I am finishing up basement entertainment room, TV/BAR/Pool Table, not a home theater. Walls and ceiling are currently open. Walls have 2x4 studs installed.
I would like a decent sound, but clearly I am not looking for perfection.
The room is 13x30 with openings in the middle and 2 windows. Under 2K for sure, but would like the number to be closer to 1K for 5.1 speaker set.
No floorstanders? No bookshelf speakers with rear ports? Space is at a premium? Afraid of pool sticks punching drivers? (actually that could be just as bad with in-walls as boxes if you have pool playing friends like I had when I had a pool table room ). You don't like the aesthetics of speaker boxes? IMHO the versatility and sound quality of box speakers exceeds that of inwall (which can at least be at ear height) let alone in-ceiling; are you sure about where these speakers should be located or would you like the option of changing your mind later? IB subwoofer would be the only in-wall/ceiling/floor speaker I'd consider personally.
"I realize that somebody playing free music isn't as commercial as a hamburger stand. But is it because you can eat a hamburger and hold it in your hand and you can't do that with music? Is it too free to control?" - Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) discussing commercial success in the music biz
Yes aesthetics mostly, plus something on the floor that is just there...
So forget about celling/in-wall. How about on the wall :-) Again not really a home theater quality, something to watch a game with, listen to some music...