Originally Posted by Skidout67
Wow fitbrit! What a gorgeous theater! I love the colors, and the rear facing lights in the ceiling looks great in light-on environment!
Thanks! I spent a long time designing and modifying the design for this room. There are a couple of things I'd do differently if I could, including a larger screen.
The speakers (labeled below each one in the new pic attached)
I'm using an Onkyo TX-NR5007 receiver. This is a 9.2 receiver that allows 11 channels to be hooked up. Only 9 are active at any one time - a traditional 7.1 setup with either high or wide speakers, which you can switch between for different material. Normally the wide configuration sounds great, but action movies benefit from the high speakers for overhead effects like planes and helicopters weather etc.1)
The left and right speakers are the 8" 3-way 6816s
I love these speakers - possibly the best bang for buck ever. I'm using another two pairs as surround and surround back speakers.
The "wide" speakers are the micro-flanged 8-Ohm centre channel 6317s
in a vertical orientation.
I needed something quite narrow here, and it was before I was aware of the 7604s that are so popular in this thread of late.3)
The "high" speakers are the 8" 2-way 4101s
I already have 6 of these in the dining room (before the 6816s were available). I thought they were outstanding value.4)
The centre "speaker" is actually four micro-flanged 8-Ohm centre channel 6317s
Two are above the screen and two below. They're wired in series-parallel to provide a single 8 Ohm load to the receiver. I took a gamble with how this was going to turn out and it actually worked beautifully! With four of these the voices in videos aren't anaemic. Nor does dialogue appear to come from below or above the screen as in the case of a single speaker placed above or below a large screen like this 120". Voices seem to come from about where talking heads usually appear on screen - just a little higher than halfway up the picture.
I couldn't be happier with the way the room sounds. All my guest are blown away by the sound quality, and then once more when I tell them the total cost of the 14 speakers and two subs. The savings allowed me to get platforms built and have buttkickers/bass shakers added to each seat, which adds to the overall feel of movies on this room. The fact that there is a ton of sonopan
in the walls and ceilings probably helps, as does the special foam floor tiles we installed.
I have a ton more pictures, including the surrounds and rear surrounds if anyone's interested. I'll post a couple more anyway. Apologies in advance for the crappy iPhone 3G pics.
Also a couple of pics of the theatre in action, one with ambient light on so you can see the size of the screen relative to the floor-ceiling distance. The speakers are hardly if at all visible, and don't distract from the screen content.