Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I had an in-ceiling 5-speaker pre-wire in my new house. Initially had opted for Polk MC80s in the corners, and then an MC60 for the center channel (don't ask me why). After a few days of listening, I realized that the MC60 was not up to the task. Crutchfield recommended either another MC80, or the ELAC IC-DT61-W. The ELAC was appealing because of the directional woofer, which I preferred to have aimed at my primary listening area, thus I went with the ELAC. Having listened to the ELAC now for a day or so, I can absolutely notice a big improvement in sound quality over the MC60; I don't think the MC60 is a bad speaker, it's likely just better utilized as an accent/surround type speaker. I would like to point out that the ELAC is a *big* speaker, both in diameter (~9.5") and in height (dust cover is about 5" deep, tip of the magnet is almost 7" deep), so make sure that you've got the headroom. My only criticism of the ELAC is that the screws used to tighten the plastic feet against the drywall are made of very soft metal; I completely stripped two of the screws on installation, and the other two are on their way. I recommend making sure that you use a properly-sized Philips head driver and make sure not to slip. In terms of performance, I'm very satisfied with the ELAC. I realize that in the world of home theaters, using circular, in-ceiling speakers as primary drivers is a bit unorthodox, but if you've decided to go that route, I think you'll like the IC-DT61-W.
Pros: Sound Quality, Directionality
Cons: Size, Installation Screws