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New Sonos Amp

Discussion in 'audio' started by gavreid, Feb 12, 2019 at 1:18 PM.

  1. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

  2. John

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  3. gavreid

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  4. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Early review in What Hifi. Sonos fed a pair of £8k speakers from it
     
  5. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    I started that other thread and will probably buy one.
    I have a nice REL sub and just wanted to ditch my existing Monitor Audio soundbar and build a speaker wall around my 65" TV and create a simple 2.1 system.

    I'm not sure about the new Sono in-wall speakers (made by Sonance). They do have the advantage of being compatible with the Sonos Trueplay thing.
    There seems to be loads of othjer options and the new Sonos Amp seems to have a decent poke to get any speaker working (especially when matched to a sub).

    Anyone like to suggest tasty in-wall speakers under £1000/pair?

    I know the Sonos amp Sub output can have the crossover frequency adjusted in 10Hz steps so they are making their gear more open to non Sonos gear finally.
     
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  6. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    There are a lot a B&W and KEF models. I guess they have to be matched very carefully to the particular room, I'd be worth talking to a specialist dealer for that kind of spend I think.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019 at 4:31 PM
  7. PeteVid

    PeteVid pfm Member

    I thought it looked interesting but then on viewing the spec it seemed lacking on the number of inputs.
     
  8. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Yes, I'd be more interested in something that acted more like a decoder and streamer as an input to a pre, kind of device...
     
  9. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    I'd have liked to have seen at least a pair of RCA line outs.
     
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  10. brumjam

    brumjam pfm Member

    I’ve used these Kef models before and thought they were excellent:

    https://www.ceiling-speakers.co.uk/...products/kef-ci200rs-thx-in-wall-speaker-each
     
  11. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

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  12. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    I must look into those Kefs. I liked the look of that driver when it was released but didn't look at the details.

    Interesting use if a 38mm tweeter. Looks like they have implemented some form of horn loading which I'm always in favour of with tweeters. Must find some cross sections...

    Thanks for the heads up as they are right on budget.
     
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  13. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    Always thought that in ceiling speakers, even decent ones such as from B&W or KEF are at the mercy of the ceiling construction. Practicalities such as the condition of the ceiling plasterboard, the depth of cavity between ceiling & the floorboards above, the insulation, the gap between the joists, etc. For that reason, I wouldn’t spend overmuch or equally have massive expectations of the sound quality of this type of speaker. Fine for a spread of casual listening, fine for surround/atmos channels etc but not so much for serious listening needs.
    Only my opinion.
     
  14. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    Yes, I'd agree but these are for in wall use and you really need to be building dedicated construction with say 18mm MDF baffle and a sealed rear enclosure.
     
  15. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    I think that in-wall speakers (especially those in solid walls) can sound quite amazing!

    A baffle that size has zero diffraction. No cabinet to resonate, no stands needed, no wires in the way.. The only problem to overcome can be getting speakers on axis if the drivers demand it, but this can be overcome. So can room nodes and primary reflections.

    I really like(d) ceiling speakers as rear channels too, (I say liked because Dolby released Atmos and screwed that up!!)
     
  16. andyoz

    andyoz pfm Member

    They are also an infinite baffle so avoid the rear wall reflection cancellation dip in the bass and radiation efficiency at low frequencies is much improved. Proper studuo monitors are mounted in wall for a reason....
     

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