Okay, as you might know already, Iím the new guy without a clue. As I have previously stated, Iíve been living in a cave for the last 30-some-odd years. My previous experience comes only from a 10-year old Onkyo HTiB (HT-R500). I am slowly transitioning to the TSi line. I have a CS20 over top of the Mitsubishi TV and a pair of TSi200ís on their way to me now. I also have a Klipsch RW-12D sub. I am currently running a pretty limited Yamaha RX-V371 AVR (next to be replaced after the speakers).
Music is almost always playing in my house, however it is 90% Pandora and 10% off iTunes via an AppleTV box. However, I do really enjoy my movies too. My collection has been described as ďoverwhelming.Ē I am looking to get away from the poorly recorded music and learn to experience it as close I can to how it was intended to be heard. Which leads me to my problem and I turn to you all for some suggestions.
My living room (the only room available to do this and central room in the house), is acoustically inept. It is approximately 20x13 with a large opening to the dining room and an stairwell with a half-wall. Due to the built-in bookshelves and woodstove at one end and the large window adjacent to it, there was really only one location that made sense (to me) to put the TV. I have attached a sketch of the layout as it currently sits.
I could really use some suggestions as to improvements and modifications as I replace the speakers. The current surrounds are on cheap metal stands and will be replaced by the 200ís. I am concerned about finding a quality (yet reasonably priced Ė single father remember?) stand that is tall enough to accomplish this. Everything that I have found so far is fairly short. I understand that perfection is unachievable and serious concessions will have to be made. Building an addition for a media room is out of the question until I win big on that lottery that I never play.
So get your creative minds out and throw me some feedback, suggestions, and recommendations. Oh, and one last thing. I have been eyeing up the TSi500ís for up front, but the 400ís were just listed on Polk Direct eBay site. Any reason not to wait for the 500ís?