Originally Posted by KMM
Thanks for all of the great advice over the past week. I bit the bullet -ordered 2 in-wall gold LCR's, 1 custom horizontal in-wall gold LCR for center, 4 in-wall gold surrounds, and 1 in-wall silver/15 sub (to be used with my existing AT 352 PSB subs). As I noted earlier, the fronts will all be mounted in an existing 4" studded wall, but I am building frames to extend out another 2" to be covered with GOM FR701 fabric, and insulated with OC 705 to cover the speakers and provide a seamless front wall with all front speakers totally concealed.
Based on what I've seen on this thread, I realize that my horizontal in-wall center is not the best arrangement, since it will need to be positioned below my (existing non AT) screen. Obviously sometimes compromise is necessary - I'm just pleased that Triad is able to custom build the gold LCR with a vertical driver so that I can arrange it horizontally as a center. The center will be installed about 10 inches above the floor. Will this placement significantly compromise the sound? Since I'm mounting 6" speakers in a 4" wall, I may be able to mount the center somewhat tilted toward the main listening position a bit - would this be advisable? What about the front L/R's - should I toe those in a bit as well?
I'm definitely excited for this system, and can't wait until they arrive! The new Denon 4311ci and Emotiva XPA-3 are just waiting!
Congratulations on your wise decision to "bite the bullet," or "pull the trigger," or "pull my finger."
While an AT screen would make for a better theater, the configuration you describe will work great. (BTW, my new favorite AT screen is Seymour AV, with a very tight, random weave. They look better than my Screen Research, which looks very good.)
If you can toe in the left and right speakers just a bit, you'll have more focus at the listening area, and possibly less first reflections. If you can bank the center speaker upward a few degrees, that will help even more. Because the left and right speakers have vertically-aligned drivers, toeing them in isn't critical, but it will help. Even 5-10 degrees would be great, although it will make the frame trickier to get right.
With the center at 10" above the floor, you'll get some reinforcement in the lower midrange and bass, but you should be able to EQ that out with your receiver. And remember that even though those are large speakers, run them as "small" with an 80 Hz crossover frequency.
Everyone who has done Gold LCRs in this thread has been happy with them, or at least they haven't said differently. They're a great value, and you should be very happy with your system. Thanks for choosing American-made speakers, too.