I have a few questions, so I'm posting this in a couple different forums and threads.
I have a really small "family room" area, 13.5 ft. long X 8 ft. wide X 9 ft high. It has an opening on one side 5 ft. wide by 7 ft. high, and is completely open to a larger room on the other side.
I plan to put a flat screen on one side and a couch on the other side (against a sort of cove-shaped wall).
I'm thinking of Polk's Surround Speakerbar for front and center, and Polk RC60i in-ceiling speakers for rear (5.1). I can also use the Polk Surround Speakerbar for all 5 speakers and run my overhead in-ceiling speakers as the rear for 7.1. In-ceiling speakers are my only option for rears, and they'll have to be positioned almost on the same plane as the seating position and maybe just a bit outboard of the two outside seats on the couch.
For sub, Polk PSW303, and for receiver, Onkyo 605 or 705.
That's as far as I've gotten. I would prefer minimal equipment. The Polk Surround Bar is not a necessity, I just like it because its more minimal. I'd also go satellite speakers (RM101/RM202) but nothing bigger as I don't think I need bigger since the space is so small, and since its so small I want to keep the audio "clutter" to a minimum. Will those "work" with the RC60i's? The TV will be used for home theater a few nights a week, and the rest of the time for my kids watching Soponge Bob, Hostory CHannel, Wii, etc. (Will it be easy for the kids to just use the TV's regular audio for their stuff?)
So...if I haven't lost everyone yet, any recommendations for me as per speakers and equipment? Price isn't really an option but that said, since its such a small place and not the hardcore theater situation I'd like to keep the audio portion under a couple g's.
Thanks in advance for any advice offered!