OK so I have been lurking on these threads for a little over a year and scavenging ideas for our dedicated basement bar/theater room. I started with a storage room that was also a makeshift workshop and utility room, as well as a hallway and a room that was set up for laundry but used for a freezer and fridge. I gutted both areas and began framing and wiring up the space. My goals for the space are to have a dedicated media room for movies, gaming and television and a wet bar for my wife and our friends and family. The space is approximately 11'x19' for the theater area with the bar off 1 side which is about 6'x6' plus a walkway.
I started the project last winter while I was on a lay off/parental leave with my son. I got the demo and most off the framing done as well as 90% of the electrical and about 75% of the drywall put up.
I have all the speaker wire and video cable in the walls and a dedicated AV cabinet beside the bar.
As I will be done at my current job as a Chef at the end of this week, I am taking 2 weeks holidays before I start my new job as a Marketing Associate for a large food service company. My wife and I decided that rather than go away on holiday we would take this opportunity to hopefully finish the room.
We purchased all the drywall we will need as well as dricore panels for the floor and wood laminate flooring. So the plan is a full throttle 2 week build/wrap up of the room.
Starchoice HD satellite
Nuance towers for front left and right
Nuance center (to be replaced with something better)
Nuance surrounds for rear left and right
HD projector to be puchased
Receiver (to be purchased looking for suggestions)
Subwoofer (being built)
Universal remote (undecided will ask for feedback suggestions)
If I can find a matching pair of Nuance surrounds for sides I will add them as the room is wired for 7.1. I am thinking of doing a Dayton Titanic 12" sub or similar as the bang for the buck sounds pretty good to me but I am open to suggestions. Also I will probably build my own center with a kit or parts and plans from Parts Express. The receiver I am after needs to do 7.1 and upconvert over HDMI, with Dolby True HD and DTS HD MA. If it did 2 zones that would be a bonus. In my area Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Pioneer and Harmon Kardon are available. And finally, universal remote. Update: I saw this Unify4Life http://www.unify4life.com/
sounds pretty good, I did just get a blackberry.
I will post some pics tonight after my little guy is in bed.