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new to home theater and trying to figure out a setup for my living room

Hi I’m new to home theater and trying to figure out a speaker setup for my living room.

Living room is 11ft wide by 23ft deep with two reclining couches one in front of the other

I have the following Klipsch speakers.

2 of the RF-82 towers
2 of the RP-280FA towers
1 of the RP-450C center
1 of the R-12sw sub

1 HSU VTF-3 Mk5 15in sub

2 svs Prime elevation speakers

With an Onkyo tx-nr777 receiver which will be upgraded to a denon avr-x6500h or avr-x6400h.

I will be using using the system for 95% movie viewing 5% music
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It looks like you have a good start with equipment. I’m not sure why you would upgrade the Onkyo as it seems like it would do everything you need it to do. I’d take the money you were going to spend on the Denon and put it into room treatments.

I would sell the Klipsch sub and get another Hsu. Having one sub that is so much better than the other will not help you.

Is this going to be for a dedicated theater or multiuse room? Projector?

It looks like the room is open to the rest of the upstairs and just has a handrail around the staircase. Light and sound control will be difficult with that setup, but sometimes you have to work around such things. Are you building a riser for the second row of seating?

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I might hold on to the onkyo until Black Friday or Christmas. I was going to use the Denon for theater room since it has higher wattage per channel and put the onkyo in the living room/ dinning room area for music.

I will take your advise and get a matching sub, the only problem is that I won’t have room upfront for it.

It will be a dedicated theater room with a Samsung 82in 8000U

The room is open to a hall way on one side and then a small opening to master bedroom on the other. The laundry room door was switched over to the hall way side marked by green The rest of the upstairs and just has a 3.5ft wall around the staircase.

Light control will be in heavy curtains extending the length of the room on either side of couches where the red lines are in the picture below. I want to build a riser for the second row of seating but won’t do that project until October or November and research it more.
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I was going to use the Denon for theater room since it has higher wattage per channel and put the onkyo in the living room/ dinning room area for music.
Don't get too caught up in the watts/channel thing. Everybody fudges their numbers.

Also, Doubling wattage, for example going from 80w to 160w, only provides a 3db increase in loudness.

Then you would need 320w to gain another 3db again.

Those klipsch speakers are very efficient and are already about 6db more efficient than a lot of others.

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In that case I’ll stick with the onkyo
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I’m not sure if should use the Klipsch RP-280FA with built in atmos in the back and the svs prime elevations as highs upfront, or keep the RP-280FA with built in atmos in the front and mount the svs elevation on the ceiling between the two couches to use as R/L surrounds
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I’m not sure if should use the Klipsch RP-280FA with built in atmos in the back and the svs prime elevations as highs upfront, or keep the RP-280FA with built in atmos in the front and mount the svs elevation on the ceiling between the two couches to use as R/L surrounds
Generally speak you would want similar type speakers across your sound stage. You can swap brands here and there but going from a domed tweeter to a horn the sound would vary a decent amount. Just stick with klipsch or another CD type speaker if you like that brighter more focused sound.

If you really want atmos and cant do in ceilings I suppose those klipsch towers would do. You should also take into consideration the distancing needed from your LP to your speakers. You would need to be in the correct location to get the bounce off your ceiling. Additionally if you have a drop ceiling or there are lights or fans in the way I would maybe shy away from atmos as it wouldnt work as well as you expect it to.

As for sub the more the merrier. I would upgrade subs over anything thing you have listed.

If it was me I would keep the speakers. Add in ceilings for atmos, upgrade subs at least two and treat the room best you can. Treatments can make the speaker you already own sound 1000x better.

Buying nicer speakers and not having correct placement and room treatments is like having a car with 1000 hp with four spares. Get that power to the ground. Treat yo self! (room)

"we need more power" - My Wife.

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