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Caliber In Ceiling Speakers 8 Inch Fiber 2-Way (pair)
Monoprice brings custom in-wall speakers to new levels of affordability with our line of Monoprice Brand Premium in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. These new high fidelity units deliver the high quality craftsmanship and construction you've come to expect from Monoprice brand products at a fraction of what you would expect to pay for them retail.
In-wall and in-ceiling speakers allow you to expand your listening environment throughout your entire home as well as remove the clutter of giant box speakers giving you back your living space. In either case it's a win-win situation for those who desire high fidelity and those who put emphasis on decor.
DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber cones are light weight yet extremely rigid providing very precise audio with minimal distortion normally caused by cone flex. Our Kevlar® speakers are matched with an equally precise silk membrane dome tweeter made of titanium fiber thread and a high quality crossover network to ensure high fidelity and low distortion. The lower distortion levels allow the speaker to be driven harder and handle higher peak power levels. The main benefit our Kevlar® speakers are the clarity and fidelity at which they produce audio.
Note that you can improve the bass response and overall sound quality of in-ceiling speakers by using an enclosure. The Monoprice In-Ceiling Back Enclosure (PID 11942) is designed for use with this speaker.
- Light and rigid, well balanced, yellow woven Kevlar® cone woofers for distortion free reproduction
- Oversized magnets for more bass impact
- Precision titanium silk membrane dome tweeters for sweeter highs and pure sonic clarity
- Pivoting tweeters allow you to point the acoustics to the prime listening position for a more accurate and immersive sonic experience
- Adjustable crossover switch allows you to match the speakers to the sonic characteristics of your listening environment and the location in which you place them
- 80W nominal and 160W maximum power handling capacity ensures that these speakers won't be overdriven or easily blown out
- 8 ohms standard impedance ensures they can be safely driven by even the most modest home theater receivers
Please note that this video shows the specific instructions for installation of PID 4101. However, it is representational of the steps, tools, and types of procedures that would be used for the installation of any in-wall or in-ceiling speaker and is included on this page for reference purposes only. Please refer to the installation instructions of the in-wall or in-ceiling speaker you have for the specific dimensions and installation procedures.
Note that the price listed in the video was the price for PID 4101 at the time the video was made. Prices can fluctuate up and down based on production costs and the value of the US$ against foreign currencies.
|Frequency Response||43 Hz ~ 20 kHz|
|Power Handling Capacity||80 Watts Nominal, 160 Maximum|
|Woofer||8" Kevlar® Woven Cone Woofer w/ 30oz Magnet and rubber surrounds|
|Tweeter||3/4" Titanium Silk Membrane Dome (Pivoting) 20° swivel|
|Voice Coil||⌀35mm K.S.V.|
|Sensitivity||89dB ±2dB (1.0m/2.83V)|
|Crossover||12dB per Octave (with -3dB, -6dB Switch)|
- 2x 8" 2-way in-ceiling speaker w/ grill
- 1x Installation instructions
- 1x Cutout template and paint mask
- 1x Grill removal tool
- 1x Grill putty
DuPont™ and Kevlar® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
Im finishing my basement and using these as stereo speakers in an office. When I got them, I couldnt wait to hook them up and try them out. I hooked them up just laying on the counter - they sounded OK, but not fabulous. There seemed to be quite a lack of bass, I had to turn bass all the way up on the amp to get any at all.
Because of my experiences with them in just open-air, I decided to build small boxes in the ceiling by sticking styrofoam insulation between the floor joists where the speakers were to be installed. The ceiling was insulated with regular R-13 fiberglass, so I shoved the styrofoam up against that, nailed it in and then used spray foam insulation to seal off the sides and cable holes and prevent any rattles. Got the drywall up today and put the speakers in. Installation was a snap and they sound pretty good! The bass has definitely improved considerably having them installed in the boxes in ceiling.
Overall, for this price, these are a no-brainer. Id have liked to have the Polks, Im sure they are better...but I was able to get these speakers plus the A/B switch, volume control knobs, banana plugs, and everything else I needed for this project for what I would have paid for just those other speakers. Sounds like a deal to me!
Monoprice in large carpeted bedroom, Polk in large tiled bath , Speakercraft in tiled smallish kitchen. All appeared to have solid quality builds and were similar to install. Speakercraft was built with an enclosure and looked a bit slicker and had a slightly more solid feel and look with some features that were useless to me - Aimable woofer & tweeter. (all speakers look very similar once installed)
The important thing though is the sound. In short, the Monoprice sound almost as good as the others. I don't normally listen to these speakers at very loud volumes where I guess? the more expensive speakers might stand out. But for normal listening I would say the that the Monoprice speakers are just a bit less "lively" than the others. The midrange doesn't seem to stand out as well as the others - but I suspect that has to do with their placement in a carpeted room vs the tiled rooms where the Polk and Speakercraft are.
I do like music and I think I have a decent ear for quality (My main room system is Denon 2802 with Wharfedale and B&W's- each of the ceiling speakers run off the Denon). In short, the difference between the three speakers is negligible, especially for what I use them for. None of them have fantastic bass, which is expected.
In summary, if money is an issue I would not hesitate to use the Monoprice speakers for music in all rooms. They are just SO much cheaper than everthing else and they definitely do not sound at all like cheap speakers. AT ALL.
Also, I guess I was kind of curious as to why the Speakercrafts were SO much more expensive than the others. I must say that it is not the sound. I was expecting to be blown away - like they would sound 5X better than the Monoprice or Polks. But the sound definitely does not justify the ridiculously high price.
PROS: inexpensive, great sounding
CONS: Be careful tightening the screws to secure the bracket (plastic)... over-tightening may break them. I didnt break any but could see someone doing so if they were not careful
Ease of installation
PROS: Cost definitely. SOUND QUALITY
CONS: None yet
PROS: Great sound, easy installation, pricing you can not beat.
PROS: Ease of install. Looks. Sound.
CONS: speaker mounting with spring tabs not binding posts. adjustments being on back of speaker not front