Originally Posted by Dave-T
I was going to say if you lived in near Arlington VA. I could have hooked you up with my buddy who works at a Best Buy magnolia design center who could hook you up, in other words you would not be paying list price. Personally I started out with 2 atmos speakers than moved to 4 and it was big difference in my room. When I used the Audyessy app and took out the MRC (mid Range compensation) I noticed a huge difference in the atmos speakers. The receiver you are getting has the Audyessy App capabilities (Marantz SR7013) If you are set on doing 7.1.2 I recommend having your ceiling wired for 6 ceiling speakers so if you want to add two more atmos speakers you do not have to cut up your ceiling a second time. For example for 7.1.2 you want your atmos speakers at 90 degrees from the MLP which is lined up side to side with your MLP seating position. for 7.1.4 you would want your atmos speakers 45 degrees in front of the MLP and then 45 degrees behind the MLP. So if you were wire for 6 speakers all you have to do is cut the drywall on the ceiling for the 4 wires left in the ceiling capped off and then then have somebody take two of the circles cut our for the 4 speakers with the wire already in the ceiling patch up the two you will be closing up at 90 degrees position. Most will say that they wish when they had the ceiling open they had wired their ceiling for the extra ceiling speakers. It can get pricey having someone come out and run speaker wire through the ceiling if you can't do it yourself.
Excellent advice. I will have him wire it now since it’s still in the beginning stages and no dry wall yet. Yeah too bad I’m pretty far away! Thanks for the help with positioning. I could go 7.2.4 set up but would that be worth it? I figure it’s much more inexpensive to do it all now while the building is ongoing rather than trying to change things up down the road.
Originally Posted by Rush Tempo
Here is .02 cents -
Whatever speaker you decide on buying, you may want to consider how easy or hard it would be to resell them at a later date.
After enjoying my first home theater for a few years, it made me more aware of what I personally like, and dislike in sound.
As this is my very first home theater and never buying speakers before, I am pretty unaware of what is good or what I would like. I’ve gone to the Magnolia centers to listen to different speakers and it has helped but think this will be refined as I increase my exposure.
Originally Posted by RayGuy
You might look at Triad and Totem for in-wall options.
Will do thanks
Originally Posted by springs113
It's your money but I honestly believe you don't need too spend so much to get quality speakers. I'm no audiophile but everything ive researched points to the bulk of that money being profit and not actually being superior quality. There's a price to performance drop off... diminishing returns and it's up to you to test things before actually committing. Do you feel that you can be easily persuaded? I'd go out on my own and test for myself. You can save a lot of money as well if you're handy... especially on the subs. Even if you aren't to handy(as in to cut or have the tools to do so). You could purchase flat packs from John and buy your own drivers and save a ton. It's up to you and what you want to do but honestly I'd say build the sun's at least very few out there can touch DIY subs.
Yes that’s what I’m looking to find, the good performing speakers before the rate of return on quality versus mark up costs make it more unappealing. Oh and I suck at any DIY home projects. I’ve never been very handy and really don’t have time to try and learn with 5 kids.
Originally Posted by ack_bk
You have a long room but fairly narrow. Is this two rows of seating and how far back from screen to seating?
If you want inwall speakers I would advocate for a 125" screen that is acoustically transparent. The Silver Ticket screens are quite good and very affordable.
This would allow you to put the inwall speaker behind the screen and would allow optimal tweeter placement and allow you to buy three matching vertical speakers across your front three.
I would also advocate for 4 Atmos ceiling speakers. Episode speakers are good but this is one of those highly marked up speakers that only installers/limited dealer carry.
I have spent quite a bit of time listening to inwall speakers and two of my favorite are Totem Kin and Triad Silver/gold series. Kef are good too. Both the Totem and Trad in-wall series of speakers have built in backer boxes.
I would 100% buy dual subs from an internet direct company, such as PSA, HSu, Monolith, SVS, or Ryhtmik.
3 Totem Kin inwall mains along with 2 Kin surrounds (in wall) and four Kin inceiling speakers should come in around $5500 based on normal pricing. You might be able to get it under $5K. That leaves you plenty for dual subs from the aforementioned sub vendors. That would be a killer setup. Triad is withing budget too.
Yes I will have two rows of 4 seats. Good to know on the Silver Ticket. I have 2k budgeted for a screen and will look at them. I will look into added two more Atmos ceiling speakers. I’d rather get it right the first time then live to regret it a couple months later! What Atmos in ceiling speakers do you prefer? I will check out those brands you mentioned and put together a price comparison package. What subs would you go with in a room this size? First row of seat will be approximately 12’ from the screen and then the second row will be on the riser about 18’ away.