Hi All~ I have my low voltage walk through soon and I need some help with speaker selection. I'm having the LV guys wire in a 7.1 (or 7.2) surround sound in my basement. Basement is sort of L shaped. 18'/24' x 26' x 9'. I started my questions about my surround sound in this thread. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1471026/another-5-1-or-7-1-speaker-placement
I've spent the last few weeks reading the speaker forums and have learned a lot but I still don't know which is going to work best for me so I'd like some suggestions. I currently have an old Yamaha HTIB receiver and a pair of Polk M20's. Neither of these are going into my new HT. They will be going into the garage. My budget is around $2k.
The 52" Samsung LCD is going to be mounted over a fire place (yes, I know) so should I use in-wall speakers or on-wall speakers placed between the fireplace and windows or mount them on the fireplace it self?
Floor standing speakers is not really an option because of the spousal unit. The center channel is going to be a big issue. Placing the Center right above the mantel is going to push the TV even higher. The fireplace box does stick out about 2ft from the wall.
The AV contractor said he recommends placing the sub under the stairs. Sounded like a good idea at the time but after reading many forums, the placement for the sub isn't really know until you try it out. So I can have them run cables anywhere. I might place one near the right front corner (by the stairs) and another on the left side of the fireplace. Right now I need to be able to tell the LV where to terminate the speaker wires. Thoughts?
The BIG question. I need 4 in-ceiling speakers, LCR speakers, Sub, and AVR. The most important part to me is the LCR speakers and sub. The 2k isn't a hard cap but I'd like to stay around that cost. Do I need 2 subs for an area this big?
I will have an AV rack in the mechanical room so I'm also having the LV guy run cable pulls to the TV area too.
Here is a slightly updated speaker location from the previous thread. I moved the two rears back further based on Sanjay's recommendation.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations. I need to be spoon fed.