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Recent In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Triad InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub Preview

Triad InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub Preview

If you are looking for a quality in-wall sub, your options aren't extensive and they aren't cheap. At $1400 a pop, the Triad InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub is promising extension down to around the 25Hz mark from an enclosure that is only 4" deep. That means that not only will the Triad InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub fit in a new construction, but it can be retrofitted into an existing wall without much problem. With Triad's grille matching program promising you a perfect match to your wall color, a DSP amplifier with integrated room correction and the Triad name behind it, the InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub is sure to sell.

At $1400 a pop, the Triad InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub is promising extension down to around the 25Hz mark from an enclosure that is only 4" deep.

— April 05, 2013 04:30 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

B&W AM-1 Outdoor Loudspeaker Preview

B&W AM-1 Outdoor Loudspeaker Preview

One of the quickest ways to make enemies in a neighborhood is to install outdoors speakers. You might like to serenade your significant other under the moonlight with some Kenny G, or rock out with Rage Against The Machine cranked to 11 (who doesn’t love Renegades of Funk?) but, that doesn’t mean your neighbors enjoy the same eclectic musical genres, especially between the hours or midnight and five in the morning. Well, Bowers & Wilkins wants to help destroy the fragile fabric that holds your neighborhood together with their new AM-1 outdoor speaker. Featuring a 1” tweeter, 5” bass driver with passive radiator, and an innovative mounting system, the B&W AM-1 will help you burn bridges in style.

The B&W AM-1 loudspeakers feature a 1" tweeter, 5" bass driver with passive radiator, and an innovative mounting system. The B&W AM-1 will help you bring the party to the neighborhood in style.

— February 06, 2013 18:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Wisdom Audio Insight Series InWall Speakers Preview

Wisdom Audio Insight Series InWall Speakers Preview

The Wisdom Audio Insight Series speakers are designed for the high end market using their planar magnetic driver technology. Their speakers typically require biampification and external crossovers. Now they've changed all that, making things simpler and introducing a new line of speakers for CEDIA 2012. This is going to be great for custom installers. So now, with the new Insight Series, everyone can jump in and get that great Wisdom Audio sound - the new speakers son't need to be beamed and the crossovers are built right in.

The Wisdom Audio Insight Series speakers are designed for the high end market using their planar magnetic driver technology. Their speakers typically require biampification and external crossovers.

— September 10, 2012 07:30 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Niles GeoRealistic Pro Series Rock and Planter Speakers Preview

Niles GeoRealistic Pro Series Rock and Planter Speakers Preview

Audio companies love to throw around the word "audiophile" like it is a statement of quality and performance. But we have a hard time believing any speaker shaped like a rock or a planter is really designed to satisfy discerning audiophiles. Instead, they are designed to sound as good as possible considering their shape, size, location, and weatherproofing requirements. Niles has been a big name in custom installation for a long time so perhaps they don't feel the need to tell us much about their new GeoRealistic Pro Series Rock and Planter Speakers other than that they exist and their shape and finishes. But for us to get truly excited about them, we need to know a little more. Like the size of the tweeters, the composition of the drivers, the frequency response, the impedance, the shape and weight, the power handling, the price, and much more. See your customer installer for these details as they can't be found anywhere on the Niles website yet even though the speakers are already shipping.

Niles has been a big name in custom installation so perhaps they don't feel the need to tell us much about their new GeoRealistic Pro Series Rock and Planter Speakers because they haven't.

— May 28, 2012 04:25 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Tannoy OCV 6 Architectural Pendant Speaker Review

Tannoy OCV 6 Architectural Pendant Speaker Review

Getting sound into commercial spaces isn't as easy as it sounds. Not everyone utilizes a drop ceiling. In fact, not everyone has a ceiling that even remotely resembles a flat surface. Tannoy recognized this, particularly in light of the new wave of architectural design sweeping our airports, churches, malls and other social, transportation and retail gathering areas. The OCV Series of speakers are designed to look like a pendent that is suspended, near-invisibly, from the ceiling in order to cast sound down from above without requiring a flat or recessed installation. The speakers are very nearly a piece of art themselves and are available in either a 6" or 8" coaxial configuration.

