I'm moving into a new house and I'm looking to set up a new home theater system in our living room. As this is my first time really looking to buy something nice, I could use some advice on which speakers to purchase. I've taken a look at The Wire Cutter's Surround Sound Speakers article (sorry can't link, not enough posts) and a few others, but I wanted to be very thorough before I made my decision.
The end-goal is to have a 5.1.4/5.2.4 Atmos system. However, I can't afford the full system at this point, so I'm hoping to start with a 5.1 system and purchase the extra sub (if needed) / Atmos speakers as money allows.
1) Your budget.
I'd like to keep it under $1500 for the 5.1 system, but if there are worthwhile upgrades I can flex a little bit. Mostly, I don't mind paying a little bit more if it's going to keep me from wanting / needing to spend more money on upgrades in the future.
Edit: Just to clarify further, the $1500 is for the 5.1 system only (not including atmos speakers). The atmos speakers will come later.
2) Your listening interests: movies/gaming/music--and whether or not any of those are your primary concern.
: Movies / TV Shows / Music / Gaming
: 50% TV Shows / 20% Movies / 15% Sports / 10% Music / 5% Gaming
3) Your existing audio equipment (make/models) if any. Include comments about what you hope to improve upon.
I also have an old Energy Take 5 set and Klipsch PSW10, but those are likely going to be used for a smaller HT setup in the basement.
4) The size of your room. Please also mention if there are adjacent open areas and how big they are (important for subwoofer choice).
The room is 169" x 212". This is measured to the front of the fireplace (see pictures). In terms of open spaces, there are 3 open doorways to other rooms in this room. One runs to a hallway that leads to the main floor bedrooms. The other visible one (on the left) leads into the kitchen, which is probably ~12x12. There is also another doorway where the photo is taken that leads to the front entryway, with the entryway probably being like 6x6. There are also stairs that lead upstairs right next to where the picture was taken (they form one of the walls of the room).
Note: The furniture in the room is from previous occupants. The room is currently full of random stuff from moving so I can't take any good pictures yet. We are, however, planning on putting in two leather couches with recliners (one loveseat, the other with 3 seats). Room orientation hasn't been decided and I am open to ideas there as well.
Note 2: I can try to take better pictures / measurements after work if needed.
5) Any placement restrictions.
None. It's worth mentioning that we can hang speakers from the ceiling if needed.
6) Any aesthetic or size concerns.
Just wanted to mention that we aren't worried about aesthetics, sound performance comes first. Exposed wires, etc are fine. We'll do our best to make it look decent but we aren't worried.
7) Any equipment you are already considering (or would not consider).
The speaker systems mentioned in the The Wire Cutter article mentioned above. That would be the ELAC Debut "package" they talk about and the KEF Q Series "package".
8) Any particular audio sonic signatures you know you prefer (e.g., you are a basshead, you have a preference for bright treble, etc.)
We probably enjoy a warmer, bassier sound signature. Neutral is also fine though.