Wow, so many pages. Read many of them but still have a few questions.
I have both the 7.1.4 Pro and the 9.2.4 Ultra sitting in my living room, still boxed up because I'm trying to make a decision so I can return the other one.
Basic question because I'm a bit lost. How is the 9.2.4 not a 7.2.4 system (and the 7.2.4 not a 5.2.4 for that matter)? 9.2 comes with center, L and R speakers in the bar, two surrounds, and two back. That's 7 speakers (ignoring the subs and atmos for the moment). I feel like I'm missing something. I'm looking at my Blu-ray collection and 7.1 Atmos is the best I have (Mad Max and some others). Again, lost.
I have a 14' x 14' room, open wall on one end. Not ideal, but it is what it is for now. Any recommendations for the Pro compared to the Ultra? I know the physical differences, 1 8" sub vs. 2 10" subs as well as two additional speakers with the Ultra. There is about a $600 difference in cost, is it really going to sound like a $600 step up? That is a big difference in price. I don't mind paying the extra for the Ultra, but want to make sure I'm not throwing money away by owning the bigger system "just because."
If it helps at all, I have a 14' x 14' room, with the reclining love seat against the wall. With the Ultra, I thought about mounting the two rears on either side of the love seat in the horizontal position (hybrid 2 setting in their book), that way they are as far back as possible, and then mounting the two sides to the wall directed at the sweet spot on the love seat. That sounds reasonable to me, but wanted to hear some thoughts before I start drilling brackets into my wall.
Receiver: Pioneer VSX-LX303 (5.2.4 configuration)
Speakers: Main-Polk S60, Center-Polk S35, Surrounds Polk S15, Subs Polk HTS 12" Atmos Polk OMW3
Video: Samsung 65NU8000 Flat 65" 4K UHD 8 Series Smart LED TV (2018)
Use: Theater and Gaming