I read a few posts suggesting that if people had questions about home-built speakers, we should post and get feedback. I'm loaded with questions =) :
I have a home theater that I'm currently building out in my basement. It's 19L x 13W x 9H. While the walls are done, the ceiling is (currently) unfinished joists that will be covered (somewhat) with acoustical paneling but not with drywall. The joists 'start' at 9 ft and go up an additional foot, creating a 10 foot ceiling. The door is on the left of the room, middle of the 19 ft wall. There is a window-like opening on the back wall that allows people sitting at a bar to look into the room, at the front screen. That opening is ~6W x 4H, and starts about 40 inches from the ground. It has a sliding barn door that can completely close this opening if desired. Additionally, there is a 1'x1' soffit that runs the entire perimeter of the room.
There will be moderate 2" OC-703 on each wall (four 2'x4' panels along each wall, three along the back), and a couple of smaller base-traps in the corners (don't know the size, but probably 12+" corner pieces. This is in addition to the panels on the ceiling that I described above.
Current / future system:
I currently have Mirage OMD-15's for my LR, and OMD5's for my rear L/R. I don't remember what my center channel or 15" sub are, but both are decent/higher quality components also. Not ultra-high end, but significantly nicer than the typical store-bought system.
I want to go to (at least) a 7.1 system where the surrounds/rears are in columns on the walls (likely installed just under the soffits within the columns, due to room width constraints).
I'll probably go with a TV rather than projector, as I've found that to be better for my family's current needs. As such, I have to work around the screen rather than through it. My video component rack will be in a front column to the far left of the screen, and there will be another column to the far right - limiting the 'width' of the open front area to ~8 ft. I could integrate the L/R speakers into these columns if desired/necessary but am not currently planning to do so.
I've enjoyed the 5.1 environment for movies in my previous home, but am ready to upgrade. I REALLY liked the expansive sound and the fact that they did such a good job of creating an immersive 3D sound environment during movies. While I enjoy music, I typically don't listen to it in this room...this is pretty much dedicated to watching movies/TV/video games.
I have two autistic children, so typically don't listen at ear-bleeding volumes. I normally keep it louder than what you'd play in your living room, but not so loud as to drive a sane person from the video area.
I want speakers that do a good job when listening at more conservative levels.
I have moderate carpentry/DIY skills (I'm a Mechanical Engineer turned programmer, and built my house with my own hands). I'm not skilled at soldering, but know how to do woodworking/gluing/clamping/etc. and can do above-basic wiring.
I don't have a specific budget for the new setup, but I am cost-conscious. I do look for a solid ROI, and believe in the law of diminishing returns - I don't want to pay a huge amount more for a small gain. If I can get an "8" for $100, and a "9" costs $1000, I'd be hard pressed to figure out why to go with a 9.
Now my question(s):
I was thinking of buying new higher-end speakers, but found multiple people saying I could get a better sound at a lower price from building them myself. I don't mind doing the work, but I don't have the knowledge to DESIGN my own speakers. As such, I've been looking at the DIY kits. I'd like to have fairly nice 'larger' speakers up front as my LCR, and wall/column mounted surround/rear speakers. Eventually I may add more/modify for ATMOS setup, but that will be a ways off (if ever).
What DIY kits should I be looking at for the environment outlined above?
- Rear (I'd assume/like it to be the same as the surround)
- Sub (I'd probably continue using my current sub or go without a sub for a while, if the rest of the system allowed - I'll likely get a sub in the long-term future, but in the short term, I'm looking for speakers that provide the expansive movie experience I want to create)
What suggestions do you have? I've looked at the Fusion-15, the Volt-8/10 with the angled front for my sides/rears. I'm reading, but there are a lot of choices and probably a lot of opportunity to 'overbuy' where it isn't necessary for this small of a room. That being the case, I figured I'd ask people smarter and more experienced to help me know what to look at.