My wife and I are building a new house. We added the media room option that will be used as a dedicated theater room. It has no windows and is located above the garage.
I desire to have a projector and screen in the room but I need some help evaluating the plans for the whole room....stereo included.
The room is almost a square. I know this is terrible for acoustics, but there is nothing I can do about that. The room itself is not very large anyway, so I can't do much.
It is being pre-wired for 5.1. I just met with the super yesterday to show him where I wanted those wires run because they did an awful job with it the first time. The house gets sheetrocked at the start of next week, so I am staying on top of the wiring to make sure it is run how I need it. I had them move the rear speaker wires from the back wall to the side walls at the seating area. I also had them move the front speaker wires from about 8' off the ground, to about 5' off the ground. The wire for the center channel speaker was halfway up the wall, so I asked them to move it as close to the ground as possible. I thought about trying to sneak in and add the back wall speakers back in place to allow for a 7.1 setup, but I am not sure if they would notice before it gets sheetrocked.....it takes an act of congress to get things added/changed through the builder. I can't do any of the work myself, but I did offer, haha.
The room is basically 12' deep by 14' wide and 10' at the tallest part of the ceiling. You enter the room by going down three stairs that are right on the screen wall. About eight feet back from the front wall, the ceiling slopes down to the back wall. The sloped part of the ceiling goes from 10' down to 5' on the back wall.
Naturally due to lack of depth in the room, I will only be doing one row of seating, which will be right up against the back wall of the room.
Per my wife's request, we will be doing in-wall speakers. The center channel will have to be a normal cabinet style on a floor stand as there is no way to mount an in-wall center channel the way the wall is framed. I had always envisioned my theater room with nice floorstanding speakers, but I am ok with in-walls. I really don't think anything else would work well with the layout of the room.
I have used Monoprice in-walls in several other applications with success, so those will certainly be my fallback. The room will have a lower end budget; however, I am considering looking into a nicer speaker...say, Klipsch in-walls. I am counting on the projector soaking up most of my funds.
They normally run all of the speaker wires, coax, Cat6, etc to the center of the front wall. I am not going to use any sort of stand up there, so I had them move all of that to the left wall (wall with the stairs) so that I can have a cabinet/shelf built inside the wall to hold the components. It will get it out of the way and save some floor space and distraction up front.
On to the screen....I am not sure what size screen I can get away with while only having a seating distance of about 11'-12' away. I am thinking sub-100" is the route to focus on....92" or 96". I had them run an outlet and conduit to the ceiling for a projector. That location is 10' from the front wall. I am needing help figuring out if that is even far enough away, and of course what size screen I should be focusing on.
So, in long, I am asking for feedback - good, bad, ugly - about my theater room. I know the box shape is not ideal for acoustics, and it is not too long of a room, but I want someone to tell me their thoughts about my space. Without the physical room to get too carried away in there, should I bother dumping a lot of money into high quality speakers? Should I try to run rear surround speakers for a 7.1 setup?....is the room even big enough to benefit from it?
I'm really looking to get a conversation started about the room to help me develop my plans for it better.
I need to get more pictures, but have been waiting until they get closer to sheetrock before bothering. Here are a couple that I had on my phone.
Entry stairs and left wall....