Originally Posted by cv15xbmc
Just bought a house and am extremely excited that I can finally customize my living room with home theatre speakers! Located in Australia. Living room is approx 14ft x 14ft and 8ft ceilings, all tiled floors. Listening distance will be about 10ft away. Its not a seperate room and its quite open. Theres 3 walls with the back wall being open to the front door as you walk in, if you know what i mean. I wil Be watching on a 55" oled and plan to upgrade within 1-2 years to at least a 75" tv.
Ive had a few HTIB and soundbars, but my SJ9 LG soundbar just won't cut it i think. I want the full surround sound experience. My budget is absolute max $5K AUD including all cables, mounts, stands, avr and speakers etc.
I can ceiling mount atmos speakers and am looking at a 5.1.2 set up. It seems floor standing speakers will just be too expensive, especially if i want 5.1.2. Thinking bookshelves with maybe satellites as surrounds could be reasonable. Id love like a 7.1.2 or a 5.1.4 set up, but not sure if my budget would make it decent.
Would appreciate all recommendations for AVR receiver and speakers! Hopefully I can now fully enjoy the quality of my OLED and 4K UHD blurays with amazing sound.
Towers are a luxury not a necessity so you're on the right path. Just make sure you budget for 1-2 robust subs given the big open place.
Unfortunately, Australia audio prices are crazy high and selection is small, so provide some available options and we can weigh in.
General BUDGETING/PLANNING points for newbies (numbers are for US/Canada consumers so not sure how applicable it is to Aus):
1. Be careful to avoid the common newbie blunder of overspending on the receiver. I would not spend more than $300-400 on it, since it has a relatively minor effect on the overall SQ.
2. The second most common newbie mistake is wasting money on towers while underspending on the subwoofer; the large majority of HT systems are best served with bookshelf speakers up front with a muscular subwoofer (or two) behind them doing all the heavy lifting and taking a huge load off the receiver as well.
Make sure you budget for an adequate subwoofer if HT is your main usage *and* if you frequently watch action/thriller movies that have tons of low frequency effects (LFE)...particularly if you have a big space (be sure to include all adjacent open areas, not just the listening area).
3. Rough budget allocation I'd recommend: 20% receiver, 40-50% subwoofer(s), 30-40% speakers (mainly the front 3, especially the essential center speaker which does 80% of the output; surrounds can always be added later if budget is tight).