When I first built the room, I had a odd thought of putting in an electrical box that the inwall speaker wire came to from the amp. Then more speaker wire continued to each of the rear surround channels. I put a blank plate over this box and forgot about it for the next 14 years. Today that plate was removed and I was able to easily access the speaker wire from the amp. I then put the on wall wiring product and ran new speaker wire through it to the new back surround speakers. I recommend some out of the box thinking if you are building a theater room today. Try as hard as you can to think ahead about any changes you might want to make. Even if you never make a change it is better to have an easy out should you, like I did, think maybe today I want to do something new. This allowed me to do it with very little effort. Translated, I did not have to go into the cramped area over the theater room and do drilling and speaker wire re-runs. If I don't like the change I can go back easily to the way it was without crawling back up into that cramped area.
So how do I like it. As it turns out I think the sound is better now. In my opinion the in wall Paradigms sound a bit nasally compared to the Minimus 7s. I had never really paid attention to this the past 14 years but today was a bit of a ear opener so to speak. Running the test noise to set the new speaker levels sure made it known that the difference in sound quality from my left and right side surrounds is more nasally when the test noise passes through them. The rear surrounds now are much better sounding and closer in quality to the front sound stage. Well, I guess we shouldn't be to surprised with that should we. I guess the next project will be replacing the side surrounds. I am brain storming how to do that now but that storm will be brewing for awhile.
I also think that the higher point on the wall of the back surrounds makes for a better experience. When I sat in my chair and reclined often the rear surrounds ended up putting the upper pillow of the recliner between my ears and the speakers. Kind of defeats the purpose of having 7.x in the first place if the sound gets blocked off. Now the speakers and my ears have a straight shot to one another. I have not so far listened to any 7.1 DTS MA or Dolby HD tracks from a Bluray. I did though turn on a sporting event that was broadcasting with surround effects. I was using my Logic 7 decoding of the event and the surround space offered up was pretty nice. I have a Directv HD DVR playing into my Harman Kardon AVR which is set to DOLBY DIGITAL OFF. I then played the movie Adjustment Bureau recorded off of a premium cable channel. I did a A/B of Dolby Digital on, and off and really, I like the sound of Logic 7 processing better from my HD DVR vs. Dolby Digital on with the rear surrounds turned on or EX mode. Next weekend I may try a Bluray to see how the new speakers sound. First impressions, they are better being higher and spaced further apart even if they are old school Minimus 7s.
Next up, change the side surround speakers, but like I said before, this may not be done for awhile. Other stuff on my list to work on. Translated, honey do list. I got excused from it this weekend.Edited by awblackmon - 1/28/13 at 5:47pm