5.1 or 7.1 for attic theater, plus atmos?
I'm currently redoing the audio portion of my newly transformed playroom/home theater. I am running a pair of Linn Espeks in 2.0 right now and I thought about looking for old used Linn speakers to build out the surround sound, but I'm rethinking that now.
I want to start with a blank slate and build what makes the most sense for the space and out media consumption habits.
We're a family of four with two young boys. This home theater room also doubles as our rough house space (aka go as far away from mommy and daddy as possible) so there is a very real possibility that our speakers might take a bump here or there. Though they are pretty good about being careful. We watch movie and TV shows and play video games through the system. It may also see some music usage, but probably not much.
Attached is the layout of our room. Because it is an attic we're dealing with the roof line and not having full height walls. The side walls are 2' and then the roof line starts at about a 45 degree angle. There is a section of flat ceiling in the center that spans 7' across. I have access to run all of the surround audio cable in wall. This space is also fully carpeted.
This is a 1080p BenQ projecting to a 120" screen. We use a Roku right now to stream all content, but I'll consider getting a UHD player in the future.
1. I was thinking of just going 5.1 as you can see from the floor plan, but should I consider going 7.1? Knowing that I'll likely want to spend $2-3K on speakers.
2. Considering the space, would atmos speakers make much sense?
3. Could I mount the atmos speakers on the 45 degree sloped ceiling or would I want them on my 7' flat ceiling section?
Thanks for any help and suggestions. What started as a "let's get a screen for some outdoor movie nights" has turned into "let's build a home theater we can use the other 9 months a year."
Last edited by CaptainChunk; 03-08-2019 at 09:57 AM.