My wife and I are purchasing our first home, so this won't be an elaborate build nor will it be anywhere near as nice as a lot of the builds on here. But I figure I need to start somewhere to really determine what I like and don't like in a theater and then I can always start Build 2.0 (might be a little premature to be planning that already). The house will be complete around June 15, 2016, so I am still in the planning stages and things can always change. The theater will probably start a couple weeks after we move in.
I know many of you recommend clips and hat channel, DD + GG, room-within-a-room, etc. but for now it is only my wife and I in the house and she says she doesn't care about sound leakage. We will see what happens once the theater is built, but I am already thinking clips and hat channel and DD+GG will be part of Build 2.0. For now, the room will be a builder-grade finished room. The wife wants the theater up and working as quick as possible, so I plan to build with what is there to start. This will at least let me acquire most of the equipment (since I have none) and get it up and running.
I really like Youthman 1.0 (Stevens Home Theater - The Fun Begins
) and The Salt Mine (The Salt Mine - A Dedicated Family Theater
) theater builds so I am using them as a template for my ideas. Both are smaller sized rooms so they gave me a good feel for my layout. I also loved their build threads and the pictures they provided so I hope to do the same, even though my build will be fairly basic. No front stage or columns for this build even though those really make it feel like a true theater.
The room is 19'x11' with 8' ceilings. It is smaller than I would like, but don't have any options to change that. I just have to work with what I have. The room is on the second floor with open attic above which is nice for me to run my own wires.
I am planning on an AT screen (don't know exact size yet, but thinking around 120" to 130" diagonal). We will be watching a pretty even mix of TV, sports, and movies so I think 16:9 screen is my best bet. Any opinions to contradict this?
I am thinking 6 chairs, even though it may be a little tight width wise. Haven't picked brand yet. I will be building a riser for the back row, probably 12"-14" high.
I am going to run a 7.2.4 atmos setup. Due to WAF and room size limitations, I am going with all in-wall speakers. I know some may frown on me for that, but not many options for Build 1.0. However, I am trying to use decent quality speakers with most of them having built in/on backer boxes which many saw is a must for in-walls.
AVR - Denon x6200
LCR - Def Tech UIW RLS III
Surround - Def Tech UIW RSS III
Rear - Def Tech DI 5.5 LCR (not totally decided on these yet)
Atmos - Micca M-8C or R-8C (waiting to read reviews on R-8C)
Subs - undecided, probably 2x 10" or 2x 12"
PJ - Sony VPLHW40ES
Screen - not decided yet since don't know size
Monoprice Monolith 7 amp
Denon HEOS Drive
Denon HEOS HomeCinema (for downstairs TV)
I will have an equipment rack on the back wall of the theater. I am also running the Denon Heos Drive system for the whole home audio and that will go in the rack as well. I figure the rack will vent to the attic above, but any suggestions are welcome.
Here is a close to scale layout of the room. I placed the speakers as close to Dolby recommendations as possible. The only ones that are really outside the limits are the rears, but for in-wall, there isn't too many possible locations.
media room layout.pdf
Looking at the back wall. Door is on left, equipment rack area is on right.
Back of right wall. You can see the sconce wiring.
Back of left wall. equipment rack area is in the corner.
Front of left wall
Front of right wall
Full room shot from doorway
equipment rack area. The rack will only be about 4' tall, not a floor to ceiling unit.
Since this isn't a sealed room (yet), I don't think I need to worry about HVAC but I am going to keep the equipment heat out of the theater.
My main questions at this point are:
1. I have concerns with the rears being right behind the back row. The front row will be used most of the time, but I don't want the rear row to only hear rear speakers when used. Any other options? In-ceiling?
2. Anything I am missing with my layout?
3. Sub recommendations? I have considered in-wall, but not sure that is the best route. May just have to have the subs in the room.
4. Any reason to not go 16:9 screen?