Originally Posted by sweetvar26
Hey guys, I've been wanting to post on here for a while. My wife and I, we bought a Condo recently in India and we will move in around April of 2019 and may be earlier if we are lucky. We decided mutually not to have a separate home theater.
So the end game is to set up a 7.2.4 system down the line in the living room, I know that it won't be as efficient as having a home theater but this is the best I can do. I'm initially going for a 7.1.4 set up and adding a sub down the line and upgrading the speakers/equipment if necessary. There are some constraints with the area. The living room alone is 18ft in width and around 36ft in length. That gives an approximate 650 SqFt in area. Another hindrance are the surround speakers. I was looking at the Monitor Audio silver line and few others and the surrounds are fairly big in size. They will have to be ceiling hanging speakers and with the ceiling height being around 8 ft 6inches, I don't think it would be practical to have large surrounds hanging from the ceiling. So at least for a start, I want to limit the surrounds to something compact if I can.
Now let us go for the set up. I'm a movie and video games person more than music. I do listen to music but my movies & games:music will be around 75:25. So my focus is to go after a set up that will give me the better movie/gaming experience over music.As for the equipment,
LG 65C8 OLED
Xbox One X (I use this for 4K UHD's)
Atmos Micca 8C ceiling speakers x 4
Old Mcintosh SL1 subwoofer which I will start with
I need LCR and the surrounds. Just to throw it out there, everything is expensive in India, very expensive to be honest. Like the 65C8 is around $5000 and Marantz 8012 is about $4500.
With that in mind and the fact that I will go for upgrades with the speakers eventually, I need some recommendations for speakers that go well with the Marantz 8012. First LCR (priority) and some compact surrounds that aren't too big.
Thank you in advance.
From your equipment list, it's obvious you've done your homework! You are aware of your end game and you've assembled a "solid" list. With respect to the L,C,R and surround speaker choices, I hesitate to make recommendations as "sound quality" is extremely subjective. Consequently, attempting to "match" speakers to a particular AVR will not always result in a satisfactory marriage. And the number of recommendations you receive will likely match the number of respondents. I would only suggest trying to listen to as many brands as possible where you currently live. Eventually, one gravitates toward a brand that favors their personal taste for music and movies. In my case, I like the sound signature of Klipsch while others do not.
Relative to your surround speaker placement in the condo, I don't necessarily find the dimensions of that space especially challenging. I've installed systems in spaces very similar. In one scenario, the surrounds were mounted and located on speaker stands while in the other scenario, "in wall" speakers were the preferred solution. It really depends on the particular constrains of the room...furniture placement, window walls, openings to other rooms, fireplace, etc. With Atmos, keep in mind that the ideal/recommended surround height is at or slightly above seated ear level...to maintain sufficient vertical separation between the base level and height level speakers.
Lastly, it's curious that you've selected the MICCA's for your "in ceiling" Atmos speakers. Given your equipment choices, most would have picked something significantly up the "upscale" food chain!
You may have read my experience with the Micca's? I installed these in my HT three years ago as an experiment...to understand the demands/requirements of Atmos speakers with the full intent of upgrading at a later time. Bottom line, I have found no compelling need to replace them!
You will find that for Atmos content...i.e. wind, rain, birds, insects, rustling leaves, voices, ambient noises/sounds, and even concert music, Atmos is just not that demanding. Other overhead sounds like aircraft, spacecraft, thunder, etc. are the domain of the subwoofer. I still chuckle a bit when novice Atmos consumers attempt to match the overheads with the capability of their front sound stage...with the "old school" belief of having to match FR, power handling, timbre, etc...and spending big $$$ to do so. With the exception of reasonably wide dispersion for low ceilings...many speakers are just "overkill" and overspending for Atmos speakers is unnecessary. If content and/or demands change in the future, it was always my intent to upgrade. To date, no one has suspected I have $40 Atmos speakers with a $4000 front soundstage!
Good luck and enjoy your pursuit!