Originally Posted by Rowan611
See my thoughts in BOLD. Try and find some local guys and go listen to their theaters. Have fun. Feel free to PM me any questions. I know there is a lot to absorb, and you're going to get a lot of different suggestions. That's the double edge sword of this place.
You don't have any other electronics listed. What are you doing for a 4k bluray player? My suggestion would be the Oppo 203 or Panny 900. I had the 900 before the 203 and it's a nice player. I just prefer Oppo. They do a better job supporting their products. And, it's very fast, much faster than the Panny was.
Also, one final thought. Stay away from speakers that use ribbons, like Salk. Simply, they are wonderful for music or lower volume listening. But, my experience is that in a theater setup, they fail. They get very, very bright and sound strained. Where, a 1099, 1299, HTM or Titan will sound effortless. Almost all of DIYSG speakers are meant for theater use, but also sound great with music. And, if you were considering Klipsch, then the horn sound doesn't bother you and I'd stick with it. Just my 2 pennies.
Rowan, first off, thank you for spending the time to read my thread and provide your feedback. In the short time that I've been active, I have already received wonderful help and guidance. Some thoughts in response to your post:
I definitely have re-tuned my focus to the DIY speaker path, as I realize how much further my $ will take me. Your point on the unfinished speakers behind the AT screen - spot on. I'm not certain whether the 1299's or the Titan 615's would be best for the space I have planned. Question: How much do you think the 1299's would be if I ran those for LCR after it's all said and done?
Definitely am liking the Volt's - wouldn't cost but 10 dollars more for the 10", but even the 8" like you suggested would be great for the rear and sides, then the 6" for the atmos presence speakers.
Now for the subs, I really like your thought about DIY'ing this. I think this is one area where I can realize insane gains by DIY'ing. Question: What do you think about the Stereo Integrity HT-18 V2 18"? (runs for $160.00) These look like solid options. What I am not certain about, however, is the enclosure design if I were to use this model. I know DIYSG has 18" flat pack's that I could use that run $200.00 per pack. Now, that puts a solid 18" HT woofer at $360.00 (not bad if you ask me), and there would be some level of support for that enclosure since the DIYSG has a presence in the forums. I'm not an elite craftsman, so this could work for me...... For the price of one high end SVS 16" ported woofer, I could build 8 of these and have a hell of a lot more output, and maybe could piss my future neighbors off even
. Then of course, I would need an amp(s) to drive them.
I need to look JVC's like you mentioned.
You've been the second or third person to suggest BigMouth for help in this category, so I will probably look at seeking guidance there.
I think I've re-adjusted my expectations based off more reading and suggestions that for my room size, 2 rows is more appropriate. I can do the bar design at the back to create additional seating capacity.
You are right, I didn't even mention blue ray / other media sources. I would likely have whatever 4k blue ray player that people suggest. Would obviously have a chromecast as an option, since this makes virtually every device I own an easily stream-able option to the HT, maybe a HTPC.
$15K is a lot of money, but I know how fast it can be used up with this type of activity. I think the DIY speakers will help the project go much further than using mainstream company speakers. I want the hit the ball out of the park with the speakers, and have friends and family always wanting to "stay longer" and enjoy "bonding time"
. I know sound proofing is paramount and very expensive, but I'm not making it the pinnacle of my budget concerns, because it's going to be handled outside of the HT budget. Once I can decide what speakers I want, I can work back and determine what supporting components will be needing to make it work.
Feedback and Opinions
You are absolutely right, I have already received many different opinions - all of which are great. I always enjoying hearing and reading other's experiences. If other people are viewing this - feel free to chime in and share your experiences and opinions. I am not easily offended, so if there is an idea I mentioned, or something I say, feel free to share your thoughts (positive or negative).