Originally Posted by Stevelol
I'm looking for some recommendations.
today my setup is the following:
harman/kardon AVR 370
JBL Arena 180 x2 (FL/FR)
JBL Arena 125c (C)
harman/kardon Sub HKTS200
harman/kardon satellite speakers (from HKTS30 pack) - SL/SR & SBL/SBR
I've attached an overview of the current setup.
The h/k satellite speakers have always been super disappointing, so I decided to change them for 'real' speakers, while remaining in a reasonable budget. I found a pretty good deal on Eltax speakers, so I'll give them a try.
I've decided to go for an Atmos configuration, so I've ordered those components:
Denon AVR X3600H
2x Eltax Monitor Atmos
4x Eltax Monitor 3
Originally, when I ordered the above (a week ago - I have not received the products yet), my plan was to go for a 7.1.2 setup.
but since then I've read a lot of opinions saying that a x.x.4 is far better than a x.x.2 setup.
So far, I see 3 options:
a) I return 2 of the Monitor 3 and order another 2 Eltax Monitor to get to a 5.1.4
b) I replace the current SBL/SBR with the Monitor 3, but put them as high on the wall as possible, and assign them as overhead speakers - 5.1.4 as well
c) I add a small amplifier to the Denon and connect 2 h/k satellites as overhead speakers to move to a 7.1.4 setup
d) I stay on a 7.1.2 setup, using the Monitor 3 to replace the h/k satellites
what solution would you recommend?
Yeah I'd pick 2 rear surrounds instead of 2 rears + 2 sides...MORE is not necessarily BETTER, especially since the vast majority of content is still natively in 5 channel not 7.
But before fussing with your surrounds and Atmos options, I see some major problems with your far far more important front 3.
1. Move your HK sub to another room, maybe use it in an office setup or bedroom setup. HTIBs always screw you on the subwoofer, and if you watch a lot of blockbuster action/thriller movies, the sub makes a HUGE difference in your enjoyment of them. (If your viewing tastes are more geared towards dramas, comedies, art/indy flicks, documentaries, etc. then never mind.)
2. Move your A180 forward so that their front edges are at least flush to the front edge of the TV cabinet, or (better) sticking forward at least 1-3 inches from the front edge of the TV cabinet. Right now the TV cabinet is sucking up a lot of their sound field. E
3. Toe in your A180 in the corner, because right now it's being smothered by both the wall and the TV cabinet.
If it were me, I'd actually consider moving the A180 to rear surround duty --- facing each other on each side of your couch. Then I'd get bookshelf speakers on tall stands on either side of the TV cabinet---tall enough so that the cabinet isn't blocking half of their output.
4. Are you 100% happy with the vocal clarity of the A125 center? If not, this would be first in line to be upgraded ASAP because the center does 70-80% of the HT output so it's what you are actually hearing the most during HT. Salesmen don't want to tell you this because they want you to upgrade ALL the speakers, when in fact upgrading ONLY the center can give you a huge boost in HT enjoyment, EVEN IF you go for a (gasp!) non-matching center.
Have never heard of Eltax speakers, so no opinion there.