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Hi all,

I have no idea how to set this up and would really appreciate some help.

The basement room is 11'x20' and the ceiling is 7'5" high. Viewing distance is 14'

I'd like to mount the projector on the ceiling, what mount should I use for my HD1000U?

Where is the optimal location for the bookshelf speakers? Floor, Stand, Ceiling? Distance from viewer?

How should I go about sound insulating this basement room?

Where should I place the speaker connection wall plates? Floor or ceiling?

Basically I need to know all the supplies I will need to wire everything up.

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You have an excellent space to work with.
You could have a spectacular theater.
You could do 2 rows of seating with back row on risers.

So far I see only three strategic errors.

Putting the screen on the wall near the entrance limits your potential to build a really great front end and is already making you think you shouldn't center up the screen in the room. It might work better on the other end.

I see the beginnings of a drop ceiling which I hope is in the process of being removed rather than going in. It will kill your hopes of containing the sound.

Thinking the first row needs to be at 14 ft.
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Step 1: clean up your space. Seriously; things will come more into focus.

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You have an excellent space to work with.
You could have a spectacular theater.
You could do 2 rows of seating with back row on risers.

So far I see only three strategic errors.

Putting the screen on the wall near the entrance limits your potential to build a really great front end and is already making you think you shouldn't center up the screen in the room. It might work better on the other end.

I see the beginnings of a drop ceiling which I hope is in the process of being removed rather than going in. It will kill your hopes of containing the sound.

Thinking the first row needs to be at 14 ft.

Thanks for the reply!

The entrance from the stairs is pretty tight so I thought having the seating on the other side would provide more maneuverability.

I'm currently tearing the basement up, taking off the crappy wood walls and drop ceilings

I have no idea where the seating should be, I am all ears
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A really neat utility I found for calculating about where to place your seating was on the Projector Central website. Its their projection calculator pro. Its just a quick online utility. You define your screen dimensions, your projector, how the projector is mounted etc and it gives you rough estimates on the ranges of where your seating should go and how far your projector needs to be from the wall to achieve your desired image size.
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BIG, could you give some pointers on what materials I need to buy? Where should I put the receiver and cable box?
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BIG, could you give some pointers on what materials I need to buy?

You shouldn't be buying anything yet. Nor would I recommend anything.

I want to see the space cleaned up, Pictures of all the utilities and HVAC in the ceiling and adjacent spaces.

A measured floor plan posted so that we can see what you are working with

A tentative idea of what projector, screen size, speakers and seating type you are planning. Or at least a budget of what you are willing to spend.

Demonstrated knowledge of the 4 principles of sound containment as documented in the library of articles on the www.soundproofingcompany.com website.

Then we can begin the design process and help you with material choices..
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BIG, he tried to play Mom against Dad. No comment on which of us is which.

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Aw man, looks like I gotta clean my room
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Aw man, looks like I gotta clean my room


While you are cleaning up do a detailed drawing as suggested so that the design process can continue
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And spend a month or two reading all of the large construction thread from beginning to end. In other words, clean your room and then do your homework.

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I linked Big's starting point post in my sig. Read that - but measured floor plan with utilities and obstructions is a crucial first step.
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And spend a month or two reading all of the large construction thread from beginning to end. In other words, clean your room and then do your homework.

Well-played; we crack ourselves up at this guy's expense, don't we.

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I linked Big's starting point post in my sig. Read that - but measured floor plan with utilities and obstructions is a crucial first step.

+1

In the parlance of cleaning your room and doing your homework, clicking the suggested link is like getting the study notes (OK, cheatsheet) from an honors student. Do it...and all the other stuff suggested as well.

Clearly, I'm a man of action - just give me a few minutes to think about it.
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+1

In the parlance of cleaning your room and doing your homework, clicking the suggested link is like getting the study notes (OK, cheatsheet) from an honors student. Do it...and all the other stuff suggested as well.

Poor guy; I imagine he's long gone by now. As GC would say, it's like we're "beboppin' and scattin' all over him".

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I hope not as he's local and we are trying to help.

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You cant get rid of me that easy!
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You cant get rid of me that easy!

Nah, please know that we're just having some fun. As BIG said earlier, your space has great potential; it should turn out just fine. All the kidding and puns aside, get it cleaned up, post some new pics and plans, read through the other build threads to get ideas, and the group will get you where you want to go.

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And instead of those little click photo's put up some full size pics that we don't have to click on Cuz we are a lazy bunch here and the eaiser you make it for us the more imput you will get

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