I've been in my new house for about 9 months now and the other day my lovely wife told me I needed to get on the stick and build out the media room before the kids don't have any time to enjoy it before they grow up and move out. In the spirit of trying to be a better husband, I acquiesced to her request
I spent the last couple of weeks in heavy research mode, crawling through this AVS forums and other sites until my eyes are bleeding. I'm getting close on most things, but it's time for me to seek the wisdom of those that know more about this than what I can learn in 2 weeks of internet reading!
On to the parameters and the toys...
The room is 13.5' x 18'. The front wall is 7'10" tall, but the ceiling is 10' (sloped wall from the ceiling to the front/screen wall). The room will be a dedicated HT used primarily for movies but there is probably the occasional big group sports event or video games when the kids have sleepovers.
I'm planning to do a 2.35 setup, but I'm going to hold off on the anamorphic lens for now and just zoom initially. I know I'll lose light, but my other big hobby is photography and things like CA and pin-cushioning will drive me nuts so that will keep me out of the cheaper anamorphic lenses.
Budget-wise, I'd like to keep the equipment costs around $10K (ignoring furniture, labor, etc.) but that's not a hard-cap.
I'm not planning to move any of my AV equipment from the living room, so I'm doing this from scratch.Projector:
This is the one I'm lusting after if I can get everything else to fit inside my (soft) budget. Other projectors on my short list are:
* InFocus IN83
* Epson Home Cinema 7500UB
* Panasonic PT-AE3000U
Updated list (7/3/09):
- InFocus IN83 (not enough zoom)
+ JVC DLA-RS10 (in case of overall budget pressures)
- Pansonic PT-AE3000U (good projector, but liking the others more)Screen:
Seymour AV F120
I'd really like to have the front speakers behind a fixed/flat AT screen. I haven't done any major research specifically on AT screens other than knowing some of the major brands, so suggestions here would be particularly helpful.
Originally I was thinking the screen would be ~120" - 130" diagonal, but that was before I started looking at having the speakers behind the screen. With that sort of setup, I've got room on the sides to go larger, but I haven't tried to figure out yet whether that's too tall or if I have enough depth for the projector throw ratio.
Seating will probably be around 13' from the screen, but that's easily adjustable if need be.
Updated (7/3/09): Settled on the Seymour AV after recommendations and research.Speakers:
Atlantic Technology in-walls
Planning on the IWCB-727's for the mains and center. The IWTS-30 SRs for the side surrounds and ICTS-8.3e for the backs (in-ceiling).
No ideas on what to do on the subwoofer yet...A/V Receiver:
Yamaha RX-V3900Blu-Ray Player: TBD
Probably either an Oppo or PS3, but haven't researched the current generation of players yet.
Updated list (7/3/09):
Either the Oppo BDP-83 or Panasonic DMP-BD60.Power Conditioner:
With the projector, receiver and speakers I've layed out here, that's just shy of $9K so I'm getting tight. Any recommendations on reasonable ways to fill in the holes or tweaks/changes to the setup I'm looking at would be appreciated.