Originally Posted by Drew_V
Look online or go shopping in a furniture store for the dimensions of some sectionals that you like, see if they fit in your room. I would have no idea.
There are a few places out there that make pretty large home theater cabinets just as you described. In fact, one of the AVS Forums advertisements at the top of the page is always showing those cabinets.... it says "Nothing but Wood".
If you're going "all out", then I'd think you would want to skip the bookshelf speakers and go with towers. Bookshelves aren't bad for a room that size, but they're certainly not "all out".
I highly disagree. If you want to go all out on a budget. Then you need to look at speakers that are designed for HT. Any good sub will do better than a tower speaker for 100hz and down. I am not recommending a book shelf speaker. You need a speaker with a larger driver for good coverage of 80hz to 1,200hz +/-. Typical book shelf speakers do not have large enough drivers. Good HT speakers have the following traits:
High power handling
I use JTR T8's in my small HT http://jtrspeakers.com/home-audio/triple-8ht/
. These are fairly expensive, but there is a new speaker that is coming out that meets the design goals needed for a reference level theater. I would wait for the Tweak City Audio Pro-10's. The Pro-10's are designed to be able to provide reference level sound at 10' to 12' using a 100 watt per channel AVR. Reference level is 105db peaks at the listening position per speaker. If the speaker is 12' away you need a speaker that can produce about 115db peaks so that you get 105db peaks at the listening position. If you want clean reference level, then You need a speaker that can provide an additional 3db to 6db of headroom above that. This is what is needed to provide the dynamics required of HT. The Pro-10's are 96db sensitive, 300 watt power handling. The speakers use a 10" pro driver and a 1" compression driver mounted to a horn. Like most of the good specifically designed HT speakers (JTR, Seaton Sound, Danley and JBL Pro they are designed to be crossed over to a sub/subs around 80hz. I would plan on using multiple subs. I do not like to use a single sub, no matter how good a sub it is.
If you can get 8" behind your screen you can go with an AT screen & the Pro-10's and have a real performance HT. You would need to recess the Pro-10's into your wall 3" and place sound panels around the speakers creating a THX baffle wall http://extranet.thx.com/cinema/builtTHX/baffle.html
. If you do not have the room, then you would need to locate the center below a conventional screen.
Also I would not locate the equipment at the front of the room. The lights are distracting and it creates other problems. Either place in the back of the room or place in another room. Another room (vented closet) would be best. I have all of my equipment Pre/pro, four pro amps, HT amp, pre amp, BD player, PEQ and QAM tuner located in another room. Saves space, reduces noise and it keeps the HT room cooler. You will be surprised at how much heat all the equipment generates.