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Old 07-03-2014, 10:28 AM - Thread Starter
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Finally building my home theater

We decided to finally finish part of the basement and turn it into a dedicated home theater and game room. Construction started two weeks ago and I've been doing what I can to save money. My intention is to do projection with a nice large screen and a decent speaker setup. Now it's going to be quite humble in comparison to what some of you do, but I'm going to be proud of it in the end. Here's where we're at so far:

Original plan was to do projection through-wall. I've since decided on a ceiling-mount projector @ 9', just in front of the I-beam


It's a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house, and the 3rd full bath is just on the other side of the wall. The washer/dryer will be moved into the bathroom.


This is the wall where the screen will be mounted. You can see my grandfather's reclining chair that my cat used as a scratching post. I plan to have it reupholstered.


This area will remain unfinished storage. I built those shelves a while back in preparation for this.


Taped out a 106" screen on the wall just to see how I like it


Framing complete. I bought a bunch of cans to see if I prefer 6" or 4" for the room, and ended up going with 4"






Here's my original lighting plan. Each color is a separate circuit/dimmer - blue is over the seating, black has changed from 6" cans to 4" cans, and red are wall sconces


1.5" conduit run for future-proofing. I'll use this to pull any speaker/coax/cat5. I'll also be able to pull HDMI through it should I decide to do a wall-mount TV in the future.




Some friends came over and helped me do the insulation and add breakers for the wiring. I decided to skip insulation on the finished walls and between joists. I had one spot that I had to fill with Great Stuff.










Wife helping me make the mount base for the projector


Front wall speaker wiring run, along with a run of RG6 and Cat5e. 8 outlets on their own 20 amp dedicated circuit just for AV equipment.


Drywall up and ready to be taped/mudded



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For equipment I'm thinking of the following:

Projector: BenQ W1070 http://*******/W1mqdh
FR/FR/FC: Yamaha dual 6.5" in-wall http://*******/V0Ahyk
A/V Receiver: Harman Kardon AVR 2650 http://*******/GrltWN

I do mostly PC gaming, so I'll be connecting my current rig to the AVR and playing via wireless keyboard/mouse.

I'm not 100% sold on the speakers, though. I love the clean look of in-walls, but I'd also like the best bang-for-buck while keeping it kid friendly. Little hands + big floorstanders = lots of ouchies.

Is it possible to get really good sound from in-walls without spending a fortune?
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For equipment I'm thinking of the following:

Projector: BenQ W1070 http://*******/W1mqdh
FR/FR/FC: Yamaha dual 6.5" in-wall http://*******/V0Ahyk
A/V Receiver: Harman Kardon AVR 2650 http://*******/GrltWN

I do mostly PC gaming, so I'll be connecting my current rig to the AVR and playing via wireless keyboard/mouse.

I'm not 100% sold on the speakers, though. I love the clean look of in-walls, but I'd also like the best bang-for-buck while keeping it kid friendly. Little hands + big floorstanders = lots of ouchies.

Is it possible to get really good sound from in-walls without spending a fortune?


You are off to a good start and have lots of options. First you have to define what a fortune is. When I started out with my first design about 13 years ago it was a lot smaller number than it is now. :-) Those Yamaha's look good and I have heard in walls sound better if you can seal them in. Since your total length is 13', that may be a good solution. An in/on wall system from Axiom Audio will give you a sealed box with a flush mount. http://www.axiomaudio.com/m22-in-wall-speakers You could get 5 or 7 matching speaker from HTD http://www.htd.com/Products/high-definition for very little money.

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As a fellow W1070 owner; you won't be disappointed. Wife and friends that help build the theater; keepers for sure. My friends couldn't care less and my wife helped by not interfering.

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You are off to a good start and have lots of options. First you have to define what a fortune is. When I started out with my first design about 13 years ago it was a lot smaller number than it is now. :-) Those Yamaha's look good and I have heard in walls sound better if you can seal them in. Since your total length is 13', that may be a good solution. An in/on wall system from Axiom Audio will give you a sealed box with a flush mount. http://www.axiomaudio.com/m22-in-wall-speakers You could get 5 or 7 matching speaker from HTD http://www.htd.com/Products/high-definition for very little money.
Thanks! I'll definitely look into those. I still haven't decided what to do about channels 6 & 7. I have speaker wire poking out of the wall for them, but I'm not 100% sure I'll even use it.

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As a fellow W1070 owner; you won't be disappointed. Wife and friends that help build the theater; keepers for sure. My friends couldn't care less and my wife helped by not interfering.
Thanks! The W1070 has amazing reviews pretty much anywhere I go, and I've read that it's great even in conditions with low ambient light control. My room will have 0 ambient light coming in, so I'm excited to see how it'll perform.

My wife has helped throughout the whole process, which has been amazing. Too bad I can't convince her to let me buy all the AV equipment now. Gotta budget that in later.
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Sheetrock is mudded, primed and painted.







We painted the ceiling and front wall Behr Dark Granite in flat, and the other three walls Behr Sparrow in flat. The doors and trim are all Dark Granite as well.





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looks good so far!!
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Looking Good

Must love home theaters!!
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