Lounge tart up.....PT-1
Well I have started to completely re do our lounge, thought about the best way to go with this regards speakers Tv etc, so decided to go with in-walls
Floorstaders would have been nice but to big really, stand mounts again with stands not really an option, so went with in-walls. With in-walls it is a complete lottery as to which ones to go with, with so many makes and price ranges it can be very overwhelming, even more so when you can not dem any well not unless you are spending alot of money, so after some researching and trying to find reviews it was a case of going with a well known name, I decided to go with Monitor Audio and even then I still could dicide which models to go for, what I did find and is a good tip for any one who is considering in-walls choose a model you think will give you the sound/bass and quality you need, but then compare the other models as well, I found that spending say £200 per speaker it is easy then to look at another model very similar which is £275 but the difference is may be 10-watts more, It is a bit like on these very forums many people ask what is the difference between say the Pioneer LX-85 & 86 not a lot really maybe a couple of extras that are not that important but costs say £500 more, so when looking at in-walls try to pick one make and then decide which model will serve you well for your room, also there is a concern about which type of in-wall sealed [sealed with an enclosure on the back] or open [drivers exposed] well most good quality in-walls come with a back box [a box custom made box which fits between the joists with a cut out for the speaker] I think if buying a sealed in-wall then as long as the prep work work loist fixings are good you will be fine, but with open back speakers or even sealed ones come to that spend a little time to reinforce and line the joists the best you can, for example depending on the size of speaker of course and you can not buy a back box [and they can be a lot of money] alow a little more distance between the joists then make a box or line the joists with a thick MDF, personally I would make a box drill glue screw, some in-walls come a template for the hole so this makes life a little easier but take your time, AND very importantly make sure you leave enough of a flange around the box for the fixing tabs to grab hold of [ I have seen this happen] fix the box to the joists securley and away you go, another thing to bare in mind to, is what finnish do I want on the front, most in-stalls are finished with plaster-board over the top of the box and decorated, but some I have seen have been finished with a gloss slab [white/black] sort of thing you see on kitchens MDF and this looks very nice, again remember if you double up on the front ie plaster board then another finish on top you will start to restrict the distance from front to back, so you might find the fixing tabs do not open that wide, however I have found most good in-walls give a good gap for fixing.
Crikey have I really waffled on that much, so sorry I felt that alot of questions that are asked regarding home-cinema in-stalls etc especailly us mear mortals who can not afford dedicated £100,000,000 cinema rooms need as much help and guidence as poss, and I would point out now that I am not in any way or form an expert, these are my own opinions and observations that I have picked up along the way, with a little time effort and not alot of money you can have a really nice set up be it in-walls or otherwise I would like to think I am an Ok DIYer I have done it for over 35-years. Anyway some pictures
errrrmmm I have just realised... which is the best way to upload images I have flicr, will this work?? I assumed there was a browse option sorry