Tannoy's OCV Series of speakers are designed to look like a pendent that is suspended from the ceiling in order to cast sound down from above without requiring a flat or recessed installation.

— February 29, 2012 21:05 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Paradigm Designer Series In-Ceiling Speakers Preview

Paradigm Designer Series In-Ceiling Speakers Preview

Those of us that have not only a need for in-ceiling speakers, but a desire for something that has been designed to sound as good as possible, the new Designer Series In-Ceiling speakers from Paradigm are enticing. Looking at the improvements they've made in the different lines, it is clear that they are thinking about the specific use of the speaker (from the improved output and clarity of the top of the line Guided Soundfield Models to the improved performance and longevity under any condition of the Marine Models). Add to that the overall improvement of the Designer's Series ability to go unnoticed with their smaller bezel and Paradigm is really trying to give you what you want.

Those of us that have not only a need for in-ceiling speakers, but a desire for great sound, the new Designer Series In-Ceiling speakers from Paradigm are enticing.

— February 06, 2012 19:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Niles CM4PR Compact In-Ceiling 4" Speakers Preview

Niles CM4PR Compact In-Ceiling 4" Speakers Preview

We reviewed hands-on the new CM Series Ceiling Mount Loudspeakers from Niles and found them to be excellent - both in quality and ease-of-installation. Rather than simply update over time, Niles continues to innovate, and their latest model was revealed this week at the Hilton. It's the compact CM4PR. The CM4PR is the company’s first-ever compact ceiling mount loudspeaker and it comes with only a four-inch footprint. It's Niles' first small, designer-friendly loudspeaker to deliver its signature audiophile grade performance while being able to locate itself in aesthetically pleasing, unobtrusive areas.

The CM4PR is Niles' first-ever compact ceiling mount loudspeaker and it comes with only a four-inch footprint. It's their first small, designer-friendly loudspeaker to deliver its signature sound.

— January 11, 2012 12:22 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Boston Acoustics Voyager Outdoor Speakers Preview

Boston Acoustics Voyager Outdoor Speakers Preview

Earlier this year we did a video review of the Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 Outdoor Speakers and found them to be excellent in both sound and design. The company didn't waste any time in releasing 5 brand new models in the Voyager Series and these are also geared towards the Indoor/Outdoor/Marine crowd/ The new speakers weren't part of our recent 2011 CEDIA Expo Show Coverage, but that's because nobody from D&M was there that we could find (Denon, Marantz, Boston Acoustics, etc). The good news is that these new speakers will be ready for release in September and include the same great products as before, but with updated model numbers (40/50/60/70/Metro II).

Earlier this year we did a video review of Boston Acoustics' Voyager 7 Outdoor Speakers and found them to be excellent in sound and design. The company didn't waste any time releasing 5 new models.

— September 15, 2011 19:45 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Niles CM Architectural Loudspeakers Preview

Niles CM Architectural Loudspeakers Preview

Niles has introduced a new line of cost-effective ceiling mount loudspeakers featuring the same unique combination of design aesthetics, advanced technology and installation versatility found in the company's 3rd generation DS Directed Soundfield Ceiling-Mount Loudspeakers. The new CM Architectural Loudspeakers are designed to continue to provide deliver Niles' performance sound quality while blending even more discreetly into any environment. This is largely due to the speakers' paintable, low-profile, magnetically-attached grilles.

Niles has introduced a new line of CM Architectural Loudspeakers are designed to continue to provide deliver Niles' performance sound quality while blending even more discreetly into any environment.

— September 13, 2011 15:39 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins ISW-3 In-wall/ceiling/floor Subwoofer Preview

Bowers & Wilkins ISW-3 In-wall/ceiling/floor Subwoofer Preview

Looking for a sub that you don't have to look at? The Bowers & Wilkins ISW-3 sub can be placed in a wall, floor, ceiling or even installed in a cabinet in your kitchen. The ISW-3 has a small (2" by 12"), slotted grille that looks like an HVAC vent, dual 6.5" Paper/Kevlar cone long-throw drivers in a balanced design eliminating transmission of vibrations through the enclosure and into the surrounding walls, and a -3dB point in the mid-20's. With the external amp, the setup will run you $2k. The question is, how much is it worth to you to have a sub that you can't see?

