Originally Posted by cvstev
First of all thank you in advance for this thread. It has been helpful. It has influenced my decision to purchase Triad speakers. Just purchased a new home and this will be a family room theater. 65 inch plasma on Wall over fireplace with the remainder of the wall glass to the outside. The home is prewired for ceiling speakers. The room is 18'wide by 25 feet deep and the seating is located about 16' behind the screen. 1/2 of room is partially exposed to the kitchen which is another 16 feet wide.
The receiver is a Yamaha RX-V773 and the Zone 2 speakers (Definitive Technology AW5500) are hooked up to the outside patio. This requires a 5.1 setup in the big room and the room is prewired for ceiling speakers.
I am looking to install the ceiling speakers and was considering the InCeiling Bronze/8 LCR vs the InCeiling silver or Gold/8 Omni SE. Moreover, I am unsure what rear ceiling speakers would best complement those speakers. I will need a subwoofer and am open to recommendations. The subwoofer would probably be inroom and not ceiling.
Thank you all in advance for your recommendations. I am located in central California (about 40 miles south of Fresno) and not sure of the appropriate dealer. If anyone could recommend a dealer it will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for considering Triad. They will actually work better than anything in the ceiling of a room like yours because of the quality, but mostly because of the angled baffle which aims the speakers at the listening area.
Your receiver is only moderately powerful, rated at 95 watts per channel in 2-channel mode. It is encouraging to see that "dynamic power" into 4 ohms is 180 watts, but that specification is somewhat specious. Yamaha does make solid receivers, though, and it will work.
Your best choice of front ceiling speaker in the Triad line is the InCeiling Silver/6 Monitor, at $2,450 each, and the ceiling joists must run left to right; not front to back. If that kills the budget, the InCeiling Bronze/8 LCR at $700 is probably your best bet. The sound quality of the InCeiling Gold/8 Omni SE ($1,050 each) is excellent, but sensitivity is probably too low for use as an LCR, unless you will never turn the system up beyond a moderate level. So that probably leaves the very good inceiling version of the Bronze LCR.
I would have to see a room diagram with seating positions to recommend a surround, but the room looks like it will be quite live, and dipoles may exacerbate that. In any event, in a 5.1 system, surrounds have to be placed next to the seating area, slightly behind it, but not directly behind the seating area. They need to flank the seats. If you have to go with inceiling speakers, you could do a pair of InCeiling Silver/6 Sats at $500 each, and install them so they face inward at a 45-degree angle, aimed at the listening area.
That's a large room, and two smaller subs would work best, but if you have to do only one, I like the output-per-dollar of the InRoom Silver OmniSub at $950.
Contact Paul Greiner and ask him which dealer he recommends. Tell him I gave you his contact information. http://www.triadspeakers.com/howtobuy/usamapfolder/repslist/paulfitzpatrick.html
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Just FYI, I retired two years ago from 15 years as Director of Sales & Marketing at Triad, and I have no authority, but I try to help. I guess I'm an "unpaid spokesperson."