First of all…let me clarify that I’m by NO means AT ALL an expert on speakers and sounds, but I have perfect ears and I know what good sound sounds like. I bought these OSD speakers instead of some definitive Technology ones, because these fit the budget more…a lot more actually. At the same time however, I didn’t want to sacrifice the sound quality. I looked at mono price as a nice deal for in wall speakers, and then I found OSD online in a google search. Looked at their products and they looked really nice and were 2-3 steps above the monoprice quality. I bought two 8” in wall speakers, center channel, and two angles ceiling speakers. The house was already wired for sound so I cut my holes and there were lots of studs in the way where I wanted to mount the speakers, but there were ways of getting around this and I must say it was quite an involved install, but still very easy for a weekend do-it-yourselfer.
I only write reviews on products that are really good or really bad…because I feel like that’s when people should know what they are getting into…if the product is mediocre…then who really cares.
I plugged up these speakers after making sure they worked beforehand….
A little about my setup: Non load bearing wall…each stud is 24” apart…no insulation…speakers are 78 inches apart and the center channel is right in front about 10 inches lower than all the other speakers.
I had a whole roll of dynamat I used 8 years ago for my car and also some sound foam material…I used that on the inside of the walls behind the speaker and on the wall the speaker was mounted to keep any vibrations down and keep the sound projecting forward. I put a piece of 2x3 about 6 inches above the speaker so that the dog ears could still grab the sheetrock, and drilled pocket holes in the so that I could brace them to the adjacent studs. I used foam to fill and gaps and then used the dynamat material to seal it off. This created a complete enclosure around each speaker in the wall for better sound…now the sheet rock wasn’t so porous because of the mass loaded walls.
Back to the speakers…The entire time, I was extremely pleased with the way everything was going, but I kept thinking to myself…what if I did all this work and the speakers sound like CRAP!!!!. Anyways…I kept the Receiver mounted on the wall close to the Speakers to keep a shorter wire. Both left and right speakers fell about 1 inch on a stud….I thought I was gunna cry, but then I had an idea…I cut off the dog ears on the left side for the left speaker and the right side for the right speaker and screwed the speaker right into the stud….WALA…now they were even MORE secure.
Side note: DOG EARS…. They work perfectly fine, but THEY need TLC. When you first get the speakers….take a screw driver and tighten them up by hand and when they get SUPER tight back them out again and then go back to tightening them again…after about 3 tries they will loosen up and will be MUCH easier to work with…people who are impatient break them because they have no common sense to think that if something it TOO Tight…I should probably loosen it up a bit before I break it.
Once wired, I turned on the receiver and plugged in my phone to get some tunes going. I played some simple songs to get the speakers to go through some excursions without anything harsh so that they can break in properly. First impression???...They sucked…my worst nightmare came true…they were so bad I almost broke my phone because I squeezed it so hard….and the right one sounded like it was already blown….WTF did OSD send me? I was so pissed I turned off the receiver and took out the speaker I thought was blown, and noticed that the speaker wire behind it had LOTS of slack so that could have been hitting the cone during the excursions. I mounted it back and problem solved…..but they still sounded…BLAHHH….so I continued to paint and do my upgrades on the new house we had just built…the next day I turned them on, and again they were ok but nothing to go crazy over…and at this point it had been about 13 hours of play time, and the disappointment had set in deep…I had higher expectations for these speakers….but how could I …they were so cheap in comparison right?
The third day I went an continued to do some work I put on a Sam Smith song and started to paint some more…..Sam was singing a cover of Whitney Houston’s (HOW WILL I KNOW). I must had accidentally turned the volume up A LOT and it was freking loud….luckily it was just vocals and a piano…and I had an 8” sub running super-duper low….so as I started to paint and heard Sam sing…I peeked out from the corner of the other room in total SHOCK….ARE THOSE MY SPEAKERS????...clarity, richness, mids…I mean WTF…3 days ago I was ready to throw them away…and from what I heard here….they were rivaling Def Tech’s. I was a kid in a candy store again, and I was rockin’ all day to beats that I knew would test these speakers, and they performed beautifully being pushed only with 110 per channel. The room is roughly 32 feet x 19 feet with 9foot ceilings, and I didn’t even install the ceiling speakers yet. COMPLETELY filled the room with sound…but I can tell I will need two PS88 subs just to fill the gaps of bass, but the 8” sub was enough for me.
In conclusion, I’m REALLY Fuggin’ happy