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Building my first home theater, budget $10k, need help

Hi there -- I'm new to AVS Forum and to the home theater world in general. I'm building a home theater in my basement from the ground up and I'd like to start the planning process. I have a budget of $10k for all equipment (speakers, screen, projector, receiver, wiring, etc...). What should I be looking at?

Does it make sense to build an 11.2 or 9.1 speaker system?

I'm thinking I should do a 1080p projector for now, and upgrade to 4k in a year or two when the technology is better, movies more available, and prices a lot less. Can 4k signal travel over standard HDMI?

What kind of amp equipment do I need? I'm confused why I never see just a standard receiver in the elaborate home theater setups on this site, rather an entire rack of stuff ... what is all the other stuff, and is it necessary?

What kind of power should I bring into the rack? Should I condition it?

Any equipment lists to reference as a starting point would be really helpful ... thank you!
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You absolutely need to condition the power coming in to the rack.

I just finished a new theater in the last year, and I went with 7.2. It's awesome, and leaves nothing to be desired audio wise.

I'd hold off on 4K for now.

My amp is a Marantz SR5008, but my subs are powered separately.

My big rack of equipment runs the whole house, but you'll need a cable box, Bluray player, media player, video game system, etc... Put all that in with a power conditioner and some networking gear and you've got a small rack!
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Before you jump the gun and talk about equipment, you need to talk about the room.

Dimensions? How aggressive are you trying to be in sound suppression/isolation from the rest of the house? Acoustic treatments?

A properly treated room can make a decent sound setup sound great.
An untreated/improperly treated room can make even the most expensive setup sound terrible. Remember that!

Screen size? Seating? Distances?

How about some pics?

Welcome to the Forum! There is a LOT of knowledge on here as well as a lot of nice guys willing to help.
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I'd budget $9000 for your room and use the left over to grab a projector from ebay (used 720p) and DIY speakers from DIY sound group. Spend the last $50 for folding lawn chairs to sit on.


Ok perhaps not that much ^ (sarcasm) [mostly]

But you should really consider building your room before you worry about buying expensive gear that will be obsolete in a few years.

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As others have said worry about the room first and then decide on tech. I'd take average speakers in a good room over great speakers in a bad one.

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Your room will outlast your equipment so it's a smarter investment.

Also the right room with medicore gear will look and sound better than high end gear in a terrible room..

Also again- Having a really nice room is actually more amazing when you show off your system, than if you have a killer projector in a less optimal room.

Do the room first, then chase the gear after. You can chase this hobby and gear forever if you want.

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Your room will outlast your equipment so it's a smarter investment.
Ha. Not in my case. So far I'm 0 for 2 in rooms outliving equipment. This past time I was able to "reclaim" most of my equipment for the next one.

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2.0 done and finally posted! - Theater 2.0

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Heat management. All of my equipment is outside of my theater and heat build up is still my number one concern. A projector is basically a space heater and then you add in bodies and the room will heat up quickly. Consider ways to mitigate that heat now prior to building walls and you will be much happier.
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^ I have all my equipment outside the theater, and have my projector tucked in to the soffit. I've got two dedicated and fairly short 7" ducts ran off the main ducting, and a cold air return. My room always stays comfortable. Even with 10 people piled in for a 3 hour movie.

I agree this is important.
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