Originally Posted by smithsabom
Nice space. Budget? Are you willing to open the walls? Do you want to keep the clean built-in look?
For starters, you are installed with a 3.1.4... which is not recommended for Atmos
nor is running a 5.2.2 when the rear surrounds are ceiling mounted.
however, you could give it a try with everything you have now.
or, which is why I asked about opening up the walls - this is not a requirement you could run speaker wire along the baseboards
you will need an outboard amp for running the rear height channels ( lowest cost) or using the AVR channels to run everything but the mains (as been recommended above).
you could run both of the subs you have now.
good luck have fun
Thank you for your thoughts.
Just a preface, the in-wall speakers were not installed by me, but pre-existed in the theater room when I purchased the home. I agree, the current set-up is not ideal and I need to upgrade my speaker situation.
Fortunately, the theater room is on the top floor of a >5000 square foot home. I do have good access to the area above the theater room (i.e. attic area above) which has plenty of room to stand up, walk around and slide down new (higher quality speaker wire) either for new rear surround and/or new mid surround. My budget is $2500 to $3000 for what I initially thought would be best scenario to upgrade the speakers: new tower left and right front, and quality center channel and two surround speakers. I originally planned to use the 2 pairs of in-ceiling speakers for either Atmos or 1 pair for Atmos and 1 pair as the mid-surround.
Currently I have the the fronts and center channel connected to the Denon per normal, and the in-ceilings speakers (2 mid-surround and 2 rear surround).
All in-wall and in-ceiling speakers are >15 years old, so most new speakers will provide substantial improvement to sounds quality.
In regards to the clean built-in look... no, I prefer to have good performing speakers rather than looking seamless (I am not a big fan of in-wall speakers, or in-ceiling speakers, especially considering that the room height is 9 feet and the room size is sufficient for towers, etc. I was planning to have new speakers that are not in-wall.
Also, have others used MiddleAtlantic custom racks? I have built an industrial grade pull-out rack that rotates 180 degrees in a previous theater room project, but I wanted to build one for this project using the MiddleAtlantic online rack designing tool, but I am having difficulty with their online rack builder and corresponding registration.
Thank you for your time and insight!