To Hans Wetzel,
I have a general question about in-ceiling speakers. I just moved into a new house that is already wired for them and I'm having issues picking a decent set due to the amount of options in the marketplace, as well differentiating between paying for a brand vs. real quality. With a budget of around $500, can you guide me and give me your opinion on the topic? Maybe I'm being too cheap as well. Thank you very much!
We don't really cover architectural speakers here at GoodSound!, so I'm not in the best position to offer advice on specific models. That said, many of the brands that we review also happen to have in-ceiling models, and since many of the same or similar drivers are utilized for such products, the overall sound quality is likely very similar. As for being too cheap, I can't be sure of how many in-ceiling speakers you're looking to buy, or of the size of the room where they will be used.
Aperion Audio, Axiom Audio, Definitive Technology, GoldenEar Technology, MartinLogan, Paradigm, PSB -- these are but a few companies to explore, and by no means comprise an exhaustive list. If you can, try to hear at least one of these brands at a local dealer, and compare the sound quality to the other brands on offer. I suspect you'll wind up with something that sounds pretty good. . . . Hans Wetzel