Ian, how much can I pay you to build me some M3 in-ceilings that ARE proud-of-plane? Would be amazing if I could swap those in for my current M3 in-ceilings. Sadly, my wife would never tolerate square boxes on the ceiling.
BMan, I went thought the same line of reasoning ...
in the end I'm not sure that you'd gain that much if the in-ceiling were more transparent
I think you'd gain a lot more if you were able to aim the whole speaker ... Although a bit more of a high tech theater look ... I actually think Nick Buol's M3 on-walls are a pretty good look considering how low his ceilings are.
The M3 In-Wall may make sense ... I held this up to my ceiling and they do not look too bad (I'm thinking of doing that in our kitchen). Also, I believe Axiom is looking at ways of extending the grill to cover it's surrounding frame ... no guarantees though.