I am having some issues trying to figure out my setup, so I figured I'd leave it to you experts! Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
We just got our first house, and I have always wanted surround. But the house is kind of oddly shaped, and unfortunately mounting the TV above the fireplace is the only logical place for it. Also my wife doesn't want the "clutter" of speakers everywhere, so I've been looking at in-walls. I've already bought the TV, but am trying to do the planning before I purchase anything else. But I've run into some complications. The studs above the fireplace are off center. I've put together a quick photoshop to illustrate. I tried to get everything (except stud width) pretty close to scale. I was using the sizes of Polk 265 RT for left & right, and a Polk 255C-RT center, but these aren't necessarily the speakers I'll be using.
The red dot is roughly center vertically and horizontally. I'm not very skilled with my hands, and that is an exterior wall. So I don't think I feel comfortable cutting through the stud that clips the edge of the center speaker. I think it would bug me too much to move it to the right away from the stud.
What do you guys think? Would an in-ceiling center speaker be weird?
I did look at one of the ads on your page for Axiom, and saw they have some thin on-wall speakers that you can have custom finished. This could certainly be a possibility, but I've never heard Axiom in person before. A regular center channel wouldn't fit on the mantle, it's only about 6" wide.
I don't have too much to spend, maybe a little over $1k for the 5 surrounds.
Thanks for any help!
Ya, I was thinking the same thing about the TV being really high. Would you lose out on a lot of the voice audio without a center channel? I'm mostly going to be using it for TV/movies.
I currently have a Definitive Technology sub. 10", 700 watt. It sounds good, but I don't think it will have the output for the new TV room. I do want to upgrade it, but that will have to wait. The $1000 is just for the surround. I don't mind going a bit over that if there's a good solution for my situation.
It's a large room. I'll have to get the dimensions when I get home tonight, but it's basically the den, a breakfast nook, and the kitchen in one large area.
I didn't realize receivers had that option, thanks. I'll check my manual.
I feel the same way about the fireplace. I live in the freaking desert, when the heck am I going to need a fire? Plus, it's gas. So it barely even heats the room. Unfortunately though, I am no handyman. I almost killed myself plugging in the dryer. Who knows what would happen if I tried to build a wall! I got a tilting mount, so hopefully it's not too uncomfortable to watch TV.
So the den area is about 15'x17', but there's also a nook and a kitchen in the same space. It's kind of weirdly shaped, so here's the room on the diagram that came with the house. The fireplace isn't labelled on there, but it's on the left wall of the Family room. And the angled line between the Family and Kitchen is just a counter/bar, not a full wall.
Thanks for the link Zieglj01. I think that's what I will end up having to do, using a thin on-wall center. I don't mind cutting the drywall (I probably wouldn't kill myself doing that) for the L&R.
Any thoughts about using a passive soundbar as a center channel? Is that even possible?
Okay, great. Thanks. I don't foresee any issues with the other 2 front channels.
Would using a different center from the L/R mess up the timbre, even from the same company? I'd like to at least keep the front & back L/R's in-wall (for the wife). Something like:
Front L/R: Boston VSi 555W2
Center: Boston MCenter
Rear L/R: Boston VSi 585
That MCenter is just over 6" tall, so it would fit nicely under the TV without having to raise it up to the ceiling.
If this works, what do you think about these other combo's vs. the Boston?
Front L/R: Polk 265 RT
Center: Polk TL3c
Rear L/R: Polk RC85i
Front L/R: Def Tech UIW 75
Rear L/R: Def Tech UIW 55