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Old 15th June 2006, 01:25 AM   #1
vonfilm is offline vonfilm  United States
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Default Is it crazy to use Audio Nirvana full-range drivers in ceiling fro surround sound?

I had the crazy idea of mounting Audio Nirvana 6.5" or 8" Standard models in the ceiling for a mid-fi surround sound set up. It seemed to me that these would provide better sound than the typical ceiling mounted speakers for the money. My ceiling is currently out as I am remodeling. I would simply mount them to the drywall with T-nuts. I would plan on covering them with Atlas Sound Ceiling Speaker baffles(MCM part #555-6616) unless someone can suggest a better speaker grill. I have had a hard time finding sepeartely available speaker grills.

Also, my cabinet maker is building the 2.8 cu. ft. bass reflex cabinet in 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood from one of Commonsense Audio's designs. I will finish out the cabinet and install Audio Nirvana Super 8's. I plant to power them with either a Super T-Amp or an Autocostruire 2020. This will be my first partial DIY Audio project.

Any comments or suggestions to this Newbie would be welcome.
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Old 15th June 2006, 02:30 AM   #2
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You will have better low frequency response with traditional ceiling speakers due to the low qts of the AN drivers. IMHO fr is more important than sq for surround speakers.

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Old 15th June 2006, 02:54 AM   #3
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One thing to consider - these drivers are very, very heavy. They're probably not the best driver for that application, but if you went ahead with them I'd give consideration to how you're going to support them up there. I don't think drywall alone is sufficient.

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Old 15th June 2006, 07:38 AM   #4
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You could build an enclosure for the ceiling mounts. It would be quite easy to box off between the ceiling joists and add a plywood baffle above the drywall. Grills: http://www.lashen.com/vendors/bogen/Speaker_Grilles.asp
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