I recently finished my basement into a home theater. It's really humble by standards of this forum but I really like it. On cyber Monday I bought an Onkyo package that included a tx-nr609 and an entry level 5.1 speaker set with a 120 watt sub. I knew the speakers were not what I wanted but the $399 price tag was pretty good and I knew that if I was to buy a good receiver and good speakers separately, to this day would be listening through my tv speakers. (read can't afford to pony up for everything I want at once).
Here are some pictures of what the room looks like right now.
Here is what I am thinking. Right now I am running the 5.1 setup with the surrounds where the rears should be on a 7.1 setup. Because the reciever is a 7.2 capable unit I want to add in ceiling speakers for surrounds to bring me to a 7.1 setup. The speakers would go above the two framed openings on either side of the first row (110 degrees from main seating position as per Dolby)
Also, the -3db drop off for my speakers is at 100hz (according to audyssey 2EQ). I would much rather have speakers that allow me to set my crossover at 80hz.
I can not afford an audiophile level solution but I do want to make smart purchases with my upgrades. To get to where I want to be I'm thinking $200-300 in ceiling speaker (pair). Next, Replace front and center channel (in what order I don't know). And live with the rear channel and sub that I have now.
What I have laid out here is just what's going on in my head, not a set in stone plan. I am hoping that the fine members of this forum can give help with my path foreword be it through speaker selection, telling me the shortcomings in my plan, or sharing of your experience. I do not take criticism to heart so let it rip as long is it is constructive.