Originally Posted by sofast1
The room is about 17 x 17' (give or take) with 9' ceilings. The back of the room opens into a kitchen. I live in a house so I can blast it as loud as I want but I will probably only play it moderately loud since we tend to watch movies when the kids are asleep upstairs. I will be using it for TV and movies at least 80-90% of the time. If it sounds great, I'll probably use it for music more frequently. As for the speaker positioning, no restrictions whatsoever. The center speaker will sit below the TV on a cabinet. The whole media niche is elevated so the center speaker will actually be only less than a foot below ear level.
I work a lot of hours a week. Haven't bought myself anything for a while and figured I have to treat myself for change!
That's a decent sized room, when you're done it should sound great! I would not go with the signature 7nt as the main speakers for two reasons.First,the 683's should sound better even if the 7nt's were installed properly. This is the second reason;to install them properly requires building an enclosure behind them. Unless you're one of those do-it-yourself handyman types,that's gonna cost some $$. Without installation,the 683's and the 7nt's are about the same price. Some would say go with the 685's and put the money into a better sub, but the 685 is a 2 way speaker,while the 683 is a 3 way;better vocals,more detail,better bass. If you add the price of stands,the 685's wont save you that much. As for the center speaker, I'd consider the htm62,htm61 or cmc. It really depends on which one you like better(go back and spend more audition time-center speakers are easy to move, so listen to all 3 with the 683's) and the price the dealer will give you(you are getting a package discount, right?). The rear speakers are going to be a hard choice, without being there(the sales guy did offer an in-home consultation,right?). ccm65 is a nice speaker,but same install situation as 7nt. Neither will sound right without a box behind it. I'd check out the ds3's or possibly other brands. Often the rear speakers can be another brand as long as they sound similar to the fronts, not as crucial as the stage(the front three speakers).I would also not go with the def tech subwoofer, you can do better. I would look at HSU,SVS,Outlaw Audio and maybe a few other on-line manufacturers. If you're not comfortable buying a sub unheard on-line, these companies are reputable and offer a 30 day in home audition, but you have pay return shipping. Or, you could spend a little more and get a Velodyne from a local dealer. The sub choice would really depend on how much money was left after the front,center and rear speaker package. I hope this helped.