One point to clarify re: room size, this was more apparent from my original posting, than in this reposting: while the entire great room is 40'x20', the 'living room' / HT area is really only about 20'x20' with no rear wall (opens to kitchen/dining area). the attached diagram may make this clearer. that may be why the slimsubs were originally suggested?
So for the speakers, i'd be looking at:
- InCeiling Bronze/8 LCRs: 3x$700 = $2100
- InCeiling Silver/8 Omnis: 2x ?? (these were previously $550 each, has the price changed on these, too? )
now as for the sub(s):
Originally Posted by Paul Scarpelli
The SlimSub was designed to augment the bottom end of distributed audio systems, adding some bass and fullness. The SlimSub is NOT a home theater sub. It should be used when you need a sub to fit into a 4" wall with a flush grill. The Mini/8 Sub is a better performer, but I'd use two of them with the new 350-watt amp; not the new 600-watt amp.
OK, thanks for clarifying. what's the price on 2 InCeiling Mini/8 Sub and (one?) 350-watt amplifier? how much increased performance and cost would come with using the InCeiling Bronze/10 Sub instead of the Mini/8?
Better yet, look at our OmniSubs, which are a better value if you can have freestanding subs. The Bronze OmniSub is $750, and the Silver OmniSub is $950. They offer far greater output and extension than the Mini/8 Sub and SlimSub. In a big room like that, I'd go with two subs.
Unfortunately, it looks like the OmniSubs have a cloth grill, which i fear my cats will make short work of--they have recently done some serious damage to our (new and expensive) leather sofa so i'm wary of putting other targets into the room.
I see the DSP Subs appear to come with metal grills. I'm still not sold on a freestanding sub, but if I go that route, the metal grill seems like a safer choice. Is there a viable (in budget) In Room DSP Sub option?
More generally, if my budget were (say) $6-7k instead of $5k (but I were still constrained to in-ceiling speakers), how would your recommendation change? i'm trying to understand where the 'sweet spot' is in budget, given my various constraints.. if it turns out i need to increase the budget somewhat, i can maybe find a way to make it work.
You waited long enough for our rep in Northern California, Mike Bradley, to pass away. Mike was an exceptional guy, Triad expert, and we miss him, but he chose his replacement several years ago in the very competent Paul Greiner. Paul can be reached at email@example.com
or 925 516 1250.
sorry to hear about Mike
thanks for the pointer, i'll get in touch with Paul on the next step.
Thanks for putting faith in us at Triad. Let me know how this progresses and how things ultimately work out.
thanks for your help Paul. i'll definitely come back and provide an update.