I wanted to share my HTPC set up. I started out with an extra 12 x 10 foot room in the basement. There was an adjacent nook with a water heater and room for shelving. The floors were bare concrete. I had to let the naysayers say nay and start the dream of having a HTPC projector setup in the basement. I finished the floors and painted the walls. This took me about 2 months. I ran speaker wire for a 5.1 setup. I think 7.1 has diminishing advantages in a room this small. Space was extremely limited so I decided on in wall speakers. I ran an HDMI cable up to the projector and a subwoofer cable to the back left corner of the room. I ran network cable down from the top floor office to create a link to the internet and a media server. I routed the ends of all wire to the adjacent nook where I also put up shelves for an equipment rack which doubles as a storage pantry.
I bought many if not most of these components on ebay or at tremendous discounts over a period of about a year, but I believe my total price tag for the gear was ~$4000. For the room itself, we decided not to go with traditional home theater seating. The room can also serve as an entertaining area. Also, its great to have the option to watch movies in the recumbent position.
My goal was to build a small unobtrusive system with enough power to do some processing and to stream 1080p content. Silence was very important. I chose a fanless power supply. Unfortunately, the system was hot and loud with the stock cooler at stock speeds. I went with the Scythe Big Shuriken which was much more quiet and cool vs. stock. This required trashing the heatsinks of the memory as pictured below. I ended up with a near silent machine with only the single 12 cm cpu fan.
Lian LI PC-Q07R
G Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB 1600 DDR3
Gigabyte mini ITX GA-H55N-USB3
Intel core i3-550
Scythe Big Shuriken
WD Caviar Green 1.5TB
Asus Blu ray reader
Seasonic x-400 fanless power supply
With CPU and heat sink:
"modified" heat sinks:
Final Build with Logitech Dinovo Mini keyboard/mouse:
Receiver: Denon AVR-4802
Speakers: Speakercraft MT-8 three L/R
Speakercraft LCR three center
Speakercraft MT-6 three Surr L/R
Triad Bronze in room subwoofer
BDP: Sony BDP-s1000es
HTPC: as above
Projector: Sony VPL-VW60 1080p SXRD projector
SATV: DirecTV HD DVR
Screen: 92 inch Jamestown screen(ebay seller)
Room from the back:
Room from the back left:
Room from the front
As you can see the shelving also doubles as a cat condo)
Tight projector placement:
Screen shots from BDP:
Screen shots from Win7:
Screen shot from Standard Def SATV: (Please note that I could not demo this in HD for fear of eventual decapitation from roundhouse kick)
After everything, I am most pleased with the system. The sound is fantastic and the PQ is very respectable as compared to Blu ray. I still have some major cable management issues as you can see. I hope to alleviate those eventually with an HDMI capable receiver. This goes to show you that there is no room "too small" for a theater.