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Looking for some suggestions for a home theater setup. I'm about to purchase my first home and the living room looks like the (staged) photo attached. Any suggestions on how I can setup a 7.1 surround & get my TV/Receiver in there?

My girlfriend is dead set against me running wires to the speakers, does anyone have any experience with wireless speaker adapters? Any thoughts on mounting speakers? I know it's not ideal, but it's what I'm stuck with.

Also..the coax connection is against the stairs...





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You are going to have serious acoustical issues if your space looks just like the photo. Do you have a basement or bedroom you'd prefer to utilize?

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Nice room - similar to our living space just a bit bigger - total PITA for acoustics.

If its your only option I'd look at some discrete in wall or on wall speakers and have then professionally installed

Dont expect the sound to be good though, there is no escaping the massive issues you'll have with so many hard surfaces

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Yea, I figured as much. Damn. Hopefully some rugs will help a bit. No basements here in Texas and bedrooms aren't really adequately sized to have people over.
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I do have a loft upstairs that I could use. Do you think that work better or worse?
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I'd have to get speaker stands for my back speakers or mount them on my ceiling I guess. Probably would sound terrible downstairs if we were sitting in the living room though.
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Hard to say without seeing the floor plan.

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I think you can pretty much rule out a dedicated theater. I think I would just buy the largest flat screen you can afford. Hang it on a wall, position a comfortable sofa in front. Get a quality sound bar with wireless sub-woofer and call it a day. Next house you can plan a theater.
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I think you can pretty much rule out a dedicated theater. I think I would just buy the largest flat screen you can afford. Hang it on a wall, position a comfortable sofa in front. Get a quality sound bar with wireless sub-woofer and call it a day. Next house you can plan a theater.

I definitely agree with BIG, though I was able to turn a nightmare space into a very usable HT: http://www.avsforum.com/t/913109/who-says-you-need-a-dedicated-room-with-pics

However, I think a large bright LCD (70-80 in Sharp?) and a good soundbar like the B+ W Panorama would be your best option.
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I disagree. I have designed many open room designs that sounded pretty good, but we need to see more to make specific recommendations.

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So y'all think my Boston Acoustic 7.1 system is not going to be an option here?
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Again, we need more information. One photo cannot determine honest opinions or decisions.

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The downstairs living room is 15.75' by 12' and the dining room is 15.75' by 9'. It's basically one big ass room. Kitchen is also in there, which is 15' by 10'. The ceiling is really high. I'm not exactly sure how high, but I would guess at least 25'-30'.



The upstairs loft is 15.75' by 12.75'. It is looks out on 21' of open space.

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Just bumping this up. Any thoughts? What other information do you guys need?
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Why dont you put a screen on the wall in the loft (the one with the picture on it?

Put the seating right up against the rail and use something like Triad's in ceiling speakers as rears

Not sure how good a projector will go with all that light, depending on budget you could get some really quite large flat panels - which I'd couple with some good quality on wall speakers (if you lived in Australia I'd recommend Vaf Soundwall, but given you're in the US I think Triad have something similar. Get a couple of subs.

I think that'd be a good use of an awkward space

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I'm fine with having the TV upstairs, but I'd like to have the ability to play music downstairs too..any thoughts on a setup downstairs?
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You're not looking for "high end" etc?....you wont get it anyway in that room.

I like the clean look of the space - I'd just get some good in wall/ceiling speakers in the kitchen/lounge

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Yea, this is a first home for me, so I'll probably have to go with something "medium-end," heh.
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Looking for some suggestions for a home theater setup. I'm about to purchase my first home and the living room looks like the (staged) photo attached. Any suggestions on how I can setup a 7.1 surround & get my TV/Receiver in there?
My girlfriend is dead set against me running wires to the speakers, does anyone have any experience with wireless speaker adapters? Any thoughts on mounting speakers? I know it's not ideal, but it's what I'm stuck with.
Also..the coax connection is against the stairs...
Thanks!

Just thought I'd comment on one aspect of your original post that has yet to be mentioned: wireless speakers. I don't really understand why people go there. Wireless speakers aren't truly wireless unless they run off batteries... in which case, you'd have to replace them each time they run low (and remember to turn them on and off to conserve battery). The other so-called wireless speakers still need a power cable, so while they are wireless in terms of audio signal, they still need to be amplified.

So getting that out of the way, I think the rest of the responses are spot on in suggesting in walls or sound bars as the most sensible way to hide speaker cabling.

One last point, which might be rather offensive but here goes... she is your girlfriend and already making such demands? If this is the path you are heading, don't think of going anywhere mid-high end, as it is all a compromise anyway and you will resent her later if you spent a good chunk of money on something that you didn't actually really want but had to compromise on to keep her happy.
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I agree with you about wireless. It's never something I've looked into though.

Well, running wires behind a wall is alright, but she doesn't want me running wires across the room under a rug like I did in our current place. I was a bit lazy because I didn't think we were going to be here for too long, so our current place has some pretty "conspicuous" wires running up the side of the walls.

I'm thinking I could probably turn the upstairs loft into the "movie room/office". Here's what I'm thinking: use my current 7.1 system upstairs. Run the wires into the attic to all the speakers. Mount the 2 rear surround speakers from the ceiling. I doubt a projector would work very well - the room has too much light. Hopefully snag one of those 70" Sharps at some point.

I think surround sound would be too difficult to hook up downstairs without running wires around the length of the entire floor and then mounting speakers on the staircase(???) or something along those lines. So, I'm thinking I'll have to go with just a couple of nice floor speakers, a sub, and a center channel for our second TV. I can hook up my HTPC I built upstairs and buy/build another one for downstairs (unless y'all have an idea for how I could access my music from downstairs as well).

Any thoughts?
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