Ok made a bit of progress since I last posted.
First off, I bought my front three speakers. I went with 3 Aperion intimus 5T towers
for the LCR. - My initial impressions are WOW ... crystal clear sound and they haven't been broken in yet. They are plenty powerful enough for my room.
I also bought my four in-wall speakers ( to go into the columns). I initially wanted to go with the Aperion, but they were out of stock (transitioning to a new version) and I was too impatient.... so I went with HTD (Home Theater Direct HD inwalls. From my initial tests they sound good for the purpose of side surrounds. Incidentally, Aperion has just listed their new in-walls
. I have 30 days for the HTD if I want to return and go with the Aperion - but right now from my initial trials I see no reason to return the HTD's
My goal is to have a 7.2 with 9 speakers - so the 4 sides will all play the same. I have yet to decide on Subs or back surrounds.
Secondly, the columns are completed. Well, almost - I just need to add baseboard to the entire room - including the bottom of the columns.
So I may have mentioned that there are 6 columns in the room. The front columns are purely aesthetic and for room symmetry. The back columns will house 4 side surround in-wall speakers.
With this in mind, I had to design the column so that the speaker cloth could cover the fronts of the speakers. So here is progress pics with the final results. These continue from an earlier post where I had the intitial build photos.
Cove molding to soften the transition to the base of the column
Column primed with hole cut in for speaker.
Fabric frame for speaker cloth attached
Painted column and fabric frame attached (this is one of the front columns which is why there is not hole.
Columns on one side of the theater - no frames but you can see the holes for the speakers. As you can see, I had to add a 5/8" thick case molding to the column in order to raise the fabric frame above the front of the speaker once installed.
Three columns on one side - two with speakers installed.
Finished product with fabric:
I also have the screen completed and installed - but I'll post that with pics in the near future.