Originally Posted by kcrosby
I am doing a small basement theatre room within a very open basement space (pool table area, kids playroom ,etc.) The room is approximately 16x16--Looking at (6) In Ceiling Mini LCR's and Two Bronze Subwoofers--Total cost of $6,000--
I dont have alot of wall space for in walls and my ceiling joists are 12" width--
Any better alternatives ?
If you put that system together on your own, nice job. If a dealer did it, nice job, again. Are you doing 6.1, though? You may want to do 7.1, but that's your call. I actually still have 6.1 in my theater.
The InCeiling Mini/8 LCR barely fits between 12" on-center joists, and they may have to be shoehorned in. Some joists are narrower than others, but the speaker will fit, albeit possibly with a small amoung of "re-engineering" of your joists with a sawsall. You may have to shave a 1/4" off one joist, but hopefully not.
The only change I might suggest is to use three InCeiling Mini/8 LCRs up front, and use three (or four) InCeiling Silver/8 Omnis for your surrounds. They have a bit more of a hemispherical radiating pattern and they work great for surround. They're fifty bucks less each than the LCRs, and they use the same size grill. Get them all paint matched to your ceiling for a slick installation. That part is free.
As far as the subs, if you do the (about-to-be-renamed) InCeiling Bronze/10 DSP sub, it won't fit between the joists. Are you doing InRoom or InWall? If so, you're fine. There is a new sub which we won't ship in quantity for four weeks; the InCeilng Mini/8 DSP sub. It's also in an S-Size enclosure, like the other speakers we're talking about, and they can be put near a wall in the front, in the ceiling. They don't use a 10" driver like the Bronze, though; it's a long-throw 8" driver. The good news is we will be shipping 8 ohm versions, which means you can do two on one new RackAmp 300 DSP, for $1,800. (Two Bronze/10 PowerSubs with separate amps would be around $3,000.) And for $3,600, you could do two of the 300 watt amps and FOUR of the subs, for spectacular bass. The nice thing is all the grills would be the same size, and they would disappear with paint matching. Remember, front speakers are picked based upon how much output they have at the listening position, which will be pretty close, but subs are picked based upon room volume.
I hope I didn't confuse you with too many options.