Just received 4 sony SSC5 Cores, BasX 10, Denon 510BT reciever, 14ga copper oxygen free wire (monoprice), and my ht2050 projector.
I did a "trail" run in the living room, imitating the setup before I cleanout the actual theater room just to see if 4.1 phantom center is what i'd like vs. 3 up front with a center.
With the 4.1 the surround sounds really good! I am in no way an audiophile, nor really care much about sound quality but it makes a difference. A noticeable one at that for whoever may be on the fence on planning their design. It also could be that these speakers are so damn clear!
I did notice that without a center, the L/R pick up more of the "slack" so to speak, but you can definitely tell that there is something missing. As recommended, having a center is very much worth it.
Since its amazon prime day, I picked up another core set for an additional 20% off, so it was $82. Can't beat that! The "used like new condition" by amazon warehouse are legit, and these speakers are actually brand new, just the box is damaged. (who cares?)
So in all, I am going to end up with 6 SSC5 (one as a backup, or future 7.1 setup if I ever move into a bigger house
As far as the BasX10, I am glad I upgraded. Thank you again for that suggestion. The subwoofer is heavy, but it is very well built and from the limited testing (auto setup on Denon, and a few songs) it sounded very deep and theater like. I only had it turned up to about 45-55% but it was good enough for me! (house ceiling light felt it
Overall, I am very pleased! I am building some acoustical panels for the room (2'x40")x5 with 8lb rock wool (roxul safe'n sound) insulation. (local hardware store, you have to order 3 pieces, but can return the other two as they wont be needed).
I've attached some pictures of the subwoofer, and the speakers in the living room as I was testing them for anyone who wants a visual.
Once this entire project is done, I will edit the first post.
- 2 Wall mounts for the surround sound bookshelfs ($22)
- Build two approx. 30" tall stands for the front L/R bookshelfs. (free, have shed wood lying around)
- Surge protector (tripp lite $26)
- Acoustical panels
- Build Projector screen
- Ceiling Mount projector
- Get used sofa/recliners seating on Clist.
Thanks again fellas! You guys rock!