Originally Posted by rabident
How would you rate these:
12 speaker cables, 2 hdmi, 1 cat6, 1 coax. = $2000, plus installation fee
Insulation for interior of a drywalled room. = 1400sqft. $2300, plus installation fee.
Playsand. = $1500, plus installation fee.
Screenwall (no baffle). = $1,000, plus cost of lumber, plus installation fee. Does not include screen.
When you ask a bunch of guys on a DIY site about pricing, everybody is going to says it's too much because we're used to paying for materials only
What are you paying per sf for the home.. that would indicate how much these things should cost. What kind of cables did you get? 16ga speaker wire or 12ga? What kind of coax-- solid copper with copper braid or copper-clad steel?
That being said, no way I would pay $1500 for playsand!
Due to your short time frame I would go with the 3rd party design service as recommended by Big. A lot of us have "designed" theaters that we are very happy with, but only after months of research and feedback from the users here (including the principals of the design services). It is not something you can do yourself in only a few days.
Lets us know how DIY-oriented you are. If you have the time and motivation to do a lot yourself, our recommendations will be geared towards that. If you just want to pay somebody else, we will adjust accordingly (eg I don't think your contractor is going to make you a DIY screen out of spandex).
Budget is also important. No sense recommending a Runco projector if you're on an Optima budget.