|Paradigm SA-35/SA-15R In-wall/ceiling Speakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers In-wall Loudspeakers|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Wednesday, 01 September 2004|
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The SA-35s are large, heavy in-wall speakers. This is necessary to achieve the performance of larger speakers, yet they are heavy and a little more awkward to mount than lesser in-walls. It takes some strength and patience to mount them, but once they’re installed, the effort is 100 percent worth it.
In-walls in this price category aren’t just throwaway speakers. If you plan to move, often these speakers get left behind, which isn’t the case with floor-standing speakers. Considering the per square foot price in Northern California these days, this might be a small price to pay to get some highly valuable living space back.
I have to admit that I was a skeptic when it came to in-wall speakers. I always thought that this was a product for guys who have lost the battle with their wives and simply can’t have a high-performance speaker package. The Paradigm SA-35s and SA-15R speakers have unquestionably changed this impression. With my living room renovation completed, the AV system sounds so good that I wouldn’t consider putting boxes back on the floor. A blind listening test with the Paradigm in-wall speakers will most definitely fool you into believing you have a large floor-standing speaker in your room. All this performance without the mess was a closer for me. I will purchase these speakers and call them my living room reference for the future. It has also taught me that sometimes the overall listening and viewing experience is aided by the positive energy in the room, created by clean and uncluttered lines. My wife is so excited about “her theater” that she gives me a look every time I want to make an adjustment to it. “Go mess with your theater” is a common theme when I come up from the lower level with new gear or a handful of cables. Perhaps this is a win/win for the men out there. You can make your wives believe you have made a compromise for them when you have merely managed to manipulate an upgrade for yourself. The moral: move beyond your preconceptions of in-wall speakers and consider a cleaner, less cluttered approach. The Paradigm Reference SA-35s are speakers for the interior designer and music enthusiast alike.