Originally Posted by theUnscented
Thanks for the info. Speakers are apparently more important than I thought. It's here where I reveal my ignorance: what are speaker "monitors?" Does the in-wall set up ruin the sound? Could I create a box in the wall and put the wall mount in the box with a cloth screen over it or would that negatively impact the sound.? What are good wall mounted speakers?
I think I'd like to have 3D capabilities. I already have a PS3 that we use upstairs but thought it had a high BlueRay rating so had thought about getting a second one for downstairs (play MW3 online against nephews occasionally but not big gamer).
Space, theoretically, I have about 30' length to play with. Not planning on bolting the stage to the floor so can slide it backwards, if need be. We already placed the can lights in but nothing else is set in stone. I'd love a 120" screen but would hate to waste alot of real estate between the first row and the screen. If I want two rows and an small bar behind second row and I was willing to reduce the screen size, what screen size would be best if the front row had a nine foot viewing distance?
Monitor speakers are small to medium sized bookshelf style speakers. Sometimes they're designed as a matching vertical oriented Left/Center/Right array. They need stands or mounts and absolutely need a subwoofer to handle the low bass frequencies.
Using bookshelf monitors or floorstanders really depends on how the screen wall is designed. Will you hide them behind false walls and/or have a stage like in a dedicated theater? If they have furniture grade boxes, do you mind setting them in the room for all to ooh and aaah over? Sometimes it all depends on your budget since bookshelves with stands take up about the same real estate as a floorstanding tower speaker.
If you are mechanically inclined, you could make in-wall Do-It-Yourself MDF backer-boxes for cheaper in-wall speakers (there are plans discussed on this very site). But if you're not, it would be better to just invest in higher quality in-walls with built in boxes like Triad Bronze or Silver models, Sonance, Atlantic Tech., Paradigm, or some other quality in-wall manufacturer. Backer boxes are almost as if you're installing thinner, taller, in-room speakers inside your walls. They'll sound almost exactly the same too. You get what you pay for.
Paradigm and Definitive Technology make good on-wall speakers, as two examples. However, I think you'd want to stick with wall-mountable surround speakers and use in-room speakers for the front three if you budget will be tight. The sky's the limit there (as long as you stay away from Bose!
Now if you run into major space issues at all, then you could do in-room front speakers and choose the matching in-wall surround models as a secondary alternative. They won't sound quite as good as the on-wall model varieties, depending on the brand you go with.
If you already have a PS3, I'd just go with a decent 3D Blu-ray player for the theater room. There are some very interesting models coming this year, if you can hold off a few months. They'll also have better streaming capabilities as well.
Do you think you can spare more of your 30' space? If it's possible, then you can use some of that space to allow for an acoustically transparent screen (they don't have to be hugely expensive) and place matching vertical front speakers behind it (which is absolutely ideal) and have a larger screen (distances vs. size still have to be calculated). There are quite a few home theaters on this forum that have that kind of setup.
If not, at 9' for the first row, you're looking at about a 100-105" diag. 16x9 ratio screen.
This is a decent calculator to use:http://myhometheater.homestead.com/v...alculator.html
Do you think you'll need some other guidance as to what A/V manufacturers to possibly look at?