Can high quality in-ceiling speakers such as Speakercraft AIM or Paradigm Signature SIG-1.5R-30 give you the quality of sound of a good floorstander?
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I don't see why not. A lot might depend on the ceiling construction though.
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Depends on the floorstanding speakers. The Paradigms are exceptional and in the correct room/ceiling with a good sub will give a very high level of perfromance.
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Position wise I think I’d struggle to live with ceiling speakers for stereo regardless, in wall is a different matter. There should be too much of a reason why they can compete, that said the question is really do they exist? There are some larger in wall HT speakers but less aimed at the consumer Hi-Fi market. I think there is more choice of in-wall speakers that can realistically compete with good stand mounts, the PMC Wafer series come to min which are similar to the ‘I’ series. The transmission line is just configured a different route to accommodate the shape although I’m not sure how the baffle changes things. It should be noted though PMC haven’t update the tweeter used in the current version and I think is the same as ‘+’ series.
I love how some people just say no without ever having listened to the alternative. I recently replaced Monitor Audio Apex rear speakers for in wall speakers that fit flush to the wall. I was expecting a drop in quality but I had no choice. They are actually a decent improvement! Now this will mainly be because they are a bigger unit but I was still surprised. Floorstanders of good quality will be tough to beat and for equivalent cost it's doubtful. However, I'm sure there is an option out there.
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I have just realised I have been reading your user name as Gerrads a snail, rather than Gerrad as nails
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"A music lover will stop what he's doing and stay glued to a favorite piece of music even if it's coming over a 3" speaker or a public-address system..." - Ken Rockwell
it is in-ceiling I am looking at so are Speakercraft or Paradym?
Or, Gerrard as nails.
Can anyone recommend a ceiling speaker expert who I can talk to and then maybe hear some options as there do not seem to be many places where they demo.
I have thought a few times that in-ceiling speakers can sound nice when visiting cafes. - There is more to music reproduction than just a perfect stereo image.
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