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7 Best In Wall Speakers for Your Listening Pleasure [Detailed Reviews]

The in wall speaker is a cousin of ceiling speakers. Both types of speakers offer a lot of flexibility and options in rearranging your speakers in a way that doesn’t add clutter to your living space. In wall speakers are best for space-saving surround sound audio.

With the different varieties of speakers out in the market, narrowing yourself down to one can be daunting. There are many things you need to navigate that can deplete your experience. We’ve compiled a buying guide to walk anyone from A to Z, regardless of your background or experience.

Buying Guide 

Be The Expert Of Your House

Becoming the expert of your house goes a long way towards making an informed purchase. Having the means of buying your house does not certify you an expert.

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Be fluent with your house’s layout. Your experience with in wall speakers will vary greatly depending on the size of your rooms, and its design. To achieve the ultimate surround sound experience, a typical room with a couch and TV will have in wall speakers installed: To the left and right side of your TV, on the wall behind your couch, and the left side and right sides of the room with your couch in the center. To really make it an immersive experience you can consider in ceiling speakers. You can find reviews here.

Commit To A Brand

Similar to painting a room with the same color but different shades, in wall speakers work similarly. Installing different brands of in wall speakers, either with a combination of top in wall speakers or even cheap in wall speakers, will completely change your experience.

The best rule of thumb is committing to a brand that you like. That way, the consistency of the sound will be felt all-around.

Setting A Budget

The audio world is a fun and exciting world to delve into, but it is also costly. You would not be “well-off” with just one or two speakers---in wall speakers don’t work that way.

Establish a budget early on to develop realistic expectations before you dive straight in. With a solid budget in mind, you’ll be able to determine how many speakers you’d be able to purchase to meet your needs.

Develop A Long Term Plan

As we’ve discussed previously, building a high quality audio system for your home theater can rack up the bills fairly easily. It is perfectly fine to buy a few speakers now, and add more later as you refine your needs. Great sound systems aren’t built overnight, and if they are, they are certainly costly.

Top In Wall Speakers For Your Listening Pleasure

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Of all the in wall speakers we’ve owned over the years, the Micca M-6S is a speaker we’d recommend in a heartbeat. To put it simply, you cannot beat the quality for the price you pay with the Micca M-6S.

We found the Micca M-6S after reading a number of in wall speaker reviews. Everything we’ve learned about the Micca M-6S was true: Great quality build for its price, the speakers got better over time, and more. Our loyalty always stayed with bigger name brands but after experiencing the Micca M-6S, our opinions are starting to change.

The sound quality is impeccable and the bass is in a league of its own. We installed these in our garage and our living room and have been very pleased with the results. The level of clarity and balanced sound is unrivaled with the Micca M-6S.

We’ve owned a number of high quality speakers over the years but nothing blows the quality and price out of the water as much as the Micca M-6S. There’s a reason why the Micca M-6S is considered one of the best in wall speakers and we’re happy to have learned this early on. For anyone that’s working with a budget or simply looking to upgrade their audio system, we cannot emphasize further how highly we recommend the Micca M-6S.

The one thing we want to raise awareness to is that the Micca M-6S is sold as single speakers, and not in sets. When we first ordered the speakers, we thought they came in a set of two. Although this isn’t a deal breaker, we’ve also read that other people have had the same misunderstanding so caution should be exercised.

Overall, the best in walls speakers for your money is certainly the Micca M-6S. We’ve had a positive experience and feel that it deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

Things We Liked

  • Best bang for your buck
  • Incredible quality
  • Ideal for anyone of all experience levels
  • Beautifully designed

Things We Didn't Like

  • Does not come in sets
  • May not compare to higher quality speakers

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One of our favorite audio speaker brands, the Polk Audio 255C-RT we purchased not too long ago certainly did not disappoint. We stumbled upon this through the recommendation of another in wall speaker review that we came across.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Polk Audio 255C-RT is that it’s like a ninja! Its white colored grille only sticks out about 7 mm from its surroundings. Without paying too much attention to it, you’ll barely notice it.

We were blown away by the Polk Audio 255C-RT’s sound quality. After we installed the speaker, all we can see was the screen and after turning it on, all that can be heard was the clear dialogue. If we had to make a top 5 list of the top in wall speakers, the Polk Audio 255C-RT would easily make the list.

