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Recent In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

GoldenEar's Invisible Dolby Atmos System Demo at CEDIA 2016

GoldenEar's Invisible Dolby Atmos System Demo at CEDIA 2016

GoldenEar wanted to prove that you can have all the benefits of Dolby Atmos (and by extension DTS:X) in an all-architectural installation. We love immersive audio but want to make sure we give accurate impressions—not just marketing gimmicks. We sat in on GoldenEar's self-proclaimed "invisible Atmos" demonstration for a listen to see if they could pull it off. Read on to see what we thought about it and check out our little YouTube video teaser of their new impressive SuperSub X compact subwoofer.

GoldenEar's invisible Dolby Atmos system consisted of Invisa MPX in-wall speakers for the main and rear channels, Invisa HTR 7000 speakers for height, SuperSat 60C soundbar, and SuperSub X subwoofer.

— September 21, 2016 00:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

RSL C34E In-Ceiling Speaker Preview

RSL C34E In-Ceiling Speaker Preview

RSL has quickly become an Audioholic favorite for compact systems with their powerhouse 5.1 setup. Now RSL has launched their C34E in-ceiling loudspeaker that makes a perfect compliment for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio installations as well outfitting your residence for whole-home audio. A dual woofer design; silk dome pivoting tweeter; and a low, 4" profile make these speakers perfect for new construction or retrofitting. High quality parts, great design, and a ridiculously low price make these new in-ceiling speakers from RSL something to keep an eye on.

The RSL C34E in-ceiling speakers sport dual 4 1/2” polypropylene woofers in a lateral driver alignment, 7/8” pivoting silk-dome tweeter, and are suited for stereo or Dolby Atmos/DTS:X surround sound.

— December 27, 2015 15:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Monitor Audio CP-IW260X & CP-IW460X In-Wall Speakers Preview

Monitor Audio CP-IW260X & CP-IW460X In-Wall Speakers Preview

For over 40 years, Monitor Audio has been building speakers, and according to them “continually fine-tuning … technology to create generations of gorgeous hi-fi and home theatre speaker systems.” The CP-IW260X and CP-IW460X are the result of those four decades of refinement. The new ‘Controlled Performance’ CP in-wall LCR speakers speakers look pretty promising. Both feature Monitor Audio’s latest drivers in compact three-way, five-driver configurations.

The Monitor Audio CP-IW260X and CP-IW460X are no slouches. With five drivers each - built on 40 years of experience - they are serious in-wall speakers. Click through for pictures and to learn more.

— December 13, 2015 21:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Beale Street Audio P4-BB In-Wall and ICS8-MB In-Ceiling Speakers Preview

Beale Street Audio P4-BB In-Wall and ICS8-MB In-Ceiling Speakers Preview

Beale Street Audio is a relatively new speaker company. I saw their booth at CEDIA in 2014, but figured it was just “another” new speaker company – and the last thing the industry needs is another speaker company. But one of Audioholics’ other reviewers is outfitting his entire home with Beale Street, so I figured there must be something special about them. After visiting their booth, I now think this the industry does need this speaker company. Our initial listen revealed their sound to almost defy their form factor.

Beale Street Audio pancake speakers; the P4-BB In-Wall and ICS8-MB In-Ceiling Subwoofer take the company's Sound Vortex technology to a brand new form factor. Their sound bellies the form factor.

— November 11, 2015 11:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Legacy Silhouette On-Wall Speaker Preview

Legacy Silhouette On-Wall Speaker Preview

Legacy Audio unveiled their new Silhouette On-Wall speakers at CEDIA 2015 in Dallas, Texas. The speakers at Legacy's booth show the thought that goes into each product to take advantage of space in a room. The engineering behind the Silhouette speaker focus on form factor, but judging by their internal components this is without compromising function.

Legacy Audio unveiled their new Silhouette On-Wall speakers at CEDIA 2015. Most impressive were their new products that show the thought that goes into each speaker to take advantage of space.

