I'm getting ready to buy speakers for the home theater in my new house, which is currently being built. Room is 13x20, and I'm going with 7.1 sound. I need the side/rear surrounds to be in-ceiling speakers. If it matters, I have a Pioneer SC-1323-K receiver.
I was planning on going with HTD speakers and a SVS sub. The following setup to be exact:
The local home theater installer ran all of my wiring already (builder wouldn't let me do it), and is going to install my projector/screen/in-ceiling speakers. He gave me a quote for a different speaker setup that I would buy from him. For roughly the same price as the build above, he is offering:
The Phase Tech gear is a great value. Plus, you would have one point of contact for not only your projection setup, but all of the systems by going that route with the contractor, should you need any help.
I don't know why he would spec out the Sonance speakers for surround, instead of the Phase Techs, though. Perhaps the CI6.0 or 6.1's would be what I would go with.
If your room is large, the EX is probably worth the extra $100 over the Plus. Just be aware that it is a big sub. A couple of inches in each dimension doesn't seem like much on paper, but if you look at pictures of them side by side the EX is considerably larger.