starting from scratch, why not in-wall/ceiling speakers to enhance looks? Costs and sounds about same. For HT, spend money for a good sub and room absorption materials.
We are building a new home theater in our basement. The room is about 350 - 400 square feet. (about 20x20) Our budget is about $1000. We are putting a 7.1 channel system in. We will not be listening to music. I was going to get Infinity TSS-1200 (125W, 89dB, 120-30k) for the surround and get a pair of Infinity Primus P252 (150 W, 92dB, 49-20k) floorstanding speakers for the front. Is the sound going to mesh well? Will the floorstanding speakers drown out the center channel? Will this be enough to fill the room with sound? Is this overkill? What will be the difference if I get two extra matching satellite speakers instead of the floorstanding? I put in a link to the full specs (as listed on Crutchfield) for each speaker system.
Specs for TSS-1200:
Specs for Primus P252: