Hey guys. I am planning to start putting together my new home theater system in my living room. I need your input on what gear I should look into and if it would be worth buying any sound trapping materials to put in the corners or the walls.
I posted a video that shows the room and my ideas about speaker placement and what I could do to help the sound quality by adding some sound deadening to the corners.
Please watch it here-->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udeLujNmfu0
Here is the gear I have selected so far.
Display - LG 250PK 60 inch Plasma
Mains - Paradigm Studio 60s v5
Center Paradigm Studio 590 v5
Rears Paradigm Studio 20s v5
Subwoofer - SVS PB12-NSD
AVR - Integra DTR-40.2
Amplifier - Parasound 2205a
AV Stand - undecided
For sound treatment, I want to keep it simply and cheap.
Here are 2 items I was looking at buying ( no affiliation )
Your room looks a little challenging, the doorways are in tough spots and the center loos loike it may have to be placed off center. Keeping the speakers timber matched will help a lot if you have to make level adustmensts due to placement.
imo, you can get some decent gear in here, but it should be in smaller size. I would think the best way to go for sound may be to get a smaller sattelite speaker system. Stay away from big towers and monster subs, simply because it would be way beyond overkill for such a small room. One thing I've learned is that too much sound in a small room can actually kill the experience. However, if you plan on moving in the next few years it may be worth it to buy now.
I choose to go with the studio 60s and 590 center because they can handle the mid/lower frequencies a bit better than the satellites. Do you mean to say that larger speakers can not sound as good as smaller satellites in a small to midsize room? I haven't heard that before. I can understand you don't need as many decibels to fill the room though. I plan on having a dedicated HT room in a basement in the next few years when I purchase a house though.
I contacted a local dealer who has helped me in the past and he emailed me last night. Now I'm going to pick up a demo unit Integra DHC 40.2 pre/pro for $800. I don't think I can beat that. Should go well with the Parasound. Only thing left to buy is surround speakers.
EDIT* /UPDATE It turns out they only had the DTR 40.2 in stock and not the DHC. I went ahead and got it. What are the main differences between the DRT 40.2 and the DHC 40.2? Is there a comparison sheet anywhere?