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    Amber In-Wall Speaker 8in 2-way with Ribbon Tweeter (single)
    Product # 13686
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    Amber In-Wall Speaker 8in 2-way with Ribbon Tweeter (single)

    8-inch Aluminum In-Wall Speaker with Ribbon Tweeter

    This in-wall speaker is the perfect combination of performance and style. The use of an aluminum woofer means that the speaker can hit harder, go lower, and handle more power with significantly less distortion than conventional driver materials. The ribbon tweeter is lighter and more responsive than dome tweeters, which means that they produce highs and mids with more delicacy and detail than with conventional designs.

    Louder with Less Power | Higher Power Handling with Less Distortion

    Control High Frequencies | Easy to Install | Use up to 10AWG Cable

    8-inch 2-way In-Ceiling Speaker with Ribbon Tweeter

    Sound Quality
    Sound Quality

    Sound Quality: Life is too short for speakers that don't sound great! We believe that the whole point of listening to music is to hear it as the artist intended. Our engineers and audio experts have spent countless hours listening to and comparing various speakers until we were satisfied we had found models that fit our demanding standards.

    Style: While Monoprice believes in function over form, there is nothing wrong with having speakers that look good, too. This in-wall speaker helps reduce clutter by getting your speakers off the floor or bookshelves, and the metal grille can be painted to match your wall, so it virtually disappears from view.

    Simplicity: Installation is as easy as it can get. Use the included cutout template to mark your wall, make the cut, then using only a screwdriver, secure the speaker to the wall with the easy install mounting tabs.

    Aluminum gives you higher sensitivity, deeper bass, and higher power handling.

    8-inch Aluminum In-Wall Speaker with Ribbon Tweeter

    Aluminum woofers are lighter and stiffer than conventional materials used in speaker manufacturing. The speaker cone is more sensitive to power, which means that you get more volume using less power. Additionally, the stiffer material means deeper bass and higher power handling, with significantly less distortion.

    Ribbon tweeters are much lighter and more responsive than conventional cone or dome designs. They can respond to audio signals much quicker and can therefore reproduce music with a delicacy and level of detail that is truly stunning to hear!

    8-inch Aluminum In-Wall Speaker with Ribbon Tweeter

    • 160 watts maximum input power
    • 8" carbon fiber woofer with rubber surround
    • 4.5" x 3" ribbon tweeter
    • 50Hz ~ 20kHz frequency response
    • Paintable magnetic grille

    Tools Recommended for Installation

    Recommended Tools

    • Stud finder
    • Carpenter's level
    • Marking pen or pencil
    • Electric drill
    • 14AWG CL2 in-wall rated speaker wire (SKU 2821)
    • Wire strippers
    • Phillips screwdriver

    1 Year Warranty


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    Quality at a Fair Price

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    Service & Support

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    Speaker Type 2-way in-wall
    Woofer 8" aluminum cone with rubber surround
    Tweeter 4.5" x 3" ribbon
    Frequency Response 50Hz ~ 20kHz
    Crossover Frequency 3.7kHz
    Nominal Impedance 8 ohms
    Power Handling Capacity (RMS) 80 watts
    Power Handling Capacity (Peak) 160 watts
    Sensitivity (2.83V) 89dB
    Overall Dimensions 14.1" x 10.0" x 4.0" (358 x 255 x 103 mm)
    Cutout Dimensions 12.71" x 8.66" x 3.54" (323 x 220 x 90 mm)
    Weight (each) 6.9 lbs. (3.15kg)

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    Is the grill magnetic?
    James H on Nov 22, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I just bought 3 of these. The grill is not magnetic.
    How would these work in the ceiling for atmos height speakers? I wander how the dispersion would be with the ribbon tweeter. I'm using the 3 way ambers for front LCR channels. Would these just be overkill or would it be worth it to match all speakers? Anyone doing this same setup?
    Matt A on Apr 5, 2017
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    BEST ANSWER: Full disclosure: I don't have these in use for a matched atmos setup. As for ceiling mounting these speakers, IMO they are a bit heavy for that. I use them as rear surrounds and highly recommend them for that purpose. For ceiling mount speakers, the caliber series should be more than sufficient and are quite a bit easier on the wallet. Personnally, I wouldn't trust the mounting tabs to hold these in any type of ceiling, especially if you plan on pumping a lot of volume out of them. But ultimately all this is your call. If you do what you are proposing, and can support the weight of the speakers, you will be quite happy with the results, but will have spent more than is necessary for similar outcomes. Best of luck to you!
    Can this be mounted in a ceiling, or would a box be required for ceiling installation? Otherwise, which in-ceiling speaker to to recommend to go with this?
    Mark K on Nov 8, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I mounted 4 of these directly in the ceiling for Atmos. The speakers work and sound a lot better than the price suggests.
    Is the ribbon tweeter orientation specific? If I wanted to mount these horizontally, would that not work due to the tweeter orientation? Or is the tweeter able to be rotated?
    James Y on Jun 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your interest in these speakers. The tweeter will not rotate. They are designed to be used in the vertical orientation.
    Can I use a custom backer box or a dynamat en-wall with these? I’m looking to install them in a wall that adjoins a bedroom.
    New User U on Nov 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use either. I am working on a project to get full speaker specs together for for our DIY'ers to build their own cabinets for our in-wall and ceiling speakers.
    I want to use these in a wall with sound dampening. Can I use a custom made backer box with these speakers?
    A shopper on Nov 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. I am working on a project to get full speaker specs together for for our DIY'ers to build their own cabinets for our in-wall and ceiling speakers.
    What is the Xmax of the woofer? I'm looking to add a box with passive radiators. Thanks!
    MOIZ U H on Aug 12, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your interest in this in-wall speaker. You have inspired me to collect data for all of our in-wall and ceiling speakers. We have a lot of DIY'ers who will benifit from this info.

