Edit: I didn't even get this where i meant to put it, "The **OFFICIAL** Denon AVR-XX13 Model Owner's Thread", sorry. I don't see how to move it or delete it. Perhaps a moderator can help me out...?
This thread may be better put in the speaker forum, we'll see, but my questions are about how the Denon and Audyssey will handle my room acoustics. If any ole receiver will handle this (or not) in the same way then I would be happy to move on over there.... I have pretty much decided on getting a 2313CI and (probably, though still researching) one of the HSU Research 5.1 surround packages, ie., Hybrid 2 (http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/hybrid2pkg.html
). I have room behind and could do 7.1 but I don't think I need/want that at least at this point. I may use Zone 2 for some outdoor speakers.
The room I am going to use this set up in is not an ideal theater arrangement (understatement, I know). It is 21X30 but the watching/listening area is in one end/corner. There is a drop ceiling that is just a bit below 8ft., carpeting on the floor. The windows that line the two walls are up about 54" above the floor and are deep (12" or more) window boxes, each window is about 45" long and 2' high. If you can't guess, this is a basement area that is partially above ground and the sliding doors on the end are walk-outs. Attached is a rough (not to scale) drawing.
My first hurdle will be how the heck I am going to place and wire the surround speakers. The front will be no problem, the rear, I suspect will have to be on stands and wiring may have to run over the carpet (which I loath). I will also have the same problem for the sub as it will likely want to go in the back of the sofa or other equally hard to reach spot and to which I will need to get power. Oh, and not shown on this is that the whole wall behind the sofa is a long countertop with lower cabinets with doors, so nothing can sit in front of that.
The second problem assuming I can even solve the first one, is what is this going to sound like? Can the Denon and Audyssey adjust the acoustics enough that will make it even worth doing this? I am worried about the deep entries at each slider (the ceiling drops down there making little foyers at each door), the window boxes, and the large room all ganging up to make this a waste of time and money. Should I just get a crappy HTIB setup and call it day?