Good evening all, hope you are having a good night. Have an opportunity to build a dedicated home theater in one of our bonus rooms. It's not huge, but at least it will be dedicated with a media closet. It's something I have always wanted and can finally do. Here is the design.
Layout - Sorry for the MSPaint
So I have a lot of options here. I am going to go with an Epson Home Cinema 5050UB with 110" fixed matte white screen from Silver Ticket on the video side, I think based on all my research that gives me the best value for a good price (<$3500 all in on video for 4k support and HDCP 2.2 support, also OK for some non-pro gaming). Where I need help is on the audio side.
I started looking at Focal SIB Evo 5.1.2 Home Cinema System with Yamaha RX-A780 AV 7.2-Channel Receiver
as a simple way to get a highly rated system from multiple review sites with a simple deployment. My room isn't that large, so I figured the small bookshelf would be a good fit. As I did more research I started reading about expanding to 7.1.2, 5.1.4, or 7.1.4 to make up for what may be some missing surround feels. Seems in all my reading my room is too small for four Atmos speakers, so 7.1.2 is my sweet spot.... I could add 2 more Focal Evo satellites, but then I need to upgrade to a receiver that supports 9 channels... which it then seems I am getting into money would be better spent elsewhere type money. I have seen some ideas that include ELAC solutions that included a Debut series 5 complete system with A4.2 speakers added for similar money that may perform better - form factor really doesn't matter. Would also need to find a receiver that fits all my video and audio needs without breaking the bank (read 4k passthrough with HDCP 2.2 support and able to handle gaming).
So, I am looking for a 7.1.2 (if it makes sense for my room, if it doesn't and I should go back to 5.1.2 please say so) setup. I have the freedom to run any wires and rebuild the room as I choose - including ceiling speakers. Would love some ideas in the <~$2500-$3000 price range all in - that means speakers and receiver.
Would appreciate all the help - been doing a lot of research but am just getting myself confused and would really love some guidance on what is good in 2019 and forward. This is a once in a lifetime for me so want something somewhat future-proof but also economical. Thanks so much for your time!