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Hi all, I've been browsing this forum for a while, finally registered since I'll be starting my home theater project this year. I've been wanting to do this for a long time, and with my new job I'll finally have the extra income needed to make my home theater dreams a reality.

Let me start by telling you what I have to work with. I have a 2400 sq ft house with another 1200 sq ft available in an unfinished basement. I plan to build my home theater in the basement. The best/biggest spot I can build it in is roughly 22'x13' with ~8' ceilings (a little less along one edge due to HVAC ducts).

I've been doing some research and calculations, and I think I can squeeze 3 rows of seating for a total of 12 seats. It should put the front row roughly 11' from the screen. I'm thinking a 110" screen would be good for this size room with that kind of seating. Is that good, or am I off? I want to maximize both seating and screen size. There will usually be at least 2 adults and 3 children using the room, but it'd be nice to fit as many friends and family in as we can from time to time. There are no windows in this area of the basement, so I'll have complete control over lighting levels in it.

I'm looking at the Epson 5010 for a projector, and an SI Black Diamond Zero Edge for the screen with 1.4 gain.

Now for the living room. The living room is roughly 17'x13.5'. I currently have a Sony 40" 1080p LCD in it that I bought 6 years ago when we were living somewhere else. The TV was a good size for the living room in the smaller house I had when I bought it, but it seems kinda small in this house. I have a 2 seater love seat ~15' away from the TV facing it directly, and a 3 seater sofa along the 17' side wall. The closest seat on that sofa is roughly 8' from the TV. The room can be made reasonably dark during the day, and is very dark at night.

I have a Yamaha RS-VX3800 receiver, 2x NS777 floor standing speakers, 1x NS444 center channel, and 4x NS333 bookshelf speakers + YST-SW315 subwoofer, for a 7.1 surround system. I've had all this for a few years and have been very happy with it, so I plan to move it to the home theater room for use there when I get it finished.

I don't think I'll be able to get my dedicated home theater room finished until sometime next year. I have other projects that need to be finished first before I can start that one. Would the projector and screen I'm looking at work well in my living room until I can get the home theater room finished? I was thinking I could enjoy the projector and large screen in the living room until I have the dedicated room for it finished in the basement. However I'm concerned that it may be too big, or not bright enough for the living room.

Sorry for the long post, it's my first time trying to put something like this together, go easy on me. :P
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This is the media room subforum.

You want the Dedicated Home Theater subforum.

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This is the media room subforum.

You want the Dedicated Home Theater subforum.

My bad, mods can move it hopefully if needed... I saw mostly basement home theater room projects in this section so figured this was the right spot as that is what I want to do... Like I said, want to start out with my existing Living Room, then move everything down into the basement once I have a room built for it down there.
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You most probably would be fine doing that. My only question is that 8' seat in your living room. But even then it shouldn't be horrible for the person sitting there. And I've seen worse.

It would give you a chance to try out your screen/projector, make changes to your setup if there's something you don't like before you get into the basement build.


For your dedicated theater 11' is right at the minimum seating distance for that size screen.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/proj...ulator-pro.cfm
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Also when you go to build your dedicated room you may consider doing a false wall, with a acoustically transparent or AT screen. This allows you to hide your front speakers behind your screen, and for you to run a tower speaker center channel to match the L and R if you want to. There's nothing saying you have to. Just something I know I personally wish I would have done. But already have the non-AT screen, and since my budget is tight there's no room in it for buying new AT material.
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That's the calculator I was using.

Actually I think my biggest concern, which I forgot to mention, about starting out with the setup in the living room... is the ceiling fan. The projector is pretty much going to have to be at the absolute back of the living room to be in the throw distance range for a 110" screen. I'm kind of afraid that the ceiling fan will be in the way with where I have to put the projector. I don't think a ceiling mount will work, and didn't want to use one in the living room since that is supposed to be only temporary. There is a small bit of wall in the back corner (most of the "back" side of the room is wide open leading to the kitchen), where a shelf should be able to hold the projector fine, but I still think the ceiling fan might be in the way since it is kinda dead center in the room.


In regards to the acoustically transparent screen... I have given a small amount of thought to that... I think my speakers are beautiful, I love the piano black finish on them. I don't really want to hide them. Although I will probably mount the screen far enough off the wall so the front of the speakers are flush with the edge of the screen. I'm really in love with the Black Diamond Zero Edge screens right now. Pricey I know, but I'm sure I'd use the same screen for much longer than I'd use the same projector, so worth it IMO.
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