Just this morning, I saw a live spot on the local fox affiliate in a designer home and the ~42" flat panel display was 7 feet to the top, right above the fireplace,....yep,....live with that for a while.
Symmetrical layout is of paramount importance. Oftentimes it takes skewing the entire room, on a 45 degree angle to address the common asymmetry associated with many typical residential living spaces,...if one is so inclined (pun intended).
HipHopFiend, assure your mains are farther forward than any other item in their immediate surroundings, toe them in to where they both point directly at the center position between the mains. This generally improves the frequency response, upper octave extension and should facilitate best imaging.
Don't get all caught up in any of the BS in high end cabling, etc, merely focus on optimizing your speakers to your space. This is where the big gains are to be had, acoustic optimization of loudspeakers to their room. When it's time to begin spending money on upgrades etc, focus again on acoustics/subwoofers/loudspeakers, and their optimization.
(1)So what can I do to improve my experience?(2) I am thinking that getting another FXi A6 surround would probably be a good idea.(3)but what about going to 6.1 or 7.1(4) and can i make small steps to get there? (5) and it seems like 6.1 was just a phase but is bridging the back rear 2 surrounds to a center channel or a FXi A6 is that a good idea for a temporary improvement? because ideally 3 more FXi A6 would be best i would imigine but is(6) that my only option? I think i eventually want to upgrade my center to a CSI A6 thats why i am asking about bridging the rear surrounds to a center because i will have a CSi A4 left over if i upgrade.(7) Also i have heard that the rti 150 get a lot better with more power, i have been looking up differnt amps on Google but they are all vary expensive. It seems like a 2 or 3 channel amp for my 2 fronts or 3 fronts seems to be the best bet leaving the receiver to power the rear surrounds.(8) Can someone point me in the dirrection of a best bang for your buck 3 channel amp? (9)And how much of an improvement will adding a amp to the rti 150 actually give me?
the pictures are bad but the FXi A6 is in the right corner and i am thinking about putting the back center in that den or the 2 back surrounds in the den.(10) I also don't think i have the speakers position as well as they could be for 5.1 or a future 6 or 7.1 so please help and THANKS
You need a highly capable center channel. Ideally, all three fronts should be identical, and placed evenly in a horizontal plane across the front. Don't sweat the rears until your fronts and sub system is sorted out. Obviously you want your rears placed properly etc, however they're of little consequence until your mains (LCR's) are squared away, and you've got some solid foundation with regard to a subwoofer system.
The first thing I'd do, is really
examine your geometry of the entire room, and be willing to adjust the entire space around the LCR optimized placement. Second, a good sorting out of your subwoofer with regard to it's equalization in both the frequency and time domain. Considering some very simple acoustic treatments, home made and very little investment will help the acoustic environment of the room, ie bass traps. Taking things to the next level would include some measurement software, and beginning to explore the reflected energy in the room, and exactly how it impacts the listening position.
Yes, possessing ample power to the front speakers is very important. Emotiva
has quite a decent product line, for fanless, multichannel, 2 channel, mono amps. You could also go pro audio route like QSC, Behringer Crown, etc., and mitigate any potential fan noise with acoustic hush box etc.
Adding outboard amplification should be a fairly noticable upgrade. Not a "blow you away" type scenario, however a nice and welcome change. An AVR's current capability is quite taxed at levels much lower and modest than one would anticipate IMO.
Best of luck and I hope this helps...my 2 cents...