new guy building home theater, diy
Hello wanted to introduce myself and get some feedback.
First off my name is Bryan.
So over the last 1-2 years I've been getting into home theater. I have a room I'm building in my basement that measures about 24'x10 1/2'. I have a false wall for another 18" so total room length is around 25 1/2.
So I started by getting a projector. Went with a Sony vpl hw15. I love it, very quiet and great picture.
The first screen I got was a 125" 2.35:1 from silver ticket screens with a cinema grey screen...FAIL. way to much screen texture...just bad. I also learned audio is important on large screens. So next I did a diy seymour ultra fine AT screen. think it's around 105" and 2.35:1. Waaaay better screen!
I started with cerwin vega ls12s/ls6c with the old screen. WRONG! LOL. After that disaster I bought 2 more ls6c and I ended up 3 cerwin vega ls6c speakers, all vertical positioned for lcr.
Needed a new receiver so I ended up finding an outlaw 1050.
Next it was subwoofer time. I was running a cerwin vega lw 15 for awhile and it wasn't cutting it. Went with a diysoundgroup.com ported cube 15 with dayton sub.
Most recently I needed surround speakers and went with 2 mirage m290s. Since purchasing them I've put them as left and right mains and moved two ls6c to the rear for surround. I've found the less sensitive mirage speakers do not mix well with the vegas. 86db efficiency vs 92, I have read the mirage may be close to 89db but I find that hard to believe. I like the sound from them in stereo or Phantom center mode. The ls6c center is set at -10 and still mics a few db louder with test tones.
I've been using a Sony bluray but recently upgraded to a oppo 83 for better decoding then the outlaw can provide (oppo will be here tomorrow).
Currently all this is set up in a 12x11 room and it gets the job done. Once my room is finished I hope it sounds as good. I'm considering 2 more ls6c to replace the mirage 290s. My only complaint is volume right now since the mirage are so less efficient. I honestly love the sound though and they rock to run as a 2.1 Phantom center setup for tv shows on netflix. I also personally like the ls6c from cerwin vega too. I'm trying to keep cost down because eventually I want diysoundgroup.com home theater monitors or fusion waveguide alchemy 8s to run LCR.
So yea my setup currently is
Sony vpl hw15
Seymour ultra fine AT screen 105" 2.35
Ls6c cerwin vega center
M290 mirage main
Ls6c rear surround
Diysoundgroup.com ported cube 15
My only worry is the mirage having such bad sensitivity it's effecting the rest of the settings for the cerwin vega speakers. Maybe the oppo can resolve some of that in its settings.
I've learned a lot, first and foremost, building a screen is the way to go. Secondly is matching speakers for same timbre and sensitivity all around, 3rd I think center channels play a larger role in home theater then left and right mains since most receivers have bass management that makes a 12" 3 way main speaker near useless ( could be wrong on that but I know the outlaw sets mains to small when using LFE).
Anyway just wanted to share my "theater".