    Driver specs for 13686-
    FS=50.437 Hz
    RE=7.2 ohms
    SD=21.382square meters
    I am thinking about buying this to put in a rebuild of an antique Stereo cabinet. Would this be a good choice? Should I buy 1 or 2. The cabinet is about 30"X30"
    New User U on Aug 2, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You would need two for a stereo environment if your cabinet has room for them. I purchase 4 pairs of various round and rectangular speakers all with the same size of woofer and this model sounded the best of all of them,.
    How do these compare to the Caliber (6816) version?
    A shopper on Jul 11, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your interest in this in-wall speaker. The aluminum driver will hit harder while the fiber of the 6816 is a little warmer. Mids are very similar. Ribbon highs are much smoother and crisper.
    5.0 / 5.0
    8 Reviews
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    Unbelievable clarity!
    Absolutely amazing clarity from the ribbon tweeter! With the volume vey low, you can still hear every detail from the back of the room. Impressive! They look so good I want to leave the grills off!

    PROS: Superb accuracy and very solid construction.

    CONS: Crossover switch is on the back of the speaker. I can see how it made the build simpler, but it was a pain taking the speakers in and out of the wall to see which setting sounded best.
    April 6, 2016
    Wow....Amazing. DO NOT hesitate to purchase these speakers.
    I looked at these speakers for about 2 months before finally purchasing them. So, to be completely honest, I really thought that Monoprice was deleting negative reviews. But I decided to give the following speakers a try ( 2 sets of Alpha In Ceiling Speakers 8 Inch Carbon Fiber 2-way (pair), 2 Amber In Wall Speaker 8-inch 2-way with Ribbon Tweeter (single), 1 Alpha In Wall Center Channel Speaker Dual 5.25 Inch Carbon Fiber 2-way (single), and 2 Amber 6.5-inch Carbon Fiber 3-way In-Wall Column Speaker with Ribbon Tweeter (each).) I purchased these speakers for a Dolby Atmos Home Theater set up. I have these speakers connected to a Onkyo TX-RZ810 receiver. I cannot say enough good things about these speakers. They are very Crisp, and have a very clean and clear sound. The speakers look absolutely amazing as well. I wish I could upload some pictures to show how well they look. I would not hesitate on purchasing these speakers. You WILL be satisfied.

    PROS: Great Speakers, Great Price, Look beautiful

    CONS: These speakers DO NOT have magnetic grills .Monoprice states that they are Magnetic, but they are not. Shipping is higher than it should be. (Not really a default of the speakers, but I wish Monoprice would have better shipping rates)
    October 1, 2016
    Amazing sound
    I initially had two of these in my cart, but after reading the reviews of the tremendous sound (and also being a bit skeptical of reviews), I went with one just to ease into the purchase. Holy crap, this thing is amazing. It's currently in the ceiling of my 25'x35' garage and it sounds absolutely amazing. I couldn't imagine needing a second one - I haven't even pushed it to it's limits in volume. Highly recommend.
    February 13, 2017
    11 months ago
    Awesome speakers
    Great little speakers. Sound great in a fairly large room. Wish they had magnetic grills though...
    February 9, 2017
    1 year ago
    Best sounding ceiling speakers ever...especially after boxes were added!
    I installed a set of these as ceiling speakers in our main living space. They were an upgrade for a set of 8" Monoprice Caliber speakers that we installed several years ago. I was always happy with the Calibers, but the improvement in sound is incredible! I now hear things that I never knew were there, in songs I have listened to for years. I cannot overstate the incredible clarity and accuracy provided by the ribbon tweeters. Unbelievable at this price point.

    These speakers absolutely need to be broken in, more so than any others I've used. Initially the sound was tinny and even piercing at higher volumes, and a spectrum analyzer showed gaping holes in the mid-range frequencies. In some rock songs, distorted rhythm guitars and backing vocals could barely be heard.

    After about 2 months (80-100 hours total listening time), the sound quality improved dramatically, becoming much warmer and full, and the spectrum analyzer showed a surprisingly even and flat frequency response.

    After using them for several months, the only thing missing was the bottom end that I know 8" woofers should be capable of providing. So, I calculated and built tuned and ported cabinets for them. The difference was unbelievable! They sounded great before, but with tuned/ported boxes, these speakers absolutely came alive! I would never expect ceiling speakers to have a soundstage, but if you stand in the right place, the sound is incredibly transparent and dynamic. In a house filled with way too much audio gear, I can't believe that a set of ceiling speakers are currently providing my favorite listening spot.

    Also, for those who are concerned about tweeter dispersion, I wouldn't be. These are mounted in 11 foot ceilings, and the sound is still incredible even 15 feet off axis.

    Pros: Surprisingly transparent and accurate sound
    December 20, 2017
    3 months ago
    Great speakers. Great value.
    Don't have them wall mounted yet but tried them out in the open just to test the ribbon tweeters. Not disappointed. The airy highs sound amazing. Quality of components looks very good as well. Can't wait to mount them but so far I am very impressed with the quality and value. This is starting to sound boring but.....Well done Monoprice (as usual)!!
    September 2, 2017
    4 months ago
    Haven't had a chance to do much more than bench testing yet, but these speakers look great and appear to be constructed very well. I did confirm that it is a true ribbon tweeter which at this price point is amazing.
    December 23, 2015
    Wall speaker
    Nice looking. I bet it will sound great after I install it
    October 3, 2016


    In Stock This item should ship tomorrow (1/22/2018) if ordered within 9 hours 10 minutes