Well, I have a house now. Naturally, I need to set up an awesome movie watching/video game playing area.
Here's what I've done so far (mostly just painting):
The area is actually quite large -- the gigantic sectional throws it off a bit. The sectional is around 14 ft wide in its current configuration and can probably fit 6-9 people (2+ on each section). The screen is 100 inches. I'm still using my Sanyo PLV Z4 projector. If you're wondering what that weird device behind the sectional is, it's a "Powergrid Kilowatt" (exercise game controller).
For sound, I'm planning to go a bit non-conventional. I think I'm going to skip the receiver and run everything directly from my computer. I tested out the 5 inch powered studio monitor speakers from monoprice, and they actually sounded really good, so I plan to get a couple more pairs of those. I might have 2 center channels, since I don't really know what else to do with the extra paired speaker.
Now, tell me if this is stupid, but I'm thinking of also getting 2 of their 12 inch subwoofers. One would take input from the right channel and sub (.1) channel, with the line out on right going to the right speaker. Same thing on the left. The idea being that anything going out to the dedicated sub channel as well as low frequencies on the left and right channels would be picked up. I'm not sure exactly how the sub handles input. I would think it just adds or averages it, but the fact that they recommend using an RCA Y splitter to go from a single channel to the two sub inputs if you only have one channel for the sub makes me wonder...
I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I want to do all the wiring. I actually have my computer upstairs -- basically directly above where I want to ceiling mount the projector. I should be able to put a hole in the ceiling directly below the bedroom wall that my computer is against and run the HDMI cable there. That part should be easy. The audio and power cables, however, are going to be a little more troublesome.
I could get something along the lines of the PowerBridge to put in the ceiling, but those seem stupid expensive for what they are. Even the monoprice version is expensive. Normal wall sockets can be obtained for $1-2. I don't see why it should be $50-100 to get one that's paired with a male version. Am I missing something, or is there just an insane markup?
For the audio, I was thinking of getting several long RCA cables and either running them through the ceiling and down the wall with the projector screen, or down the back wall and through the crawl space. to the projector screen wall. The crawl space would probably be easier. Unfortunately, the upstairs bedroom wall does not line up with the back wall, so I think I'd have to cut open the ceiling, the upstairs floor and/or the wall in order to access it and drill holes to get the lines through. Any tips or suggestions for tools for fishing wires would be appreciated, as I've never done this before.
My house has a ton of reverb for some reason, and it will only get worse if I put something like hardwood flooring in, so I'm considering making some sound absorbing panels. I was initially just going to get some foam panels, but then I saw a DIY guide on how to make some with a wooden frame, some special fiberglass insulation, and canvas (and fireproofing). I thought it might be cool to make several of these in different shapes and sizes, then paint some picture across all of them. I'm not sure if painting them would significantly reduce their sound deadening capabilities, though. I'm also curios if an existing painters canvas could have fiberglass added to it to increase its sound dampening.
Well, I guess that's all for now. Don't hesitate to point out stupidity. I'm no audiophile, and I haven't set up anything like this before.
Expect slow updates in the future... maybe.