Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
How big a room do you have? How high is the ceiling? Dedicated, closed-in space? You might be able to get away with two or three Studio 60's. It just depends. If the room is long enough, an acoustically transparent screen might be doable (they're cheaper than you might think) and then you definitely would want three of the same vertical oriented speakers.
The SA-15R-30's might be good for ceiling surrounds, though they may not be robust enough except for ambient music in a bedroom (top locations can get just as much frequency information as the side and rear surrounds). I would have to think about the main level surrounds more too. Depends on your budget and whether Studio in-wall's (SA-30 or SA-35) would work in your particular system (I don't know the aesthetic you're going for and how permanent you want this installation).
Some people buy the Studio 20's for their side and rear surrounds if they aren't interested in cutting holes or putting in-walls in columns, etc.
Another possible brand to look at is Triad and their Silver or Gold line. Priced in the same ballpark as the Paradigm Studio line with a lot more timbre matched options to choose from (in-room, in-wall, in-ceiling, on-ceiling, etc.). All their in-wall's and in-ceiling's have backer boxes. It's like you're installing an in-room version in the wall or ceiling - that's why each model line all sound the same no matter the design application and can be mixed and matched easily. The high frequencies tend to run a little more "tame" or "laid back" since they use high end, high dynamic range soft dome tweeters rather than full metal... I've debated about going to Triad's for my next speaker upgrade. Dolby Labs used Triad's in their Atmos demos at CEDIA. They sounded fantastic... even given the fact they were really cranking the Bronze line in a room way too large for those speakers.
the room will be 14 w x 19 l x 8 h, dedicated closed space.
for the ceiling speakers, this would be 4 for atmos (at a later date, wont have the budget for it now, but will pass the cabling for it)
from what i undertood, the sa-15r-30's are ideal because of their 30 degree angle, not sure if the ones you mentioned sa-30 and 35 are wide dispersion speakers. this is for a home theater room in the basement, not a bedroom.
you raise a good point about the studio 20's, i guess they are a better match for the 100 and 690. unless i go studio 60, 590 and 10's (save some money)
for the triads, thanks for the suggestion, their ceiling speakers look amazing, however, aesthetically, im not too crazy about the LCR speakers, i still need to audition a few more speakers before making my final decision. PSB imagine, monitor audio, hopefully Salk speakers (if they can find me someone local to audition), GE, and maybe 1 or 2 others.