I've been lurking on the site for many months (obsessing is probably more the term my wife would use
) researching and plotting out the design for my build. We are finally going to be starting the remodel of our basement next month so I thought it would be fun to document it on here since the site was such a help to me. We will have a little over 1200 finished sq. ft. and the theater area is going to be around 315 sq. ft. I have a contractor doing a majority of the work (framing, drywall, plumbing) But I will be doing the insulation and electrical with some buddies of mine, as well as building the riser and stage for the theater.
Here is what I've narrowed my list down to for equipment. Some of the important factors to me were having enclosed in-wall speakers for a clean stealth look that doesn't allow for towers on the floor or speakers mounted directly to the wall that kids could knock down. A cinemascope screen and a projector with lens memory for switching between aspect ratios. I'm still leaning towards the JVC since 3D isn't as important to me as overall 2D picture quality and black levels. Still waiting to see what kind of space I have once drywall is complete before getting a screen. Might end up with a 120" but I'm not liking the idea of around 96" viewable for 16:9 content as opposed to 106" 16:9 with the 133".
Original List:SI Black Diamond Zero Edge 133" 2.35:1 or SI Black Diamond Fixed 133" 2.35:1
JVC DLA-RS46U or Panasonic AE8000U
Mains - DefTech UIW RLS II x 3
Front Ceiling - DefTech UIW 63/A x2
Surrounds - DefTech UIW BP/A x 4 or UIW 55 x 4
Zone 2 Ceiling - DefTech UIW 63/A x 3 (1 in hallway and 2 in family room)
Sub - PSA XV-15 x 2
Onkyo TX-NR809 (picked this up from Amazon last month for around $400 brand new, was too good to pass up)
APC J15BLK or Panamax MX5102
Sony BDP-S790OmniMount RE27
Jamestown 140" 2.35:1 w/ CenterStage XD Material
Sanus CFR2144 AV Rack
Below is the CAD drawing I made for the basement. I'm still not sure of the exact placement of the equipment rack so any suggestions would be welcome. I'm thinking either kind of built into the wall by the stairs as shown on the drawing with a door directly under the stairs. Or directly under the stairs facing the family room with a small access door on the side wall of the stairs. I just want to be able to access either side of it easily.
Updated CAD Drawing:
Here is a link to the album of how it looks now. I've got alot of cleaning up to do in the next couple weeks. As you can see I've already plotted out alot of stuff with painters tape. The taped up 2.35:1 screens are 133" on the outside and 120" on the inside.