1. Guest,
    If you need help getting to know Xenforo, please see our guide here. If you have feedback or questions, please post those here.
    Dismiss Notice

Building a new house, soon ready for drywall and need help

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Mark--M, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. Mark--M

    Mark--M Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2005
    Messages:
    100
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi guys,

    Im building a new house and want to wire everything properly before we put the drywall on and I have some questions. House will have a home theater system in the great room, master bedroom and possibly a dedicated home theater room in the basement down the road.

    1. Should I go 5.1 or 7.1 in the great room? I always through 5.1 was enough but the room will extend back way beyond where your sitting so maybe with the extra room the 7.1 would be worth it? Any suggestions?

    2. Are in ceiling speakers ok for surrounds? Does the fact that they point down really mess up the sound or are they ok? Any reccomendations on a medium budget?

    3. Are there any decent in ceiling subwoofers out there? I guess a lot of people here are going to suggest an infinite baffle but I would prefer something sealed. Im currently using a 15" ascendant audio avalance (these were highly recommended on here about 10 years ago) in a 3-4ft sealed box. Im considering mounting it between trusses and just making an outlet in the ceiling. Any thoughts? The wife wants to loose the big box in the living room so I have to do something.
     
  2. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,980
    Likes Received:
    1,590
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    7.1. I prewired for 5.1 and am bummed I gotta fish more for 7.1. Always easier preconstruction. Might be need for even more speakers down the road too, but 7.1 is available on disks today.

    You won't find much recommendation for in ceiling speakers for theaters at HTF. I have in ceiling in my whole home audio and its good for what it is but I would NEVER use them for TV or movies.

    I'm not a fan of hidden subs, YMMV/.
     
  3. schan1269

    schan1269 HTF Expert
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Messages:
    17,041
    Likes Received:
    894
    Location:
    Chicago-ish/NW Indiana
    Real Name:
    Sam
    Why can't You do in-Wall sub?
     
  4. Mr645

    Mr645 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2011
    Messages:
    216
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
    Real Name:
    Jon
    I would also say wire for 7.1. Even if you don't use it it is cheap to do. Also leave enough wire so in case at some point in the future you move things around, you have enough cable to reach
     
  5. Lewis Brazil

    Lewis Brazil Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2014
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    I building a house as well. I plan on doing a very similar set up as you other than a surround in the master. I am going to wire for 7.1 in the great room and basement. I plan on installing the 7.1 in the great room and 5.1 in the basement. I had been doing quite a bit of reading on how best to do a theater system that is hidden. Right now I plan on using in ceiling speakers for the back 2 and side 2 in a 7.1 that have a directional tweeter. I was going to do the L and R in the ceiling but now I am probably going to put those in the wall on each side of the TV. I am also going to build a box and insulate to try and keep the sound from transferring to adjoining room. There is a sub that I think will work http://www.htd.com/Products/powered-subwoofers/HD-In-Wall-Subwoofer-with-amp , I plan on installing this in an out side wall, with 2X6 walls I should have enough room. I was going to install some 18 inch X 36 inch 3 way speaker in the attic between the rafters for the L and R similar to what you planned with your sub box. I have since reconsidered that option. I the basement I plan to hide most of the speaker as well. I will have walls closer so I plan on using a combination of wall and ceiling. I am also toying with idea of installing all components in a remote location. My only reservation is how long can you go with an HDMI cable and can you make an HDMI cable to length like you can with a cat 5 cable. Good luck
     
  6. Robert_J

    Robert_J Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2000
    Messages:
    8,264
    Likes Received:
    46
    Location:
    Mississippi
    Real Name:
    Robert
    You have the Avalanche so use it. I wish I had gotten one on the closeout sale but only picked up a pair of 12" Atlas drivers.
     

Share This Page