If you guys don't like whining, you might want to skip this post
Nyal finished my layout review, and I got a chance to look that over and talk with him yesterday. First off, Nyal has the patience of a saint. He spent nearly an hour on the phone with me yesterday explaining everything.
His overall review concluded that the layout is "good." Although he did find some things that will need to be addressed. For example, I'm going to have to do some serious contemplation on screen size, and not as a result of PJ brightness, but due to sight lines and ergonomics. There are also some issues with surround placement that will have to be dealt with.
Again, my interpretation is that the layout is good as it is. There's nothing wrong with "good." Unfortunately, I think I'm finally coming to grips with the fact that I'm going to have to make some compromises. I went into this thinking I could build a no compromises room, and then outfit the space with stuff I find on Craigslist until I can afford better. I don't think it's going to work out quite like that.
I can't really put my finger on which aspect has me bummed, either. There's nothing he told me that's bad. Some of the issues are just a result of working around the room. I'm probably going to have to spend a little more to get the design finalized, which I'm not super excited about, but I'd rather take care of it now than wish I'd done it later. I just don't have a feel for what to expect from these compromises. I don't have any experience here, and I'm afraid I'll be disappointed when it's all done.
Enough of that! The good news. Based on Nyal's recommendations, I'm zeroing in on speaker designs. Obviously they'll come from the DIYSoundgroup offerings due to cost, but he gave me some valuable info to help with my decision. Hopefully I can get my selections finalized in the coming weeks. It will likely depend on what is available, and when. Once a decision is made, I'll probably order speakers so that I can assemble them and get some measurements for Nyal.
Once we get the surround locations dealt with, I'll finalize the layout in the room, decide on wainscoting dimensions, and I can post a final layout and hopefully start building in the next few days. I'm really excited about that. As a wise man once posted in my thread, MOAR CUTTING!