I would like to bring light to some of Prestige Audio’s posts.
While I did not agree with some of what he was saying at first, he did have some very good points as I was talking with him today.
The FV15HP’s are ever so slightly overkill. I think a better choice would be the FVX15’s which are $300 less each but the output is very close, negligible even. Even better would be two VTF3’s by HSU. All will have insane output for your theater but as you spend more and more of your budget on the subwoofers you take away from the speakers as prestige has said. You have multiple seating positions and a large viewing distance. You need very high caliber mains for this. I will suggest PSA speakers at this point. A 7.0 system with 210T’s for the LCR and 110’s as surrounds will put you at $6000. This leaves $4000 for receiver and subwoofers. How you go about this is up to you. You could do a Denon X4400H + 4 VTF3’s for $4000 or X6400H with two FVX15’s for $4000.
You can squeeze in the X6400H + PSA 7.0 + 2 FV15HP’s under $12000 which was the top of your range, but IMO that extra $2000 spent really won’t improve the sound all that much.
Diminishing returns appears much closer than most think.
But good luck. I hope this post everyone can agree on. And I hope the OP can sort through this thread to find the “Good Info”.
And the RSL in-ceilings are a good pick. Highly regarded on AVS. I myself do not have them, but talked with plenty of happy owners.
Russdawg, interesting point on the FVX vs FV15HP. I know lots of folks here prefer the big subs, but for 2.5db less output and $600 less per pair, is it a worth "downgrade" to consider given the size of my room?