What speakers setup for my new home?
Hi guys. I just moved to a new home that I was finally able to buy and I want to add some speakers into the living room and the dining room. No need on any other parts of the house.
I would be using a Kodi/XBMC box, and while I haven't decided yet, lets asume it is a rasperry pi.
The Kodi box would be conected through USB to an external 1TB hard drive that has my MP3 and FLAC files.
Using the Wifi on the house I would use the Kodi remote to select what files to play.
So my question is what type and model of speakers/amp should I buy.
Both rooms are 3.50 x 3.80 meters (140 x 150 inches) and 3.40 x 4.90 meters (135 x 193 inches).
Since the home is mine and I'm going to be doing some painting and such I can modify some things if needed.
I want the speakers to play music at comfortable levels, and also to be able to use it if I want to do a small party there.
I don't want to leave the neighbors deaf but would like good sound.
So, my questions are:
1) Would it be better 2 big speakers per room or 4 smaller ones?
2) Would it be better to have active/powered speakers or an amp with passive speakers?
3) Would in-wall speakers sound better than bookshelf-type speakers?
4) What speakers and/or amp should suffice me?
My budget would be around 400, but I don't want to overpay or buy more than I need.