have done has not given me the confidence to make a decision. Thanks, Bill

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Re: In-wall speakers

Somebody please correct me if I am wrong, but in general,

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Re: In-wall speakers

I second wkhanna's sentiments vis-a-vis audio quality, but suggest additionally having a look at Paradigm's range of in-walls.

Cheers,

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Re: In-wall speakers

Well, normally I also think in wall speakers don't really fit with quality either but...

"At CEDIA Expo in Denver last week, high-end audio vendor Meridian announced and demonstrated a new line of in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeakers, designed to allow high-end home theater customers to make their speakers invisible without sacrificing performance.

The active (powered) in-wall speakers featured were the model 350i ($14,000/pair as configured, available now). These were mated with Meridian's upcoming in-wall subwoofers ($TBD) to produce a full-range stealth multi-channel surround system for environments where visible speaker cabinets just won't do. Meridian has been perfecting in-wall and in-ceiling speaker designs for years and feels that with their new 200-series (in-ceiling) and 300-series (in-wall), they finally arrived at the point where flush mounted speakers can perform admirably against their free-standing peers."

Heheh- Oh, you said less than 2k or something? Well, a friend got his son some pretty decent in-wall recently and they don't sound half bad. I'll ask him what they were and get back to you. Still, those Meridian's sound pretty nice...

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Check this article out...
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0MOR/is_3_13/ai_101010022

Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but if you type in "in-wall speakers, high-end" in Google you'll get numerous useful links, reviews, and probably other Forums with your same question. Discussion forums are great, but IMO it helps if you come with a basic understanding of what's out there before you ask your question. In fact, after some basic research you might come with a different question altogether!

As to your setup- maybe you really love the in-wall idea, but for the same budget I'd seriously consider going on Audiogon and setting up a new stand alone two channel system, rather than adding to what sounds to be a pretty overloaded system already. Plus you'd get better sound from something like that Oppo DVD/CD everyone is talking about than your carousel, and maybe a simpler amp like a NAD integrated would be more refined than the receiver you're using. My 2 cents...

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