Looking for a sub that you don't have to look at? The Bowers & Wilkins ISW-3 sub can be placed in a wall, floor, ceiling or even installed in a cabinet in your kitchen.

— August 04, 2011 05:00 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Bowers & Wilkins CI 300 In-wall/In-ceiling Speaker Series Preview

Bowers & Wilkins CI 300 In-wall/In-ceiling Speaker Series Preview

If you have a client that likes the B&W sound (and there are lots of them) but don't want to spend a ton of cash on a speaker for their bathroom, the CI 300 series is an easy up-sell. The performance promises to be more than good enough for distributed audio or perhaps even as rear speakers in a surround sound setup. With an affordable price tag and the B&W name, these are sure to be winners. Of course, when a company is known for quality high-end audio, it's are usually NOT known for low-cost offerings. Be prepared to be surprised as B&W's newest in-wall/in-ceiling speakers are retailing for $300-$400 a pair.

If you have a client that likes the B&W sound (and there are lots of them) but don't want to spend a ton of cash on a speaker for their bathroom, the CI 300 series is an easy up-sell.

— August 02, 2011 06:05 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

KEF Ci Series In-Ceiling Speakers Review

KEF Ci Series In-Ceiling Speakers Review

One category of speakers that is often overlooked is ceiling mounted speakers for whole house audio applications. Integrating audio into both new construction as well as existing homes has become common, and for this article we will take a look at KEF's custom installation Ci Series in-ceiling speakers. Our project home consists of a dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, great room, dining room, master bedroom, master bathroom and back porch. After a few discussions with one of KEF's product line reps, we decided on several different models for each room or "zone" of the house. The home we installed the speakers in had very easy access to the attic above each room, making installation a pretty straightforward process for this project. The back porch does not have ceiling access, so we opted for a pair of bracket-mounted Ventura 6 weatherproof speakers.

One category of speakers that is often overlooked is ceiling mounted speakers for whole house audio applications. We took a close look at the KEF CI Series of in-ceiling speakers to see how they did.

— June 14, 2011 00:05 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 Outdoor Speakers Review

Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 Outdoor Speakers Review

Everybody seems to like speakers. I personally obsess about them. Maybe there are speakers better than mine. If so, I have to find them. But what about outdoor speakers? Nobody seems to take into consideration good sound when you're in your backyard grilling or throwing a Super Bowl party. Well we do... well, I do... and when it came time to review the Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 outdoor speakers - I had just the spot. Up until these I had been running planter speakers - those are speakers that are cleverly hidden underneath a planter. Great product - different review. In any case, the emphasis with those was on style. With THESE speakers, Boston Acoustics is all about quality. I mean these are the largest outdoor speakers in their Voyager line. The Voyager 7s have an exceptional bass response for a bookshelf speaker and they are more than just the typical boom and sizzle solution, I mean they truly sound well-balanced. There seemed to be a tad of emphasis around the lower mid-range, but it was pleasing to the ears. When played loud, the tweeters aren't terribly fatiguing and they really project into a wider area, so these speakers are perfect for that backyard party.

When it came time to review the Boston Acoustics Voyager 7 outdoor speakers - I had just the spot. With THESE speakers, Boston Acoustics is all about quality-something outdoor speakers typically lack.

— May 19, 2011 22:10 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews

KEF Ci In-Ceiling Speakers First Look

KEF Ci In-Ceiling Speakers First Look

The new Ci line from KEF looks to be just what the doctor ordered for distributed audio. You have speakers that can dip down fairly low (into the mid-thirties if the specs are to be believed) with a focus on not only invisibility (with an ultra-thin bezel) but on high end extension. The price of the line can be as low at $180 a pop but most of the offerings cross the $200 mark with the top of the line at $350. The fact is that if anyone knows coaxial speakers, it is KEF. Chances are these are going to sound pretty good. If you are looking for some speakers for your living room or bathroom, give these a listen when they ship soon.

The fact is that if anyone knows coaxial speakers, it is KEF. If you are looking for some speakers for your living room or bathroom, give the CI series a listen when they ship soon.

— March 25, 2011 01:40 in In-Wall & Outdoor Speaker Reviews