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I've considered starting a thread about a somewhat similar subject: what is the state of "dedicated" Home Theater these days? It was certainly a rising trend for quite a while in the 2000s, but I have the sense - and I don't know if it's right or not - that the trend is cooling off somewhat. Probably due to all the competing ways we absorb our entertainment media, people aren't bothering building dedicated home theaters as much. I've heard the trend is more toward media rooms, more flexible and accessible. Also, I get the sense traffic is even down somewhat in this forum than it used to be (again...it's more a sense of things, I don't know if it's true).
Anyway...as to the OP question, I didn't build a dedicated room per se - I turned my living room into an AV room - music listening, movie watching, some sports. But I did it with the verve of someone making
a dedicated theater. While I was using an existing room, I didn't want to sacrifice "dedicated home theater" quality. I achieved my goals (you can see the results in the links below my name).
Frankly it was torture to build. I was practically sick of the whole thing by the time I was about finished it. But once finished...aaaahhhhh. It has been the most satisfying project I've ever done.
I use it constantly, almost every day either for relaxing, listening to music, reading, watching movies (my passion) or having friends over to watch the UFC (it's become "the" place for those events, packed for every event). It is so ridiculously comfortable and inviting, and the sound and picture quality so incredible, I can't stay out of the place. Years after it's completion I keep pinching myself with glee as I use it. I've had so many great times watching stuff with my kid, be it getting them hooked on the original Twilight Zone series, or the original Star Trek, which look stupendous on the big screen in Blu-Ray.
I have to say that the general casualness and accessibility of the room, being a main room on the main floor, helps tremendously with the ease of using the room a lot. It also depends on your personality.
I'm very social and like to feel connected to the world, so in that sense I love the fact my room is not hidden away in the bowels of my house. Whereas others want to feel that "getaway" feeling, and like isolation.