— October 27, 2015 06:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

SpeakerCraft In-Wall Dolby Atmos-enabled Speaker Series Preview

SpeakerCraft In-Wall Dolby Atmos-enabled Speaker Series Preview

At CEDIA 2015, SpeakerCraft, part of Core Brands, unveiled one of the industry’s first lines of architectural in-wall speakers incorporating Dolby Atmos. The Atmos-enabled series will feature Acoustic Isolation Technology introduced with AIM Series 2, plus driver materials and electronics introduced in the award-winning line. At Audioholics, we’ve covered Atmos extensively. And while we believe dedicated in-ceiling speakers are the best way to implement Atmos, it’s great to see companies thinking of new ways customers can integrate Atmos without adding in-ceiling speakers or stacking Atmos modules on top of freestanding speakers.

At CEDIA 2015, SpeakerCraft unveiled in-wall Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers, the first in-wall products for SpeakerCraft’s AIM Series 2 line. Now you can bounce the sound from an in-wall speaker.

— October 20, 2015 08:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

NHT iW4-ARC 3-Way In-Wall Home Theater Speaker Preview

NHT iW4-ARC 3-Way In-Wall Home Theater Speaker Preview

With the arrival of new immersive surround formats like DTS:X, Auro-3D and Dolby Atmos, many people are getting ready to install in-wall / in-ceiling speakers for the height channels. Let's face it, most two-way coaxial in-ceiling speakers don't have the output capabilities of high quality speakers used for the main channels. NHT knows this so they are putting forth their best effort with their new iW4-ARC powerhouse architectural speaker system. Whether you're looking for a conspicuous high-end two-channel speaker system with high WAF or a height speaker solution for immersive surround sound that can match the frequency response and dynamics of the rest of your NHT speaker system, the iW4-ARC may be the choice speaker for you.

The new NHT iW4-ARC is a high output 3-way in-wall speaker system ideal for immersive surround sound or critical two-channel applications demanding uncompromised performance in an inconspicuous form.

Jose Munoz — April 23, 2015 18:35 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

James Loudspeaker 63S-A Architectural Speaker Preview

James Loudspeaker 63S-A Architectural Speaker Preview

We've always been a fan of James Loudspeakers not just because of their fantastic sound quality but for their innovative solutions to bring their sound to a small and sometimes invisible form factor. They have just broadened their product line with their new Small Aperture Architectural Speaker Series with an Ultra-Shallow Full Range Solution known at the 63SA-4. The new 63SA-4 is a three-way in-wall or in-ceiling speaker system delivering their superb room-filling musical playback sonic signature they are know for through a discreet, paintable 3-inch round or square grille. Great sound and high WAF, these speakers should be on you and your significant others shortlist.

James Loudspeakers new Small Aperture Architectural Speaker 63SA-4 is a 3-way ultra-Shallow speaker and said to provide full range sound from a 3" grille. Great sound with high WAF, these are for you.

— April 22, 2015 17:20 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Paradigm SA-25 Reference In-Wall Speakers Review

Paradigm SA-25 Reference In-Wall Speakers Review

The Paradigm SA-25 speaker system is part of their reference collection and represents their best offering in a two-way in-wall. It features a 6.5” phase plug aluminum cone woofer and 1” gold anodized aluminum dome tweeter. It has been awhile since I’ve reviewed a Paradigm speaker but I’m glad I’ve had the chance to check out these beauties as it made me realize just how far the company has advanced its sound over the last decade or so. The SA-25s are among the best sounding compact in-walls I’ve heard and they will certainly satisfy even the most critical audiophile for two-channel or as a surround speaker. When you buy a speaker from Paradigm, you can rest assured that you will be getting a highly engineered product based on sound science and quality materials.

