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Old 06-14-2014, 07:38 AM
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okay Guys finishing up My new house, I had it wired for speakers since all new technology with smart phones and Pandora. So the bid came in using a KEF speakers...using ..CI 160 they coming in at 299.00 each and I need 14 of these things....Anyone have experience With KEF speakers ?

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:56 AM
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That is not a lot of money for a speaker. If they sound OK to you, go for it. If you don't like the sound, check out Sonance. They cost a little more but sound really good without going crazy on the price.
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okay Guys finishing up My new house, I had it wired for speakers since all new technology with smart phones and Pandora. So the bid came in using a KEF speakers...using ..CI 160 they coming in at 299.00 each and I need 14 of these things....Anyone have experience With KEF speakers ?

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I did my entire house with Polk Audio speakers. They were under $100. For ceiling speakers that are for ambient music, why bother with the high end stuff? The separation of ceiling speakers, and the location of the listeners is so variable you can hardly expect to sound to be "Stereo." If you wish to pay the money for high quality speakers, have them in a room you will be listening to music, and a room where you location delivers you the highest quality sound.

You can spend the $2000 in savings on other junk by purchasing Polk's for the ceilings.
In my basement, I put in Radio Shack stuff. (even less $$ but good enough) My little children watched all their Disney shows down there and never had any complaints.
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I agree not a Lot of Money for a Speaker, However Its a ceiling speaker, Not a stand Alone speaker like I am used too. However if they Rock I will be good with it.

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Kef's are great speakers but I agree with dssmith not to many people will be able to tell the difference between Polks & Kefs especially in the ceiling I would go for the cheaper speaker and save the money.

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KEF are much better speakers than the run of the mill Polk or Sonance. With that said, as a stereo nut, I don't know if there is such a thing as a truly good sounding in ceiling speaker.
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Kef's are great speakers but I agree with dssmith not to many people will be able to tell the difference between Polks & Kefs especially in the ceiling I would go for the cheaper speaker and save the money.

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Is that $299 ea for the speakers, or including installation?

I've been struggling with trying to pick in-ceiling speakers as well and have not had much luck.

As above, many folks go polk ($100-150 ea) or even monoprice (now you're down around $50 each or less) and report good results.

The problem is it's almost impossible to find someone with a 'display' of more than a couple of in-ceiling brands, and I haven't found anywhere with a realistic setup of a wide price range for in-ceilings.

The right way to do it is to order 2-3 brands and do your own comparison, unfortunately that's not very practical since they're not going to fit in the same holes etc. (but I'm just about over it enough to do this)
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Klipsch IC series.
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Do you have trim rings already installed, or bare wire hanging?

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I just finished my custom home and I used Polk Rti series for ceiling speakers and also the main home theater speakers/sub. Pretty happy so far. Hooked them up to Dennon amp and then did pre amp out to a Niles amp for outdoor speakers. Works pretty nice.
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Klipsch IC series.
Really good speakers. I have niles and they're good also
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Klipsch IC series.
Hit the nail on the head
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299 is the Per speaker Price plus install however the wire is Hanging All i have to do is cut hole and put it in its a No Issue.

I Had some Klipsch speakers years ago and they where great !!

Can you give a Model Number FOR KLIPSCH
? or Series ? CDT -2650 ? CDT 5800 ?


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These? 10 available free ship and no tax

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KEF-CI-160SL...item2ed22a7bcc
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those are Are Square......not round
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check out Community Sound. A brand I've been using in high dollar board rooms and such for years. Put some power behind them and they will ROCK!

Putting in 4 next week in a conference room with 800 Watts behind them

They also don't cost a fortune either.

http://www.communitypro.com/productl...-design-series
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I am a KEF dealer, if you want a quote let me know. Sent pm
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As said above, I don't think there's a truly "great" sound from in-ceiling speakers.

I've read quite a bit on these, especially on AVS forum, and will be going with the monoprice speakers. They get pretty damn good reviews for what they are, and their cost.
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