Oh, I can also install screen about 3 feet higher and the left and right speaker will be at least within the plane of the image, but then I will be looking at the image up higher. Decisions, decisions!
what would you do??
thanx in advance
You could do Left and Right speakers just to the sides of the screen and do WideLeft and WideRight on the outsides of the windows. If you don't want an AT screen you could do two centers, one above and one below the screen. Might need an outboard amp to pull that off.
Or do centers above and below with box speakers and Left and Right's as in-ceiling speakers. Remember, in a typical movie 80% of the sound you hear is coming from the center channel. Left, Right, SL, SR and backs are just effects and fill. Put your money in a good center and some subs (2 = good, 4=better, lots=best) If you listen to a lot of 2-channel then you probably want to beef up your Left and Right also. Unless you're going all out and making a dedicated theater/listening room it's all about the compromises. Knowing where to compromise is important. My pet peeve is seeing a media room with huge towers and a tiny center channel squeezed under the tv or screen and one sub snugged up in the corner of the room. You will never hear the towers in a movie, just thin pathetic noises coming from the tiny center and bloated nasty bass coming from the sub... Think of it this way.. would you ever put a speaker in the corner like that? Never. A sub is a speaker....
Well, the easy answer to more throw distance is a front surface mirror. You could build it into a hush box and kill two birds with one stone. That would buy you another two feet easily with a modest sized mirror. Those S150's are awesome. I did a theater with them as LCR's, and M&K surrounds with the big commercial M&K sub. Scary loud and clean. At the beginning of Quantum of Solace, when the machine gun opens up at the begging I jumped out of my chair!
Whoa... don't ever use the analog outs for video.. Oppo has a nice decoder but it's probably 1/100th the cost of the decoder in your Meridian. Feed it HDMI and let the Meridian decode the lossless formats. You lose HD-Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD if you use Digital out.
My bad... I assumed the Meridian was an AVR.. I looked it up and it's just a surround sound processor. Typically in an AVR you run HDMI from the Blu-ray to the AVR and then HDMI out from the AVR to the Display. The uncompressed formats ride on the video signal so the only way to get HD-Master Audio is via HDMI. Even when I run a system without using the video functions of the AVR I still run an HDMI to it to get those formats. (most Blu-ray players I use have 2 HDMI outputs).
So in your case, yes, using the digital out will be vastly superior to using the analog multichannel outs.
Yup.. as I always have to say to my customers.. "time marches on". Nothing like looking someone in the eye and telling them their $3000 AVR is junk cause it only has component inputs. At least with some high end gear they are upgradeable. I sold Theta Digital and you could upgrade them to current generation. Very pricey but at least your investment won't be a boat anchor in 3 years. I had a lot of luck using upper end Denon and Integra as pre/pro and running Krell or CAT as the amplification.