Originally Posted by flyhigh123
i didn't have the option of floor mounted speakers other then the fronts, so i had to go with a ceiling mount. I also needed white in color.
I picked up the Pioneer SC-1522 9.2 receiver. I will look into the omni ceiling mounts as well since the stock angle may not be enough. When you say two pairs of side surrounds, are you saying get rid of the front highs? or daisy chain the side surrounds?
Thanks for the help and the image is really helpful. Even though its a semi dedicated theater room, i am putting some aesthetics over sound quality.
The screen is an Elite screen Aerie model. It is not acoustically transparent. The center speaker will be right under/in front of the screen and the side speakers will be on each side of the screen. The windows will all be blocked with automatic blockout window shades.
As for the dual pairs of side surrounds, you can do one of two things using your 1522k (this will give you optimal sound spread to each row of seats):
1) Use the internal receiver amps for the left side and right side on one pair of speakers and output the pre-amp analog side-surround signals to an outboard power amplifier or stereo receiver laying around to power the second set (it's a little harder to volume match using a separate receiver).
2) Use a multichannel power amp for all four side speakers and use RCA Y-splitters from the pre-amp outs to double up the stereo side surround signals. In fact, due to your large space I would highly recommend using power amps to drive all your speakers. Emotiva and Outlaw Audio, as far as internet direct companies go, make some good bang vs. buck power amps. You usually damage your speakers trying to drive lower power amps into distortion in order to output the theater volume you want.Do not
wire them in parallel or serial and run them off the same amps. This is a temporary setup until object-oriented audio is released to the home. Then you'll be able to address each of these side speakers separately as if you had four discrete side surround channels rather than the standard two. Wiring them together would defeat that and put unnecessary strain on your amplifier.
You can still have front wides or front height effects speakers. Now, if you decide to do front wide speakers, you want to use a matching set of speakers to the ones being utilized as the front left and front right speakers for complete, seamless timbre matching.
I take it that all speakers are currently Polks? Have you purchased the screen already, or is this model still on your radar?