Made me a believer !!
September 17, 2012
After 2 years of searching and with a fluctuating budget,
I found the perfect surround/Multi-room audio speaker for my home.
I was a little nervous ordering from OSD because I hadn't
read/heard much about their speakers. I am EXTREMELY glad I did.
First of all, the WAF is off the charts. My wife is happy with the
small foot print these speakers have due to the trimless design.
The off white(Ivory) color these speakers came in were a perfect
match for my ceiling. This made installation even easier since I
would not have to paint them. Spring loaded speaker connectors
allow for quick wire connections. Cardboard cutout templates were
extremely helpful, can't imagine having to use paper. There were a
few things that I did have to do for my particular installtion that
may not reflect on a typical in-ceiling installation. I used these
speakers as my surround L+R speakers in a 5.2 HT setup. When
ordering, I was not sure how the 4/8 ohm switch worked. It turns
out that each voice coil is 8 ohms and the "switch" wires the voice
coils in parallel for a 4 ohm load. This may cause a problem for
some receivers that are not able to handle the 4 ohm load. My
receiver is only stable with 6-16 ohm loads. I eventualy left the
coils set to 8 ohm and wired them in series to provide a higher 16
ohm load for my receiver. Output is less due to the higher
resistance of the speaker, but I compensated for this effect by
adjusting my receiver gains. The aimable tweeters were a bit stiff,
adjustments took a lot of care to prevent any damage to the tweeter
domes. SO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN USING YOUR THUMBS!! I dented one of
the tweeters with my nail while doing this. The sound seems
unaffected however. I was planning on experimenting with rear
enclosures so a good seal would be very important. After closer
inspection I noticed that the tweeter bridge design left an opening
on each side of the speaker. Call it OCD but I feel complete
isolation of the front and rear waves of the speaker should be done
in order to prevent "sound cancellation", which will affect overall
bass output. Nothing a bit of tape and foam couldn't accomplish.
All said and done, my family and I are very satisfied with the
purchase. Shipping was prompt, product arrived safely and the 10
year warranty is great. I will order from OSD again and will
recommend them to anyone.
Pros:Perfect Color Match, Easy To Use, Aimable Tweeters, Quality Construction, Sound
Cons:4 Ohm Load, Stiff Tweeter Movement
Best Uses:Surround Sound Speakers, Upgrade, Multiple Rooms Whole House, Replacement