I'm looking for advice on choosing an in-wall 5.1 speaker system. I'm moving into a new apartment and doing a full gut renovation from scratch. Having grown older and wiser (or perhaps just lamer), I no longer want my home theater to dominate the room. I do still want pleasing sound. I'm looking to spend around $3,000 for all five speakers and the subwoofer. I would like all the speakers, including the sub, to be mounted in-wall or in-ceiling.
Currently I'm running a Denon AVR-X3300W, a 5 channel B&W 601s3 surround sound setup and a Rythmik Audio F12 sub. Harmony Hub for control. Sources include the usual assortment of modern UHD bluray codecs, streaming services and a Roon library streaming a mix of CD quality and hi-res audio via a custom built raspberry pi Roon endpoint.
I'm pleased with the sound I get out of that system. The B&W speakers are a bit bright, but room correction helps. The Rythmik Audio F12 is phenomenal, hard hitting and very musical.
Some more random thoughts/questions on criteria:
- This is a Manhattan apartment, so adjacency issues/leakage are important to consider. I will be adding soundproof insulation to the walls and leaning towards speakers with back boxes, but thoughts on minimizing what my neighbors hear are appreciated - whether that be by making certain speaker choices or installation choices.
- I tend to listen to more front heavy content (music and talk-y movies), so I'm comfortable spending a bit more on the LCR speakers and going smaller/cheaper on the surrounds. This is also consistent with some general space constraints in the room.
- The room itself is 23 feet by 13 feet. However, the listening area occupies only half of that - about 12 feet square.
- The LCR speakers will be oriented around a 65" flat panel display (hopefully an LG C9 if I can get a deal .
- I tend to strongly prefer tight, musical bass. An in-wall sub with a servo driver in this price range would be great!
Any suggestions? I've come across a few ideas - Kef and Tidal - but would love to know more about what I don't know.