Hi all - welcome to my home theatre build thread!
Some background - for the last 4 years at my previous house I have been happy with my home theater 1.0 - a well performing but spartan and small room (18'x12') really only big enough for 2-4 people. Ceiling height was limited at 6 feet, so tiered seating was not possible. This year we moved to a larger house in eastern Toronto - an area called the Scarborough Bluffs:
Now I have a basement room that will serve as a much better starting point for home theatre 2.0, and so the Bluffs Cinema is born!
The raw dimensions of the room are approximately 28' x 13' x 6'8". The length of the room gives me lots of flexibility for multiple rows of seats, as well as to have a deep stage at the front of the room to put speakers and substantial room treatment behind the screen. Room width and height are still limited,
but to improve the latter I am going to do a partial dig of the room, lowering a portion by 1' effectively creating the "stage" and "riser" out of the existing pad. This is going to be a significant cost and challenge but I think the payoff will be more than worth it.
The initial configuration of the room will use a lot of my existing equipment and furniture, including:
- 108" wide 16x9 DaLite High Power electric screen
- JVC RS1 projector
- PSB Stratus Gold tower speakers
- Berkline HT loveseat with electric recline
At some point in the future (perhaps the following year) I will be upgrading to 132" wide 2.35:1 acoustically transparent screen and a brighter projector to drive it. Oh, and D-Box motion for at least 2 of the seats
I am enlisting the services of Dennis Erskine and his team through the AVSForum Pro Theater Layout Service, so I should be documenting that process so others can get an idea of what he is offering at this great price point.
Here is my initial design for the room (done in Google Sketchup) - This is before Dennis has done any work on it:
And here is what it looks like today!:
Here are some of the home theatres that I have drawn a significant amount of inspiration from: