Hi folks -- I'm really agonizing about which surround speakers to get for my budget 5.1 system and where exactly they should be placed. I would love to provide a few details about my room and get some expert advice. I've got the TV (Panasonic TC-L55ET5), the receiver (Marantz NR1403) and the front speakers (2x Pioneer SP-FS52, 1x Pioneer SP-C22) all set up. The subwoofer is ordered (SVS PB-1000) and should be here by the end of the week. Now I need the surrounds, and I'm a little lost.
First off, the surrounds need to be pretty small, due to room and wife constraints. I mocked up out of cardboard something as big as the NHT SuperZero 2.0 (9"H x 5"W x 5.5"D) and got it wife-approved, but I can't go bigger than that, and smaller would be even better. But I realize that which surrounds to choose goes hand in hand with figuring out where exactly they should go, and I am unclear on that also. Here is a diagram of the basement, with speaker positions shown:
And here are a couple of pictures showing the couch and the wall space I am working with (please forgive the mess, it is mostly new HT boxes that I don't want to dump till everything is up and running perfectly):
The arrows are pointing to the top corners, where I have been assuming I'll hang the surrounds. As you can see, unless I go with an in-wall solution (which I am not excited to do), they will have to be mounted pretty high up to be out of the way. For reference, that drop-down beam running across the ceiling there is 9.5 inches tall (down from the ceiling) and 6 inches wide.
The possible surrounds so far on my list to explore further are:
NHT SuperZero 2.0
Axiom M0 v3 On-Wall
Definitive Technology ProMonitor 800
Energy Veritas V-Mini
NXG Pro 4.1
1) Am I barking up the right tree? Are these the types of surrounds I should be looking at? Or can I get away with some tiny doohickeys like those Orbs or those tiny cubes that Bose makes? Any other recommendations?
2) Assuming that these are the right types, will my near-ceiling placement be ok? Will I mount them flush with the wall so they are pointing straight out, or do I aim them down towards the couch? Or do I need to put them someplace else entirely?
3) Are they likely to sound ok? Will the surround sound be good for the folks that are NOT sitting in the center of the couch (at the sweet spot)? The guy at the end of the couch is going to have his head almost directly underneath the thing -- will the sound be lousy for him?
4) Any other thoughts / ideas / recommendations?
Thanks so much in advance!