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I really need some advice on audio components for Home Theater applications. My wife and I love good sound, but the speakers in our house Living Room are ancient - big 40 year old JB Lansings. We are building a new pool cabana which includes a very large room for 1) entertaining by the pool in the daytime, and 2) having a Cabana Theater for movie viewing at night. Additionally, we would like to upgrade the audio components of our Living Room - a pretty large room in a 1932 log house. Both rooms have high ceilings. Thus, we have two theaters to build, and need advice on the audio components.
We can spend about $20,000 (combined) on audio for the two rooms, which are in separate buildings [maybe figure $10,000 per room, or $8K on the Living Room, and $12K on the Cabana Theater?]. Both will mainly be used for Home Theater movies, e.g., DirecTV and DVDs. Being an "ancient one," I don't know much about streaming video, if it's good or bad, etc.
Given a $20,000 budget, what Audio Components would you install in these two Home Theaters?
Living Room is 20' wide x 29' long x 15' high vaulted gable ceiling , all carpeted with log walls, already have an AV Receiver described below
Cabana Theater (a separate new building, all new construction) will be 27' Wide X 32' Long, with 17' vaulted gable ceiling. The walls, ceiling and floors are all hard surfaces (can't carpet cause of people coming in wet, from pool).
EXISTING LIVING ROOM
: I recently bought a Panasonic Projector TV for our Living Room (PT-AE8000U
) which we love. It's a good upgrade from our former projector TV, tho' I see others in that price range have better reviews. Still, we have 3-D glasses for that projector TV. I figured that if we get the same Projector for the Cabana Theater, we can use the same glasses in the Cabana Theater.
NEW THEATER ROOM
Here's a layout of the Cabana Theater
(building it now):
WHAT AUDIO COMPONENTS WOULD YOU SUGGEST?
As we age, we begin to lose the middle of the audio spectrum. My wife and I both notice we miss the words in movie dialogs (maybe because we just have old technology). I used to do Audio shows for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and won some prizes for AV shows, but that was long ago. I know next to nothing about modern speaker systems.
Just perusing the Internet, I was looking at The Versus Grand Tower
, but the Cabana Theater room is so large, I'm not sure how they would do. Versus offers a 30 day free in-home trial, so we could try them first in our home living room - the other room we want to upgrade, and see what we think. That's where we have the old JBL's I thought I should likely replace. I was also thinking about the Goldenear Triton Two Series
There is also teh question of a single 12" Sub, or two 10" Sub-Woofers.
AMP & PRE-AMP:
My Living Room presently uses a Sony AV receiver STR-DN1030
. I am happy with that, but after reading about the choices now available, I am sure there is much better out there. We hope for good discrete motion picture sound in both the Cabana Theater, and our home Living room.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME SPEND MONEY!
Thanks people, for any help you can suggest. We've worked hard over life to get ahead enough to build this. We can't afford the moon, but thought some of you might like to advise us old hippies what you'd do if you had $20,000 to put into audio for these two theaters.