In the spring of 2011 I upgraded our little family room in the corner of the basement to more of a dedicated home theater. Nothing major; some absorptive sound treatment, built in surround speakers and painted it all black. Between the kids and their video games and the wife and I with movies the room is used daily. The equipment is nothing special, but performs well from a value standpoint.
(Ah, how things change. Fast forward 5 years to 2016. Though the wife and I still use the theater nightly the kids only use it now and then as a post-party crash pad for their drunk friends. I will be glad when these transition years are over.)
Total cost for room modifications and all equipment = approx $5000
Screen: 114"X55" constant area white over black spandex. ($100)
Source: Sony PS3 ($300)
Projector: BenQ W1070 - Great colors but poor blacks. Noisy. ($850)
Receiver: Pioneer 7.1 receiver ($400)
Speakers: As of July 2016 3 X Behringer B215XL across the front ($700) and decent hi-fi speakers I have collected over the years for side and rear surrounds.
Subwoofers: 4 X DIY Infinity 1262W in 6 cuft boxes (4.5 net) tuned to 18 Hz. One in each corner of the room. ($500)
Sub amp: Behringer NU3000DSP as of August 2016 ($400)
Seating: Reclining leather sofa and a couple comfy chairs.
Original screen setup. 16X9 106" diagonal Accuscreen AT recessed about 6" with room on either side for my angled left and right speakers. Aesthetically pleasing but I wanted more screen.
Screen Upgrade: Pulled forward 6" and increased by 18" in width, from 96 to 114". Went with white over black spandex to improve black level for the DLP projector.
A 6 cuft ported sub in each corner of the room. MAJOR upgrade from my original 10" Paradigm DSP3100.
Yes, the light colored couch has been replaced with a dark one.
I need to update this picture with my new trio of Behringer's. Ugly but imposing.
Custom angled cabinets built for side and rear surrounds.
Subs - Four DIY 6.0cuft (4.5cuft net) tuned to 18Hz and loaded with Infinity 1260W 12" drivers.
Maximum output. Gold trace - dead center of room. Green trace - center seat against back wall.
Look what my wonderful wife bought for our main bathroom! (Feb 2015)