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Old 13th February 2020, 02:03 PM   #11
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Well, he said it's a Sonos Playbar. If you do an image search, you can see it's unsuitable for in-wall mounting as the OP would like.

It appears the long slots across the back of the unit are indeed bass reflex ports.

I hope we're all on the same page now.

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Old 13th February 2020, 04:49 PM   #12
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Hi everyone - thank you for all your input.

That is correct - the intention is to mount the soundbar in the wall, and have the sound projecting forward. This would make it flush with the millwork.

I don't believe the sonos playbar is a good option due to the fact that it would project sound into the wall/void.

I am looking at a bose soundbar now, specifically
https://www.amazon.ca/Soundbar-Alexa...98559222&psc=1

It appears to only project sound forward as opposed to having speakers in the back of it as well. Thoughts on something like this?
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Old 13th February 2020, 05:52 PM   #13
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It looks like the Bose also has rear-firing ports.
Depending on your skillset, you might be better off DIYing this.

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Old 13th February 2020, 11:56 PM   #14
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Yes, great opportunity to make a DIY speaker without the hassle of figuring in the baffle. You could even simply make a plate for the wall and mount the drivers.
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I agree with Allen here, but perhaps it's better to just purchase some speakers intended for wall mounting, the plate for wall mounting is a nice idea, and use the wall as the box.
No need to build anything other than cut a few holes.
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Old 14th February 2020, 10:29 AM   #16
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Depends on what, if any, outboard electronics are available.

Modern soundbars do some pretty impressive stuff with DSP etc, which the average DIYer wouldn't be able to reproduce.

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Old 14th February 2020, 11:20 AM   #17
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Can you give an example?
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Old 14th February 2020, 01:45 PM   #18
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Sure. The Bose 700 soundbar mentioned above claims to calibrate the speaker to the room. Apple's Homepod is better documented, and actually does beam forming.

Then there's the dynamic EQ and smart limiting that means you can use a few okay-ish drivers and get astonishingly good sound, even at high levels. If you listen carefully, you can tell the excursion limiters are coming in, but the sound certainly doesn't fall apart if you crank it.

It's all pretty impressive IMO. I still prefer my 8"+horn HiFi speakers, but the gap is getting smaller.

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Old 14th February 2020, 01:59 PM   #19
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Yeah, the Sonos bars I've seen makes you do some calibration steps with a phone.
It's not very different to other calibration stuff, DSP is everywhere now.

It's not "bad" and it does make pretty good sound for the effort required, but on all the modern compact thingys I've heard, the bass is very muddy/lacks detail. The mids and highs are usually "okay". Have yet to be significantly impressed.
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which the average DIYer wouldn't be able to reproduce
Yeah, it's impressive. Quite doable DIY as well.
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