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Aria Ceiling Speakers 6.5-Inch Dual Input Stereo 2-Way (pair)
These in-ceiling speakers feature a triple driver design with two pivoting titanium silk membrane dome tweeters for superior sonic performance. The woofer is constructed of an advanced glass composite to deliver high fidelity, distortion-free audio. Each speaker features two sets of speaker wire terminals, allowing you to wire each speaker for single-speaker stereo. When using single speaker stereo, you can achieve good stereo separation by pointing the tweeters in different directions to allow the sound to reflect around and fill the room.
- Exotic glass composite woofer for distortion free reproduction
- Oversized magnets for more impactful bass
- Dual precision titanium silk membrane dome tweeters for broad frequency spectrum, 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
- 40W nominal and 100W maximum power handling capacity provides ample headroom so these drivers won't be easily overdriven or blown out
- 8 ohms standard impedance ensure they can be safely driven by even the most modest home theater receivers
- To wire a speaker for single speaker stereo mode, keep the jumper set to the "Standard single speaker stereo" selection. Wire one of the sets of speaker terminals normally, with red/positive wired to red/positive. For the other set of speaker terminals, connect the wires in the reverse to a normal connection with the red/positive source connected to the black/negative terminal and the black/negative source connected to the red/positive terminal. This ensures that you will not exerience any phase cancellation of the audio from each driver.
- For normal operation, set the jumper to the "parallel connection" option. Wire the speaker normally, with red/positive going to red/positive and black/negative going to black/negative. It does not matter which of the two terminals sets you connect to the audio source.
- 2x 6.5" 3-way In-Ceiling Speaker w/ grill
- 1x Installation instructions
- 1x Cutout template and paint mask
- 1x Grill removal tool
- 1x Grill putty
Please note that the video on this page 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.
- User's Manual (Aug 30, 2011)
|Frequency Response||57 Hz ~ 20 kHz|
|Power Handling Capacity||40 Watts x 2 Nominal, 100 Watts x 2 Maximum|
|Woofer||6.5" Glass Composite Woofer w/ 13.3oz Magnet and rubber surrounds|
|Tweeter||Dual 1" Titanium Silk Membrane Dome (Pivoting) 20° swivel|
|Sensitivity||85dB ±2dB (1.0m/2.83V)|
|Crossover||12dB per Octave|
If the amp's mono mode is a "Bridge Mono" then this will not work. You will need to get these stereo speakers. You will run left and right wire pairs to the first speaker then attach left and right to the second speaker in parallel. Your amp will need to be stable to 4Ω, should be if it will run bridge mono.
If you still need further assistance contact customer service for further explanation.
If my rooms have two speakers in the ceiling, meaning I don't need to run a single speaker in stereo, why would I choose this versus the Caliber series - 4103 or 4104 for instance? Which is the better option if I am going to have two speakers in the room already?
My ceiling is 20 ft. high.
Also, what impedance would the AVR see?
I had anticipated tepid performance at best I could not have been more
wrong. We have fairly large rooms. I installed the speakers (two pairs)
in a room of 36' x 51' x 17' (ht). I augmented them with a Klipsch C3 and
a Klipsch subwoofer KSW-10 as their speaker drivers approximate the
characteristics of the 4619's.
About all that we watch in that room is the evening news, so I had fully
expected this combination to prove adequate. What a surprise. Once I
got the receiver (150W RMS x 5) "dialed-in," I realized that I had grossly
underestimated the 4619's. I played some acoustic music DVD's and
was very pleasantly surprised. (I've performed acoustic music since the
1960's.) I then tried The Stones', Bridges to Babylon and Voodoo Lounge
DVD's. Very impressive not only in raw SPL but presence, too. And, yes, I
intentionally over-drove them (albeit, briefly) but the speakers took it
all in stride.
I strongly urge that you construct/buy substantial enclosures for these.
Without belaboring the physics involved, stay away from cubical dimensions.
