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Caliber In Ceiling Speakers 6.5 Inch Fiber 3-Way with Concentric Mid/Highs (pair)
Get superior bass response from your in-ceiling speaker installation using these 6-1/2-inch Dual Woofer Micro Flange In-Ceiling Speakers from Monoprice!
Each of these in-ceiling speakers features a 6.5" DuPont™ Kevlar® woofer, a 5.25" Mica Cone mid-bass driver, and a 3/4" Silk Membrane dome tweeter for superior overall frequency response in a single pacakge. They are rated to handle a nominal 80 watts each, with a maximum of 160 watts. The 12dB per octave crossover features a switchable 0dB, -3dB, and -6dB pad to help adjust for extremely "bright" audio environments.
Each order includes two (2) speaker assemblies.
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||50 Hz ~ 20 kHz|
|Power Handling Capacity||80 watts Nominal, 160 watts maximum|
|Woofer||6.5" Kevlar® woven cone with 22 oz. magnet and rubber surround|
|Midbass||5.25" Mica cone with 16.5 oz. magnet and rubber surround|
|Tweeter||0.75" Silk Membrane dome|
|Sensitivity||89dB ±2dB (1.0m/2.83V)|
|Crossover||12dB per Octave (with -3dB, -6dB Switch)|
|Cut-Out Dimensions||12.0" x 5.4" (305 x 137 mm)|
|Overall Dimensions||13.2" x 5.7" (335 x 145 mm)|
- User's Manual (Feb 3, 2011)
DuPont™ and Kevlar® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.
My ceiling is 20 ft. high.
So I've been building a budget home theater for some time, the idea is to find things clearanced, floor models, or reasonably priced.
I bought a Monoprice Sub and was happy with the quality and sound so after much review, I bought the 6816s as my front and the 7605s for the rear. The 6816 went in the wall flanking my 100 inch screen while the 7605 are 23 feet away mounted in the ceilings. The 6317 is under the screen as my center channel. All are being driven by a Denon 2313 (bought as a 1 month old floor model at Best Buy for $400).
My take? The 6816s sound great. I'm not going to preface it with the "for the money" because a pricetag doesnt qualify my standard of what sounds good and what doesnt.
The room doesnt have alot of furniture or carpet in it yet so the midrange is a bit high but I believe once those items are in and with a bit of tuning the sound will greatly improve. I isololated each set of speakers and made the following observations: The 6816s are perfectly suited for front use, they have the necessary upper and midrange to hear all of the effects and sound good with music. The bass response is good to the point that I had to tighten up a metal stud that they were vibrating in the wall. The 7605'have much more bass to them (could be the ceiling mount, my basement has prefab composite rafters which give alot of airspace above and around the speakers) and may sound better overall. The center channel does well with dialog as it is intended. The sub sounds good and a 2nd with the crossovers set to a different range may really fill in the sound. Overall I'm very happy. I bought a set of Bose AM5 series II 25 years ago that these speakers replaced. My cousin was the manager at Silo and his cost plus 10% on these was $400 and they sold for $900 so that gives you an idea of markup (nearly 300%) on speakers. Cut out a few steps in the distribution line and you can sell a qualitiy product at a good price.
One trick on the install, to remove the grills put the pull wire tool in parallel to the base and pull, dont try pulling from the part of the grill facing you, its hard to remove that way. One quick pull and its out.
PROS: Really EZ to install
Good bass response
Good wire connector setup
CONS: Big and heavy, have the room to needed behind and to the sides.
PROS: Good Bass
Clear Voice Reproduction
Great Quality Speakers
Clean and Impressive Appearance
CONS: A little tough to mount speakers in desired locations
PROS: Loud and Clear
I re-purposed these in another room as zone 2 (from the reciever, Denon AVR-1912) and couldnt be happier.
Great speaker, just make sure they'll fit where youre trying to put em!!!
PROS: Sound great, easily compare sound to speakers 10x the price.
CONS: Be aware where you plan to mount these, they are HUGE!
We have an open attic above with blown insulation, so I created a mesh enclosure over the speakers. Four "posts" of wood about 14" high screwed to the rafters then stapled some screen door mesh over them to keep the blown insulation out. Lastly, I rolled pieces of R30 fiberglass insulation (without paper backing) over the boxes. Assume this is helping fill out the sound, but haven't experimented without the insulation yet.
DO NOT use a screw gun to tighten the clamps, you need to be able to feel them engage and they are plastic and deform/break pretty easily.
Also, the switch on the speaker is used to dampen the tweeter in case they are too loud compared to the woofers. You can take off 3 or 6db of volume to try and balance them for your needs.
I love these speakers and if you have the space for the 12" cutouts I highly recommend them.
PROS: Sound is excellent, build is solid, connectors are much improved over my older 8" in-ceiling speakers from monoprice
CONS: Heavy, clamps could be more robust, more clearance for the clamps to accommodate thicker materials would be better, some guidance as to how to position the angled tweeters and mid-range would be nice.
PROS: Great sound, beautiful micro-flange, good price
CONS: Well, the first thing you'll see is the size. How for the love og God are these 6 1/2" speakers. They are 12" speakers, so make sure they' will fit in place before you buy.
Next thing is.... The clamps. My ceiling is plastered with two layers of gypsum board each 3/4" thick. There was no way the clamps could have accomodated. I had to turn them upside down, that got me some clearence.
But since I unscrew the screws and then installed the speakers to make sure they fit, then took them down and finaly tried to install them for the last time, the screws ate up the plastic in the clamps got loose an were not engaging the clamps anymore. Ohhh was that the pain! Literally. It felt like I was lifting 100lb after some time.
Well, it is installed now, so all is good.
PROS: Great sound, much easier to install than expected.
CONS: Price, they are a lot more expensive than the 7604s for the same drivers.
CONS: HUGE!! Not sure how MonoPrice considers these 6-1/2" speakers.
PROS: Great sounding, Meat Beat Big and Bouncy - a very good performance at the price point
CONS: Grill could be easier to install, Costomer service for a UK customer was not great
PROS: They sound great after a few hours of burn in and look nice once painted and installed.
CONS: They are larger than you might think! It can be difficult to place them where you want because of the size.