I have been researching, researching and researching some more. I am at an information overload, and with my "it's only a few more dollars for this!" mindset I think it's time to reassess my situation. I want to build my first home theater set up but i'm running into a couple of roadblocks. Originally I wanted to build towards a solid 7.2.4 set up a little at a time. I understand the theory and I love figuring out the best way to do things, which has lead me to believe I don't think I could feasibly do this with the space I have in my living room. I have begun to throw around the idea of converting my office to a theater room, but it is rather small.
Larger space for more people
Where I originally wanted to put the TV (LG C8 65")
Would need to ceiling mount sides and rears which would be bad for Atmos. No room for speaker stands due to walkway and windows.
May have to settle for 3.1 or 5.1/7.1 with no Atmos with sides and surrounds high up. (Concerned with surround quality in this scenario)
Room Characteristics - Brighter during the day / wood floors / larger open walkways
slightly less than 12 x 12
Room Characteristics - One window I can cover / carpet / basically a square
A couple feet behind the couch for surrounds (I think) all speakers could be ear level or slightly above with Atmos above.
Might be too small of an area for 7.x
Couch may be pretty centered in room
3 maybe 4 people max would probably be all that would fit. Can't use my new nice TV to entertain people in a room this small, but I'd sure enjoy it.
My main goal is to get the most out of my money. I don't want to spend tons of money on a system when I can't take advantage of it. If my best option is the living room and it can't do 7.2.4 then i don't need the 11 channel capable amp that I want so bad. But if the Office would work than I could slowly build up the pieces in the living room until I have them all and make the switch to the office.
So I feel I have a few options:
1. Settle for something more appropriate for my living room. Perhaps get a higher quality smaller AVR with nicer speakers.
2. Run Ceiling mount speakers and get 7.2 with no Atmos.
3. Run 7.2.4 in the smaller room.
All of these options would lead to different choices in hardware. Any thoughts concerns or experiences would be appreciated. I know that my next house will have a better suited dedicated theater room for sure. Perhaps the first option can be the begging of a nice system for the next one, although that is years away. Thanks in advance.