The HDX-W80 is an exceptional pair of in-wall speakers. It is ideal for large rooms (200+ square feet), rooms with 10' or higher ceilings, or any room where deeper bass is preferred. The large 8" aluminum woofer produces deep, punchy low frequencies and the anodized aluminum tweeter blends nicely to produce a clear and crisp sound.
Aluminum is an ideal material because it is lightweight and yet extremely rigid. A light cone means the speaker is fast which is important for accuracy and detail; the more rigid the cone membrane the less the cone warps during movement, again resulting in a more accurate performance. The tweeter is clear and bright without ever sounding harsh. The aluminum is anodized, adding strength, durability and improved protection from the elements.
Like all of the speakers in our HDX line, the HDX-W80 includes an aimable tweeter that is recessed behind the grille. This allows the highest, most directional frequencies to be aimed at the primary listening area while allowing the speaker to maintain its flush-mount appearance. Tone is controlled through separate +/-3dB switches for both the high and low frequencies. This feature (normally found only on more expensive speakers) allows you to customize the sound to your room and personal taste.
Generally, because the lowest frequencies in a surround sound setup get redirected to a powered subwoofer, we will recommend using the HDX-W65 instead of the HDX-W80. The money you save is better spent toward a better subwoofer or other AV equipment. The HDX-W80 is recommended in rooms where you will not have a subwoofer (such as most Whole-House Audio solutions) and/or in rooms where very high volume is your primary concern.
All of the speakers in our HDX line are suitable for use in high moisture areas, such as bathrooms with showers and outdoors as long as the speaker is installed where it is not hit directly by rain. In addition to the rust-proof aluminum woofer and tweeter, the moisture-resistant design includes stainless steel screws and coated crossover components. While the trimless grille is made of powder coated steel (and attaches with magnets built-in to the speaker frame), the press-fit grille is made of powder-coated aluminum and is what we typically recommend when placing the speaker in high moisture areas.
The speaker is easy to install and includes all mounting hardware, a template for cutting the hole, and an Owner's Manual with an installation guide and tips to ensure your speakers look and sound great for years to come. Both of the included grille options and the polymer frame can be painted to match your decor.
All HTD speakers include a 5-year warranty and 30-day no-risk guarantee.