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BIC America HT8W 8-Inch 3-Way Acoustech Series In-Wall Speakers, 1 Pair
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- 8" Poly Graphite Woofer
- 2.5" Volume-adjustable Poly Midrange
- 1" Volume-adjustable Pivoting, Titanium Tweeter
- Freq Resp: 38hz-25khz
- Three-way in wall speaker system
- 1-inch titanium dome tweeter, 2,5-inch poly midrange, and an 8-inch poly/graphite woofer
- 10-175 watts per channel, 375 watts dynamic peak
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- Brand Name: BIC
- Model Number: HT8W
- Color: White
- Speaker Type: Surround; Wall-Mount
- Speakers Maximum Output Power: 175 Watts
HT-8W in-wall speakers were specifically developed to exceed the demands of in-wall speakers. They incorporate pivoting 1-inch titanium tweeters that are center-mounted in their massive magnet 8-inch woofers. Their tweeters offer highs beyond audible range. For assistance in reproducing mids (lost in many other in-wall speakers), the HT-8W also include dual .5-inch poly midranges. Self resetting thermal cut-offs protect them from over-load. Metal mounting brackets are included for post-construction. Optional M-8R rough-in-kits are available for pre-construction. Ideal for use with all surround and music formats.
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I installed the first pair as surrounds with a 13 year old 5.1 Panasonic receiver. The walls are 1/2" drywall with fiberglass insulation. The speakers are installed at eye level when standing. The room is 23' wide by 30' long. Once installed, I set the adjustments on each speaker to "0." At this point, the speakers sounded only okay as surrounds as they didn't seem to fit well with my setup (I am using 25 year old BIC ventury floor speakers in the front and a Mirage center from an old setup). However, since I knew that my other speakers were not matching and my receiver was old, I left them in place. Following this, I installed the other 2 speakers as rear surrounds , also at eye level when standing, and ordered a Denon 7.2 receiver/amp (AVR-3311CI). This amp comes with Audyssey MultEQ room correction and EQ, which I ran immediately after connecting to all my speakers and 2 subs (one sub is a custom in wall and the other a 500W 12" JBL). Audyssey determined that my BIC floor speakers were capable down to 40 Hz and the HT8W in wall BICs were good down to 60 Hz. Because Audyssey determined my center channel was only capable to 200 Hz, it set the crossover for the subs to 120Hz. With the room correction and EQ, this caused the speakers to come together and sound amazing. The only issue I had at this point was the bass and subs, as something just didn't sound right. THX says the crossover for all speakers to the subs should be set to 80 Hz, so that's what I manually changed my settings to, and it fixed the problem. Once this adjustment was made, the system sounded solid, matched completely with the BIC fronts, and put my Mirage center to shame. To really hear these speakers in action, I play music in "multi channel stereo" which is like "party" mode on other receivers. The highs are crisp, VERY detailed, mids are accurate, and lows sufficient for their size and for being in wall. At low volume all the way to reference levels, the speakers maintain amazing clarity and precision. While some reviews have said that BIC was trying to copy Klipsch, they may or may not have been, but the end result is that they sound VERY comparable to the Klipsch. I will be buying many more of these for my other rooms and for the ceiling of the living room when I upgrade to Atmos down the road. I will also be buying more of these to replace the center and floor speakers.
In summary, make sure you set your crossover for the speakers to subs at 80 or 100 Hz, use fiberglass insulation behind the speakers, and don't blame the speakers for the characteristics of the room (or use an EQ) if you have a large, odd shaped, and/or echoing room. If you do these things, you'll have Klipsch quality speakers at an unbeatable price. And if these speakers are built with the same quality as the 25 year old BIC floor speakers I have, your in walls will be WELL worth the money.
Bass isn't there but I don't think it has anything to do with the speakers (wall, tight space and so on). Sub woofer is a MUST.
However, DO NOT BUY the matching ceiling speaker - it is horrible, sound is so different (very loud mids).
Grills are very tight and hard to remove - both good (they will not fall down) and bad (but once you set them up you shouldn't have to remove them).
Installing them in the wall was easy. I had one place where there were 2 studs which were about 7 inches apart and I got some contractor and he was able to install the speaker by mounting the screws into the 2 studs instead of using the wall bracket which comes with the speaker. For the other 3 speakers, I was able to easily mount the speakers with the bracket provided. You will need about 30 - 45 minutes per speaker for mounting if you are doing this for the first time.
These speakers should work great for movies too.. I have not watched a movie yet with the new speakers but I will update the review after watching a couple of movies.
I am amazed that the price of these speakers is so low. These speakers can be easily compared with some of the speakers which cost at $500 or more per set. Try these out, you will love them. I have tried a different variety of Polk audio RTI, LSI7, Infinity and Bic Venturi speakers and am aware of how budget speakers sound. This is my first time in trying out In-Wall speakers and the sound from these speakers compares well with the floorstanding speakers. My wife is also happy with the BIC America HT8W In-Wall and that makes a big difference...
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The installation is a bit of pain, as pointed out by other reviewers.Read more