I'm getting serious about completing my basement theater setup. I moved into a house with 7 speakers built in to the basement living room and I'm planing to complete the project with a projector, sub and receiver. I'm wanting to go over my current plans and make sure I've calculated things correctly, and am making the best out of what I have to work with.
I have a few concerns with my current plans, which I will detail below, and 1 way to fix it that may or may not be a better solution.
Currently there is a speaker built in at the top of my wall, from the ceiling to the bottom of the top speaker is 14". Starting with my 51" total screen space height down 14" from the ceiling means the bottom of my screen will be just over 24" off the floor, probably no concern there, but it also means that my projector will need to be likely 18-20" total down from the ceiling unless I buy a projector with lens shift capabilities.
Anyways, sorry for the extra long post ahead, wanted to be as thorough as possible!
No fixed budget, but money is a key factor in all decisions. I want inexpensive quality
, not cheap things.
Undecided, here are the ones I am looking at:
I will be building a MDF board painted screen. I have not locked in on what paint I will use yet, but the maximum width possible with the built in speakers is a 98" screen, taking into consideration a 2.5" black border I am planning on a 94" projection area. Please see photos below for constraints and options.
I have not locked down a receiver yet. I want to have at least 5 HDMI in ports ideally, but could sacrifice 1 down to 4 if need be. Has to be a 7-channel as I have 7 built-in speakers. Here are the ones I've been looking at:
- (A bit higher than I would like to spend, but if it is worth it then I can go for it) http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V675...rds=7+receiver
Already built in when I bought the house, they are NXG Pro Series, appear to be what is sold at Home Depot for in-wall speakers (Center Speaker I have- http://www.homedepot.com/p/NXG-Pro-S...i_src=17588969
Not looking to change anything here unless these are completely worthless, or I find out they are not in good shape once I have a receiver.
Haven't even started to dig into this. I need one, that is about all I know. It doesn't need to be an NXG does it? I know you don't want to interchange speakers between brands, but the sub is a different story, right? Open to suggestions for sure!
Now to the fun stuff!
Here is the area I have to work with. There are 3 speakers surrounding where the screen will go. The center speaker was mounting near the ceiling.
Here is my space I have to work with:
This is my current plan, 94" screen +2.5" border. Blue measurements are who screen, dashed blue is inside dimensions, black measurements is the fixed space on the wall. I will have 1/2" space between each speaker and the edge of the screen border.
Projector will go in between the rear speakers somewhere, don't mind the furniture, that is another step in the process, after we are set for viewing. I don't like the idea of the projector being dropped down too low, the ceiling height is 7.5', I'm a little over 6' tall. If we drop the projector 14" + the projector height of 4-5" I may be hitting my head if I walk under it. If I buy a projector without lens shift will I have to put the projector to start where the top of my screen starts?
Couple additional photos of the space, don't mind the mess, working on some computers and getting cords ran for the projector!
The other option I have come up with is to drop the center speaker to below the screen.
So is my current plan the best idea for the space I have? Any calculation errors or things I should be taking into consideration I haven't listed? Is a 2.5" border going to be the right space for a 94" screen?
Thanks in advance for any help, I'm excited to get going on this and know with all of the reading I've done here, you guys know what you're talking about!