Originally Posted by mekatoka
That seems like I am asking for the moon here
As you can see in the photos - aesthetic preferences and mounting restrictions are something that I would like to not change as much as possible. The only thing that can be changed is the budget. What would you suggest if the budget was flexible with in reason?
Obviously, one can attain excellent results with a smallish size budget ($1k, not including sub), if the room size is not larger than 1,500 cu.ft. to perhaps even 2,000 cu. ft. For larger rooms, the price begins to rise pretty rapidly. For extreme rooms like yours, you don't want to know
However, your happiness depends upon your goals for such an impressive room. Any suggestions would require more information, such as:
1. How loudly do you see yourself playing movies and music?
2. Are you looking for nice clarity in a relaxed atmosphere where sound levels are rarely above moderate levels? Or would you like to jack up the sound levels on your favorite music from time to time?
3. Do you use music mostly for background, or do you critically listen to your music?
4. How much tactile feel do you expect from movie LFE? Do you want to hear a deeper bass or do you want to feel it as well?
Sonically, if your demands are reasonable, then the budget can be close to what you mentioned. However, if you are looking for realism in your music, something that may send chills through you, and if you want to watch a blockbuster LFE movie and actually feel what LFE is all about, then the price automatically rises, and can rise extremely quickly.
The people here will know more about various high quality bookshelf speakers than I'll ever know (I don't own bookshelf speakers.). That being said, I've auditioned a few that I liked (or rather was surprised at their capability and sound quality for the price), and a few I didn't like.
Since you mentioned Def Tech, there are two models that I enjoyed. They were the Studio Monitor series, the SM-55 @ $600/pair and SM-45 @ $400/pair. That puts you without a center channel and speaker stands for $1000. You'd need to add another $300 for the center and $200 or so for the stands, putting you at $1500.
No matter what speakers are suggested, it is your responsibility to go out and audition them. We each have different views in what constitutes high quality sound. If you choose an I.D. company, you can audition them in your home for a certain length of time before deciding to keep or return for a refund.
Subwoofers are a different topic, and you can best be served by going to the subwoofer section of this forum: http://www.avsforum.com/forum/113-su...s-transducers/
I wish you the best of luck.