Originally Posted by Chuck Miller
Thanks for the replies.
Tony, this will be a dedicated theater room in my basement. Rough dimensions are 19'Wx21'L with 8' ceiling. The length dimension assumes that I build a screen wall in the front of the room and plan to locate the front speakers behind that wall, presumably including the subs. I hope to put my equipment room behind the screen wall as well, but need to study that more to see where it would fit and how I would make it not be distracting during movies. It will be a bat cave, so any lights will definitely show up. Currently planning 133" diagonal 16:9 AT screen. Usage will be about 90% movies and 10% music.
Marty, the interesting part of your reply is "you can get a much better sub". I know you are talking about value, but for the price that I believe I can buy the KW-120s for, I think they would be roughly in the same neighborhood as the best Hsus, for example. So the real question for me is would I get better LF performance from the other brands you mentioned? If so, I'd get the THX U2 system without the subs and amp.
My current audio plan is KL-650 LCRs behind the screen or screen wall. Then I'd like to go in-wall for the rest. So KS-7800 side surrounds, KL-7800 rear surrounds and KL-6502 front effects or "heights". I plan to drive this will a Yamaha RX-A3010 AVR with the idea that I can upgrade if necessary to add an Emotiva 3-channel amp for the LCRs. I would try it with just the Yammy first though. My last home theater that got sold with the last house had a Yamaha DSP-A1 and Klipsch Reference speakers. Don't remember the models. So I'm a fan of the Klipsch/Yamaha connection. I loved the sound in my old theater.
Of course, this leaves open the debate on direct vs. indirect surround speakers. Is there a consensus among this board as to the merits of one over the other and in what positions? The THX U2 system comes with indirect sides and direct rears. I presume that at least Klipsch thinks this is the best sound. Do others agree or disagree?
Probably TMI and if so, I apologize. Thanks again for your replies.
The THX Ultra system is a nice system. Placing of subs up front near mains, allows for the use of a higher crossover point, if wanted. Since the subs have more surface area, they can move more air, so you can get increased output, higher up the bandwidth with a higher crossover point. Now, I would only consider that for the front three speakers, because of localization issues, if you go above 80hz for the surround speakers. It works for the front three, because the subs are near the mains and center.
For in wall surround speakers I would use the KS-7800-THX on the sides and KL-7800-THX for the rear surrounds. This is assuming that the KL-7800-THX speakers are not going to be too close to the listeners.
For subs the Klipsch the KW-120's are good subs, but there are a lot of good subs out there. You will be able to get more output with a good quality sub that uses a larger driver, but those subs will be larger, taking up more room. You just have to decide if you want to mix and match or stay the same. If we can help you with selection, give us a call.