thoughts on new family room
Possibly going to be building a new house in the winter and trying to get some ideas on the basement family room.
Looking at a decent sized room (18 x 20 range) with fireplace centered with built-in cabinets on both sides. Going to be the main family room, used to entertain and of course watch movies and such. The biggest issue is the same most of us married guys battle-- performance of what I want versus aesthetics of what the wife wants.
I obviously want a great TV/movie experience. Surround sound is a must. I'm trying to decide if I'm going to try to piece it together myself or hire someone (there's a place in Charlotte that does great work). I know it's going to be more expensive hiring someone but I know it'll be done right. Or I can figure where my speakers should go and just have my builder run that wiring and/or install in-wall speakers (for the rears at least).
I currently have a Pioneer Vsx-D458 receiver and Athena AS P4000 sub that I could use. I'd have to buy all of the other components. Not sure if these would even be worth using to start with, but if I try to do everything myself (in concert with the builder) I'd most likely start off with these. If I go with the pros, I imagine I'll start from scratch.
So, if I was going the "do it yourself" route, what kind of cost am I looking at (loosely) for equipment?
-TV (probably 65-70 inch range)
-all speakers for a 5.1 setup (would most likely have rears to be built into the rear wall)
Would need to hide the sub and receiver in the built-in cabinets (not sure if I'd need a different kind of sub for that).
Obviously want a great quality TV (for viewing sports and movies). TV may have to sit above fireplace (I know this opens up a whole can of worms depending on how far back seating is).
So, input on cost and should I hire someone out or just try to work with the builder? Other comments?