The Paradigm SA-25 speaker is part of their reference line representing their best offering in a two-way in-wall. Our review revealed just how far the brand has advanced its sound over the last decade

— March 25, 2015 00:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Atlantic Technology IC-6-OBA Dolby Atmos In-Ceiling Speaker Preview

Atlantic Technology IC-6-OBA Dolby Atmos In-Ceiling Speaker Preview

The Atlantic Technology IC-6-OBA in-ceiling height speaker strives to take us closer to the ideal Atmos/Auro/DTS:X setup. Our initial listening test of Dolby Atmos and Auro setups has indicated that discrete speakers are preferable to reflecting speakers, but hot-spotting, or localization can be an issue. The IC-6-OBA is designed for object-based surround formats like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D with wide dispersion and a diffused sound character to broaden the sweet spot and reduce hot-spotting.

The Atlantic Technology IC-6-OBA in-ceiling speaker takes us closer to the ideal Atmos/Auro/DTS:X object-based audio setup by offering wide-dispersion and a diffused sound field without hot-spotting.

— February 03, 2015 08:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

NHT 02-ARC Outdoor Speaker Review

NHT 02-ARC Outdoor Speaker Review

NHT proved they could make a truly high performance speaker system designed for the outdoors. The 02-ARC’s impeccable build quality, and fit and finish is among the best I’ve seen in this category of product. They measure like a high quality indoor bookshelf and sound great in any environment. If you’re looking for a true high-performance, weather-resistant outdoor speaker system, the NHT 02-ARC comes with my highest recommendation!

Review: NHT 02-ARC outdoor speaker system sounds great, has impeccable build quality and is well engineered. Its weather resistant design will ensure many years of pristine sound quality.

— February 23, 2014 08:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

KEF Ci5160RL Ci3160RL Reference Series In-wall Speakers

KEF Ci5160RL Ci3160RL Reference Series In-wall Speakers

These are the new KEF Ci5160RL and Ci3160RL Reference Series in-wall speakers which are based on the blade series, as are a lot of KEF products. In fact, if you go back in time and kill the guy who invented the bales series, you're going to take out the entire KEF organization because a lot of their speakers are seemingly based around technologies developed in those speakers. These speakers use 6.5-inch midrange drivers with a 1-inch Uni-Q tweeter in the middle, plus four 6-5-inch aluminum magnesium woofers for the Ci5160RL and two for the Ci3160RL.

These are the new KEF Ci5160RL and Ci3160RL Reference Series in-wall speakers which are based on the blade series, as are a lot of KEF products.

— September 27, 2013 18:10 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Definitive Technology DI 6.5R Disappearing In-ceiling Speakers Review

Definitive Technology DI 6.5R Disappearing In-ceiling Speakers Review

I don't get to review in-ceiling speakers all that often, so I jumped at the chance to take a look at Definitive Technology's latest "DI" or Disappearing In-wall series. I got hold of four DI 6.5R speakers to review. These are round in-ceiling speakers that run about $279 each. They can be used as side or rear surround speakers or to fill any room with sound. I could easily see these installed in a dining room, office or bedroom. As for me, I tested them a bit harder, using them for high-quality sound reinforcement in a classroom environment.

I don't get to review in-ceiling speakers that often, so I jumped at the chance to look at Definitive Technology's latest "DI" or Disappearing In-wall series which have paintable magnetic grills.

— September 22, 2013 21:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

SpeakerCraft Profile In-ceiling Speakers Preview

SpeakerCraft Profile In-ceiling Speakers Preview

We're willing to bet most Audioholics haven't actually seen one of SpeakerCraft's Profile line of speakers. That isn't to say the Profile line is brand new (although it is being expanded), but the speakers are ostensibly invisible, being in ceiling and in wall models. New to the lineup are the Profile A6 in ceiling speaker, the Profile Cinema Sub10 subwoofer, and the Profile AIM8 DT Three, which SpeakerCraft refers to as a single point stereo in ceiling speaker. Read on to see what we think of these new additions.

SpeakerCraft has some new members in their in-wall/ceiling Profile line, the A6 in ceiling speaker, the Cinema Sub10 in wall sub, and AIM8 DT Three in ceiling speaker. Read on to see what we think.

— April 23, 2013 03:05 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews