I've been toying with the idea of building a media room in my basement for a a little while and finally had someone come into to take a look. The person who came in is reputable, primarily does electrical work (generators, wiring) and has other contractors who do the design work (soundproofing, walls, decor, etc)
If I go with him basically he would run the cables and mount speakers, projector and screen. The design folks would do soundproofing and decor. I would be the one that buys the equipment and sets up the system.. He made the comment that if I had A LOT of money to spend (30k-50k or more) that I should go with a "full service" installer and could recommend some.
Personally I was thinking about going with a lot of Internet Direct brands (i.e. Aperion or Axiom, hsu subs, Emotiva amps, carada screen), but other components online and getting cables from Monoprice. I figure this will give me the most bang for my buck. I was trying to keep the total cost to under 30k and with pricing out the components its around 20k.
Does this approach sound reasonable. Other than having to do the setup myself are there any other drawbacks to this approach. I'm pretty savvy with hooking up and doing basic calibration (test discs, audessy, etc) so I'm not afraid of this part.