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Equipment Review: AudioSource AS8S 8" 3-way In-Wall Speaker

In my home theater I decided to use in-wall speakers as my front left right and center speakers. I bought the AudioSource 8" 3 way speaker model IW8. It is a 3 way speaker similar to the AS8S two way speaker listed below.

In my home theater I decided to use in-wall speakers as my front left right and center speakers. I bought the AudioSource 8" 3 way speaker model IW8. It is a 3 way speaker similar to the AS8S two way speaker listed below.

Now these may just be the Cheap Dave dream speakers. They can be found on Amazon and EBay for less than $100 a pair. I was a little nervous about buying the speakers online without getting to hear them. When I was making this decision my home theater was still just bare 2x6 studs.

So I bought one pair from Amazon. I figure it was a small risk. I had then for a while before I was able to hook them up but when I wired my HT room up I immediately hooked them up and started to play them. Again this was still several months before the room would be finished and the speakers had to try to fill a much larger space. But they sounded good and were able to produce clean loud sound in less than ideal conditions.

So I went ahead and bought 3 more pairs since I was planning on doing a 7.1 system. When the room was completed I installed the speakers. It was really pretty easy. But in the process of soundproofing the room I hade to make a tough decision. Two of my walls act as double walls and I realized that putting in-wall speakers in those walls would defeat the soundproofing. So I ended up just using the in-wall speakers as my front Left, right and center speakers. I also have two in wall subs. But all of these are on outside walls of the house. So I don't worry about the sound transmission.

So I have a couple of extra pairs. That is the risk I took and I plan to use at least one par elsewhere in the house.
So now that my system is up and running how does it sound. Fine is the main answer. I know speakers are a very important part of any home theater and if you put a dozen different models on a selector switch and changed between them you can notice all kinds of differences. But also that test at the hi-fi store doesn't't necessarily tell you what that speaker will sound like in your room. So without having other speakers to compare to I can't say whether these are the best speakers every or not. But they do what I need them to do as defined in the cheap dave philosophy.

I wanted the 8" woofers for added bass and they do a good job putting out lots of bass. So it is possible you could get away without a separate sub with these speakers. (you can always add one later). Also by having a speaker with good bass you have your choice in configuring your amplifier. You can set it for large speakers and it will send more bass to those speakers or set it to small and it wll direct the bass to the sub. Options are a good thing.

The tweeters can be aimed towards you seating position which is a nice feature. And the three way design should help with voices. (note mine are a 3 way model that I still see available on EBay but Amazon has a 2 way model with nearly identical specs).

I have always been puzzled why in-wall speakers seem to be so expensive. they don't even have a cabinet for goodness sake. I think it has more to do with the fact that they primarily exist in the realm of the professionally designed and installed whole house sound system. But the way I look at it in-wall speakers are all about the drivers.

These speakers appear to have good quality drivers at a fraction of the price of some in-wall speakers. So I recommend the AudioSource in-wall speakers for a Cheap Dave approved home theater with that professionally designed look. High wife appeal, high Cheap Dave appeal.

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