I'm JUST now starting to plan and design my first home theater. Right now it's a completely unfinished room above the garage, which I guess is both a blessing and a curse. I've been doing quite a bit of reading and researching as of late, and I've somewhat figured out most of my needs/wants, but I'm having some trouble making a couple decisions on my own. I'm having a particularly tough time figuring out a good lighting situation for the odd shaped roof. I will list first some of the requirements, and then the plans and thoughts that I have so far in hopes of some helpful critiquing. Everything is definitely open for debate and I'm very open to instructional criticism, though I do generally question everything, so please don't be offended if I question your suggestion. I have a ton of questions scattered about. If you can only answer one of them, that would help me greatly along the path to HT enlightenment. There's a picture of the current room prior to doing anything at all along with some rough measurements attached at the bottom of the post. I haven't even removed the scrap lumber from when the house was built, though do note the pieces of awesome I added to jazz it up a bit.Requirements:
I am going to have a fold up ping pong table, foosball, card table, etc in this room as well as the gaming/movie area. I'd like to create some zone lighting in such a manner that people could play cards with a moderate amount of light behind the seating area for the screen, but not drastically impair the video games or movies going on on the projection screen.
The screen has to be retractable because boxing out the window (semi-) permanently isn't an option. It's the WAF, but I'll be telling people it's because that window makes for a good sniper position. This of course means that I'll have to use a smaller viewable screen than shown in the measurements so as to take into account the entire retraction hardware. I want 16:9.
The room restrictions are based on the measurements in the above photo, otherwise I'm up for anything.My Thoughts So Far
For lighting, dimmers would obviously be involved. Separate the lights into two zones, one for the screen area and one for the rest of the room. Maybe some track lighting that can be pointed? I don't think can lights would do well for the roof structure that I have, but I really have no idea. My best idea is to turn off the lights around the screen, and slightly dim the lights in the ping pong area. Hopefully that would give me good picture quality with both areas of the room being used.
The screen. I plan on building some blackout type shutters that I can close to cover the window and then lower the electric screen. So far I'm thinking about a Focupix Flexio 110" (105" total width) with 1.3 gain, or maybe the tab tensioned TensionFlat 100 (106" total width) with 1.4 gain. They seem to be the best bang for the buck in my reading, but again, I'm open minded. Is the gain right for my circumstances with the lighting and dual use room? Is a tab tensioned screen worth the extra money? I'm even open to a DIY screen, but I don't think I could make a retractable one.
The Mitsubishi HC3800 to me seems like a great projector in the price point, assuming I don't get a lemon. The long bulb life and the free bulb rebate are a bonus. Does this seem like a good projector for my screen size and lighting conditions? Is it a good match for the screen I'm considering? Mounting hardware and position suggestions are also helpful.
I plan on putting about a 3 foot knee wall on each side of the room with some cabinet doors and painting it maybe a grey hue. Nothing too bright. The ceiling I think a slate blue would do well. I don't want brown or black because it just depresses me. I hope these colors won't reflect too much light back onto the screen. I believe some decent painted bead board will suit my needs. I want the room to be mostly indestructible from rough housing so I don't think dry wall is going to suffice. Better ideas?
For wiring, I plan on having an outlet on the ceiling for the projector. I'm going to put some conduit in from the projector to the AV rack just in case HDMI falls out of favor (and we know it will eventually). I'll be pulling probably a 50' HDMI cable through that and connecting to a yet-to-be-researched receiver. I'm going to wire it for 7.1 audio, but for the time being I'll be using an existing 5.1 Fluance set I have. I'll need an outlet for the electric screen. I'll pull a coax and network cable up to the AV rack. Anything I'm forgetting besides lighting?
There we have it. It's taken me a week of reading and searching to get this far, but the rest of my concerns seem quite difficult for me to search. I don't really have a budget, but I'm thrifty at heart so I generally don't go overboard. Although, I do like to buy something nicer if it's actually worth it. I'm definitely open to ANY suggestions on anything I've said. I'm sorry for the long windedness and the number of questions. If nothing else, at least I have all of my thoughts in one place for my own reference. Sincerely, thanks for your time.