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Monitor Audio C380-IDC

Monitor Audio C380-IDC 3-way in-ceiling speaker

MFR # CC380IDC

5.0 out of 5 stars
4 reviews
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THE ONE TO BUY

Treavor from Pompano Beach, FL on 3/12/2024

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Own all three C265-IDC, C280-IDC, and C380-IDC. The C380-IDC perfectly fills out the mid-bass region that other in ceiling speakers miss. It does like power, give it 150watts of clean power and it will pay you back in spades, also EQs really well. If you like a little bit more V curve speaker and don't have power on tap go C280-IDC, and for small rooms the C265-IDC is great. Add a sub to any of these and you have a concise, concealed 2.1 system that you can listen to for hours without fatiguing treble. Does have 3 switch adjustment for highs and room boundry gain switch for lows. Buy it before it is gone... you will thank me later.

Pros: Loves power, great highs, good mid-bass doesn't distort Reproduces female voice, piano, and strings really well

Cons: Rolls off on bass fairly large speaker

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Monitor Audio C380-IDC

Kieron from Jacksonville, Fl on 12/30/2023

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These were my first in ceiling left and right speakers for a home theater setup. I was a little frustrated at first with the direction of the sound feeling like it was coming from the ceiling but after a little adjusting and allowing the speakers to break in. wow! These speakers rock! I will never use anything else. I'm getting rid of my clunky old tower speakers! I can use all the space in my room now without compromising on sound quality. My wife is ecstatic with the freedom from the tower speakers crowding the aesthetic and she enjoys the sound. I just wish I had more for my surrounds. Movies are full and life like and music is utterly immersive.

Pros: Big bass. Directional mid and tweeter

Cons: They need to break in. Sometimes may rattle (tighten everything down and adjust the tweeter direction)

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Brian from Spartanburg, SC on 12/28/2022

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I have had many in-ceiling speakers over the years. I tend to now stick with either Monitor Audio or Golden Ear speakers as they both provide outstanding sound and quality. The lifetime warranty is certainly a bonus as well with these. The C380-IDC are the most well rounded in-ceiling speakers I have ever heard by a lot. The midrange driver really fills out the sound to the point that all in-ceilings I purchase going forward will be 3 ways. I have a pair of these matched with an SVS 3000 Micro in our master, and they continue to impress. As with other in-ceiling, these are very easy to install. The sound was amazing out of the box, and they continue to improve with the break-in period. For reference, I usually listen to lossless audio on these with some ocassional Pandora. I do not currently have a backbox installed with these but plan to do one in the future. Bravo Monitor Audio!

Pros: Easy install Amazing sound out of the box Outstanding balance Lifetime warranty

Cons: Pricey

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Monitor Audio C380-IDC Speakers

Ted from Southern California on 10/24/2018

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Earlier this year, I purchased two of these speakers, upon the recommendation of a Crutchfield Specialist, to replace Bozak speakers, that I had installed in a drop down ceiling in my living room, fifty years ago. Fifty years ago, Bozak speakers were top of the line stereo speakers. I loved listing to my Bozak speakers, but after fifty years, they started loosing their sound quality. The drop down ceiling is backed by 2 x 6's, and is rock solid. I made frames out of kiln dried clear pine, and mounted the Monitor speakers in the frames, the same way they would have been mounted in the ceiling. I used paint sticks, cut to 1/2 inch width and length of the frames, as shims to compensate for the thickness of the Monitor speakers. I was then able to screw the frames, with the attached Monitor speakers, to the 2 x 6's drop down ceiling. I am driving these speakers, with a McIntosh MC 2002 amplifier ( 300 watts per channel at 6 ohms), and a McIntosh C29 preamplifier, that has recently been recapped and rebuilt, by a McIntosh Authorized Repair Center. I listen to these speakers, sometimes for two or three hours at a time, and could not be more pleased. They sound fantastic, and I was able to install them in my drop down ceiling. I am not one to write reviews, but I could not pass up writing a review for these speakers, since no one else has done so.

Pros: High quality speakers. Excellent sound. Easy to listen to.

Cons: None

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