I first posted some of this in my build thread but didn't get many responses so I'm hoping this will get better exposure. I'll keep my build thread for construction updates.
I've pretty much settled on the Hsu line of speakers, but I don't want to close the door just yet on other brands. I like that I can get all my speaker needs covered from the same manufacturer and have some comfort in that they will all play well together. Planning on a 7.1 system with the money seat front and center.
I'm currently looking at HB-1 for the front left and right, HC-1 for the center, HIW-1 (in-walls) for the surrounds and rears, and dual VTF-15H for the subwoofers. It's starting to feel like this will end up being very bass-heavy, which I don't know if that will be a bad thing, but just wanted some opinions on it. Planning on powering the system with a Denon 2113 AVR. Any weak points? In-walls for the surrounds and rears are being demanded by my wife, but I have to agree. I know acoustically they are not as good, but I can't afford the space with speakers mounted on the wall, as that is where the walkway is (see pictures below). I guess I can live with this compromise because not as much sound comes out of the surrounds and rear speakers.
Here's a picture of the room I'm converting.
I have a couple of options for speaker placement. This looks like it might be the most ideal, but comes with some practical compromises. Particularly trying to toe-in the surround speakers, just feels like it would look too weird in real life. The speaker wedges are drawn in according to the Dolby recommended placement. Part of the compromise is trying to get the surround speakers far enough back that they are not too far ahead of the first row. Green are speakers, red are absorbing panels.
The other option I'm looking at is not worrying about toe-in and moving the rear surround speakers to the back wall. This aims them more at the listeners (no toe-in and mounted as in the first picture wouldn't point them anywhere near the listeners). The compromise here is that the rear surrounds are well outside of the wedges for the front row listeners, but might be close for the second row. But the wedges are just a recommendation and not set in stone, right?
At this point, I'm pretty heavily leaning towards the second option, but just wanted to get opinions on this before proceeding. Maybe there is a better option out there?
My last question is about mounting the front left and right speakers. I build cardboard mock-ups of an HB-1 and VTF-15H to get a feel for how they fit in the room. I was showing my wife different placement options for the subwoofer, and after I placed it in one of the front corners, she said, "Why don't we just get two and put one on each side?" I can't say how happy that made me! I was afraid of suggesting two because the speaker budget has been steadily increasing since the project started, but this is fine with me! So my question is, is there a good way to mount the front left/right speakers above a subwoofer? A picture will explain this best.
Ignore the open wall to the right. I'm in the process of framing and drywalling it closed. I wasn't really thinking of mounting the speaker on the subwoofer because I didn't know how that would sound. Would the speakers rattle each other? Could this be an option? I was thinking of building an arm off the side wall to basically act as a shelf to hold the speaker at the right height and distance from the walls. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for any advice you can offer!