Picking the best in-wall speakers for your home can be a tricky decision to make on your own. There are quite a few considerations to keep in mind in order to profit as much as possible from your upcoming purchase. Why pick in-wall speakers, though? This type of speaker can be tucked into a wall without taking up much space. In addition, in-wall models can be part of the decoration, as you can pick a suitable color or paint them without much trouble. As you can see, in-wall speakers provide quite a few advantages and present little inconvenience for most consumers.
Polk Audio RC80i 2-Way In-Ceiling/In-Wall Speakers
The RC80i isn’t just an in-ceiling speaker, it can be used in-wall as well. It is timbre-matched to the Polk Audio RTi Series but works well with a variety of speakers. User who have mixed and matched their home theater set up say they have not heard any major pairing issues.
The RC80i is equipped with… an 8-inch dynamic-balance, mineral filled polymer-composite cone and has a one 1-inch dynamic-balance, metalized soft dome tweeter with 15-degree-swivel mount. That means you can position the tweeter to the correct sweet spot in your listening room.
With a frequency response of 35Hz – 20kHz the RC80i is sure to offer a fair amount of bass but you’ll still want a 12-inch or larger sub if you are looking for that rattling that will loosen your molars. The RC80i’s are constructed of moisture-resistant materials so they can be used in bathrooms, saunas, or out doors under some protection. The are very durable and can handle some abuse.
Polk Audio RC85i 2-Way In-Wall Speakers
It should also be noted straight away that RC85i in wall speakers are available in two sizes – 6.5 and 8 inches, so if you run into either of these you don’t get confused. As expected, the price varies depending on the size, and so does the price.
As the image clearly shows,… this is a slick looking pair of speakers, so it goes to show right away that the aesthetic department is instantly counted as a crowd favorite. The audio part also tends to drop as a positive surprise to most users and we mean that both power and sound quality-wise.
In general, we won’t hesitate to say that this is a truly great set of speakers, even amazing if you score a good price deal. We have most of the points covered by now, so join is in a brief pros and cons rundown to sum it all up.
NEW PYLE PDIC81RD 8″ 1000W Round
The PDIC81RD 8″ Two-Way In-Ceiling Speaker System (Pair) from Pyle-Pro offers a 8″ midbass speaker, 1″ high temperature voice coil, and directable 1″ polymer dome tweeter. Frequency response is rated at 50Hz to 20KHz and peak power is rated at 250W. The unit is designed for placement in a ceiling and a cutout must be made to accommodate the dimensions of each speaker. This unit is sold as a set of (2) speakers.
Yamaha NSIW960 2-Way Speaker
Using high audio quality materials for drivers (Kevlar for the woofer, Titanium for the tweeter), the NS-IW960 can deliver professional audio quality. The speaker is easy to install with gold plated push type terminals, paintable grills/frames, a cut-out template and a paint protective cover.
You can swivel the tweeter… and the midrange diver to “aim” the high frequency sounds toward the main listening position. You simply press the edge of the tweeter to change the direction it faces.
The NS-IW960 features a customized high quality crossover network to ensure maximum sound performance. The crossover circuit is designed to minimize distortion and has the capacity to prevent the deterioration of transients as they pass through the network.
Klipsch R-1650-W In-Wall Speaker
The R-1650-W In-Wall Speaker from Klipsch consists of a 6.5″ polymer-cone woofer with a 1″ polymer-dome tweeter. It features a frequency response of 53 Hz to 20 kHz and has an RMS power handling of 35 watts. The speaker’s paintable aluminum grille makes it easy to match to any décor. It can be installed either on its own or with the optional IK-650-W installation kit.
MartinLogan ML65i (Pr.) In-wall Speaker
The Installer Series™ by MartinLogan is a line of affordable high-performance products, featuring custom installation solutions for in-wall, in-ceiling, and outdoor applications. Manufactured to the highest standards of quality, these products are available through authorized specialty custom installation specialists and carry the full MartinLogan warranty.
Klipsch R-5502-W II In-Wall Speaker
The R-5502-W II employs dual, updated 5.25-inch CerametallicTM woofer cones for fast accurate sound with even tighter bass while a 1-inch Titanium tweeter mated to a pivoting Tractrix Horn generates pinpoint imaging and flat in-room frequency response. The addition of a Linear Travel Suspension to the tweeter increases high frequency detail and smoothness. This in-wall speaker also consistently delivers thrilling realistic sound whether its installed vertically as a left or right channel speaker or horizontally as a center channel speaker.
Bass and treble switches… with custom EQ settings allow the speaker to be tailored to its environment while an IR receiver knockout hole allows for an infrared repeater bringing custom configuration to installers. Available in a paintable white finish the R-5502-W II can be paired with the Klipsch IK-502-W installation kit (sold separately).
Models ending with a “W” are for in-wall installations. Models ending in “C” should be used for in-ceiling applications. Either model can be used as front, center or surround channels in audio or home theater applications, or as part of a surround sound system. For new construction homes you can purchase the Klipsch IK-502-W Install Kit to provide increased mounting flexibility and pre-install marking.
Definitive Technology Di 6.5 LCR
I don’t get to review in-ceiling speakers all that often, so I jumped at the chance to take a look at Definitive Technology’s latest “DI” or Disappearing In-wall series. I got hold of four DI 6.5R speakers to review.
These are round… in-ceiling speakers that run about $$$ each. They can be used as side or rear surround speakers or to fill any room with sound. I could easily see these installed in a dining room, office or bedroom.
As for me, I tested them a bit harder, using them for high-quality sound reinforcement in a classroom environment. I teach the television production class at a local high school, and in my classroom I’m constantly showing examples of film, broadcast segments and TV clips to my students to teach them about various aspects of production and post-production.