Hi, I’ve had them for about 3 month and the Centre channel just came back in stock. I love the way they look and sound. They aren’t super high end but for the price I love the value. I went with extra speakers for music so these are just surround sound. I painted 2 of the exterior grills black and they look great.
I have the 8” round ribbon tweeter as overhead in our theater. The sound exceeded my expectations, imaging is good and I’d buy the same model again if I had to. I also use the in wall ribbon tweeter as fronts behind the projection screen, also exceeded my expectations with good sound quality and staging.
I'm thinking of using 5 of these 6.5" speakers for Front, Center and Rear along with 4 of the 6.5"ceiling speakers and the 10" Alpha sub. 5.1.4 If that sounds doable would I be OK to mount them on their sides to keep the height of the TV closer to eye level?
Mounting any in-wall speaker sideways should work fine (unless the speaker says otherwise). Keep in mind though, when you do that you may be altering the acoustic properties of the speak as many are not tested in that orientation. If you need a finely tuned system or specific sweet spot in the room, that may be more difficult with them sideways. Additionally, if you're using the 6.5 speakers as rear channels, you may want to use more powerful ones in the front and center to balance the sounds better for theater style usage. In most theater the front and center changes are significantly more powerful than the side and rear channels as those are used more for environment and ambiance. Good luck, hope it sounds great.
Solid build, look nice on the wall but sound disappointing
Install went smooth, despite flimsy clips (I broke two installing center speaker). Metal screws it comes with are easy to break just if you accidentally over-torque it even by hand. Grill is awesome, high quality and holds really well. Overall, I am please how they look.
Next is sounds. I am somewhat disappointed. I have a dedicated sub, so I do not need them to go low, however they sound so tiny, my wife compared them to a toilet sound. They are not broken in yet, but I doubt it will change much. For comparison, I have Warfendale 6.5" bookshelf speakers, and from the box you could see that driver moves effortlessly, where amber speaker is very stiff and thin. Is there some electronic behind them that does something weird? When I adjust sound, they crack, especially while playing something bass heavy. It feels like there is something between receiver and driver that does a poor job. Finally, description says it is a ribbon tweeter, however it is flat plastic piece. I have Martin Logan ribbon twitter, and they look different, you can actually see it is folded unlike amber.
I am somewhat satisfied, since these speakers are for TV in a small room, however they have poor sound reproduction.
In fairness, I'm only using these for back channel speakers so they aren't being taxed all that much. But they sound good and installed easily so I'm happy. My only grip is that the printed instructions that I read prior to taking delivery described an entirely different wire connector that I ran around looking for, and then didn't need. Otherwise everything was great.
I ordered these Amber speakers after reading some reviews on AVS Forum. While inexpensive, that is not always a sign of low-quality speakers. They came well packages, and their weight and good build quality was apparent when I took them out of the box. The instructions were pretty good, and the install went quickly (well, once I moved the hole up because of a hidden electrical box, but not the speaker's fault). After install and calibrating using my AVR, I found that I had to actually reduce the output to the speaker because they were coming in louder than the other speakers, even at the same volume level. I used these as surround speakers, but even for them I am getting nice sound and they look and sound very nice in my home theater.