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I just moved to a new home and the tv room is much, much larger than the old tv room. Previously, in a 3000 cubic foot room, I had 3 Sierras across the front being run by an Onkyo 805. I have a Hsu VTF2MK3 for sub.


The tv room in the new house approximately 2-5x larger. Approximately so because the family room nearly twice as large, and the family room is connected to a large kitchen in an open floor plan design. I've attached a few pictures to display the size and layout of the space -- in the picture of the family room, to left of the window behind the sofa opens completely to the large kitchen. The other picture is the previous owner's setup, but added for context. Including the kitchen, it's a big space and I'm concerned about its difficulty to fill, as well as its acoustical challenges. I'm less concerned about speaker placement, as I plan to obstruct some windows with equipment or furniture.


I would like help with audio solutions for this room. I love my Sierras (and am anticipating a launch date for the ascend tower upgrade), but I'm interested in hearing others' experiences with large rooms. The system will mostly be used for listening to music, watching sports and entertaining guests during each of the former and latter. When my wife and I have the time, we definitely use the area for watching movies, though if I were to choose, I'd choose a vibrant, high-quality musical room over a theater room capable of imax-like theatrical performance.


I may have to upgrade the front stage to perhaps bigger speakers (ascend towers?) and I will need a new sub or two (Rythmiks are in the plans). I think my 805 packs plenty of power to push just about any speaker, though I have not ruled out separate amps. Perhaps I may use this as an opportunity to do a complete overhaul. I'm very interested to hear other experiences regarding similar situations. I've budgeted
 

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Thanks for the response. Prior, I didn't use surrounds because of space constraints, aesthetics (the main living room would appear cluttered), and our lifestyle -- we listened to music far more often than we sought out a true home theater experience. Therefore, If I upgrade speakers, I'm tempted to skip surrounds for now as a permanent solution and maybe pull out the Sierras on stands for the rare occasion that we want true surround sound. Another option would be some quality in-ceiling/in-wall speakers, but I'm don't have much experience with their performance.
 

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the surrounds on stands, living in a corner or closet, is a technique I used for one family member's setup. They "appear" on movie night, and retreat to their hiding place the rest of the time.


Start with your Sierra's and see how the room responds. Then check with the "interior designer in charge" about towers and a larger center channel for a 3.1 setup. You might even have to mock up some cardboard stand-in tower speakers so she can get a mental picture of what you want to do - better safe than sorry
 
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