I'm a home audio newbie who has just purchased a house. I'd like to put a home theater in an open concept great room, which measures 18'x18' with a kitchen/dining area behind that which adds another 12' of depth to the space (30' from front wall to back). The ceilings are around about 8.5' high.
I would like to mount the TV (LG 55" LCD) to the front wall with the three front speakers in the wall as well to keep them off the ground (we have small children). I'd also like 2-4 surround speakers in the ceiling. Wall won't work for surrounds as one side of the room is all windows, and floor won't work because of aforementioned kids (and wife
Use will be 80% TV/movies, 20% music. Budget is $1500-$2k and I'm starting essentially from scratch. (I have a BIC F12 sub but want to replace all other equipment.) I've been looking at Denon receivers as I like the quality and Airplay/networking features for $400-$500, but the speaker issue is confounding me.
Can you guys suggest some high-quality, mid-range 5.1/7.1 setups for in-wall/ceiling? I know in-wall/ceiling gets a bad rap quality-wise but are there any you guys find acceptable in my price range? I'm not against EBay and I'm willing to buy used.