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Overall budget or budget at each phase, question also is.
How big you want to go, how “big sound” for that room? Something that is good to plan or think.
Usually the ideal speaker location is following.
The question really is are planning the 7.1 OR 5.1.2 system?
-To be on floor level or does it include 1 pair of upper surrounds?
You will have the 7.1 speaker on the floor as SBL / SBR or 5.1.2 on the wall FPL / FPR
The receiver is what gives the sound to speakers. Selecting one with the needed audio and video specs will help, what you will need and want to use.
Usually Marantz, Denon and Yamaha make the top / best models.
Yes, if possible.
There are plenty of DIY acoustic panel information available if you have little bit of handyman.
Never the less, in what order to move.
You will need to select a AV-receiver, suitable for ur choice of speakers.
- passive speakers with basic copper cables
- active speakers, self powered monitors, signal cables + power.
Speakers and sound you like.
Subwoofer to them.
Since the room is going to be cleared.
Acoustics is great place to starts, they the thing that comes near the walls and everything else after that.
Depending of how well you want cables to be hidden. This also a good thing to do with panels or other ways in the room. Nothing is in the way and if with monitors the power needs to planned.
Possible furniture, decor and more stuff / acoustics.
Then you need the receiver.
4.1. Plus the possible speakers for 2.0.
4.2 Screen or TV
Then comes probably the hardest part.
*** Can you have Front Center Right speakers to be the same or even beef up the Center?**
TV or screen kinda helps that. With TV it’s inpossible to have similar center.
Would you also like the system to be good with stereo / 2.1 music.
Then the front’s should be good speakers. Selected choice comes hard with the center speaker, unless center can be same or better.
- What type speaker sound you like. Only you know this at the end.
- Speaker sizes. Big towers front or smaller bookshelf types.
- Best end result, similar surround sound everywhere is if every speaker is the same model / same series. Specially on LCR.
Subs have more selection but having bit of BEEF and grunt is nice with movies and settings to integrate it with the rest of the system and fine tune.