Hey guys, I've been lurking for a while but I'm finally ready to start spooling up on a home theater with some of the awesome speaker designs floating around here. I've enjoyed mediocre surround systems in my living room for years, but I recently bought my first home and I'm looking to take it to the next level with a dedicated space. I'm starting with subs, but plan to build all the speakers. I've been piecing together some knowledge, but I have along way to go. I have the technical background that should allow me to comprehend this stuff once I really get going. It's probably past time I get my hands on some of the modeling software.
I could use one of the spare bedrooms and probably have a starting point that looks better on paper, but the loft has a cool factor and it's where I want to put the theater. It's also the only room not sitting on slab.
I'd like to start with 2 18" woofers, maybe 4. Better yet a design that would let me start with 2 and double the size later on.
This is all about the movies. I will invariably rock some tunes here and there, but I'm super in to sci-fi and action adventure.
The room is a second story loft. It may be 300 sq ft or so, and has about 20 ft of the perimeter open to a pretty large great room with high ceilings. The screen will cover most of this area, and that is probably where the subs will sit, firing away from the opening, but there is also a door sized opening at the back of the room. So I have wood floors, probably not much room gain to speak of, and I'm looking for a great HT experience. Which direction would you go - ported or sealed? Horns?
Good points. Time to do a drawing and get realistic about the sizing. I've spent countless hours reading up on whether or not to make the screen AT. I should make that decision before going forward. That will lead me into where the LCRs, and what shaped area is left for the subs. I may be waiting for the new speakers Dan mentioned, since they sound promising. It never hurts to have "the new hotness" either.
Budget is a bit of a sliding scale. I'd like for a 2 speaker setup to not go too far over $1k. Definitely not over $2k! OK, I'm lying, I'm that guy. If I'm not careful, I'll sell a motorcycle or something and wind up surrounded by woofers