Originally Posted by bajafx4
Interesting! The XL is 62-1/8" wide. I measured the width of the recessed area above my mantle where the TV is and it's 66", so it'd fit in there. You guys think something like this would be superior to in-ceiling LCR speakers or in-ceiling LR w/ an actual center speaker? If I went this route, what rear ceiling speakers would I pair with it?
Also, I know it wouldn't be a true Atmos setup because my rears will be in the ceiling, but could I add two forward height speakers in the ceiling to make a quasi 5.1.2 setup or would this really not be worth the effort since my front speakers are already ~4' above the floor?
Originally Posted by RayGuy
If it were me, I would go with the soundbar for the front 3 speakers. The rears are another issue, as the layout, the width and depth of the seating area come into play. If the area is relatively small, the cheaper Invisa (525) would be fine or you could choose to save some cash by going with a cheaper model from another manufacturer. If the seating is expansive and/or the speakers are going to be positioned wide of the seating area, then the more expensive Invisas would provide greater coverage. For the front heights (and Atmos, if you decide to go that way one day), I would use the HTR 7000, as the cheaper model would not provide the coverage at the greater distance.
In any case, I would probably wait on the height channels, as these speakers are reported to have a very large soundstage. You can always come back later and add them, if you feel it is necessary. These are not cheap speakers.
Originally Posted by Ellebob
The speaker bar solution would be better.
I agree that the XL soundbar might be the solution for your front LCR needs. It does incorporate some technical engineering wizardry to "audibly expand" the soundstage width, making it sound as if the L and R speakers are spread out much further away from the center than they actually are. It's quite an amazing illusion that is based upon solid psychoacoustic principles and could be very effective given your room layout.
If you instead went with two [or three] Invisa HTR 7000 in-ceiling speakers for your L-[C]-R, would you be able to mount them far enough apart for adequate stereo separation? I'm assuming the further you spread them, the further away from the TV/fireplace wall plane
they would get due to the "corner" location of the TV/fireplace. That's not necessarily a deal breaker, but if
as you spread them further apart they end up being located too
close to the plane of the viewing audience
, the stereo balance for someone seated in the "front row" and significantly left or right of the listening sweet spot could be overly compromised. Regarding cost, one XL soundbar would be pretty similar to three
Invisa HTR 7000 in-ceiling speakers for LCR. Or to save some $$$, you could purchase two of the in-ceilings for LR and rely on a phantom C for now, then add a real C sometime down the road. Ultimately, with the 45-degree angle of your fireplace/TV, only you can decide what will work best in your unique situation.
Not sure what to say regarding "rear" surrounds other than you could possibly use the Invisa HTR 7000 in-ceilings there, since they are capable of sounding like they are not
located in the ceiling. But at $500 a pop x 2, that might not be an option for you. Plus, I don't know if that same "not-in-the-ceiling" illusion would still occur if they're located behind
the MLP instead of in front of it. But if it still did and
you're going to go Atmos, it's one way you might
be able to differentiate the "location" of the "rear" surrounds from that of the Atmos overheads. Then again...???
Methinks you're in uncharted territory!