How do they stack up? The Acoustic Audio CS-IC83 vs the Yamaha NS-IW280CWH

In this comparison we put the Acoustic Audio CS-IC83 and Yamaha NS-IW280CWH head to head in a battle to find out which wins the specifications war. Find out what separates these two items with the full comparison review below. You might also be interested in our article 10 Best In-Ceiling Speakers of 2023

 Acoustic Audio CS-IC83Everyone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the Acoustic Audio CS-IC83. If you're looking for an optimal surround sound system and find yourself shopping with a large speaker count in mind, you might not be interested in singular speaker models or the 2-packs we have already reviewed. Take a look at this fantastic 5-piece set from Goldwood's Acoustic Audio range.

 Yamaha NS-IW280CWHAnd now we will have a look at our second product, the Yamaha NS-IW280CWH. After a nose at Yamaha's top 2-way class in-ceiling pair, we decided to up the ante and examine exactly what's on offer in their 3-way class models.

A closer look at the Acoustic Audio CS-IC83

These in-ceiling speakers have an affordable price tag similar to some of our top 2-way models, but these bargain beauties serve up a 3-way class system setup. Each ceiling speaker consists of one 8" woofer, one midrange driver, and one tweeter with 3-way passive crossover circuitry.

But what about the Yamaha NS-IW280CWH

This Yamaha NS-IW280CWH set is 100 watts maximum input (the 2-way option we reviewed was 140 watts) and has more compact 6.25 dual woofers.


Acoustic Audio CS-IC83

Yamaha NS-IW280CWH


+ 5 x 3-way classification speakers.
+ Premium design ideas incorporated.
+ Bargain value.

+ Compact size.
+ 3-way classification.
+ Expert crossover circuitry.
+ Patented SoundMax technology for ultra-wide room-filling audio.
+ Low price.


These in-ceiling speakers are a fantastic bulk pack. They offer premium sound in a small package, and they're a sensible center channel audio solution that won't set you back too much. So if you're in need of more than one ceiling speaker for your surround sound system, this might be the best option for you.

Yamaha is committed to delivering great sound quality and accessibility, and it certainly shines through in its products. This pair of ceiling speakers outperform many in their class. They retail for a fraction of their competitor's prices, so if you're looking for a budget ceiling speaker with excellent sound performance, this might be the one for you.

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