I've ran into an issue. The main place the family watches TV and movies is in the living room. My wife absolutely refuses to let me put in a system into the living room. She hates the idea of having speakers sitting all over the place LOL! But, we've ran into another problem. We've acquired so many devices that our TV is running out inputs, so a receiver or some kind of switching device is going to be eminent.
Fast Forward to last night....We were looking around Best Buy and she got to looking at the Sony sound bar. Something like that would help with our switching needs, but they sound horrible and not much better than our TV speakers. For the price they are asking for one of those setups, surely I could build my own with better sound quality. I already have a spare receiver laying around and I have a wide assortment of drivers to choose from for $300.
I've done some research last evening and earlier this morning and L/C/R sound bars are from ideal. So I know that going into this.
So this is my idea. I'm going to build a 3.1 channel setup. I've been looking around on Parts Express and seems like Tang Band, Dayton, and HiVi all have pretty good offerings at decent prices with good feedback. What I would like to do is build 1 big enclosure 45"w x 18"d. Height will depend on the driver array. Inside the 1 big enclosure, divide it off into 3 separate chambers for the L/C/R.
Knowing that this isn't the optimum setup, I'm looking for driver configs that will give me the best results. To keep costs and time invested down, I'd like to use the prefab Dayton xovers. I was thinking 2 ways for the L/R and a 3 way multi driver array for the center for better dispersion.
As far as height, I've got about 8"/10". This box will go directly on top of the TV stand. So 10" is max without inducing some viewing angle fatigue.
Sorry for the novel. I wanted to make sure you experts had as much info as possible to give me some ideas!