I've recently stepped up to an Emotiva XMC-1 for my 5.2 setup in my theater which consists of:
- Def Tech BP 30
- Def Tech CLR 2000
- Polk F/XiA4 surrounds
- Dual MicroMarty subs with Dayton RSS390HO-4, powered by a Crown XLS 2500
Right now I have everything in a small bedroom while I plan out a basement renovation. The bedroom is 10' by 16', with speakers on the long wall. (So only really 8' distance from screen to listening position.) My basement theater build out should be around 13' by 17' with an acoustically transparent screen, and a full 7.2.4 Atmos build. That project is probably a year out from getting finished though. (I haven't even started anything firm yet.)
While Dirac Live on the XMC-1 has done wonders for my existing speakers, the bipolar nature of the BP 30's is holding it back I think. It's just difficult to tame and I think they are the wrong speakers for this tiny room, and will be the wrong speakers to stick behind a screen. They need at least 2-3 feet of breathing room behind them to sound right, and I'd rather have speakers that are more controlled/predictable/have less placement limitations.
Ultimately I think I'd like three vertical 1099's for LCR's for the basement, but that's way too big for my current space. As a compromise I'm thinking of doing Fusion 8's for the LCRs now, and then moving those into the surrounds for the basement. It's still going to be tight-ish in the basement so I didn't want huge
speakers for the surrounds.
Anyone have any recommendations otherwise?