Originally Posted by Redweb
Thanks for your input. Took a look at your build thread and it was quite impressive. How do you like using 3D Home Architect? Is it easy to learn? I'm a software engineer so learning new applications is not that big a deal but I'm a neophete when it comes to media rooms and construction. Would you recommend it over SketchUp (seems you used it also) or Visio? Any other applications out there that are worth considering?
Regarding the existing media room (I'll add pictures to this thread this weekend after I go out to house and take some), the things that would cause me to hesitate to change the layout are:
> the room is essentially done so all I'd have to do is drop equipment into it;
> the ceiling already has recess in the middle of room (not sure what the proper architectural term is but is 9' at that point and 8'6" most everywhere else) for the N-S projector-screen setup
> columns, and lamps, are already setup on west wall
> one advantage to south wall is that I could put LCD/plasmas screens on either or one side of the projection screen (don't think I'd have enough room on west wall to do that)
> I'd have to go back down to flooring and framing and start over again
That said I don't mind starting over because I want the best possible media room setup I can afford (and I do have some $$ to play with). So here are a few initial bullet points/thoughts:
> I want as large a screen as possible for the viewing distance. So I'm thinking 110"-130" diagonal.
> Ideally, I don't want A/V equipment in the room. There is a lot of closet, attic space behind the west and south walls. Note: Part of attic space has two water heaters. If I must have A/V equipment in room I don't want to see it.
> Want to get rid of double hollow-core doors and replace with single solid-core more sound proof door (something cool would be nice); this would also give me more room for inter-room bar on east wall
> Want soffit on ceiling (nothing there now)
> Want room to have sofa-like seating in additional to typical movie-like seating (not commonly seen in forum so maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree here)
> Ideally would like to integrate it in with gameroom, but not at expense of media room "experience".
There are very few things etched in stone yet. However, I am bringing what the builder's AV man says are good speakers from my old house. They, including dimensions (H"xW"xD"), are:
- center front - Onix Rocket RSC200 - 12x26x13;
- front sides - Onix Rocket RS750s - 38x9x17;
- rears (wall mounted) - Onix Rocket RSS300s - 15x17x7;
- subwoofer - SVS 25-31PC - 33x16x16.
I will supply pics when I have a chance.
Three projectors high on my list of candidates are:
- Panasonic AE4000U
- Mitsubishi HC7000
- Runco Lightstyle LS-3 or 5