but, can you:
1. Post pics please?
2. Increase your budget?
If you can't increase budget, I vote you return the 2809 for a cheaper receiver, to allow funds towards speakers.
Invest where electrical energy is converted to mechanical energy.
For in ceiling check out speakercraft. Hm. Maybe too much, but I hear they are a decent value. Anyhoo, definitely spend less here than on the fronts and/or sub.
I do not recommend placing a sub in a cabinet. I also do not recommend placing speakers IN a cabinet. Think about it for a minute.
OTOH, receivers like 2809 will probably have Audyssey dyn vol/eq which might be a godsend to you.
subwoofer, sealed requires more power for the same output, and thus almost always means less bang for buck. However, sealed will always be smaller when considering the same price points and/or driver sizes.
lastly, too expensive for you (hopefully not) bang for buck performance speakers that are available in white.... Usher 520. I think $400/pr
My wife is placing some aesthetic constraints on MY system in OUR family room... Constraints are as follows:
1. The rear speakers need to be in-ceiling (making a package speaker system cost ineffective)
2. The L/R and center speakers need to be white (white built-in cabinetry)
3. The woofer can't be too big as I may not have enough space to put it in the lower cabinet with the receiver and the other consoles.
It will be a 5.1 system off a Denon 2809CI in our 15X12 family room. I will mainly use it for video and music less so. Therefore, I was really interested in the quality and crispness of the dialouge. In the sound room, I listened to the comparable yamaha, onkyo, and pioneer. Denon seemed so much more crisp to my untrained ear. The sound test was all off klipsch, which I can't select because of #2 above. Also eliminates KRK anf behringer that jostenmeat likes (already searched the forum...). I saw B&W lowest model comes in white - has anybody listened to them?
I realize that the center channel is critical for my goals. I also think (hope) I can go cheap on the rear speakers. We have young kids so the volume level will be low to moderate. Hoping that lets me spend less on the speakers but not sure. Would like to keep the 5.1 beteen 700-1000. Any and all suggestions welcome and thank you in advance.