I'm really glad I found this forum. There is a wealth of information on this site but it gets a little intimidating with such a big audience. I'm building a new house in SE Wisconsin and would love some feedback from local users.
I have a dedicated theater room in our current house. I'm thrilled the house is already sold, but one of the deals was I could take whatever theater equipment I wanted as long as I left a functional room for the new owner. Good excuse for upgrades! Here's the thing, I enjoy the theater room and know what I like, but I am much more of a "user" than an informed hobbies so I really need recommendations.
Here's what I'm use to (the current theater built in 2006):
Sony VPLVW100 projector
Front, center, and left speakers = Snell XA1900THX
Side and rear speakers = Snell AMC900THX
Subwoofer = Snell ICSSUB24MK2 (2 - 12" cones)
Audio Control Pantages 5 x 200 amplifier
Audio Control Pantages 2 x 200 amplifier
Receiver = Integra DHC80.3 (upgraded in 2012 from Audio Control Maestro2 which I still have laying around)
Screen - Stewart 100"
The (original) plan for the new house is/was:
Move the front, center and left Snell's as well as the sub to the new house. Buy new speakers for the existing house. I have a line on RBH 661SE's for $300 a piece.
New surrounds and rears?
Move the Integra receiver and put the Audio Control back in the old house
I'd love feedback on this plan as well as some of the options I've identified:
1. I'm trying to decide if I should jump on the promotional pricing of the new Sony VPL-VW350ES
2. My installer is concerned if the Snells will fill the new room (the new room is roughly 18' X22'). He offered RBH SI-6100's that were former demos in his shop for $1000/ea. These are in-wall speakers and he likes the idea of being able to put the lefts at the screen height as opposed to the floor. Also, they would be able to further apart than the Snells because of the Snell's cabinet depth (it's a wall issue). If I move the Snells, I still have to pay $900 to replace them. Or I leave them and pay $3K for the new ones. Which do you think would be the better setup Snell cabinets or the RBH in-walls?
3. I really like the Snell sub but it is 10 years old. Do you think I should move this or just buy new?
4. Flanners has some closeout amps. What's the gnereal impression of Parasounds?
5. Screen recommendations?
I'm sure there a tons of other things I'm missing. All help is appreciated!