My wife and I will shortly be building a 2nd storey on our house and she wants the family room to have a built-in wall unit where the TV will go, full width, full height, full of picture frames and the like.
The existing lounge room system (which will be staying) comprises a Yamaha RXA3050 with a Musical Fidelity M6 PRX driving B&W 683 S1s fronts. The Yamaha drives 601 S3 surrounds and a HTM62 centre. The sub is an old DTX Digital 15" powered unit. I'm very happy with this system at all volume levels, especially for music which is its primary use case.
I'd love to replicate the existing system upstairs but I'm concerned about what I'd end up with if I placed 683s into a built-in wall unit. I do like my bass so I have my existing 683s sitting only 100mm off the walls, though there is nothing substantial on either side of them.
I want a similar performing setup for the upstairs family room but I'm concerned about what I'd end up with if I placed 683s into a built-in wall unit. Is this a plausible option or should I forget about floor standers in a wall unit and either go for bookshelves like 685s or perhaps in-wall speakers mounted in the wall unit itself?
Similarly, what will happen to a sub that's mounted in a wall unit (I may be able to avoid this but would prefer to not have to) and how do I fix it if it's a problem? The new sub, though not selected yet, will be smaller than the existing 15" unit, it's physically too big.
The family room will be approx 4.5m x 4.5m. FWIW the existing lounge room is a similar size but then has a dining room and kitchen right off it with just a 2 metre dividing wall from the front right corner of the lounge room so in essence it's quite a bit larger. Timber floor with a large rug in the lounge room, upstairs will be carpet.
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's been through this process with a system that lives in a built-in wall unit, particularly if your "other system" is a punchy floor stander system.