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In my new basement, I am setting up a home theater ( size 25ftx 35ft). I am planning to put
3D Projector. 7.1 surround sound system
I need your advice on selection of
projector - I may prefer 3d
Speaker (I can use inwall or wall mount speakers- since home theater is being built by a contractor on unfinished basement)
screen - dropdown electric or fixed frame
sound proof suggestions
decoration for home theater
I do not like to go for a packaged system ( like bose )

I will post pictures.. Can you suggest and become part of my home theater design group??
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You don't give a budget. For a room that size I would go with tower speakers for the main L/R. Of coarse, you need subs as well, but the mid-bass output from towers is just as important as the bass.

For not knowing your budget, I would suggest JBL Studio L series; a pair of L890 towers, LC2 center, L820 surrounds.
And a pair of subs. Or at a higher budget, JBL Performance series; 4 PT800/PS1400 stacks, PC600 center.
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can you give me some recommendation on Av receiver, 3d projector also.
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What is your budget? You are going to get suggestions from $300 speakers upto $20,000 speakers. Budget will matter and a room layout would help too.

That room is huge!

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It's gonna be probably 2000 to 3000 just to finish off the room with drywall, flooring, electrical
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Is 25ftx 35ft the size of your basement or home theatre? That's 875 sq ft, enormous for a home theatre if that's the case. And you'll need a very powerful and expensive system to put out sound in this kind of space.
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Is 25ftx 35ft the size of your basement or home theatre? That's 875 sq ft, enormous for a home theatre if that's the case. And you'll need a very powerful and expensive system to put out sound in this kind of space.

That would be one reason for using multiple subs. I would say 4 at least. And either using at least a 250w multichannel amp for the mains and/or horn loaded speakers. Although the speakers I have (PT800s) could handle that room with my Parasound amp and digital amp subs.

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It's gonna be probably 2000 to 3000 just to finish off the room with drywall, flooring, electrical
Well we are not asking that, only what you want to spend on gear.
As to an AVR, depends on what you want in the way of features.
And you will need a power amp. and as I said, 4 subs.
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I am sorry. I messed up with my room size. It is 15x25 . -
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What is your budget for audio gear, speakers/amp/avr/display...etc.

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I want to know how much your budget is 1.gif
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I am thinking of around $ 8000-$10000 . If really needed, I can go more.
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can you help me to decide on the following

1. where can I get good deal on JBL, Pardigm speakers.(around $ 3000)
2. Which 3D projector is better in the price range of $ 2500,( Thinking of JVC, Sony, EPSON and panasonic)
3. Any suggestion for Screen . Fixed Screen, Motorized Retracting Screen. Any one made projector Screen using Paint
4. Any suggestion is for AV receiver ( Sony,Denon, onkyo- $ less than 700)
5. good place to get home theater decoration items ( like side wall lights, roof light (my kids will like star lights ) and acoustic boards and pictures on the wall.

thanks in advance for your input and suggustions.
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can you help me to decide on the following

1. where can I get good deal on JBL, Pardigm speakers.(around $ 3000)
2. Which 3D projector is better in the price range of $ 2500,( Thinking of JVC, Sony, EPSON and panasonic)
3. Any suggestion for Screen . Fixed Screen, Motorized Retracting Screen. Any one made projector Screen using Paint
4. Any suggestion is for AV receiver ( Sony,Denon, onkyo- $ less than 700)
5. good place to get home theater decoration items ( like side wall lights, roof light (my kids will like star lights ) and acoustic boards and pictures on the wall.

thanks in advance for your input and suggustions.

1. That will take some searching on your part. Those are two mainstream products, so there should be plenty of info out there.
2. Too subjective to get a definitive answer. You will get opinions from various owners of each one that the one they own is the best there is in that range. If you are fortunate enough to have dealers of those brands in your area, try to view some demos on them. The one that looks best to your eye will probably be the best choice for you.
3. Again this comes down to personal preference. With your room size, I would suggest an acoustically transparent screen. That way you can hide the speakers behind it. Aspect ratio is another thing to consider. 2.35:1 (scope) or 16:9 (HDTV). Will depend on your viewing habits and can also affect your projector choice.
4. There are good ones out there in that $ range, and like 2 & 3 above is very subjective. It would be a good idea to audition a couple different receivers and choose the one you like best. Depending on how complex you are going to get with your setup, you may also want to consider a separate amplifier for some of the speakers. That is also something that can be added later if you get an AVR with pre-outs.
5. Many places both online and retail. Again, google is your friend here.

I would suggest that you focus your efforts on the room first, and the components second. It is good to have an idea of what you want to have in the room for equipment. However, depending on the design and layout of your room, you may make different choices for some of that equipment. Plus, equipment can always be upgraded later, where it is extremely difficult and expensive to change the room once constructed. A few questions to consider:

What are your sound proofing goals?
How many people will typically be using the theater?
What are your HVAC needs (hot climate vs cold climate vs both)?
What are the living areas surrounding and/or above the theater area?

It would be helpful if you could post a picture/layout of the proposed space. Most of us here work better with visuals wink.gif

Also, spend some time researching and reading on the forum. Lots of great information on here.

EDIT: Also, your budget number. Is that just for the equipment, or is that for the entire project?
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1. A lot of guys have trouble getting Paradigm dealers to lower their prices for a deal. Research your pricing and go straight to the sales manager. There was a smoking deal on the classifieds here for a full 5 channel Paradigm monitor setup for $975 near Philadelphia.

4. Onkyo TX-NR818 if you're ever thinking of running 2 subwoofers.

5. Stargate Cinema

JVC DLA-RS57U Projector - 106" Grandview fixed frame screen
Onkyo TX-NR3009 Receiver
Oppo BDP-103 Blu-Ray Player - PS3
Paradigm Monitor 11 Mains
Paradigm Monitor CC-390 Center
Paradigm Monitor ADP-390 Surrounds x 4
Velodyne DPS-12 Subwoofer
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If you have any woodworking skills building your own speakers following the plans of a peer reviewed qualified designer is the only way to go. The last set of speakers I bought was in 1969. My current speakers are the 4Pi in basic black.
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I am not building home theater by myself. I hired a person to do contruction work. Planning to install equipments and integrate by myself.
Do you have any experience in installing and integrating Control4 Controller for home theater. Should I hire a person or can I do it myself.
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Any one have experience with JVC DLA-X35 model projector and Yamaha RX-A720 Receiver. Your feed back is much appreciated.
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Any one did control4 automation..... I am thinking of either control4 or logitec remote for home theater. Is it worth to spend extra amount to control 4 if I really do not want to use whole house automation,,//
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how can I find good deal for paradigm and B&W Speakers. I see these speakers only in Bestbuy Mongolia stores. Their prices are standard. I can not negotiate. No prices are available online. can you recommend few dealers in New york and NJ area.
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You don't give a budget. For a room that size I would go with tower speakers for the main L/R. Of coarse, you need subs as well, but the mid-bass output from towers is just as important as the bass.

For not knowing your budget, I would suggest JBL Studio L series; a pair of L890 towers, LC2 center, L820 surrounds.
And a pair of subs. Or at a higher budget, JBL Performance series; 4 PT800/PS1400 stacks, PC600 center.

where can I get good deal on JBL. Is there any store, I can go and hear the sound and performance of JBL ?
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