Disclaimer: I am totally new to this. I don't know all the right vocabulary nor the right questions to ask..feel free to help with that too.
We are in the process of remolding and adding onto a 119 y/o farmhouse. One part of the addition is my wife's 'theater room.' I need help picking speakers and knowing where to place them.
Due to the remodeling, etc, I am on a very tight budget.. no more than $500 for the speakers/surround. Down the road we can update them.
The room is dedicated for the theater. 21.5' deep 11.75' wide. There is one window at the back of the room that will be covered. There is one door at back left of the room. Right side is 97" tall, left is 122" tall. There are three rows of seating, each 7" higher than the preceding. Pic attached showing room. (still need to add second coat of paint and trim out the room.) Floor will be carpeted.
Will be putting short cabinets across front of room and trim throughout. Will be using projector and target screen size is 132" wide x 74ish" tall.
So far, I only have the receiver: Yamaha RX-V581 7.2-Ch x 80 Watts Networking A/V Receiver.
Primary purpose is watching movies. My wife will likely also use some for listening to music and the kids will likely play a game or two in there...But, movies is by far the primary purpose.
Lots of online reviews list the Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Channel Home theater System as one of the better systems for somebody that is on a short budget. However, I have read a few people here talk less than favorably about it.
So, first question: what speakers would you recommend that can stay as low cost wise as possible, but must be no more than $500?
Next, with this room, what would be the best placement for each of them? ie, front, side, back, ceiling, floor, etc. and how high up etc. (I have to figure this out pretty soon. They are installing carpet May 29 and I may need to run wires, etc before I trim it out, before they install.
Thanks for any feedback/help