I am constructing a basement home theater. I will be using equipment from my previous home theater but I am considering upgrading my speakers during construction.
Here are the old setup:
Oppo DVD/SACD player
JBL E30's all around
DIY Sonotube 15" Dayton Titanic sub (tuned to 18hz)
H/K multi-disc CD player
Technics record player
Room is 17.5' x 14' (actual room is more like 17.5 x 28, but support beams separate the room and half is consumed by a pool table)
The speakers must be bookshelf, wall mount, or in wall. I want to keep the speakers off the ground and out of reach of children. I have 6 JBL E30's and could use them, however, I do not have a matching center channel and have not been able to find one. Also, I would have to build shelves of some sort or figure out a way to mount them to the walls. This is why I was leaning towards on/in-walls. The room currently has a giant built in corner entertainment center that houses a 37" tube TV. The corner unit is nice, however, the TV is built in so I am going to have to tear the entire thing out. The plan is to tear all the drywall out and redo the room, so the options are numerous.
I would like to stay as close to $1000 as possible, but could potentially go as high as $1500. DIY is not completely ruled out, however, I am not sure I have the time for it. I would like to do a 7.1 setup, however, could stick with 5.1 for now and expand to 7.1 in the future.
So, in summary, what would you all recommend for a 5 or 7 speaker setup with ~$1000 budget?
I was looking at the following for an on wall setup:
Center: JBL LC2 ~$290
Fronts: JBL L820 ~$350 per pair
JBL L810's ~$280 per pair
Secondly, is it even worth upgrading from my JBL E30's in this price range or should I just try to find a center channel that matches?