Just upgraded houses a few months ago and the new one had a 14' x 14' light controlled media room above the garage so the decision has been made (with a bit of gentle persuasion on the wife) to renovate this space and turn it into a dedicated HT with a final dimension of 18' 6" x 14' x 10' (In the center). I have that knee wall situation where I actually have 2 different angels on either side. This has proven challenging to create symmetry. I am a rookie and this is my first attempt at creating this type of space but with all the incredible builds documented on this forum as well as the great folks that don't mind offering their opinions I feel pretty good about ending up with something myself and my wife are going to love.
Here is my attempt at a layout which seems to change like the wind the more I read the posts in this forum. Plan on doing 1 row of 4 at around 11-12' for seating then putting a couple bean bags on the floor in front of that.
Equipment List -
Seymour Center Stage XD 120"W 2.35 AT Screen (Edit 7/24) " I saw the light!"
Middle Atlantic SRSR-4-30 30U Rack
Panasonic AE8000 / JVC RS46 / JVC RS4810 - Need the lens memory option, will be a game time decision.
Klipsch RF 82 II (L, C, R)
Klipsch RS 52 II (LS, LR, RS, RR)
Leaning towards HSU ULS-15
Marantz SR7008 Receiver (Will drive the C and surrounds)
Marantz MM7025 Amp ( Will drive the L, R)
Panamax M5400-PM Conditioner
And the typical cable box, PS3 (4 soon) and some form of media server TBD
The plan is to do this in stages over the next few months and for myself, buddies and the wife to do as much of the work as possible. I am two weeks in and so far I have removed the front wall and moved it back 4' 6", added an AC return in the ceiling and WOW it felt like the air flow in the room doubled, roughed in where the av rack is going, and built the stage yesterday. 2x8 and OSB is some HEAVY S&*!, especially when working on the 2nd floor, not to mention the 250 screws...
Front Wall Moved...
AV Rack Rough in...
Rear room progress...
The next steps are...
1. Build Soffit - I'm just going to do an L soffit where I basically take the flat part of the ceiling and move 6" in from each side and come down 12" then bend 90 degrees and goto the wall. Due to the different angles I have, I will have a 6" difference in width but plan to combat that with some trim and paint trickery. The soffits along the L and R wall will have 2 6" Cans ea, then the front will have 2 5" cans with blue halogen's and either a wash trim or a gimbal trim to illuminate the screen. I will then trim out the bottom of the inside of the soffit with crown and put in blue rope lighting. Was planning on framing the soffits with 2x2 or similar, insulating then dry walling, though I noticed some on this forum use MDF for the soffits, WHY?
2. Have an electrician come out and get the wiring up to snuff - Going to install a Lutron Grafik eye 3106 on the back wall and utilize 5 of the 6 zones. Sconces, Soffit Cans L/R, Soffit Cans Front, Blue Rope in Soffit, and Warm white rope along stage front under lip. I plan on having a dedicated 15A circuit for the AV closet and a dedicated 15A for the lighting, then another for the wall outlets which I plan on removing most and only having the sub on the Front Wall on it then the occasional vacuum cleaner, etc. Which brings me to a QUESTION. What are your suggestions on remote control?? I will have the grafik eye on back wall and as you can see the AV closet will be forward right of the seating position. What is the best way to tie it all together? Some sort of RF controller, repeater? I am not very experienced with this type of stuff so any input would be greatly appreciated!