I am planning on putting in surround sound in our family room and I need some advice, suggestions, input. Attached is a picture of our entertainment center. We currently have a sound bar, which sounds great, but it's just not surround sound. I'm going to move that to a bedroom. This room has tile floor and opens up to our kitchen.
There are several friends in our community that have their surround sound with speakers in the ceiling. It's nice because the speakers are really hidden, but I realize you compromise some sound quality and they point down, not at your while you are watching TV. I should mention that I am not an audiophile, but I do like immersive sound. We plan to watch movies, TV, and we play quite a bit of music too.
I was thinking about doing speakers in the ceiling. Some houses have 3 up front and 2 in the back, and some I've seen just have 4 in the ceiling in the corners. Any suggestions? Also, what about doing 4 in the corners (2 front, 2 back) and then doing a center speaker under the TV where the soundbar is currently -- something like http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001PZ674C/...3H748APDUVKT0?
Or should I just do the 5 speakers in the ceiling?
Anyone have any thoughts about doing the speakers in the ceiling vs. somewhere else?
Also, in terms of the sub, I'm not sure where to put it. Inside the cabinet under the TV is very easy in terms of wiring and it's totally hidden, but I'm concerned that the sound is not going to be good. I could use a 50' subwoofer cable to run up the wall, across the ceiling, and down the wall to the right side of the fireplace -- would that be good? Is it worth that time to do that vs. just putting it in the cabinet?
I'm open to all suggestions and ideas. I'm trying to do a bit of research and plan out what I want to do before I buy anything and start.
I was thinking of these for the ceiling speakers if I go that route: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000O3TFWW/...I10RPXCQ5QKC9H
I had them before in my old house (only for music though, no TV) and they sounded great to me. But I didn't have them for surround sound...