Hi everyone. Awesome forum
I am a sound engineer. I record and mix a lot of music and do work for cable tv shows.
I am expanding my space and creating a listening space for myself that is away from the studio. The seating area is 12'x12' with one of the sides open to a rear area where my bar is.
Here is the deal: I am thinking about doing a surround sound setup in that room because I love watching movies and there will be a speaker in the bathroom and speakers in the bedroom as well. I am nuts... a sound engineer needs music everywhere!
Does anyone have any experience with in-wall speaker solutions that sound good? I have heard some before and I have always thought they sounded like crap, but it has been a while.
Also, I am looking to dedicate a HTPC computer and run a media app which will be j-river:
So does anyone have any experience with a setup like this? I would like a nice system since I listen to music all the time (the stuff I am mixing and released music) I just don't want cube speakers hanging off the walls. Who knows... maybe there are good solutions that look and sound good. Oh, no Bose!!!!!!!! LOL
Cost wise I am looking to spend 400-600 on the surround system. The lower end of the scale would be better since I have to get a bunch of amps for everything. Size does matter. I am looking for smaller vs larger speakers to keep the space "simple looking" since my job is very mentally demanding. The whole suite is a simple but moderately modern looking so I can relax from the mental challenge of critical listening, engineering and mixing sound.
I am not opposed to cutting holes in walls and finishing them out to slide in speakers into a recessed shelve.
Ok, to wrap up:
office: 2 ceiling/wall speakers
bedroom: 2 ceiling/wall speakers
bathroom: 1 ceiling speaker
personal listening area: Surround system: rear speakers in wall or ceiling. Standing front L-R-C and sub is fine. A must is good stereo sound listening to music in 2.1
a few sound cards for all the zones/speakers
a few multi-channel amps to drive everything.
The listening room is my biggest priority. I want it to sound good, but it doesn't have to be hyper accurate like my control room which has Focal solo6 be speakers. I did read threads on the energy classic series which brought me here and they are a contender. My trouble is time.... I don't have much time to go out and audition systems with my reference music.
Any input or experiences greatly appreciated.