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See attachment for floor plan

I'm building a basic in wall home theater. I am wondering what size I need my speakers to be given the odd layout of the room: 9 foot ceilings. The wall where the components will be is standard drywall. The long wall is the shared cinder block wall with the neighbor. The rear wall is hurricane glass sliding glass door.

So, I few questions.
1. Regarding the passive sub, I cant have a powered one so I wanted to put a 10" passive for the lows. Is this necessary? Would 8 be good given the size and layout of the room
2. The L and R. Are the 6.5 size good here? Should I use 5.25
3. For the ceiling speakers, Are the 6.5 size good here? Should I use 5.25
4. Is 7.1 a real dumb idea?
LL
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You appear to be eyeing a Monoprice-only set-up. Given that, IMO:
1. Go with the 10" sub.
2. Get two pairs of these speakers for your L-C-R (and keep the fourth as a spare).
3. Get a pair of these speakers for in-ceiling surround duty.
4. It's not a dumb idea, but it may not be necessary in your space. Wire for 7.1, start with 5.1 speakers and, if it you find it's really not enough, just add two more speakers later on.

-- Edit --
Regarding points 3 & 4: If you're stuck on using the MP center channel speaker - which has 5-1/4" drivers - IMO you should go with matching speakers with 5-1/4" drivers for L&R, in order to maintain consistency across your front three speakers. In that case, you might as well go with 5-1/4" speakers for your surrounds, too.
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

1. A larger sub isn't "necessary", but if you're looking for deep, powerful bass, it's probably a good idea. I'd start with a 12" and go up from there.

2. 6.5" drivers? Yes, that's good.

3. Sure, 6.5" is good there, too.

4. It's not a dumb idea, but it may not be necessary in your space. Wire for 7.1, start with 5.1 and, if you find it's really enough, just add two more speakers later on.

Thanks. I really appreciate your help.
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Originally Posted by eljaycanuck View Post

You appear to be eyeing a Monoprice-only set-up. Given that, IMO:
1. Go with the 10" sub.
2. Get two pairs of these speakers for your L-C-R (and keep the fourth as a spare).
3. Get a pair of these speakers for in-ceiling surround duty.
4. It's not a dumb idea, but it may not be necessary in your space. Wire for 7.1, start with 5.1 speakers and, if it you find it's really not enough, just add two more speakers later on.

-- Edit --
Regarding points 3 & 4: If you're stuck on using the MP center channel speaker - which has 5-1/4" drivers - IMO you should go with matching speakers with 5-1/4" drivers for L&R, in order to maintain consistency across your front three speakers. In that case, you might as well go with 5-1/4" speakers for your surrounds, too.

Thanks for the advice. Very appreciated. why would I go with 8 in 2 way vs 6.5 3 ways
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