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  • In-ceiling surround options with the SHO-10?

    All,

    New to the forum and am planning on ordering three SHO-10's to upgrade my main LCR. These will be behind a 120" AT screen.

    My challenge is surrounds. The room is not your typical dedicated home theater room, it is in the basement and will have good ambient light control, but the room is more of a general purpose room (32'L, 19' W) with the PJ, bar area, game area, etc. The problem (I hope to post a layout soon) is the side walls. Where the surrounds need to be placed, one side of the room is open and the other side will have a sliding glass door (it is a walkout basement). So I need to most likely use in-ceiling surrounds.

    Any recommendations on what would match well? Klipsch? I have owned RBH in-ceiling surrounds previously and they were very solid.

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    Pics / In-ceiling...

    Welcome to CHT Forum.
    I saw your Pro-10 post on AVS and was going to recommend you get an account over here -- and here you are.

    Pics and a layout image would help us, but would SHO-6's (in development) work?

    If not, I find that it is hard to find solid info on in-ceiling speakers.
    Emotiva had a great sale on theirs a while ago -- you might check there.
    Other brands: Triad, Spearker Craft...

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    • #3
      I like the emotiva 8.2's for that price shipped, and have also had good luck with HTD in-ceilings. They both are right around or just below 90 sensitivity, whereas I believe the SHO-10's are high 90's. The emotiva are also a 4 ohm nominal speaker by specifications, but I powered both pairs with a receiver without problem.
      Time waits for no man.

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      • #4
        Thanks guys. I will definitely keep my eyes on those Emotiva's. I did some more research last night (I will post some floor plans/sketches when I have time to put them together) and with the false wall, I may be able to squeeze some in-wall speakers in there, or build a column and hide a traditional speaker in there. The room is not going to be a dedicated theater room and I am trying hard not to have speakers just hanging from walls. I want the look to be clean but don't want to sacrifice sound too much.

        Mike those SHO-6's are a really interesting option. I have months to go before the room is done and will most likely upgrade speakers last (hoping I have enough left in the budget).

        I am going to use subs for some of the work (plumbing, drywall, some electrical) so it should help accelerate the build.

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        • #5
          Are you doing a 5 channel setup or a 7 ?

          If your doing a 7 channel setup you may be able to do a pair of in-ceilings and a pair of inwalls strategically placed to give you enveloping sound.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jethro
            Are you doing a 5 channel setup or a 7 ?

            If your doing a 7 channel setup you may be able to do a pair of in-ceilings and a pair of inwalls strategically placed to give you enveloping sound.
            Good question. I was originally going to go with a 5.1 but a 7.1 setup may work. I will definitely wire it for 7.1 and go from there.

            I am also researching Klipsch in-ceiling speakers. What do you guys think of this one:
            http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/product...pecifications/

            It is horn loaded and is rated at 92db sensitivity. It also has the swivel horn/tweeter which will let me angle the sound.

            Another speaker I am considering for in-wall surround sound is this one:
            http://hsuresearch.com/products/hiwspeaker.html

            I have heard good things about it and it might be a great match for the SHO-10's. It is also horn loaded.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ack_bak
              Good question. I was originally going to go with a 5.1 but a 7.1 setup may work. I will definitely wire it for 7.1 and go from there.

              I am also researching Klipsch in-ceiling speakers. What do you guys think of this one:
              http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/product...pecifications/

              It is horn loaded and is rated at 92db sensitivity. It also has the swivel horn/tweeter which will let me angle the sound.

              Another speaker I am considering for in-wall surround sound is this one:
              http://hsuresearch.com/products/hiwspeaker.html

              I have heard good things about it and it might be a great match for the SHO-10's. It is also horn loaded.
              Of those two, I'd go with the HSU onwall. It has a legitimate horn style tweeter and decent sensitivity along with the HSU name that can be trusted for quality and value. It's too bad they don't have an in-ceiling counterpart, as that may help with placemement aesthetics in your room. The klipsch looks ok but is a synergy line speaker which to me means that it most likely implements cheap drivers. I haven't heard either speaker nor have I read reviews etc... Just a shoot from the hip advice here.
              Time waits for no man.

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