Hey everyone. I am relatively new to the forum. I recently bought a home with a basement. First time to ever have a basement so I am extremely excited to set up a great all-purpose movie/sports watching area. I have a budget of around $5K (+/- a little more for a new 3D tv)
I have a very large, open basement. However, I believe I will need to use in wall speakers due to the placement of doors and windows. I had a home theatre guy come on Tuesday and he made some recommendations. Looking for a little guidance from you experts.
A couple of caveats for my $5k budget:
First, I want to re-use as much of my "nice" speakers and components as possible. I picked up a new Pioneer SC-1522-K for the receiver. It has never been out of the box. I also have a pair of BG X3 Radia towers that I want to use for my front LR. I also have 2 other old receivers that I can use upstairs if required - 5-10 year old Pioneer and HK receivers.
Second, my focus is to make the basement kick-ass while also having a decent TV viewing area upstairs and integrating all of it through something like Contol4.
Thus the rest of the speakers, with the exception of the subwoofer, need to be in-wall/in-ceiling.
Here is are my questions:
He is recommending that I only invest in a 5.1 set up for the basement. I am a little confused as to why I shouldn't have an in-wall center channel, the BG Radia as my front L/R, and 4 rear channel in-ceiling speakers. Thoughts?
As for the basement in-wall speakers, he is recommending the Polk RT series and a Sunfire subwoofer (he is a dealer for both). His speaker prices are VERY high when compared to what I can buy on-line so I may just buy the equipment and have him install it. There seemed to be good comments and reviews on the Polk speakers, but I am not sure how they match with the BG Radias.
He is also going to integrate everything in the house via Control 4. This will include speakers already distributed throughout the house - kitchen, three-season room, three-season screened patio, and up-stairs living room.
I am having a TV mounted above the fire place in the up-stairs living room. The speakers are horrible on the TV, but I can't set up a nice surround system in the room as it is open and has vaulted ceilings. (Well, with money you can do anything, but focus is the basement). He recommended either a soundbar and sub combo or mounting my Bose Acoustimass 3 cube speakers behind the TV with the sub hidden in the room. I have never taken the Bose system out of the box, but I think if it works, it saves me about $1k in budget. Thoughts or suggestions?
Looking for some guidance on the approach and any "traps" I should look out for.