|PSB CW800E In-wall Speakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers In-wall Loudspeakers|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Wednesday, 01 November 2006|
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These are some of the best-sounding in-wall speakers I have ever heard at any price. One thing I would like to see in a future version would be a better way to attach the grilles to the speakers when they are installed. There are slight EQ attenuations that you can adjust on the speakers, but I had one hell of a time getting the grilles on and off, especially after painting the speakers. The rubber parts that the grilles attach to aren’t always receptive to the grilles, which can torque one way or another, making it very hard to get them on. If not installed correctly, the grille will rattle, which would ruin your listening session. Perhaps a solution somewhere in the middle would be suitable for the next revision of the speaker.
The speakers do it all sonically, except for depth behind the speaker depth. I asked a noted speaker designer if I was asking too much of an in-wall speaker to expect the creation of space behind it, the kind a high-end floor-standing speaker produces. The designer said that he has never heard an in-wall recreate believable depth in the way I was describing, so perhaps I am nitpicking a bit. It is also important to know the advantages you get when you invest in the PSB T8 floor-standing speakers, which are not built into the drywall.
The idea of comparing in-wall speakers to Wilson WATT Puppy version 7 loudspeakers is ludicrous, but the fact is, the PSB CW800Es paired with a CWS8 in-wall subwoofer can hang. While depth and ultimate tightness in the lower registers don’t hang to the ultimate standard, I can tell you that I am not even one percent tempted to go back to the way I had it. My room looks better than it ever has and I enjoy more music on my PSBs than I do on my Wilsons. The idea of high-end audio and home theater isn’t to geek out on technology so much as it is to make technology work for your life. This PSB system does just that.
I am so fond of my PSB in-wall speaker system that I have thoughts on ways to make them sound and look even better in the future. I plan on adding a very thin fabric wall to the wall where the system is installed. This will allow me to leave breathing room for the plasma, yet hide any sight of the speakers. In a modern, minimalist-designed living room like mine, this will only add to the drama of the music for me, my fiancée and our guests. Additionally, I think I might look to upgrade the amplifier when funds allow it. Take this as the compliment that it is meant to be – you would not be wasting your money putting a Krell, Linn, Classe’ or Mark Levinson amplifier on these speakers. In my case, I might be looking at a top-of-the-line NAD power amp for my PSBs. I am not sure how many dealers are showing this speaker system, installed but take it on my word, it is worth signing off on in your bid and getting into your walls. The PSB CW800Es, paired with the CWS8 subwoofer, are fantastic.