I guess it's time for me to start this thread. Purchased a condo last Fall almost a year in the place and I'm finally able to get to my basement theater/gaming/bar room build. Things are starting to ramp up quickly and I need to bounce some ideas off the experts on here, so while right now this thread won't be very impressive, I hope it starts informative for others working on builds as well.
Some background on me.... I work in the TV industry, so I do want to put together the best build possible however I do have some limits (ie I still need to pay bills every month) so while I have a general plan in my head my goal is the best bang for the buck. Certain components I'm spending a little more now because I hope they last me for awhile down the road, and other components I'm not going all out on at the moment.
What I want out of the build. 4K for movie and gaming. This will also get some TV watching but won't be the main TV screen. Dolby Atmos, planning on 7.1.4, though I'm well aware the space might not be optimal for it, but again I know this isn't my last home.
Finished basement, new flooring and paint be done. Bar area to be built probably come early 2018. I'll add detailed measurements and a floorplan in the next few days, my brother is currently drafting it for me.
TV: Vizio P65 - still up for debate, I have an M series and love it, and the price is great, game lag marginal but hell it's better then any tv I've ever had so not the end of the world. My biggest selling point is the FALD panel, as I truly hate edge-lit tvs, I've had so many issues in the past. One day will add a projector and screen for movie viewing, but right now 4K, HDR for gmaes and movies is what I want
Denon x6300H - just purchased. Got a great deal since it seems retailers are trying to move them before the new model hits next month. Went with this AVR for the ATMOS support and 11 channel amp built in. No need for an external. Also we use various Denon AVRs at work, and been very happy with them.
Real debate and need input here. Was thinking of the following as it would probably be the best bang for the buck:
Open to suggestions for L C R looking to stay in the $100-120 range for each speaker if possible.
Micca M-8S for sides
Micca M-8C as ATMOS overheads
Overheads would be in-ceiling as I have a drop ceiling. 2 in front of he seat and two behind the seats.
HTmarket Seats is the plan, row of 4 with a center loveseat
Xbox One X, Nvidia Shield, possibly an AppleTV as I use DirectTV Now for TV service and currently no official app on Xbox or Shield, can sideload on Shield but it's not the best experience.
This angle is from the "front" towards the "back" the room is split in half by support columns. Front half is theater, back half is bar.
First bit of work so far, removing old carpet and replacing with old laminate flooring that was on the main level, that I replaced when I first moved in.
Bi-Fold Doors are already gone, building barn doors that will be on sliders to replace. Tiny "Harry Potter" door is gone, equipment rack already in it's place still have to square off the hole though. I'll have full access to the back of the equipment through the closet, it's all open and is connected to the drop ceiling void so ventilation should be fine. The basement does have a central air supply so if needed I can add a vent to let more air exchange if needed.
Not much of an update but the closet doors are built and installed. Next task is to paint then get the carpet replaced.
That is all for now, will post some more progress next week as the doors should be in place and I'll hopefully have the better floorplan. The biggest thing is the speaker layout and choices really. The actual theater space as of now will be more square then rectangular, I was thinking of turning it but then it limits my use behind the seats if I have more people over. The plan is a bar top and stools between the columns so people can sit and see the TV.
Thanks in advanced hopefully I was sorta clear.