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Suggestions for mixed use surround sound system?

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The room is enclosed, 2700 cu ft (21x13x10), and vinyl plank floor. Viewing distance will be around 7 feet. Aiming for 4.1 and upgrade to 7.1.4 next year.

Screen: LG C9 65" (purchased)

Front left & right: Genelec 8341A (purchased)

Processor: Emotiva XMC-1 (purchased)

Treatment: GIK Acoustics bass traps, scatter plates, and diffusers (half purchased)

Subwoofer: 2x PSA S18 IPAL (purchased)

Surround & back: Genelec 8030C (purchased)
 
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FWIW I'm building a very similar system, considering Genelecs for front speakers and I picked Neumann KH80s for surrounds and heights, they seem like a nice balance of reasonable size and excellent quality without breaking the bank. Their vertical directivity is also quite good for non-coaxial 2-way.

Of course, the dream is 8341a all around with 8351b or 8361a in front, similar to the Genelec showroom in Berlin, but that is outside budget for now...
 
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FWIW I'm building a very similar system, considering Genelecs for front speakers and I picked Neumann KH80s for surrounds and heights, they seem like a nice balance of reasonable size and excellent quality without breaking the bank. Their vertical directivity is also quite good for non-coaxial 2-way.

Of course, the dream is 8341a all around with 8351b or 8361a in front, similar to the Genelec showroom in Berlin, but that is outside budget for now...
What receiver/processor are you going with?
 

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What receiver/processor are you going with?
Haven't decided yet. I have an older Denon(X4000) that's fine as a stopgap currently, so I'm not in a rush. But I am considering a newer Denon(X4500H+, need at least 11 pre-outs and Auro3D), the Monoprice HTP-1, and the JBL SDP-55.

I really want a demo of the JBL SDP-55's Logic16 before I make a decision, and I also want to see Dirac actually release their Bass Management module and see it show up in the HTP-1 before I buy one. Not a fan of buying products based on future software promises.

I do think the HTP-1 makes sense if Dirac is very important to you, and the various cheaper NAD options don't support height channels afaik.
 
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Haven't decided yet. I have an older Denon(X4000) that's fine as a stopgap currently, so I'm not in a rush. But I am considering a newer Denon(X4500H+, need at least 11 pre-outs and Auro3D), the Monoprice HTP-1, and the JBL SDP-55.

I really want a demo of the JBL SDP-55's Logic16 before I make a decision, and I also want to see Dirac actually release their Bass Management module and see it show up in the HTP-1 before I buy one. Not a fan of buying products based on future software promises.

I do think the HTP-1 makes sense if Dirac is very important to you, and the various cheaper NAD options don't support height channels afaik.
I'm going to try out Penteo Surround for upmixing. That is the same tool used by entertainment industry.

BTW the NAD receivers do support height channel, you just need external amp.
 

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I'm going to try out Penteo Surround for upmixing. That is the same tool used by entertainment industry.
This is an interesting option. There's a thread about it here. However it seems like the DTS:X/Atmos encoders are quite expensive, and only work on a Mac in the case of Atmos. Also, it seems like a very manual and labor intensive process to convert albums.

Definitely worth trying out though, and the cost isn't an issue if it produces better results than Auro3D or Logic16...

It seems there's some other pro software like this too.

BTW the NAD receivers do support height channel, you just need external amp.
Yeah you're right about that. So if you are going to use Penteo for upmixing, these are probably the most cost effective way to get Dirac in one box.
 
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Ended up getting 8030C's for surround. How can I determine what subwoofer output is needed for my 2700 cu ft room?
 
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Ended up getting 8030C's for surround. How can I determine what subwoofer output is needed for my 2700 cu ft room?
Dual ULS-15's, VTF-3's, or SVS 2000's are going to be the go-to recommendations and should be more than sufficient for that space. If money, size, and aesthetics are not a concern feel free to step up to dual VTF-15's or SVS 3000's and 4000's.
 
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Dual ULS-15's, VTF-3's, or SVS 2000's are going to be the go-to recommendations and should be more than sufficient for that space. If money, size, and aesthetics are not a concern feel free to step up to dual VTF-15's or SVS 3000's and 4000's.
Sounds good. I am leaning toward Rythmik G22 (dual 12" sealed).
 

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For the subs, that's a hard call. In that price range all the big guys have some great subs to offer.
HSU, SVS, Rhythmic, etc all have great models in that price range. Hard to go wrong when your spending that kind of money.
 
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For the subs, that's a hard call. In that price range all the big guys have some great subs to offer.
HSU, SVS, Rhythmic, etc all have great models in that price range. Hard to go wrong when your spending that kind of money.
Ended up going with Power Sound Audio.
 
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Just over email. He's active on AVS Forum.
Was a lot of good sense on his page. Such a nice change to hear someone just dismiss out of hand the 'digital' amp criticism...
 
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