Originally Posted by nippystix
The community we are moving to does not allow 3-car garages, so I am asking the builder to convert the third car garage into a home theater/media room. I am not sure of the dimensions off hand, but think the size of half a garage (possible 10 x 11 or so), pretty standard rectangle-shaped room.
Response: 10X11 sounds very small for what you are describing - if you are modifying a garage space, I would think you should have at least a 12X 20 space t work with - You would want this for better speaker spacing and seating distance from the screen
Our final meeting for the options in the design studio is tomorrow. Please help me answer the following questions before our meeting tomorrow:
1. What exactly do I need to make sure the builder includes in the media room (i.e. pre-wiring for the projector overhead? pre-wiring for surround sound)? Is there anything else I should consider now and ask the builders before it is too late? Please advise.
Response: Depends on what you want - 5.1, 7.1, 7.2, etc. If you are looking for the basic set-up, then 5.1 (main left, center and right plus 2 side surrounds and a subwoofer) In addition to having wires run for speakers, you will also want to have a conduit run from your equipment area to the ceiling for a projector (for at last an HDMI and cat5/6 cable) If you also plan to put a flatscreen on the wall, run a conduit to this as well with at least an HDMI cable through it. Remember to have power run to the ceiling for the projector and upper wall for the TV (if hanging a TV). I'd run a least two RCA powered subwoofer cables to two locations within the room for flexibility later (plus you could add a 2nd PSW later)
2. I am envisioning the media room to be pretty basic: a couch on the back row (it will probably not be raised, which I actually like a lot and would want, but probably not going to happen), and possibly 2 recliners/chair on the sides, with a tv or projector in the front. I would like to hook up my cable box (uverse, if that matters), 360, and PS3 to the projector (and possibly a computer, but that is not necessary at the moment). How hard/easy would it be to hook up everything like that?
Response: If you are planning on having your seating along the back wall, then stick with 5.1, the rearr surrounds from a 7.1 system would be too distracting. Hooking up and powering the gear can be solved later when you buy a receiver than can handle multiple inputs such as a DVD player, cable, gaming systems, etc. Check out Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer, etc.
3. I would like a projector and a screen, but that would probably be determined by price. If it is way more expensive than a flat-screen tv, it might be in my best interest to start off with a tv for the time being. How much is an average projector going for these days? I would like 1080p and HD, but I don't need ultra high-end right now. I would use the media room for watching sports and playing videogames. So just for a average to slightly above average projector and screen, how much should I budget for that? Also, how long do these projectors last? Would I need to replace the bulbs or something in 3-4 years? If so, how much would replacing the bulbs cost? I hear it is pretty expensive.
Response: You can get an entry level projector for around $1K, and there are a few forum threads on making DIY screens to save some money
. Projectors bring the true HT experience to life over a TV IMHO. I still don't have one, but it is on my short list.
Is there anything else I am missing? Again, I am very new to this, but have always wanted to set up a theater/media room. I know this is a long post, and I am asking a lot of questions on short notice, but any and all advice is much appreciated.
Thank you all for your time.