And now my one significant problem, the side surrounds. I knew where the window was going to be, but I thought I could easily put the surrounds over top of them. What I hadn't taken into account was the size of the windows per se (they are very large) and I have simultaneously planned for a soffit around the perimiter to house electrical, pots, wiring, conduit to front, and to put indirect lighting in around the inside. Once that goes up, there's nowhere near enough room to mount my Paradigm ADP surrounds up there. They look like this:
I've been thinking this over all week. To be honest, I've never been completely satisfied with the surround effects in my current theater using 4 of these ADP dipole surrounds. I've realized that I prefer direct radiating speakers on the side (not uncommon I've read - Sound and Vision did a great blind test showing that most of their editorial board preferred a surround setup with direct radiators on the sides and one or two dipole surrounds in the rear). I had actually wanted to replace the side surrounds in my current theater, but my columns were not the right size to accommodate them.
So, I'm probably going to get new side surrounds. Problem is, the direct radiators in my main speaker series won't fit either. I would have to get the Studio 20's, great speakers but not small enough to fit by any stretch. There's just no way to find a spot opposite each other on each side wall that I could put them.
So I have to decide on a compromise. Either two perfectly matched surround speakers in very awkward spots on the side walls, or getting Paradigm speakers from another series that I can put where I want. I think I'm going to do the latter. If I get these Cinema 200 speakers:
they are small enough (4" x 6" x 12") that I could put them horizontally and tilted downward and put them exactly where the side surrounds should be - high up on the side walls, right where I want them compared to the seats, and perfectly across from each other. My only other alternative would be some larger awkward bracket for studio 20's or my ADP's, which would have to hang down in front of the window somewhat.
On the plus side, there's nothing irreversible about this. The speaker wire is where and I want, and if I'm not satisfied with the range/matching I'm getting from the Cinema 200's I'd be more than happy to move them to the bar room to go with my plasma behind the bar.
Still, I'm curious about comments and ideas - anyone done something similar and been happy or unhappy about it? Anyone have a better idea?