I am at a loss for the way to setup the main room in the new house. In the old house, I had a fairly standard room which made setting everything up pretty easy (it was also a dedicated theater room which left a lot more choices as well for setup), but all of the equipment stayed as part of the house sale.
The new house has a vaulted ceiling and an open floor plan which complicates things.
Sooo... I would appreciate some help/suggestions on the setup for the new house. There is no longer a dedicated theater room, so there has to be a good balance between form, function and aesthetics. I will not have room for any free standing speakers, so for the most part I am limited to speakers that are small enough to be wall mounted.
Only real item I already have is a Sony STR-DG800 receiver.
Items I need to determine:
1. 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound... Is one better suited for the room setup?
2. Location and height of the speakers?
3. Types of speakers, recommendations?
4. Location of subwoofer?
Here is a floorplan of the house. I had to modify it a bit as I could only find the "standard" floor plan on the builders website, but mine was a bit different. The TV is currently a 42" mounted above the fireplace with the bottom of the TV about 5' from the ground (eventually hope to have a 60" up there). The wall on which the fireplace/TV is located is ~7' wide... I believe that should leave enough room for some smaller speakers possibly mounted directly to the side of the TV with the center channel located below the TV on the mantle. The ceiling in the room is vaulted. With the ceiling above the front wall about 8' high and the peak of the ceiling being about 13' directly above the fireplace/TV. The bright red are the 2 seats of the sectional sofa that are used the most and the lighter red are the other seating locations. The blue area is where the cabinet with the AV hardware is located.
What are your recommendations for my setup giving me a good viewing experience without fully breaking the bank, as well as the speaker placement/setup.
Thanks for helping out.