I have a dedicated home theater room I'd like to get up and running. Room dimensions are 19'x14.5'. The screen would be mounted on the front wall (14'5" width). The ceiling slopes upwards from 8' at the exterior wall, to 10' in the middle towards the interior wall. The projector will be mounted approximately 15' from the front wall/screen. There is a 6' raised platform towards the rear of the room (6"). I've pre-wired the room for 9.2, with the pre-wiring being about 5'6" up except the center channel pre-wiring, which is towards the ceiling (center channel would be mounted above the screen). I realize this is above ear-level by a bit, but since I had multiple rows of seating planned, I thought this was the better compromise to ensure the front row of people didn't block the sound for the rear row. The 8th and 9th set of pre-wiring are located where I would place front-wide channels.
I'm wanting to do at least a 7.1 setup. I don't have a receiver that supports more than that currently, but may end up picking up a Denon 4520, so it is an option. My budget is no more than $4000 for the speakers/subwoofers. I'd prefer to spend less, of course! I'm looking for suggestions on what to purchase. I'd prefer to have the speakers wall-mounted, not sitting on stands, so that I didn't have wiring hanging all over the place.
I'm currently looking at the HSU Research Ultimate Package
(7.2.1). 1 center (2x6.5 + tweeter/horn), 6 standard (1x6.5 + tweeter/horn), 2x15" subs good to 15Hz +- 1db supposedly, and 1x12" sub for the stuff between the real lows and the mids. I could pick up 2 more of the standard speakers if I went with front-wide channels.
Before I spend this amount of money, I'd prefer to have a few different options that I was looking at, instead of just purchasing the first thing that looked good to me. Any suggestions? This is primarily for movies/television, but there will be music and games from time to time, as well.
Also - regarding speaker mounting - how are people wall-mounting bookshelf-style speakers? Are there some kind of wall brackets or something of that nature? I'd want to be able to angle the speakers (like the center channel which will be a fair amount higher than the listening locations). Looking at the HSU speakers, in the product manual, it indicates it's ideal to mount them nearly 2 feet away from any wall. That seems nuts to me, you are removing a fair amount of seating area from the room by doing that. Will the sound quality truly be that much worse with them mounted closer to the walls?
The seating rows will be either 3 or 4 across (haven't picked out the chairs yet, so not sure), and two deep. First row at approximately 11' (head location) from the screen, second row at approximately 15'.
I appreciate any information/suggestions regarding speakers/subwoofers, as well as any information/suggestions regarding speaker mounting. Thank you in advance.