Originally Posted by DeruDog
I am planning a new media room in a house that is new to me. It will be a dedicated media room , though there are a lot of compromises.
The room is about 14'x17' with 8' ceilings. There is a small 2x5 cutout on one side (photo attached for the floor plan (all furniture will go)). Also, there are windows on two of the walls. Sorry that the details are a little fuzzy right now: we move in next month.
I would like to set up 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 depending on recommendations. I currently have a Denon AVR X4300H and Boston Acoustics A26x2, A25x4, A25 Canter Channel and BA Subwoofer. Will have to buy speakers for Atmos, presumably ceiling speakers, though if the upfiring speakers are better, I welcome recommendations. I will be purchasing a new TV.
It will be used for movies, tv, gaming, watching baseball, and music, in that priority order. Normally it will be just me, though my wife will join from time to time. It would be nice to seat another two as well when guests are in the house.
I am looking for recommendations on setup in general, soundproofing, ceiling speakers, TV size and resolution, and anything else that might me help to plan this out. My guess is that the speakers will be fairly close to the walls, due to the size of the space; mitigation strategies are welcome if this is undesirable.
Thanks for any help.
Definitely agree with the others that in-ceiling speakers are the only way to go with ATMOS. I can't do in-ceiling speakers and I'm running 7.4.4 ATMOS with up-firing speakers. I've read what you use for your receiver for and for those uses, it's perfectly fine. I used to own the Denon X4300H too and I thought it was amazing on movies but was without a doubt the worst receiver I've ever owned for music listening. I tried everything to improve that and then finally sold it for a loss on money but a smile on my sound at the improved sound from my new receiver.
Your room in that picture looks both beautiful and challenging. If you get reading enough on here, you'll fall into the pits of doing some crazy things. Most people paint their room black just so it is as dark as possible. You really want to put fake walls over windows? That's a shame on such a nice looking room. Yeah I see the windows present a problem, so get some custom made thick darkening blinds. Want to really blow money, get automated motorized blinds. Nice thick darkening blinds is what I'd recommend and that is what I did. For your particular room, and because I think the picture quality is better IMO, I'd recommend a TV over a projector. Do your research. Your 4300 supports Dolby Vision. New Samsung TV's do NOT support Dolby Vision. LG is pushing OLED TV's and they are having burn-in issues. Sony OLED TV's use LG OLED panels in them. ALL OLED TV's use LG OLED panels. Sony OLED's aren't having burn-in issues but their OLED isn't quite as bright. I'd look at other technology. Just do your research before making an expensive purchase. I have a 75" Sony 4K LED and love it. You could get a nice stand like I've put in my picture, but use it to put the TV on where as I've put stereo equipment on mine.
Seeing your equipment list, I really don't think you need a lot of acoustical treatments. I have (4) Powered subs each with 18" drivers. I listened to music and dealt with vibration issues until they were all taken care of. Make SURE you check the outlets to make sure everything is perfect! Good wires, good grounds, no extra wires or wires that aren't up to code. I know you're just purchasing. I can tell it's an old place because of the radiator. I bought a home just a little over a year ago. I'm having a TON of power issues. Inspection company that I paid $375 to never pulled an outlet to see the wires or else they would've known my wiring was rigged. I have TWO Monster Power Surge Centers and about three weeks ago they alerted me that I had both wiring issues and ground issues. The Monster units saved my stereo and TV equipment. I've had a lot of things electrically break in the one year I've been here but I didn't know I had rigged up wiring until my Monster units let me know. I've had to replace the hard start kit in my central air conditioner four times in the last year. My whole house filtration system no longer works. My whole house humidifier no longer works. I have light fixtures that are only a year old that have stopped working. I put new LED bulbs in new fixtures. The bulbs last less than 20 days, not 20 years. Now that I know my house has been rigged, since the seller did not disclose any "problems" and therefore hid all the rigged wiring, we are going to court. Do NOT just trust an inspector. Hire an ELECTRICIAN before you close! Make sure the main thing is good before worrying about stupid things like acoustical treatments and false walls. I've learned the hard way and hopefully can help you before you close on it.
Here is a picture of the front half of my setup. It's now torn down while waiting for electrical work to be done. Like you I have a hardwood floor which is no problem for the sound. I have heat and cooling coming in from floor registers. The two registers vibrate something awful so before turning on my music or movie, I just remove the registers from the floor. But my system sounds very good acoustically and therefore I have no additional plans for acoustical treatments and I think you'll be fine too. Good luck on your purchase.