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Originally Posted by jmanko
Home theater build is on the way, and looking for surround and rear surround in wall suggestions. Current speakers include polk monitor 60 L/R and C20 center, and polk owm3 pair. For Atmos I am using the owm3 and planning to get a second pair to have 4 Atmos speakers.
I am planning either 5.2.4 or 7.2.4, have 2 rows of seats so will be a surround for each row (aka 4 speakers for surround, and 2 more if I do rear surround). Room is 11’6” x 23’6”. Planning to have a false wall with primary tow 11’ to screen, so 12’ to speakers.
Since I’m considering getting 6 surrounds am not looking to go to crazy price wise (would be happy 150/speaker but can certainly go up if need be). I am looking for something in wall and neutral, so when I decide to upgrade front 3 they will still play nice. Considering auditioning SVS Ultra, ascend Sierra 2, maybe RBH to give a sense of where front 3 may be.
Not sure what to do for surrounds. Considered polk in wall but not sure they would be neutral to pair well when I upgrade. Something cheap like Monoprice alpha would be easy but I wonder if I may want to upgrade later (is a narrow room so only 6’ to MLP, and I have a svs pc2000 for bass). Is there anything else to consider? Axiom? HSU? Klipsch have sealed in wall like axiom I believe but with horn would/ sensitivity probably not pair so well...
Appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.
Just to be sure, is the orientation 11'6" wide or long? I'm guessing 'wide', but that makes a big difference. A general rule of thumb is to stick with surrounds from the maker of your L-C-R's to get the closet timbre match possible. If the room is 11'6" wide, then I'd look closely at in-wall (and in-ceiling) speakers. Otherwise it'll feel like you've got these boxes hanging too close to you. IF you can borrow speakers from another system or another person, you can temporarily hang speakers on the side walls to get a feel for where the speakers should be hung. It's a bit of work, but better to spend some time experimenting before you cut holes in the walls. One 'uh oh' about in wall surrounds is making sure you know where the rooms framing boards are. You could find the perfect spot, sound-wise, and discover there's a framing member right there. Time to get out the stud sensor and find out what's behind the sheet rock.
Good Viewing,John G JVC DLA-X790 Projector, Vutec 110" (16x9) Bright White Screen, Panasonic DP-UB420, Zappiti Mini4K HDR, Zidoo Z9s, Synology DS418 NAS, Yamaha RX-A2070 AVR, Toshiba 1250 NTSC-PAL Region Free BR Player, 7 Paradigm Reference spkrs w Dual Subs, & Yamaha 6600 External Amp