I am buying a house with a pre-wired five speaker ceiling and I stumbled upon this thread during my research. Here's a floor plan schematic. The approximate speaker locations in red
and TV in blue
mounted above the fireplace.
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As you can see, my HT will be in a large, multipurpose open area on the first floor (19x22) with nine foot ceilings. Adjacent to that area is the breakfast room, kitchen, and dining room. There will be a sectional couch about 12 feet from the TV and we'll have a rug underneath, but otherwise the floors are hardwood. Directly above the great room is the master bedroom (all bedrooms on 2nd floor). This HT setup will be primarily used by the wife and I to watch TV, movies, and to throw a kick ass Super Bowl party
We are not going to be cranking the volume and blowing out the speakers... but I do want a good surround sound system! We might use the system to play music but it would only be for ambiance.
What appeals to me most about the Triad speakers are the enclosures and the 45 degree angle for in-ceilings. Based on the 9 foot ceiling and the location of the LCRs, a 45 degree angle should project the sound to the couch area quite nicely. And having them enclosed should help limit sound bleed upstairs.
I've already bought the TV but I don't own any of the speakers/sub/receiver yet. I've got a marantz SR6006 on hold at Best Buy since they are on great closeout pricing, and from what I can tell it might drive 4 ohm speakers decently.
The In Ceiling Bronze/8 LCR are in my price range; the Silvers are not. I could really use some advice on choosing between the various in-ceiling models:
- Mini/8 LCR
- Bronze/8 LCR
- Bronze/8 Satellite
- Silver/6 Satellite
- Silver/8 Omni
Which ones would be suitable for my floor plan? Is the marantz a good receiver for my setup?
I don't have a subwoofer picked out so I could use any advice there as well. The sub does not have to be in-wall, it could be in-room. I don't think the wife will let me get away with two subs.... :-(
I've contacted the regional rep and gotten one referral for the local rep but I could use any thoughts/advice here as well. I'm in St. Louis, MO.