The home owner, the contractor and the systems designer/integrator, Laba Communications of Northridge, California, all agreed that using an
in-wall speaker approach would make more space available in the room and achieve the aesthetic the client sought. “Using in-wall speakers can potentially compromise the sonic quality of the sound system because of interaction with the drywall, so you have to choose your speakers carefully, and we chose the Genelec’s because they are simply the best in-wall loudspeaker made,” explains Ron Tabachnik, President of Laba Communications, which has specialized in system integration of audiovisual, communications and security systems/services for residential and commercial properties for 22 years.
Tabachnik noted the advantages that Genelec in-wall and in-ceiling speakers bring to an installation like this, including having their own enclosed back box and remote RAM2 amplifiers that are perfectly matched to the speaker but can be located away from it, thus not limiting placement possibilities. “The back box projects the sound forward and doesn’t let it get lost inside the walls,” says Tabachnik. “Genelec’s sound great to start with and you don’t lose any of that in the wall. They are also paintable, so it was very easy to make them disappear into the walls. In the end everyone got what they wanted: great sound, more space and a great-looking media room.”