Thanks AVSers for reading my thread and sharing your knowledge!
I'm in the early planning stages of a project that involves finishing my basement and dedicating one room to a home theater.
I am still waiting on one fundamental question to be answered that has a small chance of altering the floor plan, but for now I'm thinking that I'll have an area of about 13' X 22' to work with, which I think will be right at about 8' for the ceiling height.
I am going for an AT screen setup and want some space to work behind the screen for flexible speaker placement. How much space is ideal here? I have 2.5' planned.
I am installing a 7.1 system with 3 X Emotiva ERM 6.3 for LCR and 4 X ERD-1 for rear and side surrounds.
My burning questions at the moment are:
- I see alot of people going with huge screens for this size of a room and I'm wondering what I'm missing here. For 2 rows of seating, I am probably going to need to put the 1st row at 10.5 (eyes) feet and 2nd at 14.5 feet (eyes). Given that I watch a good bit of content that is 720P (sports, broadcast TV), I worry about going bigger than 85" for a 1:2.35 screen. Wouldn't something bigger be pixelated? Also, wouldn't anything more than 85" be too wide from a viewing angle perspective?
- I might be able to shift things back further, but I am not sure how close to the back wall I can take the 2nd row of seats. Right now, I'm looking at about 3' to the back wall, which would also be nice for someone to be able to get up and walk out of the room without crossing in the field of view. My primary concern with this is distance from the rear speakers, though. Any thoughts on this?