3030 on Order - Some Questions Please
Well, I've stayed on the Dark Side (or not gone over to the Dark Side, depending on your perspective) and opted to buy a 3030 to replace my "ancient" TX-NR717. Looking forward to being audibly "dazzled" (if that makes sense) by Atmos, not to mention getting 4K pass through at 60 frames per second and 7.2.4 sound.
So, some questions.
The attached sketch shows my media room layout and current speaker positions.
The room measures 19 feet long x 12.5 feet wide. Not exactly your local multiplex and I'm not going to go bananas and paint the walls black, fit bass traps, rotate the house to line up with the sunrise on the Solstice (even though it pretty much does already) or anything like that. The plan is to have at least one couch on the upper right level, with the front row on the middle level. The third (dotted) couch is an option, and the back couch can be moved forwards away from the wall if desirable.
The fronts are Yamaha NS-IW960 "MTM" in-walls, the backs are Yamaha NS-IW660 3-ways, and the rest are / will be Yamaha NS-IC800 concentric 2-ways, all rated for 140 or 150 watts. I have two Polk PSW-110 subs in the front corners. They can be moved as thought best, but for now I'll leave them where they are.
From reading the Onkyo manual on line and looking at my layout, I think the overheads should ideally be at the 1/4 of the way down the room and the 3/4 of the way down the room, rather than half-way as at present. Is that right / best?
I'm planning to leave the half-way down the room ones in place for now (mostly so I don't have to patch the sheetrock), MAYBE use them as the left and right surrounds until I get permission from the Memsahib to put more speakers in the walls. Alternatively, I have some spare Klipsch stand-mount / bookshelf speakers I could use for the left and right surrounds until I get permission to cut more holes. Thoughts on that?
The fronts will stay where they are for now, pending a 120 inch screen and 4K projector purchase some time next year (right after Hell freezes over according to my wife, but we'll see). Thoughts on whether I should move them down to ear level or wait until I fit the screen and level them up with the middle height of the screen?
Finally, should I think about moving the rears down the wall to ear level, leave them where they are, or, dare I ask it, play it by ear? If I move them, I'll probably have to replace them with 2-way round concentrics to keep her happy with the looks, maybe I can use the 3-way rectangular jobs for the sides then. But only maybe. The sides will probably end up being round concentrics as well.
Actually, thinking about it, should I be putting all the in-walls at the same ear-matching level?
Thanks in advance.