Originally Posted by ivanpino
Ok here is my opinion on what he can do for $5000 and get his money's worth.
Receiver: Denon 4311 $1,500
Speakers: Infinity Primus 163 $139 x 9 = $1,251
Subs: HSU VTF-2 MK4 $519 x 4 = $ 2,076
The Denon will give you all the features he will need including room correction in XT32 and the ability to do height speakers. Properly placed height speakers can be beneficial to give the listener a larger front stage.
The Infinity Primus 163's will give you clear detailed dialog and effects as well as a very wide dispersion. They won't go down very low but that's not their job. Also getting 7 identical speakers is always optimum any way you look at it.
The 4 HSU VTF-2 MK4 will give you more even bass as well as smoother bass throughout your entire room. This is also the optimum number of subs one can have. They should be placed in 4 corners for maximum output.
Many suggestions only include 1 sub. BIG BIG mistake at least get 2.
Many suggestions are to get towers. Also a big mistake because then you have problems finding a good matching center, which is the most important speaker in any system that will be used for movies.
The sound you get will be determined by your room anyways so don't worry on not having expensive gear. Use what you have and the key to good sound is proper setup, proper speaker placement and decent room correction. Maybe in the future you can worry about your room (where it matters most) and get some treatments.
I agree with your logic and appreciate your input! This actually sounds killer! Maybe with a PC351 as a center channel though otherwise there would be a lot of space (maybe too much?) between the front sound stage. Love the idea of incorporating heights into the equation though. Hey can you wall or ceiling mount the 163’s?
Originally Posted by BeeMan458
As ack_bk commented, I hate to say it, but with the TV cut-out right next to offsetting doors, I'd vote for a whole new room as where do you put the L/R speakers? And the whole room is going need a furniture makeover to accommodate theater style viewing.
Has the wife set a furniture budget yet?
Haha… I agree, but I don’t want to get into trouble and tell him to start from scratch…lol. His budget would jump from $5K to $8-10K quick. Now that I have a bit of experience under my belt, when I walk into a situation like this I just kind of shake my head.
Originally Posted by ack_bk
Corners of rooms is not the best place to put speakers. Walls are reflection points and affect the way the speakers sound. Ideally you want about 2-4 feet to play with here. Which means pulling them away from the walls would put them right where those doors are.
Understood and I agree. No matter how you cut it those damn closets are going to get in the way. If it were up to me and it was in his budget those closets would be converted to a Bass Line array and he would have a MASSIVE Scope screen covering that entire wall…lol
Originally Posted by ack_bk
Any change you could talk your friend into switching the room around? Otherwise you really need to be-careful what types of speakers you buy. You are going to want something that is not rear ported and has good linear response, because you are not going to have ideal placement putting speakers in each corner of the room.
Not sure how receptive he will be to this, but I will run it by him. I’m sure it will all depend on the labor involved of running cables and switching things up. Also, I’m not sure how hardcore he wants to get about it. Upfront I know it would turn him off have his “TV Nook” empty and his TV & stand where his back wall currently is…