We just purchased a house under construction with a dedicated media room. It is being bricked so I not able to make any significant changes structurally/layout to the room.
Over the past week or two, I have agonized over which projector and screen to purchase, but I missed the bigger picture by not thinking about the layout and details of the actual room. After switching gears and making the room the priority, I have been reading over the threads and amazed at the rooms others have designed. I would appreciate some advice on how to get moving in the correct direction from the start.
The room is 173" wide by 211" deep and comes prewired for 7.1 in the ceiling, but I plan on using my floor standers for now as 5.1 system. I have a basic layout drawn up and shown below showing the general location of the prewired speaker locations, sconces, projector, ect... Smurf tube is run to the front of the room and the ceiling. The Smurf tube and all the wiring is bundled in the back right corner.
The builder placed a light fixture cutout in the middle of the room / ceiling. He realized that this wouldn't work very well for a media room and is willing to move and adjust the lighting. I feel a little fortunate the builder is easy going and offered to make the changes with having to pressure him. Now, I just need to figure out where and how to place the lights. I have initially decided to use 4" recessed 4100K led lights. I am unsure as to how far to space them from the wall and each other. Plus, the builder has placed a lot things in the ceiling already.
In the order of how we normally would use this room I would say it goes tv, sports, movies, and possibly 3d. For normal tv and sports, we like to surf the web or use the tablet so there needs to be enough light for this. For movies, we usually like it very dark. Our new house will have a family/game room out side of this one. We envision hosting guests and having them be able to mingle and move in/out of the media room. For sporting events, it might be guests just peek in to keep updated.
For the projector and screen, I have been talking with the Craig with Avs and it has been a great experience so far. I have narrowed down my projector selections between the JVC 4810 and the Sony W50es. We are starting to work on the screens which are shown in various widths. I am leaning towards 120".
Feedback and comments are greatly appreciated.