Looking for some advice for a speaker system for my HT. My current system consists of a Denon 4311 feeding a hodgepodge of speakers with an old pair of Bose 601’s for L/R I’ve been using since the late 80’s. As you can imagine, this speaker setup sounds like crap in this room, so now I need to do something to remedy the situation. After researching speakers on this forum for several months, I have come to the conclusion that DIY is my best option for a speaker upgrade (should've known it would come down to this since due to AVS forum, I've built a projection screen, HTPC, projector mount, and OTA antenna). I’ve read lots of good reviews on internet direct systems and could afford to spend $6k on L/C/R speakers. However, since I am coming from such crappy speakers to start with, from what I've read, I think any DIY system would be complete audio nirvana compared to what I’m used to. Also, with the money saved, I could add multiple subs and rear surrounds. I was an USAF aircraft avionics tech in my past life so I can solder and read schematics and it looks like the availability of flat packs makes the woodworking part easy. Also, may take a leap and just buy some wood working tools. Therefore, I’d like to enlist the forum’s help in choosing something that will best fit my scenario.
My HT is in my living room which is a large open floor plan with vaulted ceilings and open to a dining area. The listening area is 22X23 ft, and with the open dining area, I estimate this to be around 8-10K cu ft. Also in the rear of the listening position are two large arches that open up to the kitchen area. Here is a layout of my floor plan and a pic of the living room.
From reading here on the forum, due to the large area, it looks like I will be best served with high sensitivity speakers and multiple subs. Also, since its the living room, use will be both HT and music. What DIY kits would you recommend for fronts, center and surrounds? I am also thinking I will need at least 4, 18" subs in my setup. 2 up front and 2 in the rear of the listening position. Any recommendations on subs and amps for my room? As you can see from the mess in the pic, wife will be happy with just about anything other then what I have now.
ThanksEdited by RockNtroll - 5/12/13 at 5:40pm