New House! HUGE room (11K cu ft)! Uh, help?
So I've been happily living in our small house for a decade with a small home theater in the basement (Paradigm Millenia Trio soundbar due to space constraints, Marantz AVR, Artison surrounds, and a martin logan sub) used 95% for home theater and a little music here and there. Upstairs in our living room, we have a "lifestyle" system (Geneva Model L) due to our tiny living room, that's used for most of our casual music listening. But we're moving! Into a much bigger house! And I get to invest in a good music system again (it's been a couple decades)!
I'll be replacing the Geneva with a more critical system for music on the main floor, and a much improved home theater in the basement. For now, the home theater system I have will suffice, but I'm excited about upgrading our music system.
I've been out of the hobby for a long while although I read the forums pretty regularly, and am versed in the basics (audition speakers in your house, room treatments, room correction features of AVR's, important of placement, sub crawl, etc), but I've never had a space like this one. The house is in the city on a 30x120 foot lot, which leads to a long thin house. Combine that with a wide-open floor plan, and 9 foot ceilings and you get the attached. Other than the 1/2 bath labeled, which is flanked by a coat closet, and a small pantry, the rest of that floor is wide open with 9 foot ceilings, and floating stairs that lead both up to the 2nd floor and down to the basement. So a whole lot of open space.
In the picture, the top, last 20 feet on all 3 sides are floor to ceiling glass. Rest of left and right walls has smaller windows all along. Bottom wall is also all glass. All hardwood floors currently.
What would do with this huge space given the desire to have a music system? Placement-wise, having it in front of the stair railings (to the left of the words "stairs" in the living room picture) is best from a space planning perspective. Ideally, I'd also love to pull my 1,000 album collection out of storage, have a 2.0 (or 2.1) system to play them on. Would a $5,000 budget do justice here (hoping to also upgrade my home theater so $12k budget needs to be stretched), or am I better served to buy a bunch of Sonus stuff and spread it around that space. I'm a somewhat critical listener (probably a 8/10 for the general public and a 5/10 around here) and do have preferences when it comes to speakers.
If a 2.0/2.1 system is doable, given the room what things should I consider when beginning to look at equipment? I'm not even thinking brands yet, but thinking of speaker design alternatives considering the space (omnidirectional, cocentric, electrostatic, 2.0 vs 2.1, ???). Basically, what pops into your head when you look at this space and what I'm trying to do.
Thanks for any help/advice you have,