I'm new to the forum, hoping I'm posting this in a reasonable area. I'm building a new house, and at the stage where the electrician just asked me about pre-wiring for speakers. Argh, I'm so busy trying to keep up with everything, this is one more to quickly come up with. As you've guessed, I'm no expert in the area, and am looking for a bit of help. We've got two dens, each of which will probably just have two in-wall speakers installed, for output from PC and/or stereo. So I'm not too worried about those. But the living room has the TV and hopefully a 5.1 surround layout. I'm attaching a plan view of the living room so you can get the idea. It's a huge room actually, with family room, dining room and kitchen all in one large area. But realistically what I want is good sound in the living room area, for watching TV. I'm not trying to lay out speakers everywhere in the dining room, kitchen, etc.
As you can see, the TV is to the left of the fireplace. I've placed a bunch of numbers around so folks can point to relevant places of interest. I'm leaning toward in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, subs, surrounds, but am open to any thoughts. Specifically I'm hoping for suggestions on locations for these 6 speakers (or if 6 is even the number). I'm looking at about a $3K-$5K budget for the speakers, and hoping for Triad products if I can afford it.
Thanks for any suggestions!