I just bought my first house, and want to set up a passable home theater. In the house we were renting previously, I did what I could in the living room, but in the new house I'd like to make it a little more theater-like. Here's the layout I like the best so far:
Because of the storage doors and the fireplace/stove, that layout provides the most walking space, and is the only one that gives me the option of three rows of seating. I haven't purchased seating yet, but already own all of the theater components (list should be in my sig). I also don't have speaker stands for the satellites, but went ahead and used them for placement. I hope to get the seating on risers, although I didn't include those.
So, here are my questions:
Is there a better layout, or something that I'm missing in this one that won't work well?
Is there a better placement for the speakers? I've never done surrounds with multiple rows of seating before. In the old house, I was using 5.1 + front high speakers, but this room arrangement seems to lend itself well to actual 7.1.
How can I handle bias lighting without a wall behind the tv? In the past I've used a florescent light mounted to the back of the LCD panel, and it's worked well, but now there's no wall behind the tv to light up.
At this point, I'm not looking to do any renovations or new equipment purchases.
Any other feedback or suggestions? I've included a zip with the Sketchup model.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Basement layout.zip 3337k .zip file