At lunch, I went to my new house and did a walk through, roof is on and shingled, they are about to drywall. The past week I ran 2500 ft of speaker wire and 7000 ft of RG6 and 2000 ft of Cat6 (I did the speaker, professionals did the RG6, Cat6) just wanted to post those numbers
I went to my one HT room and just figured out that I probably cant have 7.1 because I dont have enough room behind where the seating will be so now its 5.1....
You don't need much room for the R1's to be wall-mounted above and behind the seating. The side-firing tweeters help here, too. Just a thought.
Is the Center speaker strong enough with the rest?
Well, the F2 are as dynamic as all get-out. Only another F2 would really "keep up" once you've reached a certain volume level. However, short of another floorstander at center (only really practical with front-projection), the C1 actually has more woofer surface area than the other bookshelf models (quite a bit more, actually) and so would probably keep up best looked at that way. The B2 has an advantage in dispersion, though, how it sounds far off to the sides.
Really dumb question but but does it matter if I use non-center defined speakers? Meaning use bookshelf speakers for center channel.
Sometimes "non-centers" make the best centers.
There's rarely anything really "special" about a "center" speaker except that it's made to sit, and fit, on a TV.