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dmpaul Posted 7 months 4 weeks ago
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I have a new construction with an open floor plan. The room is 16' x 18', with TV mounted on the 16' wall. Ceilings are 10'. It is pre-wired for a Dolby 5.1.2 setup, with all speakers in-ceiling.

My initial plan was to use HTR7000 speakers all around. I have talked to several installers, and they all tell me that angled ceiling speakers help but it still isn't as good as speakers on wall with regards to soundstage coming from TV.

In light of that feedback, I am considering switching to the Supercinema 3d array for the LCR speakers, while still using the HTR7000 for the surrounds.

Pros for the Supercinema:
- easier install, three fewer holes to cut
- "3D" technology apparently allows wide soundstage, which was my biggest concern with soundbar.
- speakers close to TV (no risk of sound appearing to come from the ceiling)

Pros for the HTR7000:
- slightly cleaner look
- lower frequency response may make matching to sub-woofer easier (I have an SVS SB1000)
- $100 cheaper, assuming I get the XL version of the Supercinema

So, my question is given the choice, what would you choose? Are my concerns about in-ceiling speakers unwarranted? It would be nice to be able for an audition to help in decision but that hasn't been possible.

FWIW I'm leaning towards the Supercinema solution if for no other reason I can return it and buy the HTR7000s if I don't like it.

If anyone has experience with either of these systems, your feedback is greatly appreciated.


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Moderator Posted 7 months 4 weeks ago
Tough choice! Both are good solutions but if you're not sure about HTR-7000s for front L/C/R and your dealer will exchange it, try the 3D Array to see what you think. If it fits, the 3D Array XL is the better performer. It's sized to match 70"-75" TVs nicely. Use the 3D Array X if your TV is 55" - 65".

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