|RBH WM-24 On-wall Speakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers On-wall Loudspeakers|
|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2005|
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There is not much to fault with these speakers. You have to know before purchasing on-wall speakers that they are not going to have the same type of sound that you will get from floor-standing speakers that are spaced out from the back wall. On-wall speakers definitely have a different type of sound than floor-standing speakers. The physical lack of air space behind the speakers causes first order reflections to occur slightly further back, compared to a pair of speakers out several feet from the back wall. There is also extra sound that is being reflected immediately by the back wall. Placement is often determined more by necessity than by optimal speaker positioning, though I found that they image well on the location on my wall where I was forced to install them.
The metal bracket that holds the speakers to the wall works perfectly fine if you are running small speaker cables to them. If you plan on running larger cables with big spades on them, you may have some trouble feeding the cables through the sides of the brackets and may need to cut a notch in the back of the wall or bring the cables through a hole in the back of the wall.
If you have an apartment and are not able to break out the drywall saw and cut out holes for on-wall speakers, the WM-24 could be just what you are looking for. They extend out less than four inches from the wall and do not require any kind of major carpentry experience to install.
I quickly became accustomed to the on-wall sound and I am now reveling in the floor space that I have gained by putting on-wall speakers in my system. No tripping over cables in the back of the speakers and no more dinging the corners when vacuuming around them. Paired with the Revel subwoofer or any sub of equal or similar performance, the WM-24s are a dynamite little set-up. On their own, they don’t have the low end reach that you need to move enough air for bombastic rock music or even big classical pieces. However, their smooth mids and controlled high end provide all of the detail you could ask for in a pair of on-wall speakers that retail for far less than $1,000.
This versatile speaker can be used anywhere in a room as part of a surround system and they have a cool modern look that is very understated. They don’t scream “Look at me,” but they demand to be listened to when given some juice, yet can lay back and become wallflowers while reproducing dialogue-driven TV shows and when playing background music at a party. There perhaps is a slight tradeoff for audio purists in terms of performance, but the pros of on-wall speakers far outweigh the cons in my opinion.