We are having the 20x17 main family room pre-wired for a 5.1 surrond sound, and a entertainment panel installed, to allow a TV to be placed over the fireplace. The picture below shows the relative design of the room. To the south wall is a hallway and a stairwell that leads to the second floor. The northern wall has a large arch window. The fireplace sits in the middle of the west wall, and the east wall has an opening into the breakfast/kitchen area. The red marks indicate the planned speaker positions, but will be finalised during construction.
Our current hardware consists of a 42" Toshiba Regza, a PS3, and a Wii (that wouldn't turn on last night
|Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System which got pretty good reviews on Amazon and Cnet. |
Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K 7-Channel A/V Receiver (Black) which has fairly good reviews on amazon, and being the best pick on cnet(the include ipod dock is a plus). The reviews do leave me a little worried. People say the system runs way hotter then it should (which, being an IT professional, heat + electronics does not make a good situation), also they said the devices is overly complex to set up, and many times takes hours if not days to correctly configure. Two people have also reported that the front (stereo) speakers do not provide a 120w as specified, but they are actually 90w.
My questions is, does anyone have experience with either the speakers or the amp? Does anyone have any other suggestions about other hardware to look at for the size of room that we have (while staying with in budget of course). Any suggestions or opinions would help.