Top critical review
Decent sound, relatively easy to install
June 3, 2011
I purchased these speakers for use as my side channels in my 7.1 surround sound system. I was surprised at how easy they were to install. I'd rate my "handiness" skill as amaturish at best, but a friend and I were able to get these installed in the ceiling and working in under 1 hr. The hardest part was cutting the hole in the ceiling. The speakers come with a cardboard stencil to draw the line for the cut and the design of the speaker itself is pretty forgiving in case you're not so hot with the drywall saw. Once the hole was in the ceiling, the speakers go in and after a quick twist of the screwdriver, they're in.
They sound pretty good for ceiling speakers and they definitely serve my purpose as side channels. I probably wouldn't opt to use them as my primary speakers, but they're not bad. I'm considering buying another set or two to set up a whole home system for music and install them in the bedroom and the office.
Pros: Ease of installation, they look great and sound pretty good
Cons: They're not going to replace your main speakers, and although they say that they're paintable, painting the grill requires you to use spray paint so not to gum up the grill. This may make it difficult to match your existing paint. I didn't paint mine, but they still look really good in their original white and match my light switch and outlet covers.