Originally Posted by Oven
I've just recently moved into a new home with a dedicated theater room. It's dimensions are 12'5" wide x 17'11" long with 10' ceilings. The only thing I know for sure is I plan on putting 6 seats in. Two rows of three. The second row is up 6" higher than the first row.
So, where does this leave me now? I have no idea how to pick the right speakers for this room. I have a budget of $15-$20k, though I would like to keep it closer to 15. All my current theater gear is staying in my living room, most of which was purchased based on previous budget and collected through the years.
I have an equipment list I've been building based on that budget, and have two different sets of speakers picked out, but have heard neither of them. They've primarily been picked because I'm pretty sure I can hear them at a local store, but honestly I don't even know if they're right for the room size. This setup will probably be used for 90% movies, 10% video games. Almost no music listening.
Here's the list so far:
Denon AVR-4520 will be the main power source at 150w / channel
Sony VPL-HW50ES projector with some kind of 120" screen
Here's my two sets of speaker choices so far:
B&W CM9 fronts
CM Center 2
CM5 for surrounds
alternatively for almost the same costs
Klipsch RF-7 II fronts
RC-64 II center
RS-62 II surrounds
Velodyne Optimum 12 sub with either selection. (picked because I currently have a Velodyne HGS-12 that I love)
Any comments, suggestions, help would be appreciated.
Interesting. Taking a purely technical viewpoint (for the purpose of discussion only), I come up with the following FR curve for the CR9 (purple line)
Compare this to a compettve benchmark speaker from a source that I use as a reference for price/performance (Infinity P360 now updated as the P363):
Finally, about as close to a tech review of a Klipsch RF7 as I can find is this review of the smaller Klipsch RB61 which may share technology with the RF 7's.
The first thing that leaps out at me is that rather pronounced upper mid-range suck out from 2 to 7 KHz in the CR9. OK, the eq of your receiver will fix this, but why favor a speaker that needs fixing right out of the box? I suspect that this dip is 100% intentional, and gives a more laid back sort of sonic presentation in the demo room.
In contrast the P360 and the RF7 are pretty much smooth and flat.
All three speakers have response down to at least 80 Hz so they are a good choice to use with subs, but the RB61 pretty well eats the lunch of the other 2 if you are looking at them as stand-alone speakers.
From a smoothness standpoint, the on axis response of the P360 is hard to beat.
Other than that, I think that with the sort of budget you're talking about, a 12" sub is on the weak side. I agree with the recommendations that you look at Hsu, but let me gently suggest you set your sights higher, even if it means trying to save a little money on the mains.
As far as the 120 inch projection system goes, I've let my freak flag show - I favor projectors in a box, AKA Mitsubishi DLP TV's. Their largest is 92 inches. I'm very happy with a 60" in a room that is significantly larger than yours. The smallest DLP TV you can get these days is a 73" and this is really a lot of picture.