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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-22-2008, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing the right Ceiling Speakers for Rear Surround

I'm going to finish piecing together my home theatre, and after carefully reviewing my options, have decided to go with flush mounted ceiling speakers for my rears.

I'm looking for any advice on mounting the speakers (hints, tricks, methodology), as well as help on choosing the right speakers.

I have B&W 703's with mactching center channel, and I was naturally going to choose some B&W ceiling speakers for the rears. But here's my dilema. The B&W rears are around $400/pair, and I hate to spend that much for rears. I would only use them for movies/sporting events, and the performance of the rears isn't as critical as the center/fronts. Aesthetically, I'm thinking they're going to be covered with grills that will match the color of the ceiling, so I'm not sure that they need to look cool.

Another consideration is that I'll probably end up leaving the speakers in the house when I move. So that's just another reason why I'm leaning against investing in "matched" speakers.

I've seen Yamaha and Polk ceiling speakers for roughly 1/2 the price of the B&W's. I like to listen to music through a nice system, and the fronts certainly meet that criteria. Is it worth spending the extra cash on nice rears, or can I skimp and get the Polks?

Any advice would be appreciated!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-22-2008, 06:49 PM
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IMO the only things that need to match is the fronts and center, and i could understand wanting to match the sub since the fronts are prob set up to x-over at the perfect frequencies. the rears dont need to be great IMO. you dont even hear them the half the time and the majority of the time they are used they are very slight and meant to not be that noticeable. you dont want to get trash b/c some of the background noises rears need to make can be hard for shitty speakers to reproduce but 400/pr speakers arent necessary for rears. a mid-high level pair of polks should sound great. no one will even know if they match.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-22-2008, 07:05 PM
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Rears are not as important as fronts and the center channel. I bought a set of in walls for my rears and I couldn't be happier. Check out I went with their hd-80 in walls. They have a showroom up in Plano, and I'd encourage you to go check them out before you decide on. Another brand.

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I bought a set of front & rear in wall speakers from them. And a center channel & sub.

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