Been out of the loop, what's the best bang for buck setup these days?
We were supposed to buy a house and put a theater in the basement a few years ago, but career changes happened and now I'm back. We are specifically looking for a house without neighbors nearby because we like loud and low. Something with some land. I want to plan ahead so I know how much additional money we need to save to start this project as soon as we settle in. Overtime will be worked lol.
Anyway, the original plan was to build (3) lilmike f20's to add to the (1) we already have for a total of (4). Get the cheapest receiver we can get with pre outs, and use passive berry PA speakers for mains and surrounds. Berry amps would power the mains, surrounds, and f20's. We'd use a Benq 1070 because it's cheap and bright, then get the biggest silver ticket screen from amazon that our basement will allow. We would most likely skip the center speaker to allow for a bigger screen since the berry speakers need to stand upright.
Quick addition in my head says this would cost around $4k. It would be cheap, loud, low distortion.
So is this still the best poor man's theater? Have I missed other popular budget options in the last few years that we should consider? I also noticed that we would have to use dayton HF drivers for the f20's now, so that is raising the cost a little, or is there another cheap driver that will work with the f20 that is still in production?
We should be in our house in the spring/summer and I'd like to start gathering stuff up as it goes on sale.