Originally Posted by wraunch
Wow! I didn't look at the thread for a day and I seem to have started a bit if a firestorm! I'm a novice when it comes to most speakers and I usually will not buy anything without hearing it first, I am somewhat handy but thankfully my dad and uncle live nearby and they are very handy! I haven't looked into kits too much but I hear great things about Pi. One concern with my setup is my rear surrounds. I can't put them. On the rear wall because I will have my bar cabinets there most likely. Should I look for unveiling rears or just find some I could mount overhead and swivel back towards the seats? As you can see I have put a ton if time into planning every small detail of this space and I don't plan on losing it on my audio. That being said I am very budget conscience and I know I can upgrade things later. The only pieces of equipment from an audio standpoint I currently plan on using in the room is my Elemental Designs A2-300 for one sub and my Onkyo txsr707. I am very intrigued by the ascends as folks on AVS are raving about them. Keep the feedback coming guys! What would you recommend in a space this large that will mostly be used for Movies/Games/Watching Sports?
are some surround speakers that are budget friendly and will work great. Mount them against the wall and ceiling, you will want your surrounds mounted high. Those will hopefully sound great and stay out of the way. Those are probably the least expensive THX approved speakers that I know about, which makes them a bargain.
As for your sub, don't take offense but it is woefully inadequate for a dedicated home theater. Sell it or move it to another system, but don't try to integrate it with a powerful subwoofer system. The good news is it looks like you might be nicely positioned for an infinite baffle system
. You could use the attic space next to the roof as a IB enclosure. This can give you massive bass for a relatively modest investment. You will need to buy some drivers, an amp, and an equalizer. You'll want to to talk to the guys in the DIY section for more about this, but no commercial sub you could buy would even dream of touching it at that price. If for some reason you can't do an Infinite Baffle, I would recommend some DIY sealed 18"s like I suggested to this guy
. Each of these solutions are so far above that little ED sub it is not even comparable, the experience is another planet entirely.
As for your receiver, there is good news and bad news there too. If you are using the Onkyo's amp, you will really want high sensitivity speakers because of how hot that model gets. I know this because I own one. The JTR speakers might be iffy on that because they are 4 Ohm rated, but the Pi speakers supposedly are an easy load on amplifiers. I don't know about the SEOS speakers, you will have to ask about those in the DIY section, those are very popular there. The good news is that receiver has pre-outs so you could easily add separate amps any time you like. It's a good receiver for the money, but I would just take it easy on the amplifier. Again, I really wouldn't want to try to push conventional speakers to loud volumes with it in a dedicated home theater. I do on mine but I am in a smaller room, and I don't sit as far from the speakers, and even then I know I am missing better dynamics and finer quality and I intend to upgrade within a year (I have to take it easy on my wallet right now, just bought a new projector).