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post #1 of 8 Old 01-11-2013, 06:10 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi People, after 10 years or so out in the wilderness without any form of Home Theatre I'm returning to the flock and building a new home that incorporates a dedicated Home Theatre. What I've realised by reading over AVS over the last month is that things have changed a lot in the last decade and I need some good advice before I commit to to much more.

In terms of what I'm working with I will have a 4.54m x 4.12m x 3m (about 15' x 13.5' x 9') room, I'll have a flush mounted rack in one of the longer walls that will be accessed from behind via a cupboard in the garage. The entry into the room will be via a door on the other long wall.

In terms of the fit out what I imagine is a 4 seat leather lounge (one with reclining and drink holders) along the back wall and a fixed projection screen on the opposite wall. The projector will be mounted on a ceiling bracket. I may down the track want to add another row of seating.

My equipment wish list is something like this at the moment:
- Optoma HD33 projector
- Denon 3313 or Yamaha A2020 reciever
- Speakers - undecided but leaning towards Dali Concepts

My questions for the forum members are:

- based on room size should I go 5.1, 7.1, 7.2 or something else? The local audio stores are all pushing 7.2 but I'm not sure in a smallish room if I'm going to get any channel separation?

- I'm thinking in that room a 110" 16:9 screen is probably appropriate. Comments?

- any opinions on whether I should go Bookshelves or in-walls for the surrounds in this room?

Thanks in advance for any feedback you might be able to give.

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if you are doing one row of seating in a 15 ft long room, place the seat backs at 12 ft from the screen. surround speakers at the back and along the sides at about 13 ft.

There are good quality inwalls and bookshelf speakers get the best you can afford.
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Thanks for the response. In your opinion, is it worth going 7.1 over 5.1 in such a small room? I'm no expert but those speakers will be pretty close together in a 7.1 format and I'm worried they will blur together and just make one effective channel anyway. Yours and any other responses would be appreciated?
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It's my understanding that the reason the industry went to 7 channels was to allow the rows of seats behind the side surrounds to have the experience of surround sound. So with only 1 row, I'd think you'd be fine with 5.1.
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Your understanding is incorrect.

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I have 7.1 in a room 11'4" x 16' I'm using dipole speakers and my sides and rears are very close. The sound is diffused and you can't tell where it's coming from with these types of speakers. By using 7.1 system you allow your space to envelope you more into the movie then say a 5.1 system. Most places will let you demo the speakers first, so see if they will allow you to do that first.
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Since approximately 80% of what you hear in a room is coming from the room and the room's interaction with the speakers, listening to speakers in a room other than yours is not going to provide a valid experience.

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Ok, so here are my 3D sketches. Anyone interested in giving me some feedback? Especially if you see any obvious issues.

Sorry the sketches are a bit rough, I only just taught myself how to use the software for these sketches.

Thanks in advance.

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