I've been hard at work this summer building the speakers for my garage theater setup which I'll install when I move into my new house come mid-September. While a garage isn't the idea location for a theater, it is the largest space in the house and the only area which would house all of this equipment. This is my build thread, which will mainly focus on the audio portion of the build. Once I'm moved in, I'll be focusing on the video portion as my budget allows me to add more components.Some goals for the project
7.1 surround sound, with the ability to upgrade to 7.2 or more later on. Achieved:
High efficency speakers to drive to 100dB or so without much distortion. Achieved:
Speakers must be movable so we can clear space for parties in the garage. Achieved:
Bulletproof design (beware the one who can't hold his liquor!) to minimize damage. Achieved:
Best 2D image possible. I'm holding out on 3D until passive 3D is less expensive. Achieved:
Be thrifty! The whole audio portion of the build cannot exceed $2500. Achieved:Audio budget - $2500 max
Keep 3x Wayne Parham's 4Pi speakers as close to $1000 as possible. Actual: $1029
Buy 4 JBL professional surrounds for less than $400 total. Actual: $320 (JBL 8340)
Subwoofer under $500. Actual: $340 (DIY JBL 4645C)
AVR for less than $1000. Actual: $425 (Denon 3311CI)
Subwoofer amp less than $200. Actual: TBD
Total: TBDVideo budget - $2000 max
JVC or Epson Projector less than $1600. Actual: TBD
Anamorphic Lens with remaining funds. Actual: $400 (C-Stock Panamorph UH 480)
Darbee darblet: Actual:
Total: TBDGrand total cost: TBD
I'm on the fence about projectors. I don't need one with built in anamorphic capability since I can do anamorphic stretch on my PC, which opens the door for the non-professional Epson projectors. I really like the 5010 for its brightness and quality, which will be great when having friends over to watch sports. The cheaper bulb price is also a huge draw. However, the black level advantage is something that keeps drawing me to JVC projectors. I have a friend who has one at his parents' house, and it looks amazing. Granted, it's an older HD-100 (RS2), but the picture is still great. How would an older JVC compare to a newer Epson, or even the newer JVC's (RS40 and 45)?
I'll be running this system off my computer, which has an Intel i7 920 OC'd to 4.0GHz, 2x AMD 6970's, 24GB RAM, and 6TB hard drive space. I'll be using my remaining HDMI output to drive a 1080p signal with 192KHz/24bit lossless audio to my receiver. Being that these speakers are so efficient, any receiver these days will be able to power it all my speakers with ease, thus eliminating the need to buy separate amps.
Without further ado, let the build thread begin!
DISCLAIMER: Please don't criticize my purchases and spending considering I'm a college student. I work extremely hard to maintain a high GPA and pay for school and fun summer projects like this.