I am in the process of building a new home theater area. I let all of my old stuff go with the old house when I sold it except my B&W CM10 S2 Front, Left, and Center. I will be adding B&W CWM7.3 in wall to the sides that match for the side left and right. I am also planning to add four B&W 663 ceiling for Atmos. Unfortunately, I will not have rear surrounds since the room opens to the rest of the basement behind the seating and then opens to sliding glass doors since it is a walkout.
I do want something that will blend well with the B&W.
The theater area is approx 20x14x6.5. However, it then opens behind the seating (large V couch where the center is aligned with the center of the TV) to an area that is a little bigger than the theater area. It is on concrete floors, but is carpeted. I am still finalizing the receiver purchase, but probably going with the Denon 8500 or Anthem 60 with Anthem Amplifiers. I am leaning toward the 8500 since I want the ability to add HDMI 2.1 in the future and also Auro 36. However, ARC seems pretty good on the Anthem.
I do mostly movies and TV, but also some gaming and some music ... maybe 70/20/10. I like very clean and precise bass that does not give me a headache. However, I also want it to scare people when that perfect scene in the movie calls for it. I will be buying dual subs and likely placing them on both sides of the screen since that is the only good spot to put them (the rest of the basement is more of a rec area). I would prefer Piano black since that is what the B&W are, but something that does not contrast too much should work.
Size is not a major concern. However, I don't want to go much more than 30 inches in height since it starts to interfere with the screen (I am adding a LG 77 C8). I am open to ported or sealed, but have not had much experience with ported in the past. I do have sensitive ears, so sloppy base does give me a headache. I listen to movies at a reasonable level and really want the base to not be noticeable until the scene or shot that should make someone jump. Then I want them to say HOLY CHIT!
Cost is not a huge issue, until I go over $5500. Then I would have to think hard about it and get some serious performance gain. Since it is in the basement, I am planning to add an actuator to the seating, but have not decided which one yet. Most likely the Crowson.
I have narrowed it down to a few options and would love some of your thoughts along with an explanation why. If a great option is not on the list, please add that. I will put them in order of where I am thinking right now, but this could easily change with the right info.
1. Rhythmik G25HP. This one is probably in first place right now, but I have not seen many reviews on how it performs for Home Theater. I do like that I can get it in piano black. I travel to Houston a lot, so I could try to visit them since it looks like they are out of Austin.
2. PSA S3611 or V3611. Seems like it gets pretty good reviews. I live in Michigan and it would be pretty easy for me to drive down there since it looks like they are in Ohio.
3. JTR Captivator 2400 (or 118HT). I could visit them also since it looks like they are in Chicago and I travel there a lot for work.
4. SVS PB16 or SB16. This started out as my #1
, but I am hearing about some quality issues that concern me. I am also reading about chafing, which would drive me crazy. However, they do look beautiful and would match great. I could easily visit them also since it looks like they are in Ohio. I do like the idea of getting it from Best Buy so they have to do all the heavy lifting for me.
5. JL Audio e112. These are only on the list since a local shop raves about them. I was fairly impressed when I listened to them but not confident that they are a good bang for the buck. They do look nice and the size/look is appealing. The shop swears that this is better than the SVS since they have experience with both.
Let me know your thoughts and if I am missing anything. Also, if you have any comments on the Denon 8500, I would love the hear them. Once I make a decision and get everything set up, I will be sure to keep this post going and provide insight to others.
I have been reading the forum for a long time, but this is the first time ever starting a thread. Hope I did it right!