Originally Posted by abhi30882
Thanks for the response Jautor!! Awesome theater build BTW.
That pool table was a little bit of optimism on my part.
Actually, a lot of optimism...
1. Where is the ideal location for the component rack/ closet? Based on what I see on the forum, I guess its a good idea to have easy access to the back.
Yes, you will inevitably need access to the components - and if you can do a rack (or shelves) that allows some sort of access to the back, it will make life a lot easier. Mine pulls out for access, but I will say I've had to get behind it more often than I would have expected... If you put a storage area in the back of the room, having the equipment rack there, perhaps poking through the wall to make it easy to load discs, etc. works well. Side wall would be even better.
2. Which is better, prefabricated rack system or custom shelving?
I think you mean, a true "rack" where components are either mounted, or sit on adjustable shelves, compared to a built-in cabinet / shelving. Racking gear will be more space efficient, allow for better cooling / wire management, but will generally be more expensive. If the rack is positioned out-of-sight (so it doesn't have to look nice), Craigslist is an excellent source of used computer racks.
3. I am looking at prefabricated ATS acoustic panels for the walls. Can these be attached (glued/ nailed) directly to standard dry wall?
They can be, but I'd suggest using a z-clip, mounting screws or other solution so they can be moved or otherwise adjusted. Gluing them to the drywall will mean drywall repair if you (or someone else) needs to take them down for whatever reason.
4. I am looking at a dual output system, 60" LED with a ceiling retractable projector screen in front. Is this is an acceptable configuration? Does anyone have any experience with this? What problems/ issues should I expect?
For what purpose? This is common in non-dedicated spaces, where light control is an issue or the room needs to be more than a theater. Motorized screens are expensive or troublesome (one or the other).
5. I am planning on sourcing wiring/ wall plates from Monoprice. Is this the most cost effective solution? ? I ask because their shipping costs are high. Almost, 10% of the order price.
By far... I've made <$10 orders from Monoprice that were >50% shipping costs, and it was still cheaper than any local place...
6. I plan on spending the bulk of my equipment budget on a projector and screen for now. What is a good place to buy projectors? I hear people say good things about projector people. Is there a cheaper source?
AV Science, sponsors of the forum would be the suggested folks...
Projector People are also quite popular.
7. Currently, I am planning on using my Polk audio CS1 Series II Center Channel Speaker and Polk monitor 50 floor standing speakers as my fronts. I have a few speakers bundled with a Onkyo HTIB package which I plan on using as surrounds/ rear speakers. Should I spend some money on better fronts (possibly MartinLogan Motion 12 or Axiom audio millenia M50 v3)? Or should I invest in in walls or bookshelf speakers for the front? Any suggestions will be welcome.
I may be biased...
You need to be careful mixing brands, as speakers will have very different timbres and may not mesh well. But surrounds are the place where that's somewhat less of a concern. If those speakers came from an HTiB package, make sure they're "normal" 8 ohm speakers (I think the Onkyo bundles usually are), and that they can handle the power presented by a good AVR / amplifier... If you spend money on speakers, put most of it in the L/C/R channels. L/R get the bulk of the music, Center gets dialog.
8. I was hoping on installing a soffit to accommodate a motorized projector screen. I am entirely unfamiliar with this. Any suggestions regarding which brands and sources are good?
No, but for your design I'd suggest a cheaper, fixed frame screen instead...
9. I am thinking of keeping my Onkyo receiver that I bought as part of the HTIB package (HT-S6300). Is this a good idea? I intend to buy a more upgraded receiver down the road. Possibly a Marantz.
Nothing wrong with that receiver - upgrade down the road...
10. I am planning on buying my TV in March. I hear this is the best time to buy a TV because of the post- superbowl inventory and impending model refreshes. Is this true? Can I extrapolate this to pricing on all components (including projector/ speakers)? If not, what is a good time to buy high quality hardware at lowest price?
TVs are the only A/V component that really shows this type of fluctuation. Everything else will just get discounted when new models appear. Projectors tend to get announced in September (CEDIA) and shipped soon after. Regardless, don't buy a projector until you're ready to put it up. But do the research and have models picked out, know where they'll be placed, and that they will work for the screen size and that placement.
Waiting for my contractor to show up and give me an estimate tomorrow. Hopefully we can work out the pricing!
Take a look at a lot of the basement theater projects here. Especially regarding sump pumps, dricore and lots of other stuff I didn't have to worry about...