Help with system design

cave76cave76 Posts: 3
Planning a system for a family member with some restrictions. Going to be in a family room which is somewhat open to a hallway in the front but closed off to the back at listening position. Needs to be bookshelf speakers up front, no room for towers. Also per WAF needs to be in-ceiling surrounds and couch is up against back wall (less than ideal I know). Room is wood floors, mostly hard surfaces. Have not yet had a chance to demo yet but from what I read, favoring S20 fronts over RTIA3s as by most reports seem to have softer highs which may do better with reflections and hard surfaces in the room.

Question is which in-ceiling's to use for surrounds and would be closest in sound as none of the in-ceiling series specifically seem to be timbre-matched. Other option would be to go with RTI-A3s up front and 70-RT for surrounds which are matched.

Open to other options/opinions!

Thanks

Comments

  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,069
    Are they going to use a sub with this system as well?

    What’s going to power the speakers?

    Honestly, the S20’s don’t have a lot of WAF. They are very deep for a bookshelf speaker and need A LOT of room to not sound as bloated.



    Living room:
    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : XBOX One : Roku 3 : Oppo BDP-103 : Pioneer Elite SC-87 : APC H15 : Focal 806V mains : Focal 806V Surrounds : SVS SB2000 : SVS SB12-NSD

    2Ch:
    Sonus Faber Venere S : Parasound HCA 1500A : Oppo UDP-205 : Furman Elite 15 DM i : Sony XBR 55X810C Monitor :
  • cave76cave76 Posts: 3
    Looking at Denon x2400h. They have a small Dayton sub which is good enough for them... Not big on heavy bass. Going to be prob 75% tv, 25% movie watching.
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,131
    MC60/80 are a good match for the Signature line. I just put a pair of MC80's in my system replacing RC80 and they do match a lot better. If there is a Fry's near keep an eye on their add, I picked mine up for $48 each. Sign up for the Fry's promo code to get the bet price.

    The S20 are a nice bookie, they are a little on the big side. They do sound great. for both music and HT. I have mine paired with an older HSU STF 2 which does very nice. Are the S20 going to be on stands or a book shelf?
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Panasonic BDT460, DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk TSX250C
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,069
    Not a lot of power with that receiver, I would back down to the S15

    Easier to drive and should blend nicely with a smaller sub.

    Either way, I doubt you’ll have a real issue matching them with Polk in-ceiling surrounds.
    Living room:
    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : XBOX One : Roku 3 : Oppo BDP-103 : Pioneer Elite SC-87 : APC H15 : Focal 806V mains : Focal 806V Surrounds : SVS SB2000 : SVS SB12-NSD

    2Ch:
    Sonus Faber Venere S : Parasound HCA 1500A : Oppo UDP-205 : Furman Elite 15 DM i : Sony XBR 55X810C Monitor :
  • cave76cave76 Posts: 3
    Fronts going to be on open shelving. Might look into more beefy reciever if anything good BF deals coming especially.

  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,069
    If they are going to be that close to the back wall, I might skip the Signature line all together.

    Look for something front ported to keep as balanced a soundstage as possible.

    Not sure you’re going to find a higher end receiver on any Black Friday deals...

    Check out accessories4less for refurb units to stretch the dollar further.
    Living room:
    Samsung PN50B860 50" Plasma : XBOX One : Roku 3 : Oppo BDP-103 : Pioneer Elite SC-87 : APC H15 : Focal 806V mains : Focal 806V Surrounds : SVS SB2000 : SVS SB12-NSD

    2Ch:
    Sonus Faber Venere S : Parasound HCA 1500A : Oppo UDP-205 : Furman Elite 15 DM i : Sony XBR 55X810C Monitor :
  • mrlorenmrloren Posts: 1,131
    When I was a kid my parents told me to turn it down. Now I'm an adult and my kids tell me to turn it down.

    Family Room:
    Samsung UN60H,
    Marantz SR5010, Emotiva BasX-A300
    Oppo BDP-93,Panasonic BDT460, DVP-NS3100ES, WD Live HUB.
    Main: Polk Signature S60
    Center: Polk TSX250C
    Front High TC80i
    Rear: Polk MC80
    Sub: HSU VTF3-MK5

    Bed Room;
    Sony KDF-E42A10,
    Marantz SR5010, BDP-S270
    Main: Polk Signature S20
    Center: Polk Signature S30
    Rear: Polk R15
    Sub: HSU STF-2

    Working Warehouse;
    Sony 2100ES
    Polk RTi4 about 15' up the wall
    Old sony 12" Sub
    Mini tower PC with 400GB of music
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