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After renting for many years, I finally bought a house and can customize a space for a kick-ass home theater / gaming setup (on a middle class budget). It's an older house - so finding a good spot for the setup amongst all the utilities and columns is like solving a rubics cube.

The attached image shows the plan for the finished basement. Here's my question:

1) Where would you put the main screen / front speakers, location A, B, or C?

2) If it were you, would you add walls anywhere to create a closed space for the HT?

Any and all advice appreciated!

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How far from the columns to wall A?
How far from the left column to wall B?

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With the columns there, you will have a hard time creating an enclosed, dedicated space. Moving them is usually an expensive, though worthwhile, option.
One option I might look at would be to put the screen on the wall outside the furnace room labeled with combustion grills. You can use in wall speakers behind an acoustically transparent screen. Stick the sub in the corner. Downside is that you would be forced into ceiling mounted surround speakers, but it's not the worst thing in the world.

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Have any gear like speakers yet?

How many bodies do you want to / really need to seat?

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How far from the columns to wall A?
How far from the left column to wall B?

Hi sdurani, and thanks for the reply.

The columns are about 12 feet from wall A, and about 13 feet from B.

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With the columns there, you will have a hard time creating an enclosed, dedicated space. Moving them is usually an expensive, though worthwhile, option.
One option I might look at would be to put the screen on the wall outside the furnace room labeled with combustion grills. You can use in wall speakers behind an acoustically transparent screen. Stick the sub in the corner. Downside is that you would be forced into ceiling mounted surround speakers, but it's not the worst thing in the world.

If put the screen there, but did not wall off that section - e.g. left the layout as is - would the acoustics be horrible? Would they be better if I put the screen on wall B, so I had the walls on both sides of the screen, even though the far rear of the space would then be asymmetrical?

Wall A would have the most symmetrical space around it, but it's wide open - maybe too large of a space?

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Have any gear like speakers yet?

How many bodies do you want to / really need to seat?

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Hi Tedd, and thanks for taking the time to mock up a space on my diagram!

I'd like to seat five (two adults, three kids). I have no furniture yet, but was think about a typical couch / love seat setup - since they're cheap. However, I'm open to anything. Space C does seem like the easiest to close off - do you think I could fit seating for five in there? Would it feel to cramped when it's walled off?

For sound gear, I've got an SVS cylindrical sub that I managed to buy right before our first son was born (e.g. right before my license to purchase large expensive cylindrical sub-woofers permanently expired). I can probably get away with low wife-approval-factor floor standing speakers down here, and was thinking about getting the PSB Image T6s. Not sure yet what I'd do for surrounds.

Thanks for any feedback / tips!

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The columns are about 12 feet from wall A, and about 13 feet from B.
In that case, I would put the screen on wall B for a couple of reasons: it allows the seating to be slightly further away and it's not too wide. Plus, it is symmetrical up to the seating.

So the couch would butt up against the pole. I would place the right side speaker directly to the right of the seating (at the edge of the right side wall). The left side speaker goes directly opposite. The right rear speaker can mounted on the small portion of wall just outside the electrical panel. The left rear speaker can go on the left back corner of the room.

From the seating back, you have a wall on the left side but not on the right side. I would place broadband absorption along that portion of the left wall so that it mimmicks the lack of right wall.

That's about as symmetrical as it's gonna get (speaker layout and acoustics).


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An open concept plan, with a DIY acoustically transparent screen thought.

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and with some wing walls

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And a dedicated five seater, with a DIY AT screen. The av cabinetry could go in wall beside the water heater near the entry door,
or go in the office/computer room by the egress window. You would need a solid ventilation HVAC plan. The LRC speakers would be
hidden behind the AT screen, as well as the subwoofer, so that will nail the WAF factor. Dipole surround speakers for the side wall surrounds,
and in wall rear surround speakers would also help with WAF.

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