I'd suggest that you consider modeling your efforts on the Polk RTI-A3's
doing so worked well for me. Do construct them from mdf or something
of similar density. Make sure that they will "sit" square to the ceiling to
obviate "buzz." Lowes has a 3.5 gallon bucket which will do in a pinch
(51596-03205, I think!). Be sure to remove the handle first, lest the result
sound as though a squadron of angry African bees has taken up residence
in your attic. (I used these buckets as a stop-gap until I got around to
making more proper enclosures.)
This thread offers excellent installation recommendation specifics do follow
them. Most specifically, make sure that you run-in the four screws on each
speaker before attempting to install them. True to form, I got a speaker
with one completely un-threaded screw. (Make sure that any substitute
screw has an un-threaded gap ... or, at least, reduce the torque setting
on your driver-drill. A fine thread will result in better and uniform binding
force, though it's not likely to prove critical.) To minimize mess, you might
consider putting your keyhole saw through a large diameter paper cup and
cutting from the room-side of the ceiling.
On a more general note, I've been buying from MonoPrice for quite some
time and their service has always been exemplary.
The major issue with these speakers are the mounting screws. They are thin, very light weight, and phillips head. I have installed many in wall and ceiling speakers, but when using these, the screws tend to bend and the bending pops the locks out the tracking. After running into this issue with about 25% of the screws, I replaced them with quality torx screw from Lowes. They are very inexpensive, and from now on when installing these speakers, I will do this with every screw before hand.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a half of pound of screws for an extra few bucks. You won't regret it, and you will have plenty left over for fixing things around the house.
PROS: The price is outstanding. Well packaged and no problem with delivery
CONS: Non as of yet
PROS: Economical great sound.
CONS: A bit difficult to reinsert the metal grill after installation of the speaker in the ceiling. But overall, not so bad.
PROS: - Cannot beat the price
- Great Sound Quality
- Very easy to install, some people say they had issues with the screws on the speakers, I had no issues.
- Quick shipping and the speakers were not damaged during shipping.
CONS: - The jumper cables between Stereo (one speaker in a room) and Parallel settings on the speakers can be difficult to move from one setting to the other. When I switched the speaker settings from Stereo to Parallel setting, I broke off the Mono Stereo connection points on a quarter of the speakers I installed. Not a big deal because I am going to keep them on the Parallel setting but might be an issue for people who are going to be change the speaker settings back and forth.
After first installing the speakers and firing them up from my receiver amp, I was a little disappointed by the sound, but after going through the speaker tuning process on my receiver I am very impressed with the field of sound. I'm assuming that their dynamic range is far superior to my previous speakers, so make sure to tune your receiver after installation.
PROS: Price! These are half the price of the same speakers sold at Lowes/Home-depot/BestBuy!
Quality! These speakers are beefy, and well made with quality materials!
Installation (once holes are made [see Cons]) is very easy and looks great.
Aesthetic! Quality materials means a heavy duty speaker grill made of a thicker gauge material than comparable speakers, meaning that don't easily "dent" or bow.
CONS: Drilling/cutting the holes necessary for installing these speakers is not a beginner level task. Dry wall and/or plaster work is much harder than it seems, if you want the finished installation to look good. Having the right tools is essential! For the round speakers, you can order a specific large radius hole cutter tool. I recommend: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003LR5U7C/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00
I am very happy with the sound quality of my Monoprice speakers and I would strongly recommend buying these. The sound quality is top notch and easily matches (if not exceeds) certain retail-purchased speakers.
As far as installation goes, I followed the recommendations listed in the other reviews and they were a great help. THe most important bit of information that I learn from these reviews was to loosen (or rotate) the screws that activate the clips that hold the speaker to the ceiling BEFORE placing the speaker into the ceiling. Sometimes the initial torque that you place on the screw can cause it to jump out of the cylinder that guides it. Therefore, if you rotate the screw around beforehand, it works its way through the cylinder and loosens it up so that when you put the speaker in the ceiling the screw won't jump from its housing.
PROS: Great quality/craftsmanship, great performance, much cheaper than similarly priced retail models.
CONS: Minor Issue: The screws used to activate the clips that hold the speaker to the ceiling sometimes pop out of their housing if not properly loosened before installation (see review for more details).
PROS: Unbelievable sound for the money, great product! Would recommend them to anyone!