I've been lurking on this thread for a while now, and it's time to ask some questions. I have not actually heard Triad speakers in action before, but going by user reaction, this thread, and Paul's involvement with this community, and the tremendous help he has been, I am really drawn to this company. I hope he, or other knowledgeable folks can answer a few simple questions I have. I apologize in advance for this long e-mail.
Our house is being remodeled, and currently we are in the wiring stage. We have a family room (not dedicated HT) which is about 20' (East/West) x 16.5' (North/South) with a ceiling that is just over 8 ft high. Just to give you an idea of the room, there is a 6ft opening from the dining room into the family room (in the middle of the south side), and 8ft of glass with a sliding door from the family room to the backyard (in the middle of the east side). There are no other windows in the room. I would like to have a TV (50in+ HD) on the north wall (the 20' wall) in the middle of the room, so the dining room would be behind me, and the backyard to the right if I am facing the TV. For aesthetic reasons (and having 2 kids ages 2 and 4, 2 dogs and 2 cats), I would like to go with in-wall/in-ceiling 7.1 speakers. I think the front LCR can be in-wall, but the surrounds would probably have to be in-ceiling because of the big openings in the back and right side of the seating area.
I really do care about the quality of the sound, but I don't think I will be listening to it at reference levels (maybe a couple of times when the wife and kids are out!). I listen to music as well as watch movies, so it should work for both (as any good system will I suppose, so I am not sure why people keep saying "37% movies and 63% music").
Here I go:
1) I am trying to keep the cost as reasonable as I can (see my question # 2), so I was thinking of 3 in-wall Bronze/4 LCR, and 4 in-ceiling Silver/8 Omnis for the surrounds. I would prefer an in-room sub or two (been looking at SVS, HSU, Epik, etc), but any in-wall recommendations would be welcome. Are the speakers I mentioned appropriate for that space, or should I be looking at stepping up a notch ? What would a step up be ? I know "reasonable cost" is very subjective, but from the speakers I have chosen you can get a ballpark idea.
2) Because the remodel has gone over-budget (surprise!!!!) I would at least like to run wire (have some 14/2 that I can run) to all the speaker locations, and be able to purchase the speakers in a few months when I am a little more comfortable. Is 14/2 good enough ? Do I need to put in new construction brackets or anything like that before the drywall is up ?
3) Because the TV will be on a stand, the left/right can be installed at the right height, but I am worried about the center, because it might have to be installed horizontally above the TV. I know there are concerns about that, but are there any alternatives ? I think if I installed it vertically, it might be way too high up on the wall.
4) Should I just call in the Triad rep now ?
Any other thoughts will be really appreciated!!