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Old 12-09-2014, 08:38 AM   #1
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In-ceiling speakers for a kitchen?

Hey all,
I am looking for some good reasonably (I know it's relative) priced in-ceiling speakers to put in my kitchen. This is for a fresh install, no drywall in the way.

Anybody have anything they like? All the reviews I have found are for surround usage.

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Old 12-09-2014, 10:24 AM   #2
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I've put up two pair on Infinity on wall speakers because I've had good luck with Infinity speakers but my future installs will probably be Polks as the Infinitiys gave good midrange to highs but are lacking in the lows. Something like this:

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107620R...RT.html?tp=193
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:38 AM   #3
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A buddy put the Dynaudio IC17s in his ceiling and they sound pretty damn good when pumping out stereo audio.

http://www.dynaudio.com/int/home_lou...ucts/ic_17.php
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:50 AM   #4
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I've got Monitor Audio stuff in my ceilings. I like them!
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:58 AM   #5
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I used a single stereo speaker like these

http://www.crutchfield.com/fg_101500...rs.html?tp=193

Mounted in the center of the kitchen. Sounds good enough for my14" x20" space.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:42 AM   #6
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Klipsch makes several models of in-ceiling speakers, as well as the dual-voice coil (stereo) speakers.

I have sold/installed Klipsch product for years, good sounding, reliable speakers.

http://www.klipsch.com/search?q=arch...iling+speakers
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:30 AM   #7
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I've got Monitor Audio stuff in my ceilings. I like them!
+1. I put these in professionally and my customers loved them.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:13 PM   #8
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Put a Sonos speaker of your choosing on top the kitchen cabinets. Hidden, super easy install, no holes, no wires, laptop/smart phone /iPad control. Not to mention great sound.

I used a Sonos 5 in the kitchen and 3 in the attached great room.

3 in the shop and 3 in the garage............never unpacked the "stereo" stuff
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:00 PM   #9
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Try the monoprice kevlars. Good reviews. As far as lows, none will sound as good as towers, but just add a powered sub
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:57 AM   #10
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I sell and install a lot of these:
They're actually commercial series speakers from Peavey. 8" with a 1" soft dome mounted on a swivel for adjustable directivity. They sound pretty good, but like any in-ceiling speaker, they sound better if you take the time to enclose the backside. $160.00

But, as has been mentioned, I'd probably go for a Sonos or other airplay speaker, especially if, like a lot of us these days, what you listen to is from your computer. They're just so versatile and easy to install. This is the one I have at my house and sell: http://www.yourmusichq.com/products/WFS-370-7185.html
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:22 AM   #11
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Bluetooth

Why install hardware that will be outdated in a short time? I have become a big fan of the bluetooth speakers and have them in our kitchen now. They sit on top of the cabinets behind the plants, baskets and other things the wife puts up there.

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Why install hardware that will be outdated in a short time? I have become a big fan of the bluetooth speakers and have them in our kitchen now. They sit on top of the cabinets behind the plants, baskets and other things the wife puts up there.

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If you wait long enough everything becomes outdated.

If his ceiling is already opened up there's no harm in hardwiring. In my opinion you're going to get better sound with a wire compared to a wireless signal.

If the day comes that you can't buy a wired in-ceiling speaker and I need to replace mine, the worst part of the deal is that I'll have $100 worth of wire hanging out in my walls.

The way my house was wired allows for a lot of variability- with control from any computer, laptop, tablet, or phone in the house. There are also volume controls in each room for that added control. The guy that set it up thought about all sorts of "what ifs" and wired appropriately. I really don't see any of it becoming outdated anytime soon. The brain of the system is sonos control units with individual amps powering the speakers. Any future updates can happen here and I still have all the control I want throughout the house.

Another benefit to in-ceiling speakers is that they blend in and don't take up space. If you buy a decent model and place them appropriately you're going to end up with exceptional sound. Putting speakers on top of cabinets is just adding something else to collect dust.

After living in this house for over a year I wouldn't have it any other way. I'll never build a house without whole-house audio.
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Old 12-14-2014, 06:01 PM   #13
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As stated, it is just studs and joists right now.



This is my kitchen.

I am not a fan of the wireless speakers. I (we) don't want stuff on our countertops or above the cabinets, it is one of the reasons for the remodel / addition. We use our kitchen for 2+ meals a day, and don't like working around things.

I will have a receiver with airplay, bluetooth and wifi that I can control with pretty much anything.

Thanks for the tips guys.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:27 PM   #14
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If you hardware the speakers now to a central spot, your amps and source can be whatever. AirPlay, Bluetooth, etc.

Make sure if you hardware to think about volume control. Some will use cat6 and some will wire into the speaker run. Just decide before you button it up.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:18 PM   #15
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If you hardware the speakers now to a central spot, your amps and source can be whatever. AirPlay, Bluetooth, etc.

Make sure if you hardware to think about volume control. Some will use cat6 and some will wire into the speaker run. Just decide before you button it up.
Yup! Kind of a sweet of sweet the technology we have these days......
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