I'm glad my thoughts could help. I'm just sharing what I'm learning
Considering that the rear recliners are right up against the wall, firing a surround right at the listener may not be ideal.
Referencing the link before, a dipole may make sense to create a null for those listeners. Even if it's firing towards the rear wall, it should bounce, delivering a diffused surround experience for the rear recliners.
The forward firing portion should work for the front listeners, and even with reflections from the back, surround channels are more for immersion than precise clarity. It's probably worth a test.
If you look through the subwoofer forums and DIY forums, you should find quite a number of options to incorporate a subwoofer into a riser.
of Polk is that while I generally have no complaints, you can find better bang for your buck. Like some brands, they do a great job filling the needs of retailers with options and convenience.
At the right price, I'm sure there's something good to be found, but Polk seems to do a great job controlling their prices, so less deals to be found. Kudos to them for being able to do that, but it makes me look elsewhere for a deal.
Polk center channel speakers have not been received favorably over the years.
Another opinion is that Klipsch lives and dies by their horns (and those copper colored woofers!
). Most people love them or hate them, and that seems to be based on the model family with the more expensive models getting better reviews. I haven't heard any in place yet, so I can't comment.
Klipsch center channel speakers have been received fairly well, as the horn seems to enhance dialog clarity. Collective wisdom seems to indicate that a horn, 3-way design, or ribbon tweeter can help in dialog clarity. Of course there are exceptions.
My personal experience has brought me to the conclusion that as long as I get proper bass and the dialog is clear, the rest of the speakers just have to be "not terrible". Minor faults get covered up by the sub and center.
Before settling on my current 5.1 setup, over the winter holidays I went through several brands/models of front speakers and centers for my then 3.1 system when I was contemplating upgrades.
If you were to remove/downgrade speakers from this setup, in order I'd notice the subwoofer, the center, the surrounds (I was surprised by this), and bringing up the rear, front L/R.
I luckily took a leap of faith on a used, discontinued Hsu model for a subwoofer. Wow! what a difference these under-20Hz subs make! You'll want to consider a different sub than the R-100SW originally planned.
While testing the various speakers, I pulled the surrounds I had out of storage and put them on boxes. It made a bigger difference than I expected.
Even if not watching an explosion-fest, the sub and surrounds can be used to create low-level dramatic "hum". It's pretty effective to raise tension in dramatic scenes.
I don't turn my sub up loud. The gain's not even at 9 o'clock, but can rattle stuff even there. Non-distinct sounds from the surrounds help the immersive feel.
While I could probably rank the front L/Rs from "worst" to "best", I had no major complaints about any of them as the sub cleans up anything they do with the proper crossover.
I spent a little more than I had to keep towers over bookshelves, but the price difference was too good to pass up.
If/when I put Atmos speakers in, I'll learn from the fronts and surrounds that they just have to be "not terrible". I'll go for the most cost-effective, "competent" speaker available. Fortunately, in-ceiling (and in-wall) speakers seem to always have deals available (even Polk!)
Originally Posted by leeok86
philpoe, Thanks for the info. You have alieviated a lot of anxiety about planning the setup.
The rear recliner will be right up against the back wall. The rear speakers will likely have to be 90 degrees to the rear recliner.
I was planning on placing the sub in the Front Right side of the room. However, i did work on building the riser for the rear recliner today. It would accommodate 8" subs. I am leaning toward the free standing, powered sub, up front for simplicity.
Do you know much about polk audio. I have been reading that they the RCi series is somewhat comparable to the klipsh reference line and about 1/2 the $ new. Do you know if this is true or is the klipsh/infinity/other worth the extra $? The only system I have heard in person is my friends who has martin logan speakers. His sounds awesome but they are more $ than I am willing to spend on this project.