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Old 30th May 2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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I am looking to build 5 speakers for my home theater, however they must meet WAF. I was thinking about building them into the wall. This is going into a house that will be under construction in a couple of months. Will this destroy the sound quality? Should I just cover it with some acoustically transparent speaker cover. What do you guys recommend. Thanks
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Old 30th May 2014, 05:10 PM   #2
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It can be boxes built inside the wall or a thin boxes mounted to the outside, your choice. Woofers can be built in to different areas as well. Why don't you give us a sketch of the room and what you are expecting. By that I mean is this the end all system or does it just have to be medium or, gasp, a cheap system? Do you like out loud and proud or do you have neighbours really close?
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Old 30th May 2014, 06:42 PM   #3
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I am looking to build 5 speakers for my home theater, however they must meet WAF. I was thinking about building them into the wall. This is going into a house that will be under construction in a couple of months. Will this destroy the sound quality?
Potentially quite the reverse. Studios prepared to spend large sums of money to get high sound quality will nearly always put their speakers in walls. This eliminates sound quality degradation from edge diffraction but the location might drive more room modes. The latter isn't a problem for studios because they will acoustically treat the room but this might not be the case for a home.
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Old 30th May 2014, 10:44 PM   #4
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Sorry I can''t get my hands on a floor plan now, but the room is 20 x 14 with a double door opening in the back(no doors). I have a budget for drivers of @500-700. This is not including sub woofer, for that I plan on doing a IB set up.
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Old 30th May 2014, 10:45 PM   #5
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Hi,

It will destroy quality if the speakers are not built for purpose.

In wall speakers are much better than near wall speakers
but not as good as optimally placed freestanding speakers.

Ambition level here is very unclear, the possibilities are
endless with a new build, fron the cheap to decent to OTT.

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Old 30th May 2014, 11:05 PM   #6
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I am in the price range of 600-700 for drivers alone. I am planning on doing a IB sub woofer. The room is 20 x 14 with a double door opening in the back.
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Old 30th May 2014, 11:43 PM   #7
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Use columns for built in , 6-8 inch step is much better than flat wall ....
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Old 31st May 2014, 12:24 AM   #8
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Hi,

Given $600 to $700 for 5 speakers look at the inwall options here :
Zaph|Audio - ZA5 Speaker Designs with ZA14W08 woofer and Vifa DQ25SC16-04 tweeter

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Old 31st May 2014, 02:01 AM   #9
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From experiences with Mac Mansions.. 500/700$ for 'in the drywall' drivers is iffy.. at best.
Unless buying only One and even that will be middle lower range.
Frankly I'm thinking yer barking up the wrong tree. Wall speakers are at best; marginal performers, compared to free standers.

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Old 31st May 2014, 02:16 AM   #10
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If the box is not suppose to vibrate at all how does putting it in the wall degrade the sound quality?
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