Originally Posted by AceFan84
I just bought and remodeled a house and need to get a sound setup for my living room. The room itself is quite large and has wood flooring and a very tall ceiling (maybe around 18ft or so???) so there can be a decent echo in the room. I don't have a lot of great places to mount rear speakers and drilling holes in the walls/floor is pretty much out of the question. So would you guys recommend going with a decent soundbar setup or would something else make more sense? My budget is pretty decent, don't have a problem spending $1000 or more on a setup as long as it's a good one.
We just moved into a place with a very similar set of dimensions. Ceilings are 20ft high. Room is 18ft by 22ft but spills into a kitchen at the back which extends another 16ft. Due to the size I immediately noticed two things:
1- how much just basic furniture and an area rug will impact acoustics - the echo was unbearable until we furnished the room. Once furnished it became possible to listen to audio in the room
2- how much power is required to get a decent volume in the room. This is, in part, to the poor acoustics of my room. I still need to do a fair number of treatments for reflections off the walls but it eats power, even with 8 Ohm speakers. I like my movies at a solid volume level. Not reference but maybe 10db off from ref. If you like a football game or movie turned up a little bit, I can't imagine a soundbar filling that room.
Of course it is up to you, but I would honestly (and personally) shy away from soundbars unless it was the only thing that would fit the budget/installation requirements. Visit some good local shops that have honest sales people and a good selection of quality brands - not the big box electronics stores. Listen to their showroom equipment and talk to people about your room and see what equipment they can offer. You will find something that sounds right to your ears and ask that if it doesn't work out in your room there is a return period as things tend to sound very different from a showroom once you get them home and into a room with quite different dimensions and levels of treatment. Hope this helps!
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