Long time reader, and thought I'd post about my new project, and solicit some advise too!
We purchased our home a few months ago, and the basement was "kinda" done, meaning the previous owner had done 1/4 of it (not sure why he broke up a 25 x 18 space, but he did), but it was done poorly (you can see it in the picture below): he only used 1/4" sheet rock, and then used this fake wood paneling over it b/c he didn't want to mud, tape, and sad.
The room was fine for the first few months, but it was small (16 x 12) and had a weird layout b/c of the water heater's location, and didn't really make use of the leather sectional or modest A/V equipment I have (Denon AVR-487 as part of the HTIB, Panasonic 50" PZ77U, Motorola HD DVR, 360, and PS3).
So I tore down the wall that broke up the space, and started framing it out. I had to do it in steps, since the A/V stuff is still there, and I needed a place to game, since I didn't want to pack up my 360 for 8 months while working on the project.
I also need to make the room kid friendly since we have a 4 month old, so my time is limited to a few nights a week and one day a weekend, and I want to divide the space into a play area for her and a TV area for me.
As you can see in the picture below, I've framed one wall, I'm working on the second, and trying to do as much as possible before before I have to move everything out of the room to do the other half.
It should be nice when finished, with the HVAC ducting overhead (as well as the support columns) breaking up the large 25 x 18 space.
The walls on the left and right are / will be framed using 2x4s, but the wall with the TV on it is framed using 2x6s so I have room to run for PVC pipes for the component and HDMI cables (as seen in the picture), and maybe for in wall speakers. You can see where the TV will be mounted to the wall (the mount is just screwed in now as a place holder to make sure my pipes and wires line up).
Under the TV will be the TV(less) stand, where the A/V stuff sits behind glass doors (you can see it in first picture with the TV covered in plastic sitting on it).
So my questions:
1. I haven't run the electrical yet, but when I do, should I run a separate outlet behind the TV, or snake the power cable down through the PVC pipe to the surge strip that is running everything else? I don't want to go straight into the outlet, so I can use a Monster Power SW200
I have in the outlet, or run the cable down to one of two Belkin Pure AV F9A-923-08
s I'm using for the AVR, 360, DVR, and PS3.
Thoughts? I think the outlet behind the TV is pretty slick, but doesn't offer the protect the Belkin offers. But won't running my TV power cable in the same 2" PVC pipe as my 2 HDMIs and 3 Components cause signal problems? Should I run a second PVC tube just for the power line?
2. The Denon AVR487 came as part of a HTIB
package. I'm happy with the DSW-76
sub and the sound, and the speakers, but I wonder if I should use this change to upgrade the speakers? I don't want to blow more than $200 on speakers, and I'm pretty happy with the sounds now. But is it worth replacing the surrounds and RL speakers (SC-A76s
)? I was looking at the Monoprice in wall speakers. I was thinking of either the 6.5" ones
or the 8.5" ones
. Any thoughts? Would I notice better sound over the SC-A76s? Would it be worse? Is there another option in my price point that would be a better in-wall choice?
3. Regardless of my speaker choice, I want to do the center under the TV (since over would be too high I think) on the stand, and the left and right in about 1/3 up from the bottom of the 50". How far out from the TV should I go? I have 4' either way, but most setups I read about on here are only a foot or less away from the TV / screen, and I didn't understand why. Should I have them flat with the TV, or angled slightly to the viewer?
Anyways, please offer some insight / help if you can. This is a great community, and I hope to do whatever I can learn and add value in my posts.
I have lots more to ask, but I don't want to flood in my first post. Thanks again.