Originally Posted by steveklein
I'm turning a 16x16x9 room into a home theater. I know it isn't ideal from a size standpoint, but that's what I'm working with. I should let people know that I've never really dealt with home theater equipment; The closest thing I've done is a 50" TV with a 5.1 system and ~$500 receiver... so this will be a pretty big step up all-around. I will be paying professional(s) to do all the installation and mounting, but I just wanted to get some opinions on some of the design ideas I've been floating in my head before I begin talking with people who will sell me and install the equipment and furniture.
The total budget for this room which is already built, but currently completely empty, is in the $75k range, so I want to make sure I'm spending a reasonable amount of money on various parts of the room. I know that if I was budgeting $5k, spending $2k on a receiver would be very wasteful, and I just want to make sure I make a mistake like that on a larger scale, so if there are "better" places to put my money, please let me know.
I would like two rows of seating. I think 4 seats on the front and then 5-6 seats on the back row. I will be hiring someone to build a couple steps to give me the desired 2nd row stadium seating effect. I'd like the first row to be able to recline if desired, but because of space limitations, realize that might not be possible. Also because of space limitations, I am open to having the 2nd row of seating on the back wall of the theater. I think I can get a row of 4 seats and a row of 6 seats for a total of around $8k shipped and white glove delivered. I haven't done a whole lot of research on this yet. I just started browsing around stargatecinema.com to get a ballpark on prices and options.
I'm looking at an Epson 6010 projector (~$3k), and I'd like to project it on a screen in the 100"-120" range. I am not a DIY guy and don't mind spending a decent bit of money (~$2k? $3k?) on a nice screen that will let me do 3D in stunning beauty.
I am leaning towards a 7.1 or 7.2 system, with about a $10k budget on speakers/subwoofers. The L/C/R would would probably be about $4k total (looking at something like the new Ascend Acoustics Sierra Towers or comparable) and the subwoofers would probably be $2-$3k with the rest of the money for the 4 surrounds, wiring, etc.
To drive the system, I am looking at one of the higher end Denon or Onkyo AVR's in the $2k-$3k range. I will also probably build a new HTPC with lots of storage to connect to the system at a cost of around $3k-$5k. I am also budgeting $3k for videogames for the kids (and me too I suppose, heh heh...)
There is also a small room adjacent to the rear side of the theater that is 6 feet by 10 feet. I feel like I can get neatly organize all the equipment there, however, the primary use for that room is I want to install a wetbar. Perhaps a minifridge, some cabinetry, a fountain coke machine, a popcorn machine, things of that sort. I feel like a ~$10k budget devoted to all of that should be able to get all of that done.
I think that all comes in pretty well under cost:
Seating - 8k
Projector/Screen - 6k
Speakers/Subs - 10k
Receiver - 3k
HTPC - 5k
Videogames, other accessories - 3k
Adjacent wetbar - 10k
Construction costs - ???
Installation/wiring costs - ???
Lighting - ???
Other stuff - ???
...comes out to about $45k before I add these other things.
but I've built in some flex room because I know I will want to add some professional lighting (a few thousand dollars), probably have a starry night mural professionally painted on the ceiling ($3k), have some framed movie posters, walkway lighting, the cost of the construction of the steps for the back of the theater, all of the installation, and so on and so forth.
Are there other components which I should definitely look at? I'd like to futureproof my system... or at least do the best job that I can in that regard; I know no system is truly futureproof... but I'd like to stick to all 2011/2012 technologies like the latest HDMI, new receiver/projector, etc... Also link me to any threads that may aren't stickied, or direct me to other forums on the avs network which may give me some good input. The "what I wish I did differently" thread has given me a lot of ideas!
Thanks in advance.