For awhile now I have bounced around the idea of upgrading the sound aspect of my HT.
Right now my media is played from an HTPC I built myself running XBMC (curious as if onboard sound digital out is holding me back at all). That connects to a Pioneer VSX 1016k through optical. From there I have 2 SVS SBS(had for around 5 years) in the front and 2 in the rear, a SCS as the center, and a Sony SA-WM40 120watt sub(had for about 8-9 years).
Not knowing that much about audio in general I have struggled with how much upgrade makes sense. First I had thought about Monitor 70s or Primus P363, then maybe RtiA7 or RF-82s. Then maybe my sub more in need of an upgrade that everything else? I would prefer to work from the weak point forward. Obviously knowing that I would want LCR done at the same time.
The next problem I have is the room I am current using. I'll be in it for the next 1.5-2 years while the tenants in my other home decide if they want to buy or not. In the mean time I'll make do. I have attached a rough outline of the room with dimensions. The wall half way through is only 2'8" tall and opens up to the space over the stairs, I do not know if that heavily effects volume differences, but I am sure it does. Room up to the short wall is roughly 1500 cubic feet, I can work on calculating what is on the other side if that is necessary, it is quite a bit of extra volume. I would also like any advice on moving around the current set up as I do have an idea to move the tv and fronts to where the big couch sits now. In the future I want this set up to be able to easily perform in a much larger room maybe
2500-3500 cubic feet.
With that being said I stumbled across DIY. I am 100% for doing something that is proven. I have zero, yes exactly zero experience in wood working so I would most likely either purchase flat packs, OR have a local company CNC a design for me(I do happen to live in a furniture mecca). I have looked amazed at pictures of the Clearwave dynamic 4t and 4cc however I'm not sure if I want to commit $2000+ to this quite yet. I will if it comes to that but if I can accomplish what I want for $800-1200 for LCR and $400-500 for a sub I would be happy. In order of most importance.
1. Have to look high end + WAF
2. Really want towers (not really from the sound aspect but I have kids and the bookshelves I have now make me nervous)
3. Large noticeable difference from what I have now.(I know in any hobby $ becomes a diminishing return, but if I'm going to spend it I want to be happy.
4.To learn, I do a lot of DIY(recently built a new HTPC and finally a server) and love learning picking up new skills and information.
Sorry for throwing so much out there at one time but I just wanted to answer most of the quesions I assumed I would incur upfront. I'm also looking for this to be a project that spans 3-6 months or more, so I'm willing to take the time to make the right decisions.