The Polk Audio 255C-RT goes very well as a center channel speaker. It pairs very well with our other audio equipment and produces high quality surround sound. As a tip, you can manually adjust the tweeters to direct the speakers towards the most optimal listening position.

Our only setback for the Polk Audio 255C-RT was that it didn’t come with attachments for the wall. The only item that came with it was the tiny shelf used to place the speakers on.

We believe the Polk Audio 255C-RT deserves 4.5 stars out of 5. For a speaker as expensive as this one, the least we’d expect were wall attachments.

Things We Liked

  • Stealth and discrete design
  • Tweeter can be adjusted
  • Crisp and clear dialogue
  • Great center channel speaker

Things We Didn't Like

  • Does not come with wall attachments
  • Pricier than most speakers

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The OSD Audio IWS8 has been on our wish list for years. We snagged this on the recommendation of another friend who’s an experienced audiophile. We were in the market looking for great in wall speakers for the money and stumbled across the OSD Audio IWS8.

Like many of you, we were once beginners and looking for something that worked, and also something that saved our wallets. If you’re on a tight budget and want one of the best in wall subwoofers, we highly recommend the OSD Audio IWS8.

The price is very reasonable and is one of the easiest in wall speakers to install, which is useful if you don’t have a technical background. We were skeptical at first because we weren’t familiar with the OSD brand but because our friend recommended this speaker, we couldn’t say no.

The OSD Audio IWS8 is well made, and is comparable to Polk speakers. This is very ideal for those that have small rooms and are working on a budget. These in wall speakers are perfect for those that aren’t looking for quality, but something that works.

Although we very much enjoyed the OSD Audio IWS8, we want to make it clear that these are not comparable to higher-end in wall speakers. These speakers are designed for those on a budget, and very suitable for beginners. When we evolved our audio system and compared these to our higher-end speakers, the sound quality level was very different.

Regardless, we still highly recommend the OSD Audio IWS8 for anyone getting an early start in the audio world.

In terms of budget and functionality, the OSD Audio IWS8 deserves a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s a great set of speakers for beginners and doesn’t break the budget.

Things We Liked

  • Highly affordable
  • Comparable to some Polk speakers
  • Well-constructed
  • Perfect for beginners

Things We Didn't Like

  • Quality not as great compared to better speakers
  • Not ideal for large rooms

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After we got curious with exploring lesser known brand named speakers, we stumbled upon the 82W Silver Ticket. There’s a large market out there for in wall speakers and we’ve developed a knack for finding budget speakers with great quality.

The 82W Silver Ticket is ideal for those that are realistic with their expectations. To be more frank, this would not be categorized as one of the best in wall speakers, but rather, it’s a great in wall speaker for your budget. For those that aren’t too demanding and have realistic expectations for a budget speaker, the 82W Silver Ticket does the job well.

From our personal experience, the 82W Silver Ticket was very comparable to the speakers in the big league. The disclaimer is that your mileage may vary. We recommended these to a friend of ours who was also starting out to build his audio system and he was very happy with our recommendation.

Designed for price in mind, the 82W Silver Ticket was very easy to set up. The tweeters gave out crystal clear sound, and one feature that you’ll probably be very pleased to hear is that it’s a great space-saver.

Knowing fully well that these are budget speakers, we don’t have many formal complaints. What we do have, are recommendations. We’d like to see Silver Ticket step their game up and improve the quality of these speakers in their future models.

Our verdict is that the 82W Silver Ticket deserves 4.5 stars out of 5. For a budget speaker, the 82W Silver Ticket is certainly one of the best we’ve used.

Things We Liked

  • Top in wall speaker for low budgets
  • Crystal clear audio
  • Great for saving space
  • Ideal for beginners

Things We Didn't Like

  • Sound quality can be improved
  • Dust covers is difficult to remove

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Consider the Micca M-8C as the older sibling of the Micca M-6S. Although both the speakers are very similar, there are noticeable differences.

Compared to its younger sibling, the Micca M-8C is larger: It’s an 8 inch in ceiling speaker. There are a variety of other differences, such as a larger tweeter, a different power handling of 100 watts for the Micca M-8C compared to the 80 watts of the Micca M-6S, and more. Despite the technical differences, whether you’re interesting in the 8 inch version or the 6.5 inch version, rest assured that both speakers are lightweight at around 2 – 5 pounds.

