Looking for some help after doing research on various sites and forums, visiting several AV Specialty stores including Best Buy's Magnolia store, and listening to several different speaker lines. I think I've overwhelmed myself with all the research, as well as the fact most of these stores only try to upsell you when possible.
I am looking to add front speakers, center, sub and two surround ceiling speakers (5:1). I was looking to spend $3,000 to $5,000 on the speakers. I started looking at Bowers & Wilkens CM5's for the fronts, CCM center, CCM686 ceiling and ASW10 sub. Before I was ready to drop $4,350, I was hoping to get some opinions. I also looked at Paradigm Reflection Studio 20's for the fronts and associated items (as I have a set of 12 year old Monitors, Atoms, center and SUB10...always been good to me). Paradigm would be more. Also listened to Definitive Technology.
I have attached a picture of my newly finished basement setup where equipment will be installed. I am using an Epson 6020 projector with a 100" fixed mount screen. I need to use bookshelf speakers because of the built-in since floor speakers probably wouldn't look right.in front. Also wired for ceiling surround speakers.
The room size is 16 feet wide (built-in is 14 feet wide) and the seating will be about 14 feet from the screen (behind seating is open about 15 feet). One of the issues I have is the depth where the bookshelf speakers will sit on built-in base is only 16 inches in depth. I noticed a number of speaker companies suggest 8 inches behind speaker (the Paradigm's and Definitive are a few inches deeper then the BW CM5's- 12 inches deep).
I don't plan to use a pre-amp, just a receiver which I am also open for suggestions ($1,000 range....need Ethernet, phono input, 3D).
Before dropping the money on BW's, are they overpriced due to Big Box store, marketing, etc. I saw some reviews for NHT, Episode, Anthony Gallo (Refections would fit nicely but they don't make ceiling speakers.
Anyway, was hoping for some guidance and thoughts!