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OFDPOS 02-01-2013 12:15 AM

Would It Be Worth It ?
Ok had an old 5.1 system , installed the two rear speakers up high on wall , ran the wires through the attic to the rears.
Then had the blown in insulation done in the attic at least 24in deep.
So I wanted to upgrade to HDMI when I got my big screen I bought an Oynkyo NR515 7.1 receiver.

Ok ok I know most are already ahead of me and know where I'm going with this... lol

Would it be worth it to run more wires and add side speakers? it would be a major PITA to run the wires in the attic because of all the insulation . What I would have to do would be where I want the speakers mounted I would have to drill holes right where the ceiling and wall meet and then run the wire straight up along the wall through the ceiling.
The rear speakers are already only about 1 ft from the 8ft high ceiling ,so to match the look and not be a head banger on one speaker that is where I would have to mount them ...

SOOOO it can be done, but would the trouble be worth it ?
I've never heard a 7.1 system in a house only the high dollar systems at the Paridym place and Magnoleas (spelling) at a BB store.

Yes , No , ???

Forgot to add the room measures approx 14 X 17.5...

BIslander 02-01-2013 08:15 AM

Probably not.

But, surround speakers belong on the sides, not in back, in a 5.1 system. 7.1 adds the rears. What you've done is OK, but not optimal. If you do go ahead with the extra speakers, make sure to connect the side speakers to the surround terminals and the rear speakers to the back terminals.

oblioman 02-01-2013 05:29 PM

His Onkyo supports DD PLIIz. Me choice would be to leave his current system - but to mount two speakers halfway between the seating and the center channel. This would give you the mating between your fronts and your rears. Basically, when a helicopter flies over, or when a bullet whizzes past, the DD PLIIz fills in between the front and rears. You would have a 7.1 system, but don't stop there. Your Onkyo supports 7.2,,,might as well get another sub. :D

OFDPOS 02-01-2013 09:17 PM

ANUTTER "sub" now your talking !!!!!!!! LOL

Phil17108 02-03-2013 03:47 AM

I just bought a Onkyo 515 to replace an Onkyo sr 302 that is a 6.1 The 515 works with 6.1 and I would bet it would be a lot easer to add a rear center. My room about the same with glass doors and fire place on one side and a 6 foot open entry on the other, with no place for sides to go. The rear center does give a strong placement to the sound but I do not see a lot of dolby ex or dts ex on much of anything, so the AVR most of the time is creating the center back or with 7.1 the surround backs from 5.1. There is also an option to have high fronts rather then the backs.
I think that if I did not have the 6.1 and knowing what I know now I would just stick with the 5.1. I went to the new Onkyo for the lossless audio and the HDMI switching rather the extra channels. I am using Polk Audio's RM 7200 system from 10 years ago with very good results.

hotrod351 02-03-2013 06:12 PM

until you try it you wont know.

OFDPOS 02-04-2013 06:04 PM


Originally Posted by hotrod351 (Post 1299002)
until you try it you wont know.

True I could just set up just another set of speakers where I would mount them and run wires across the floor and watch a few different movies with sound tracks that support 7.1 , sound about right ?

hotrod351 02-19-2013 07:56 AM

yeah its not fun. but what else you going to do. its always a bummer when it doesnt sound any better and you went though all that but if it does sound better, well then your happy.

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