I'm New at This - Home Theater Assistance?
Thank you in advance for your help, it's been several years since I've researched any A/V equipment so I'm leaning on you guys for a little help.
In general, here is my current layout and existing equipment:
Room size - 22' wide x 17' deep x 10' ceiling (3,740 cf, three sides of the room are essentially solid walls, the forth side consists of a few windows and a door, floor is carpet and ceiling is drywall)
Listening distance - 10'
There are no restraints with speaker placement or size
I plan on watching TV and movies 90%, gaming 5% and music 5%
My existing equipment - Pioneer Elite VSX-21TXH (110w x 7, 8 ohms), a JBL PSW-D110 sub and a Panasonic TC-P55ST30 television.
I have previously had a 5.1 system and enjoyed it so perhaps I'm leaning in that direction versus a 7.1 system. I have spent the last SEVERAL hours of my life reading multiple reviews and forum posts and don't really feel as if I'm any closer to a decision now than where is was when I started. With that being said, I have penciled in the EMP Tek E55TI (fronts), E56CI (center) and E5Bib's (rears). While I have you here, in a 5.1 are the surrounds supposed to be mounted at the rear or the sides?
If I go with a 5.1, should I buy the E5Bib's or the E55WI's for the surrounds? What if I decide to pony up for the 7.1 system?
Ideally the budget would be around $1,500, but if there is a system or setup that would make a noticeable difference I will go up to the $2k +/- range. I'm not one to let a few hundred dollars get in the way of doing it right for the long term. Obviously this budget is being allocated for the new speakers needed, if I need to replace any of the existing equipment I will have to dig a little deeper into the pocket.
Thanks again for all of your help, I've really enjoyed reading through everyone's opinions and experiences with other set ups.
Last edited by smaginnis; 07-08-2014 at 08:14 PM.