Well, I started typing my lame generic title, then BAM! "hey, this forum has some cool thingy to attempt to stop annoying duplicate posts!" well, not annoying duplicate posts by THIS GUY! (I'm pointing at myself right now, seriously, i just don't have a webcam to prove it)
So begins my most likely ill fated journey into trying to make the unused room in the basement something more than a place to store the couch that doesn't go with the current decor and that pile of boxes that we never unpacked after moving.
Obligatory sketch of space done in MSpaint:
so far I've managed to remove about 50% of the ugly floral patterned wallpaper (why do old people do that to houses anyway?) and spent about $300 on random parts that I may or may not need from monoprice (god, I love that place)
Equipment that I have so far:
Samsung 46" 5-series LCD (will eventually move ot a projector, last house had large windows in TV room)
Onkyo TX-SR605 AVR
LG DVD player (model?)
Bell HD satellite receiver
Plan at the moment is to mount the LCD on the west wall, and run HDMI to the AVR in the "closet" on the south wall. Trouble is, it's a finished wall, insulated and vapor barriered (except where I cut to figure out what was all behind the wall, of course, haha)
Also intending to run 5.1 surround to wall plates around the room:
"rear" speakers near center
"front" in NW and SW corners
Center in middle of W wall
Sub likely have the cable run to the NW corner
Plans for the "closet":
I intend to cut up a two post 42U telecoms rack I have, and somehow ingeniously design a slide out rack for the AV equipment
A little curious how other have retrofitted their finished basement walls for low voltage cable, I'm thinking I'll just cut the bottom 3-4 feet of drywall, run my wires in behind the vapor barrier, and then tuck-tape the vapor barrier up and hang new drywall.
more of the same to come.