Now that I've got my shnazzy VT30 all set up, it's time to start thinking about speakers.
First! The room layout. I live in a first floor apartment with shared walls. One thing about my diagram that is a little misleading, the 6'6" wall that is by the front doorway actually extends all the way down and that is the part that is shared with the neighbor. The void there is a long walk in closet.
The room has changed slightly from when I made this picture. The 11' wall that is shared with the kitchen (where the TV is mounted) is no longer a large entertainment hutch that takes up the whole wall. It looks like this now:
I ended up dismantling the whole thing and just using the bottom portion, which you can see. I wanted to be able to have room for a proper speaker set up. There is a little bit of an issue with the couch and the clearance to the rear wall and right wall (right, when facing the TV.) and I don't know how much of a problem this is, but as you can see the room is quite irregular and I"m curious about problems that may arise with the left surround placement. At any rate, I'd love to hear your guys thoughts on my choices with placement. A little more on that later.
On to the speakers I'm planning on auditioning and I would love some critique, opinions on brand and model choice.
So far I'm planning on auditioning B&W and Paradigm. I already own a BIC F12 and I won't be upgrading the sub for quite some time, although I would like to know your guys thoughts on this sub and how it will go with the speakers I'm looking at purchasing. These are the sets I'm looking at:
SUR: Here is where I have a question. My couch is flush against the right wall and has about 1 ft of clearance from the rear wall (it would be possible for me to move the couch up a bit, maybe another foot). Initially I was thinking about going with CM1's for surround, but after doing some reading it seems I may be better suited to use B&W's dipole DS3's. I imagine there isn't enough clearance to use bookshelves as the surrounds. Any thoughts on this? Will the DS3's match with the rest? What are my options in terms of placement? How will the open space to the left of this area affect placement? etc. etc.!(This goes for the Paradigm's too, just unsure about placement in general.)
L/R: Studio 20
SUR: Either Studio 10 or ADP-390 depending on your guys thoughts about my situation detailed above. Another question I had about this set in particular, since there are options in the bipole/dipole department with Paradigm. From what I'm reading, it isn't really necessary to pay top dollar for surrounds. What do you guys think about that line of thinking? I was considering the ADP-590's until I started reading peoples thoughts on surrounds.
I have some more budget type sets for Paradigm that I'm planning on auditioning, just so I can hear the difference between the Monitor series (specifcally, the Titans and Atoms) and see if I feel like the higher tier is worth it to my amateur ears. Here is what I'm looking at in that regard:
L/R: Titan Monitor
L/R: Atom Monitor
Any help is greatly appreciated. Now back to reading more owner's threads!