Hi, I am planning an upgrade to a 4K TV, which means I am also getting a new AVR, and while I'm at it, I want to use the opportunity to re-position and upgrade my speakers. I have several questions and would appreciate your help.
a) better aesthetics and b) better sound quality. Though my current speakers are not very big, I am tired of black boxes sticking out of the walls. Because of the combination of poor placement and probably not great quality, I feel like I have to crank the volume to hear them, which makes for unhappy family trying to sleep while I'm watching an action movie.
- The space is about 13' w x 10' viewing distance, open on either side
- I am leaning toward mostly in-wall speakers, but am not clear on a) if there are good-sounding in-wall options in my budget range, and b) whether I can timbre match in-wall L/R and surrounds with a regular center.
- I'm also looking for speaker recommendations once I get the design figured out, but can take that to a different forum if appropriate.
My options are either to place the speakers above the bookshelves (where they are now), which I think is too high, or lower them to the recommended height but move them wider. (Bookshelf speakers on the bookshelves would seem an obvious solution, but unfortunately one of them is covered by a glass door.)
The wider angle I'd get with the in-walls next to the bookcases feels a little too wide, is it? Even if so, I think being at the right height (and better aesthetics vs. big black boxes hanging off the wall) is worth the trade-off. What do you think?
For the center, I could do in-wall at that 7' height like today, but I don't love that idea because they're generally unable to point downward. I am leaning toward a conventional center on the media cabinet below the TV. It would be a little too low, so I figured I could use some wedges to angle it up toward the seating position.
My concern here is timbre matching. In my research so far, I can't always tell if one speaker is timbre matched to another; some say it explicitly but many don't. How much of a concern would it be to match in-wall L/R with a regular center? Is there a better way to tell what matches with what?
I also want to lower the surrounds because I just don't think I'm hearing them correctly as high up as they are now. I like the idea of in-wall, or maybe low-profile on-wall, so they're not getting bumped while reaching for lamps, drinks on the side tables, etc.
It seems simplest just to get another pair of whatever in-walls I get for the front. Or would on-wall be significantly better in the same price range?
I am considering keeping two of my current speakers for Atmos, mounted high on the walls angled downward (I can't go into the ceiling because of asbestos). With a 7-channel receiver, I could only do one pair, so my choices are to put them above the fronts or above the surrounds. In the back would be physically closer, but I think the angles would be better on the front wall pointed down to the seat. Any thoughts on that?
If a separate thread is preferred, I'm happy to take this part elsewhere. I have found well-reviewed in-wall speakers for $75-$150/pair on Amazon and Monoprice (e.g. Polk RC65i, Monoprice Caliber). After throwing in a center, then relative to my current $200 kit of Daytons, would these still be a reasonable upgrade?