I'd like to ask some opinions about my Living Room / Kitchen setup. I know a couple of people have asked similar questions, so apologies for the redundancy!
I've attached a sketchup of our open plan combined Kitchen / living. It's quite a large space at 6m wide by about 13m long. At the bottom of the drawing the RHS leads to an open hallway. At the top the glass doors open onto a back deck. Unfortunately there's a lot of hard and reflective surfaces, particularly around the kitchen (shiny doors, marble bench, floordboards etc). The living room is a little better as it has a couch and rug, but there's still a lot of glass and bare floorboards.
Ideally what I'd like to get out of the space is to feel the nice warm sound that I fell in love with when I bought a Play:1 and put it in my small bedroom. I actually love the treble and the highs in music the most, but it's not the same without the depth and warmth of the bass. In terms of music I'll listen to almost anything ranging from Whitney Houston to Disturbed to Dr Dre. Michael Jackson and Ed Sheeran get pretty frequently air time with my partner.
I presently have two Play 1's beside the TV. They are great, but only for high, trebly music. My thought was this: buy a Playbar for the TV, mount the Play:1's to the wall opposite the TV (up high) for surround sound, and keep this setup for about 6 months. Next add a Sonos Sub near the TV, and eventually add 2 x Play 3's (where I have the Blue squares).
When listening to music I'll typically be 30% in the kitchen, 60% in the living room, 10% entertaining out back on the deck.
I'd like to know people's thoughts on this, especially:
- Am I going to notice / dislike the fact the sound is coming from various different directions? (ie I've heard someone mention this about music with surround sound)
- Would this setup ensure enough depth through the space, or am I just going to notice it mostly in the Living space?
- I'm not married to this setup (and music actually takes a higher priority than the TV sound), so would anyone suggest other setups?
- If the setup looks fine, would I be better placing the 3's somewhere else? ie on the kitchen wall a the bottom of the pic (so the sound is projected to the back deck as well?)
The only disclaimer would be - while I know the Play:3's don't get talked about here, I'm not sure I could justify buying 2 x 5's after having spent the money on everything else (unless the consensus was that the 3's are a waste, in which case I'd buy 1 x 5, or just wait a few years).
Thank you for any opinions!