Apologies in advance for the wordy thread; I prefer to provide as much detail as possible to assist you all in helping me.
I'm looking to replace my front stage for the dedicated theater room in the new house and I'm debating b/t the 88 Special (for LCR) and the Fusion 8 Alchemy (Alchemy/Alchemy Center). I've read a lot of threads here on both and I'm not really sure which would be for me. It would be nice to have the horizontal center channel, but it's not mandatory. Some relevant info:
Room is 17 x 22 x 9 (17' across the front)
Dedicated theater room, some DIY acoustic panels will be on walls, but not going nuts with it
Screen is normal projection, not acoustically transparent
Speakers would be to L/R/under the screen, not behind it
I don't want floor standing speakers, I want everything on the wall/shelves
I would have about 4 feet to left/right of the screen
PLP is about 15' away from the screen
Power is Denon X4000 (125WPC) but I could/would go to a dedicated amp if need be
I like it loud (don't we all?
Usage will be 75% movies/25% cable TV/kids movies/video games/etc
I have a sub (SVS PB2-Plus) (and may be going nuts w/DIY subs to replace it, but that's another thread)
Surrounds are Axiom QS8s for SB/SL/RL/RR. Not worried about the timbre-matching b/t the front stage and surrounds. As long as LCR match, I'm golden.
Current LCR is Axiom M22/VP150. Nothing wrong with them but looking for more punch from the front stage.
I have built speakers before but would be going with the full kit/flat pack b/c I don't have much free time and the extra cost over DIY really isn't that much.
This may be a stupid question, but are the 88 Specials specifically designed to be wall-mounted? I.E. was boundary reinforcement taken into account when they were designed? Being that I will be mounting the LCR on the wall, this is a relevant question. There is a decent price difference b/t the Fusion 8 Alchemy and the 88 Specials, but I'm OK spending the extra money if it gets me considerably more output.
Not sure what other info I should've provided, but please do ask away! Thanks very much for your help and your time.
Anyone built grills for their DIYSG speakers? I have to put grills on whatever I build as I've got kids/neighbor kids/curious adults that will be in the room.