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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2007, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Is anyone here a home theater "Audiophile"?

Hey all,

I was interested if anyone here is a home theater nut like me. I am currently upgrading my system and am going with some in-wall Polk Audio speakers that sound amazing. They are the TC65i speakers that I have already used to replace my front left and right, and I added two to my system due to my new receiver, an Onkyo TXSR505 Dolby Digital 7.1 channel receiver. These two are the 7.1 speakers, and were installed at the back of the living room about 2-3 feet behind the optimal listening area (aka the couch). These are installed in-ceiling, pointed down.

The problem I have is with my 5.1 surround speakers. I want to eventually upgrade these speakers to in-wall speakers like the four I currently have, but the placement of them will not be symmetric which kind of bothers me. The surround left speaker's best mounting point is in my vaulted ceiling which will point down perfectly to the couch and chairs. However, the surround right speaker will have to be mounted in the ceiling like the 7.1 speakers have been mounted. I was wondering if anyone here knows if that will sound "ass-ish" and if I should consider doing something different instead with the mounting choice or speaker choice for that matter.

I know that Polk makes some speakers that can be aimed if you're willing to pay the money for it. I don't really want to go that route since I still have plenty of mods to do on my car , but yet at the same time the SuperBowl party is at my house this year and I want it to sound great. If Boston Acoustics makes some better speakers or something that I need to consider, I would love any recommendations that you know of!!


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Re: Is anyone here a home theater "Audiophile"?

I know that no one can tell if it will sound "ass-ish" without seeing the room and having a perfect vision of it.

Also, I know that in-wall speakers sound inferior to standalones, no matter how much money you spend on it. Simple physics defines that.

If you're worried about sound, as your "ass-ish" comment implied, this is my recommendation:

To be perfectly honest with you, I would opt for some Polk standalones that will work well with the Polks you already have installed in the wall. It does make a difference to have your speakers be in the same model lineup, if you will, as they are perfectly tuned to work together.. I would ask the salesman who sold you the in-walls, as to what standalones would be best for the in-wall series you've already purchased. Buy some speaker stands, as you should be willing to do if you're willing to spend the money on good Polks, and install them in the rear somehow so they're not too much of an eyesore.

I would definitely stick with the Polks though. Don't consider the Boston Acoustics, or whatever else, for aforementioned reasons. And standalones will sound much better, I can guarantee you.

Hope that helps,
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Re: Is anyone here a home theater "Audiophile"?

Thanks man - so far these in-walls blow the heck out of my previous speakers. They were older polks that were purchased about 8 years ago, stand-alone speakers, and they were highly rated and also highly on sale.

I am beginning to wonder if I do need some standalones at least for the 5.1 speakers, but my right surround speaker leaves very little option as far as to WHERE they could go - there's only about one of two places - one would require a high end, in-ceiling polk speaker with an aimable tweeter so that everything sounds good. The other one would be perfect and wouldn't require this. The center speaker I have covered - the LCiC will work even though the others are of the TC series. It sounds fantastic.

Polks have a tendency to be a little low on the bass, and from what I've experienced with my standalone Polks, I tend to agree. The ones that are installed in the wall have so far given me incredible bass by comparison to the old ones, with still a HUGE amount of differentiation difference in the mids and highs.

If someone knows about how much angles affect mounting (ala if you've done it already or know someone), please let me know!


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As far as mounting one speaker, I'm sure you could just get a speaker mount that you can adjust to your liking.

However, if you're looking for a good-sounding speaker with an "aimable" tweeter, you will find it to be a quest for the holy grail. Speakers are designed one of two ways:

1) to appeal to consumers who want a cheap home theater to make their ignorant friends drool over. These you can buy at Wal-Mart in a box.
2) to appeal to consumers with a refined ear and want an excellent sounding pair of speakers.

Obviously, you want something in number two. Speakers in this tier are designed by laws of physics to sound good based on their design. Every little detail matters to the quality of sound, from the speaker being mounted flush with the front panel to the amount of space between the bottom of the speaker and the surface you're putting it on. If you change the direction of the tweeter, you compromise all the research and development going into the design of that speaker, and might as well go with a POS Bose.

Angles shouldn't affect mounting as long as you have the appropriate ceiling/wall bracket. But it will affect the sound, and I'd say in your case, I would avoid the in-ceiling mount because it will probably sound like crap.

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