Classic purchase recommendation and room layout assitance
Hi. So, a brief back story: I ended up stuck with a clearance Denon Avr-s540bt on accident. Have an older Sony hooked up to a mix of old thrift store 1980-1990 speakers : two of which are actually mounted behind the tv...yea...my bad.
So I decided to use the opportunity to upgrade. I have a very obsessive / addictive personality so if I let myself I could go into this real deep real fast. To avoid that I decided to get the cheapest set that I could feel satisfied in knowing I got a great value to quality improvement without going diving...perhaps a small snorkeling trip if you will. Maybe one day if I get a dedicated theater room I can go in deep but for now the layout is terrible (more on that later)
At first I was ready to buy the Monoprice 10565 at 149 shipped, but then decided I really wanted the 12 inch sub, substantially raising the cost so I decided to keep reading. Further reading led me to the AJ pioneer, which led me to Elac. I was settled on the Debut 6.2 and actually already purchased a c6.2 that popped up for 223 new.
Then I read more.
Tomorrow I am supposed to be meeting someone in the a.m. and buying a couple of used but like new Unifi UB5 for 275.
So, I assume I will need to return the debut c6.2 I purchased? I am not sure what that will cost me, but anyway, assuming I should do that: My plan is to hunt around until I can find a Uc5 for cheap and then add a monoprice 12 inch sub.
I am less confident about the sub, but it seems “good enough” from what I have read. Any advice on the above would be great, I have only been learning about this for about 4 days now...
On the layout: I live in a 1200 sqft two story. The front door opens to a very small 5x5 ish entry way, immediately on passing through that we come to the “living room” the tv is in the wall running perpendicular to the entryway door. The distance to the seating area is about 15ft but real distance from center to head is 10ft sitting upright. I should have just under 4ft of space between the end of the center and the left speaker. The right will be about 5 feet away, I have a tower style bookshelf with open sides and back with a 13inch shelf space so it should slide right in that, and I can pull the shelf from the wall a bit. The left however will have to be mounted on the wall, the rear will be away from the back wall but there is nothing I can do about the side mount.
The living room is one large open are with the “dining room” which is essentially also one large area to the kitchen theb a small L shapes to a small laundry and restroom area. So the main area is basically a rectangle 15x40, with 15x 20 used as “tv room” 9 feet ceilings with an large open stair way to the upstairs and an L to the entry and L to the laundry.
Thus, my questions:
The ub5 seems really solid at 275 from what I have read, but it is used. After adding the cost of a center and having just old 90s era speakers for surrounds, am I missing something I should have looked out within that price range? Haven’t committed to or learned the value of quality rear speakers yet, but that may be due to lack of research/experience.
Will the 12 inch monoprice really serve much purpose in that space or is it simply too much “air to move” (something I read somewhere)? I am not ready to up my budget significantly though am willing to for compelling reasons, but I have a very tight space to fit a sub in, and no space for dual subs that would be spaced properly.