Originally Posted by Voo Doo Child
The measurements are 9'8" by 8'4" with 9' tall ceiling. Due to the design, the 9'8" has the door on 1 side and a window on the other side. So I was looking to put TV/screen on the 8'4" wall, looking at sitting around 7' from the screen.
You say you are putting the screen on
the 8'4 wall? You later talk about mounting a projector on
the 8'4" wall. This means the room length would be 9'8" and would help with mounting a projector. Are you sure you don't mean the screen/projector would be mounted on the 9'8" wide wall?
I would suggest starting with a 2.1 system first and then adding center/surround speakers. I first started with a small Klipsch 5.1 system and realized later how much better a real sub and speakers sounded. Hsu Research sells a nice Value 1 2.1 system
for $630 shipped. They provide discounts for future purchases or you can get something from their clearance center
. If you would rather start with 5.1 then I would recommend the Performance 1 Package
for $562 shipped. I have setup two of these systems and they sound great in a smaller room. You don't need to use the 6th speaker that is included. Just keep it as a spare.
ShopOnkyo has an Onkyo TX-SR309 (it is free to become a member) for only $139. It should be a good step up from what is included in the HTIB. I have bought several cheaper receivers for family/friends from here.
You should be able to find a nice 720p projector for fairly cheap used (I know someone selling one here
). Since the image size will need to be under 80", you won't be able to tell much difference from a 1080p projector. If you use an HTPC for gaming, the lower resolution helps with fps. The small image size will also greatly increase the brightness of the projector for use during ambient light.
Initially you can project on the wall or you can buy a piece of Center Stage XD fabric from Seymour AV for $65-$75. You would only need 3-3 1/2 linear ft. You can make a wooden frame for a few bucks and mount the screen on the frame. Just hang it on the wall for now and move it forward a foot if/when you add a center speaker. By the way, I use a phantom center in my room and it is larger than yours.
This system could cost a little over $1000, but would give you a great starting point. Don't forget to budget for cables, wall mounts, and stands.