Ok, so now that we are all gearing up for the release of AVRs equipped with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoders (Maybe Auro-3D as well), I was contemplating building myself a custom 7.2.4 setup in my media room in which the dimensions are (LxWxH) 12x10x8.
I currently have a Yamaha HTiB I purchased from Dell back in 2009 when I didn't really know much about Home Theater audio, it has done fine and I have thoroughly enjoyed what it has offered. Although, now that I understand a lot more than previously, I see now it can't do lossless codecs, and I would rather not be bothered with extra cabling using optical. It is also a 5.1 setup, so I feel by me moving from 5.1 without lossless to 7.2.4 with lossless and better speakers, I will be blown away, figuratively speaking of course lol.
So, here is my predicament... As I stated earlier, I want 7.2.4, but sadly I iust can't justify more than $3,500.00 for the entire operation including the AVR. Assuming that the line of 11ch AVRs that will supply me with both rivals decoding formats (Atmos,X) will be priced around $1.7k-$2.4k like the Onkyo 1030 with pre-outs for 11ch for a bit cheaper, or the flagship 3030. This effectively leaves me with about $1,100-$1,500 for speakers presumably.
I realize that most will tell me that it's better to spend much more on better speakers, but since I've heard more advanced setups now, and am still quite pleased with HTiB components, I feel like that this budget will be good enough for me, besides I don't see me being able to find a 11ch 3D AVR (hopefully with at least one HDCP 2.2, and 4-5 HDMI 2.0 full 18Gbps) for much cheaper than $2,000.
Also, I'll be in the market for a 55-60 inch 4K passive 3D TV later this year for about $2,000. If I spend more than $6,000 this year on AV equipment my wife will destroy my soul haha, which is why I haven't even thought about projection options as I feel for that I would need a dedicated room with good seats, a reasonably priced 4K 3D projector, and a nice AT screen, so it's out of the realm of possibility for me.
Okay, so now that all the background information has been established, I feel it's ok to say that my safe zone is $1,300 (Considering I'm likely to buy the more budget friendly Onkyo AVR when it's released later this year at $1.7k-$2.4k).
I would be extremely grateful if someone would mind helping me piece together 13 speakers; Front Left/Right, Center, Side Surrounds, Rear Surrounds, x2 Subwoofers, and finally the four overhead speakers (On-Ceiling preferred) to complete the 7.2.4 configuration goal. I have also read that it's best for all speakers to be timbre matched but I'm not too sure on if it just pertains to the top, floor or both sets, I'm sure it can only be a good thing if both LFE speakers are exactly the same haha.
If someone should help me, would it be too bold to ask for accompanying on-ceiling mounts and stands for the floor level speakers as this is the first time any of this will actually mean anything to me, so I'm a bit lost lol.
I've set aside about $400 for the mounts, stands, speaker wire (16 Gauge???) and some longer RCA cables for the subwoofers as I'll have them on each side of the wall at the midway point in the room.
I know the varying degrees of the height speakers; Top Front at 30, 45, and 55 from the MLP and Top Rear at 125, 135, and 150 from the MLP. What I don't know is, does it matter if the speakers are mounted horizontally or vertically? Just trying to get a feel to make sure If I need to remove the ceiling fan or not XD.
The only other pertinent question I can think of would be about the difference between the Onkyo 1030/3030? I obviously grasp that one is 9ch and the latter is 11ch but everything else that I can see seems to be the same. The reason I'm curious is because I see that if I was to purchase the 1030 ($1,600) and one 2ch amp ($125 or so) then I would be able to raise my speaker budget to about $1,700 which can only be a good thing right?
To summarize: I'm looking for someone to help me build a 7.2.4 setup on a budget of $1,300-$1,700 (hopefully depending on the answer to my last question) to accompany an 9-11ch AVR which will run around $2k more than likely and $400 for ceiling mounts, stands, and wires for a total of $4,000 FIRM. Again, $6,000 is what I'll need for the TV included and can't exceed that for fear of losing my soul lol.
In any case, I am sorry for such a long winded post with so many questions but any help I could get would put my mind at ease as this is still all pretty foreign to me.