I know it's the usual question, but I am trying to create the right surround sound experience for my family to enjoy movies/sports etc and also music in our new home that we are constructing. It's very exciting, but i don't have the budget to hire an AV firm, and was anyway advised that it is best for me to figure it out for myself, also more enjoyable LOL.
Family Room dimensions:
The Family room is 16 x 26' so lovely space. The TV would sit on the 16' wall. But the complication is that there are 2 door ways on either side of the central wall space. So effectively we really only have an 8' wall space on which the TV, Center channel and (if we had) wall Front R/L speakers will be placed. We currently have a 50" TV. We might upgrade to a 60" TV. I checked with the architect and we only have about 10-11" above the door top to the ceiling if we want to place the front R/L speakers above the doors.
Now we will be sitting 14' away from the TV. Why? because there is a fireplace in the way on the long wall. So we sit 14' away, and the TV wall is 8' wide.
So my options are:
Option 1. Get an in wall center channel, 2 floorstanding speakers R/L and rear ceiling speakers.
Option 2: Get in wall center channel and R/L speakers, adn in ceiling rear speakers.
In both these options the speakers will be at ear/eye level but only 7' apart. I am concerned that the sound stage will be too narrow gigven i'd be sitting 14' away.
Option 3: put in-wall center channel + in wall satellite R/L above each doorway, and angle them down towards the sofa area. Then have in ceiling rear speakers.
Option 4: in wall center channel, front R/L IN-Ceiling speakers that are 12' or 14' apart, and rear in ceiling speakers.
My budget is $1200-2000 for center channel, R/L front speakers and rear speakers all together. I'd prefer to stay around $1200-1500 because i want to set up a nice listening center in the Den as well.
Which option do you think makes sense to maximize experience and aesthetics of room, and what brand/type would you recommend? I've read about the Triad in ceiling speakers as being a great choice if i go with Option 4, but i'm not sure i can afford them. and they also seem hard to procure...