I've recently moved into a new house and my "home theater" is in the basement which is shared between an office and theater area.
Here is a simple rendering of the room: (click to enlarge)
The left half of the room is an office with a desk, etc, and the right half is the theater area. There are lally columns that basically separate the areas.
Here is my equipment:
- Athena AS-F2 (front)
- Athena AS-C1 (center)
- Athena AS-R1 (bipole, surround)
- Athena AS-B1 (bookshelf, currently unused)
- SVS PB12-NSD Subwoofer
- Denon AVR-X4000 (w/Audyssey MultEQ XT 32)
I'm aware that the room is not ideal for a theater and I will have to accept whatever quality I can achieve, but I'm looking for opinions on how I can improve it. I'm extremely hesitant to move the wall the TV is on (due to WAF, etc) though.
You'll notice the surrounds are located on the back wall and are bipole speakers and they sound OK but I seem to be able to locate where the sound is coming from instead of just being immersed.
Here are some ideas on what I was thinking to improve the sound:
The first option is to use my existing bookshelf speakers as front height (or front wide?) speakers. I'm not sure if I'll really be gaining that much improvement though. I can also move the subwoofer to the back of the room.
The second option is to buy or build stands for my bookshelf speakers and put them alongside the couch and use them as surrounds and then turn my rear-mounted bipole speakers into surround-back speakers. This seems to possible be my best option, but I wonder how much improvement I will get from my current setup?
Here are a few more pictures of my current setup...