Originally Posted by BIC2
Already purchased 11 Triad Silver InWall & InCeiling speakers; about $8000.
I'm open to suggestions to alternatives reasonably close to the budget indicated. Thanks.
Try the spandex --- it's cheap enough that if you don't like it you won't feel a sting. Missippiman recommends a layer of white or mole skin in front of a layer of black spandex based on his experience. Other than that Seymour AV makes nice fabric for a DIY screen, and has a good reputation on these forums.
I would second Grant, in his recommendation of a couple JTR subwoofers for a big space - - - or even a pair of JTR Orbit Shifters used if you can find them used would be a great value. I've seen a pair sell as cheap as $3,000-$3,500 if you watch the market. They'll absolutely crush a pair of 15" ported drivers from the likes of SVS or Monoprice (which those subs are good in their own right!)
If you can DIY or assemble yourself you can build a heck of a good subwoofer setup for a low price by going with something like GSG Audio flatpacks and 4 UM18-22 from parts express. For $3k you could have four 18" ported subs and the NX6000D amps to drive them and apply DSP --- and end up with so much more capability than a pair of 15" monoprice subwoofers. (which again aren't bad!)
1 of these 4 packs of subwoofer cabinets = $750ish with freight - assembles with NO TOOLS -- just wood glue - fits together like a laser cut 10 piece jigsaw puzzle.
2 of these amplifiers - $550 each - $1100 (1 subwoofer driver per channel - has DSP built in)
1 of these - $600 - you'd run two subs off each channel with this amp)
with a minidsp for EQ - $200 - https://www.minidsp.com/products/minidsp-in-a-box/minidsp-2x4-hd
4 of these subwoofer drivers - $300 each = $1200
a few odds and end connectors and speaker wire...maybe $100 bucks worth
Boom - right in with the crowd of most capable bass systems on AVSForum.
You may not need the monolith amp. I'd start first with just the Maratz AVR and determine if you actually think you need the amplifier. Frankly most people don't, unless you plan to play at reference levels all the time, and even then...which will cave first the AVR or your speakers? Those Marantz and Denon AVR's now have monoblocks which put out pretty much the full rated power when driven as a single. Fully loaded they'll not put anywhere out their rated power because the powersupply in the AVR can't handle that much load, but individually or in a 2,3 channels driven scenario it is fine -- and in most movies you aren't going to have more than that use case anyway. You can always add the amp later if you think you need it. To determine if you need it - the best way I know is to do sine wave sweeps at 3 or 5dB intervals. See where the frequency response stops going up in parallel. Try that on an AVR, see where you run out of capability. It may be that your speakers don't need anymore power than the AVR can provide in real world duty. That's my opinion and experience anyway. Modern receivers handle being run past their limits very gracefully, and you'd never even know you hit the output limit.
Post 1554 has more info to read about this type of testing:
I don't recommend an Epson Projector - but it might be because I'm really frustrated with them right now. I'd recommend you go to a JVC RS-540 instead. Maybe @desertdome
can help you locate one. I bought one of their refurb 5040UB. It had a problem out of the box, they returned it and gave me another with problems out of the box, and now the third one I received developed a problem at about 10 hours in.