After getting some good feedback on in-ceiling speakers, I have decided not to go with in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Instead I will look for nice floor standing or bookshelves for L and R.
My wife has only allowed a $3k budget since it is not the main media room
. The living is a 17'X20' with an open kitchen 13'X19'. I am attaching some pics. As you can see it is quite an open space. I think I will have to stick with in-wall for rear since there is not space for floorstanding.
This is what I am thinking -
Denon AVR E-400 = $599 The big advantage over Onkyo 818 is price, does not heat up, and allows additional "different zone" for 2 other speakers that I can use in the kitchen.
SVS subwoofer < $600
Rest for speakers ~ $ 1,800.
Space on the right of the fireplace on the wall will be the TV mounting.
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From the kitchen island. Distance about 17 feet but the couch will be about 10-12 feet from the TV.
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This is taken from where the TV will be mounted and this image shows the rear and view of the open kitchen.
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Any thoughts and suggestions?