The Micca M-8C is specifically ideal for room size and fit. If the Micca M-8C do not fit into your walls, the 6.5 inch version is recommended. Both the Micca M-8C and the Micca M-6S have comparable hardware so their sound quality isn’t all that much different.

Both models of the Micca have comparable sound quality. They’re both very adept at creating that immersive surround sound experience at a reasonable price. We have both the model sets installed and could not be any happier with Micca for bringing the same level of consistency in both sets of speakers.

Similar to other budget speakers, our only setback is the quality of the sound. We believe that the community would be incredibly happy if the manufacturer decided to improve the sound quality without increasing the price. There’s a loyal following for Micca brand speakers and what better way to make them happy than to provide more value at no extra cost.

We believe that the Micca M-8C deserves just as much as its younger sibling, so 5 out of 5 stars is what it should receive. For its price, quality, and purpose, the Micca M-8C blows the competition out of the water.

Things We Liked

  • Great budget speaker
  • Easy installation
  • Ideal for multi-room installation
  • Strongly supported by positive reviews

Things We Didn't Like

  • Sound quality is sub-par vs. better speakers
  • Cannot be pivoted easily

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When we first started building our audio sound systems, we committed to not going over our budget and the Acoustic Audio R191 Speaker Set helped us achieve that goal. The Acoustic Audio R191 Speaker set comes with 5 speakers, which is more than enough as a set of speakers for home theater entertainment.

The combined weight of all 5 speakers is 12.3 pounds, which is incredible. We do want to mention that this set of speakers requires a 5.1 receiver to power itself. Although these are designed for in wall installation, we had no issues mounting these in our acoustical ceilings.

The sound quality can be improved. For the price that we paid for these speakers, we did not have high expectations and advise everyone that their expectations shouldn’t be too high either. They are not designed for crisp sound or loud volumes. We purchased these as we looked for home theater in wall speakers during our house move and they did a great job at an amazing price.

These worked for a while and we did end up upgrading our in wall speakers. Be warned that customer service isn’t the best and the Acoustic Audio R191 Speaker Set is not impressive when used at the front center of the room.

We feel that the Acoustic Audio R191 Speaker Set deserves a 4 stars out of 5. The absence of quality sound is what pushed us to give that rating. Nonetheless, the Acoustic Audio R191 Speaker Set is a great way for anyone to get their feet wet in the audio world.

Things We Liked

  • Great bang for your buck
  • Comes with 5 light-weight speakers
  • Amazing starter speaker set for beginners
  • Fast and easy installation

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not ideal for high quality sound
  • Sound can easily be distorted

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Of all the speakers we’ve experienced in the last several years, the Polk Audio RC85i is one of the best in-wall speakers we’ve come across. Not only is it backed by the Polk brand name, but like other Polk products, it also exceeded our expectations.

One of the first noticeable features of the Polk Audio RC85i that makes it great is the design. Polk has always had a talent for designing aesthetic speakers that delivers professional performance. The Polk Audio RC85i fit that description very well.

The Polk Audio RC85i came at a recommendation of a friend when we were looking for the best in wall speaker. The speaker offers flexibility: It comes in 5.25 inches, 6.5 inches, and 8 inches. We installed the 8 inch speakers as a left and right channel speaker on the sides of our television and we were very pleased.

The Polk Audio RC85i is a master at conserving space. It’s ideal for small theater systems or even large theater systems. The Polk Audio RC85i is a testament to Polk in delivering quality products to consumers from all different scenarios.

The sound quality was very Bueno. We have speakers from a variety of brands and although we recommend committing to one brand, we tried pairing the Polk Audio RC85i with other brands and they are phenomenal.

Two drawbacks that didn’t impress us were the static sounds coming out when we used lower frequencies and also the price. Theses speakers are expensive but they’re too good to not share.

We would be dishonoring the Polk brand if we gave it anything less than 5 stars. The Polk Audio RC85i is a great addition to any sound system and caters to a large audience.

Things We Liked

  • Great quality
  • Highly compatible with other branded speakers
  • Great for all types of room sizes
  • Comes in different speaker sizes

Things We Didn't Like

  • Pricier than other speakers
  • Static is common at lower frequencies

About the Author David Lahav

Hi, David Lahav Here. I'm Sound Out Media Founder and a BIG music gadgets geek. I love everything from futuristic music instruments to the silliest pig-shaped headphones. Welcome to my world!

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