I need help with the selection and placement of a 5.1 speaker setup in an open basement. I will do my best to explain (in words) the setup of the area in which I need help.
On the main basement wall, about 35' wide or so, will be the 50" plasma TV. About 12' feet back from that will be the main listening area with a couch, chair, etc...
The main problem is this. One option we have is to mount the rear speakers on the wall behind the listening area. That wall is another 12-15' behind the listening area. I'm afraid that is a long distance and with the area being so open, it will hard to setup a good environment for a HT type setup. Maybe that is actually ok, I dont know...
The other option is to mount the speakers on two columns that are directly next to the listening area. My concern with this is those would then really be side surround speakers, since they are directly aligned with the listening area instead of being rear speakers. They would not be behind the listening area at all.
As you can tell, this isn't a dedicated HT environment. It is designed to be open for entertaining as well.
My next set of questions is speaker choice. My budget is about $700 and I have an Onkyo 504 receiver powering these speakers. I have heard good things about Def Tech and Axiom, but I think both are out of my price range. Maybe Polk? I am not opposed to bookshelf speakers mounted on a well, but size is a consideration. Want to have something small and not huge floorstanding speakers.
So my questions are:
1. Would you recommend a 5.1 setup using the columns to the side or 12-15' behind the listening area?
2. Would you recommend a 7.1 setup using both the columns and the rear placement for optimal sound? I dont think I can afford that on my $700 budget though....Maybe just run the wire for future upgrade?
3. For my budget of $700, anyone have a good speaker recommendation?
Thanks in advance for all your help.