Hi TMcG! Long time. I was just over on your thread checking out your work. My back is getting sore just seeing all the labor done and about to be done.
Yes, you are correct, there has been a lot of upgrades in this theater. I can see in your thread you've changed plans as well to hold more speakers for Atmos and the like. I like your wide channel solution!
I had not heard about the Emotiva 9.2.6 setup. That's exactly what I'm waiting for! I love my current Aerial Acoustic wides and don't want to give them up. There is a small chance that I could possibly get a used Datasat rs20i but even at used prices it's still VERY pricey! With things changing as fast as they seem to be and considering that the Datasat has been out for several years I'm really not sure the juice is worth the squeeze. I remember seeing an old post of yours and you said the same thing (staying away from cutting edge pre/pros as the year-to-year changes has been significant lately). That said, that is an upgrade my theater needs (the wife would argue otherwise
On the topic of speakers.... this has been the biggest difficulty. If you have a sound proof room you can't cut into the ceiling. That leaves mounting speakers. Mounting huge speakers on the ceiling would make a beautiful room quite ugly in my opinion. That leaves low profile and smaller bookshelf speakers, both of which have their set of difficulties. I don't think wide dispersion is enough. I'd like to be able to aim the speakers or have tweeters that can be aimed. Any low profile speaker typically has large dimensions and cannot to aimed. No speakers meant for a large room have tweeters that can be aimed. Ultimately, that leaves bookshelf speakers and to mount them at the best angle I suspect you'll need to drill into the cabinet
In my opinion there just aren't any good solutions out there.... it's all about mitigating a list of semi-bad solutions. The list of solutions is so short I'm just considering throwing up some cheap Martin Logan motion speakers that are super small and hope that room equalization will cure what ails them. This is probably another reason why I've been slow with this final upgrade
Finally, I'd love to stay with my Aerial Acoustics but they don't seem to have a smaller solution for ceiling speakers. They have some new ones coming out but the dimensions are too big to adjust and aim. I could stay with Aerial Acoustic 5b bookshelf speaker (or the new version of such) but, again, to drill into the cabinets to ensure proper angles of sound dispersion makes me cringe considering the cost of Aerial speakers.
You're right about the equipment lists. I'll do that soon.
I'm also in contact with a professional photographer and once the Lutron shade is installed I'm hoping to take some high quality photos. Who knows, maybe someone might be interested in publishing them. We'll see. Regardless, paying for a high quality keepsake showing my final product is worth it considering the massive amounts of work I put into this. Sadly this all has to happen soon. As you know, I'm and active duty Army physician and I've had a nice long run here in Hawaii but it looks very likely that I'll only have two more years left here. I hope I'm wrong but if I'm not, I'll need to plan my next theater at my next and likely last duty destination. I'm not selling the house though, it will be our vacation/retirement home that I will rent until we return (but the home theater will be locked up and not part of the "rental"- it's hard to think a renter would take care of it the way I do).