Originally Posted by willyp5
Hi all, I'm a newbie so pardon me for the basic questions. I read through pages of the thread and am a little intimidated asking questions to so many knowledgeable enthusiasts.
Anyway, I'm building a 5.1 system for HT and music for the family room (15' x 16' x 9' ceiling, TV on the short length) - going with Triad InCeiling Bronze/8 LCR, InWall Bronze/4 Surround and Marantz SR6007 for AVR. For the subwoofer, I was thinking of going with one of the Rel T-series but am leaning now towards the Rythmik F12 (budget of $1000). Is the F12 sufficient for my room size? Also, what do the options XLR2 or XLR3 offer?
Since the AV closet where the AVR will be is 12-13 feet away, I'll need to run the speaker cable in wall. What is the cleanest way to do this? Do I have wall plates mounted close to the subwoofer location and then just connect the subwoofer to the wall plate? Are there specific cable required for the Rythmik the way Rel does (Neutrik)?
The F12 should be fine. The F15 is only slightly more money if you want slightly more output and have the space.
The subwoofer has it's own amplifier so you need only run RCA (low-level interconnect) cables. Rythmik uses standard RCA; you don't need XLR for such a short run. Wall plates would provide the cleanest look. I personally do not like in-wall as inevitably something gets moved so you need long patch cables, or the in-wall cable breaks (or gets drilled through, whatever) and is hard to replace. I have always run conduit for in-wall runs so if anything happened I could pull (or add) a new wire later. You usually have to ask your electrician to do this; it is easier and cheaper to simply pull through stud holes and run like normal house wiring. All too often the wires are stapled down in the process.
FWIWFM, I do not like ceiling speakers, especially on the LCR, because I do not like the sound coming from above the picture. Loses some of the reality, and you have to get mounts that allow you to angle them toward the listening position or the image is very diffuse and a lot of power is lost because you are listening off-axis..