Originally Posted by pase22
While not most ideal, if putting the speakers in there is your only option, you could put some books or acoustic foam around the enclosure. If you're adding 2 subs having rear ported speakers isn't really going to be an issue since the port mostly comes into play below 80-90hz. Have you been to Best buy or local audio shops to listen to any speakers? We'll also need to know your max budget and any components you already own or ordered in order to make appropriate recommendations.
Good questions. For tones, I like my speakers mostly balanced, but I suppose I have a bit of lingering immaturity when it comes to bass- dry sounding is no bueno. My 2-channel setup is close to being to my liking- I have a pair of Usher CP6311s, an REL Stadium III sub. Using an integrated amp- Cayin KT88 (tube). I very much like the sound I'm getting, and I am convinced that when I build a retractable wall to close off the open end of that room, it will REALLY shine (someday).
There is a HIFI shop somewhat local to me (1 hour drive) with an oldtimer who will let me listen to a lot of things. I plan to go there once I have some basic ideas about how to set this up and listen to some things. He got me on the right track with the 2 channel setup years ago. Hopefully hes still in business.
As for budget, that is somewhat in flux depending on what it will take to get it right. As you can see from my present equipment, I've avoided the home theater world for some time. Why? Because dealing with things like changing surround sound tech, firmware updates, obsolete HDMI cables and whatnot makes me angry. I know when I turn on my tube amp and record player, it will play music instead of prompting me to reboot and connect the update dongle or whatever. Ugh. But I guess I am diving in finally.
I will be buying a receiver new. Been thinking about an NAD due to their offering upgrade modules supposedly. But that is just a first blush guess. Lets say for receiver something like 2-3k? I dunno. I know another option is getting a badass separate amp and then just getting a pre-pro.
For speakers, I obviously need at least 5. I know there is all this atmos stuff, and also the 7 channel stuff, but I'm not convinced that I want to try that. For 5 decent speakers, does $3k work? One thing that would be nice would be getting the wood matched to the built-in.
Subs I have no idea. I'll probably try looking used there, as even if they are chipped up it won't matter to me, as they are going to be behind those screens anyhow. I got a heck of a deal on the REL I have (bought it used).