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Hi,

I am planning on finishing my basement and am trying to find the best location for my home theater. The area that I am looking at is about 16 ft length and about 14 ft wide. Since the dimension is close to being a square, will I have any issues with the sound quality?

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Close to square is not even close to have the problem of a real square.

For (2 channel) audio I'd consider using it wide and short, but ths is a home theater forum, so I guess that's out of the question.

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Do you mean I'll not have problems with acoustics if I have sound panels in the room?

I have another area that I could use for the theater which is about 13 ft wide and 23 ft long (I'll confirm later) but the problem with this area is that there is a pole towards the rear and the viewing might be at an angle. This also does not give good seating width and I might get a max screen size of 100". The fronts are about 18" wide each. This room is also next to the furnace/heater area.

I'm going to get either a VCC1 or VCC2 for center and upgrade my rear speakers eventually.
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Almost all room are problems, but we cannot all sit outdoors with a solid wall in front of us and just tiny amounts of partially refective materials to give an illusion of a room. cool.gif

I can't see that it should be a reason to give up before having a go. Two feet difference separates the modes sufficiently I would guess without even picking up the calculator.

How long would other room be if you'd end it at the pole? No chance of removing it?

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Great! Thanks for the help. I feel much more comfortable now.

Do you recommend the audio/video wall plates from mono price so that I can run the speaker and other cables behind the wall? Their prices are lower than the other stores I have looked at. Will I be giving up quality?

I will need help in designing the cabling diagram that I would need for internet, Phone and TV.
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It looks like it is a load bearing pole - cemented at the base. I'll look at the room dimension if I have the seating at that place and the screen size that I can get with some room for the two floor standing speakers later tonight.
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Do you recommend the audio/video wall plates from mono price so that I can run the speaker and other cables behind the wall? Their prices are lower than the other stores I have looked at. Will I be giving up quality?

Sorry, never even heard of.

Haven't looked very much at anything off-the-rack in acoustics, apart from carpet and some foam all my own treatments are built from wood, insulation & papier mache.

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You should post a basement layout plan with dimensions.

Have you considered an accoustically transparent screen?

And what is your seating requirements?
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Area 1 is my "almost" square room
Area 2 is the other option, which is next to the furnace area. I am not sure if I will have enough room for the rear speakers to be spaced appropriately and viewing might not be straight because of the pole.

The dimensions are rough and does not account for the studs.

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I can't tell you much about the room since I'm still in the design phase myself. However, I can tell you that monoprice is the place to buy all your wall plates, low voltage brackets, etc. I used a bunch of their stuff in my living room, and it worked great. I actually used their in-wall 12 gauge speaker wire as well. You cannot go wrong at their prices.
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I updated the floor plan to include the location of the water and furnace.

I might be able to get about 100" or 105" with a viewing distance of about 20 ft, 8 ft - 10 ft width (with the issue of the pole) in area 2 and about 110" to 120" in area 1 with a viewing distance of about 15 ft, 13 ft width. It is getting harder without any framed walls to get a good idea of viewing distance, width, viewing angle, screen size, etc!

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Dependant on height below the HVAC sheet metal... or reworking the HVAC sheet metal profile.

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I updated the floor plan to include the location of the water and furnace.
I might be able to get about 100" or 105" with a viewing distance of about 20 ft, 8 ft - 10 ft width (with the issue of the pole) in area 2 and about 110" to 120" in area 1 with a viewing distance of about 15 ft, 13 ft width. It is getting harder without any framed walls to get a good idea of viewing distance, width, viewing angle, screen size, etc!

Go to the link in my sig to help you with screen sizes, viewing distances, angles, etc.
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Hi Santy,

I wouldn't worry about the perfect room dimensions too much. Where are the interior walls? Is that floor open except the perimeter walls? If so acoustically its one large room not several small ones.

How about some actual pics? They help immensely.

Monoprice stuff is cheap and gets the job done. I have had some minor quality issues with banana plugs and/or connectors but they are pretty good about replacements. For the money monoprice is hard to beat(My theater is full of them).
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Monoprice recently upgraded all their speaker cables to "optimized extra loud". So if your receiver doesn't go to 11, using their cables will make it sound like it does.

 

 

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Dang it. I new I purchased my speaker wire too soon. smile.gif
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