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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.
The problem is not that the lowest lows are missing (as would be the case with a speaker built of small drivers) but that all of the lower tones are severely attenuated. An 8" Kevlar driver can handle 60-1000hz and roll off down to 40. This speaker slopes off at about 1000hz and then, already vastly attenuated, rolls off even more sharply at 240hz and again at 160hz!
The tweeter, however, is lovely. And it had better be given that a 3khz tone is more than ten times louder than an equivalent 150hz tone on this speaker. I don't have the equipment to test these across a resolute frequency curve I was only able to test in 18hz steps.
The components seems so good yet the combination is so very bad. I didn't measure the caps and inductors to see how they behaved. There may be a simple fix but I didn't look for it. Frankly, the blatant bass attenuation makes these speakers unworthy of any further effort.
PROS: Solid build quality, good cones, good price point for the application
CONS: Crossover problems result in very poor bass. In whole house audio applications, adapting the signal to these speakers (via equalization or tone controls, for example) can result in dull, muddy sounds from other speakers in the system if those other speakers have a more normal response curve (and that would include pretty much every speaker in the world).
PROS: Easy Install
CONS: Can't think of any
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.
I dont think I would use these as primary fronts in a 5.1 system. Fronts to me need to be a little bigger than 8 inches and take on a good amount of power so vocals and explosions etc. can be strong. However as effects speakers in surround sound they rock. And I wouldnt hesitate to install these in the bedroom, kitchen, etc. as general speakers for music. Ive ordered/installed 15 of these as the primary speakers for classroom projector systems at my job. They are plenty loud with even a little 22watt amplifier pushing them in the classroom.
two people for install at home if possible. The 8 speaker is just a hair too big to comfortably palm in one hand, holding in place in the hole in the ceiling, and screwing with the other hand. I managed to do it, but was going very slow to make sure a finger didnt slip into the speaker cone. Once the first clip was tight, I relaxed a little.
The center tweeter horn can be aimed a little off center to direct the highs to your favored chair. Also be sure to properly adjust your surround sound system to compensate for the distance the speaker is to your ear. Any decent system will allow for this, and is detrimental to getting the sound to your ear at the right timing so you dont have phase or delay problems.
The cardboard it came in is handy to cut up and use to block the ceiling insulation from getting back into the speaker.
10 out of 10 for excelling in what I intended it do to. 8 out of 10 for front speakers in a 5.1 system. 8 out of 10 in music loudness before it sounded like it was being overloaded with an 80watt system.
And in a theater setup you have a dedicated sub for the really low deep bass and let these handle the high and mids which they do extremely well.
One added benefit is the apparent lack of audio carry over outside the home as well. I have these all through the house and on the back patio and when I crank the music up to what is a very loud level in the house I can go outside at night and the audio doesn't carry outside my home even with all my windows open. I've had these cranked up so high at night that I can vacuum and still listen to music, but when I step outside I can't hear the music at all. I guess its a combination of them being mounted in the ceiling and the directional tweeters pointing straight down. On my covered patio you can clearly hear all audio aspects but If I step out from underneath it unless I have them cranked all the way up it won't bother my neighbors right next door.
This is my new standard in home speaker going forward. For the price you can't beat the performance for either a ambient audio or home theater speaker.
PROS: - Easy to install with the rotating clips that lock it in place.
- Great sound, high end and mid-range sound great.
- Build quality looks very good.
- Audio quality is consistent from one speaker to the next
- Can't beat the price for performance anywhere else!
- Monoprice ships the same day you order if you make the cutoff time
- If the site says its in stock then it is and it will ship
- No issues so far with all the ones I've ordered to date.
- Great pre and post sales/tech support from monoprice.
CONS: - Low frequency bass is a little flat
- I wish the crossover selector was on the face so you didn't have to remove the speaker form the ceiling to adjust. As it is its on the back of the speaker.
- Very nice to have directional tweeters but they don't have very much range of angular adjustment.
These sell locally for $100 each so I expected them to blow the $30 speakers away.
The sound, build quality, and appearance of the Monoprice $30 speaker was better IMHO than the $100 Yamaha speaker.
The Monoprice go in my living room and the Yamaha go into the basement.
I'm sure I'll be happy with both systems, but that's a lot of $$$$ difference between them.
PROS: Good looks, well built, and good sound. Easy to install, just use a stud finder to miss the studs.
CONS: Not a lot of bass, but I can turn the bass up if needed. You only get so much soud out od an 8 inch speaker.
PROS: Easy install
PROS: Easy install. Great sound
There are several reviews complaining about the bass which can be inexpensively corrected with a couple simple tweaks.
The speakers should be used with the 11942 back enclosure which unfortunately makes the bass is bloated, and undefined as supplied without damping .
To damp use a 1'-1.5" convoluted foam mattress (ripples facing inward) to line the sides and bottom which damps the enclosure dropping the resonant frequency. The result is full rich sound with good imaging after adjusting the high frequency attenuation for the specific room acoustics, -3db worked the best for my home.
PROS: Good quality
Great sound for the price
Blend well in the ceiling