The girlfriend has asked that I get rid of the 'ugly speaker stands' and mount my surrounds to my ceiling. In exchange, I'm going from 5.1 to 7.1
I'm looking for a recommendation in my budget for four surround speakers - two side and two rear.
Onkyo TX-NR515 Receiver
Vizio XVT553SV 55" LED HDTV
Windows 7 HTPC connected via HDMI.
Sony SS-CN5000 center channel
Sony SS-MF400H Floorstanding front speakers
The two rear surrounds are currently Sony SS-MB150H, but I suspect I'll be replacing them. I know the fronts are also old models.
I sit approximately 10' from my TV, the room is about 15X20. Ceiling is a standard 10' high.. I'm planning on mounting side surrounds and rear surrounds. I'd like to mount them right into the ceiling, but if I have to use a bracket, that's OK too. They have to be relatively thin, this is a first floor of a two story house. System is almost exclusively for TV and movies. Any music played will be acceptable with almost anything.
As i'm sure everyone can see, I'm no audiophile. Total budget for all four new speakers is $500.
Thank you for the advice gentlemen.
Will these match the sound of my Sonys?
It is highly unlikely that anything will fully timbre match the sound of your Sonys other than additional Sony speakers in exactly the same line of Sony speakers. That said, many people are OK to have different rear surround speakers since they are used less frequently.