My wife and I just purchased a home and it has an open floor plan. Our last home had a living room shaped like a large rectangle so surround placement was easy. But with this new home I'm scratching my head as far as where to place the surround speakers.
Here's my equipment list:
- 60" Sharp Aquos TV
- Onkyo TX-NR807 receiver
- dual SVS CS 22-31 subs w/Samson 700w amp
- Klipsch KM-4 Mains x 2
- Klipsch KM-C center channel x 1
- Klipsch KM-2 surround/bookshelf speakers x 2
- Dish Network Hopper
I'll start by saying that I'm not married to the KM-2 speakers. They are rather large but I'm not sure I could go with another, smaller pair of surrounds and have it still sound good with the rest of the older Klipsch's.
Here are some pics of the living room and what I have to work with. The furniture is not ours. These are the previous owners pics while the house was up for sale.
The KM-2's are going to stick out like a sore thumb no matter where they go. They might look better if I place them on stands on each side of the couch. However they will almost always be in a walking area and under threat of being knocked over.
- I could run the speaker wire under the house and install connector plates in the floor on each side of the couch. Doing this though would limit us on how we could arrange the furniture.
- I could mount them on the ceiling. It's a cathedral type ceiling and I suspect they won't look good up there nor sound good.
- I could also mount them on the wall next to the window and next to or above the cabinets. But that seems like a really wide area. And again they are big so would look horrible. It would be a long wire run and I don't know if I have that ability.
- I've also thought of maybe having someone come in and install in-wall speakers but I just don't know how much that would cost or the amount of work involved with our particular floor plan.
I'm not entirely sure what to do. I just don't want to run 3.1 if I don't have to and cost will play a part in what direction I end up going. If anyone has any ideas or past experiences I would love to hear them.