Originally Posted by Bejoy
- Thanks for the ideas. It would be hard to lower the surround backs. BUT, I could add 2 of those unused Definitive Technology in walls at a lower level in the back for surround backs - (ear level) and have those at the same level as the fronts, centers, and surrounds. Then, i would connect those in series to the higher surround backs creating a "cocoon" of surround sound? Not sure if it is safe to connect speakers in series?
Well, probably more like in parallel, but yeah you CAN. It will be harder on the amplifier (def tech is pretty easy to drive so it would probably be OK). What that would do is "phantom image" in-between the two positions for the most part (unless you wired them out of phase to each other which would probably give you that "cocoon" effect (nebulous giant surround speaker, good for size less so for precise imaging). Personally, I'd probably go for the matching center speaker and see how the surrounds sound before making a final decision (i.e. compare centers and see what you think and then try the rear surrounds high and low. It never hurts to experiment a bit).
It would be hard to run wire to the front of the room to do the front wides as is, and add in walls for new front R&L.
I was thinking using the existing jacks for L/R for wides (maybe just a bit longer cable to move them towards the couch a little) and run an extra cable for L/R under the screen and have matching L/C/R (i.e. you could get more or different speakers for front wides; they're really more like "front surrounds" to me, extending the soundstage between front and side (at least in DTS modes for "real" wides; Atmos use may vary a bit). You can, of course do whatever you like best.
Just checked out your signature by clicking theater. It is awesome!!! I actually saw that a couple of months ago while on the avs forum, it was neat to see it again. I like how you went to 7012 from 7010 (I did the same
Well, i don't know about awesome, but thanks for saying so.
I tried my best for the space (still need to hide wires along the front/right wall) and add some drapery along the front, but it sounding pretty good. I'd like to get a 4K/3D projector at some point and an electric tensioned drop-down screen the next time they go on sale again (waited a day too long to order; could have gotten one for $250 at one point if you can believe it). Maybe they'll have OLE roll-down screens in the next couple of years instead (wouldn't want to lose 3D capability though).
Well, had 7010 paired with 7055 to do a 7.1.4. But, after adding more speakers, I wanted to do 7.1.6. I love how the 8500 will let you set up all 3 sound formats without having to rewire or re-designate speakers in amp assign. I have front heights, rear heights, and top middles and that layout works for all 3 formats! It should work fine for IMax Enhanced as well!
If/when i get around to fixing the short in the 7010 I have, I might add it for true front wides. It could dupe the side surrounds for the 2nd/3rd row if I can find some speakers that would fit (although I'd probably prefer a mix of the side/rear there to mesh smooth transitions).
I have also considered getting a bigger screen. It is currently 120. i dont know if I can put in a bigger screen? Throw distance is 15.5 and the room is 29 X 22 X 11 (height of front wall is 9 feet) and the Magnolia guy said with my measurements - i could do a 130 inch screen, so not sure if that is worth it. I would like one of those edgeless screens maybe..
Is that a 16:9 screen? If so, some projectors can do 2.35:1 with a digital zoom function (true Panavision lenses are pricey). I thought about that myself. I could fit a 118" 2.35:1 screen in the same space (same height, just wider). I don't know what I'd do about front heights, though as that would move them outward significantly. I'd probably have to move a set of CS500s to the ceiling like in the rear of the room (and hope they don't block the screen).