I think I've posted a few times on this forum over the years saying "we're just about to start renovations" and it never happened, but they've actually started now for realsies
As part of this I'd like to start my theatre room build. It may turn out that I just do the wiring now (and maybe the painting and carpet) and finish up the installation of everything a bit later once things have calmed down (we have a baby due in 2 months as well, so perfect time for renovations!), but regardless I'd love some advice about placement and just technical things I should be considering now.
I've attached a portion of the plans (I've cut a lot out as I'm just going through and adding powerpoints etc to it now for the electrician) showing the theatre. It's approx 5.5m x 3.7m. That rectangle in the middle is an approximate location of the seating (just one row I think), but that is absolutely flexible with regards to optimal positioning for sound and viewing (one of the things I'll be picking your brains about).
We'll have our back to the entrance when sat down, and I'm thinking I'll go projector with an AT screen and the speakers behind it. I'm guessing I'll need a false wall for that to mount the screen on, and if so (pardon my dumb question) are the speakers just mounted "in" that wall (flush) with the screen over the top? On the back wall at the moment is a fireplace which we were going to have removed, but a false wall would actually be easier to just hide it.
I'd love an Atmos setup (any thoughts on 5.1 vs 7.1?) so I'll mount speakers on the side walls in the appropriate spots. Sub I imagine is just on the floor in a corner (not really possible to hide that?) and not really sure where to put, or how to store, the equipment I'll be using (amp etc, TBD
). Is it worth having a small hidden door in the false wall and having the rack behind that so I can access it when I need to?
So with all that in mind, I guess I should be thinking about running speaker cable through the roof/walls, HDMI for the projector, and a sub cable?
I also need to think about suitable screen size for the room, which I also need help with
I haven't bought any equipment yet so I'm totally flexible with regards to projector and screen.
So yes, lots of questions, hope that's OK!