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post #1 of 12 Old 05-30-2013, 02:31 PM - Thread Starter
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Looking at buying a house with a room for a dedicated room for a home theater and starting looking for equipment so I can hit the ground running when I find my house so I don't have to wait so long. This is just a ruff so I won't get mad if you constructive criticism. So far this is what I got with out having the room in front of me. With no links just names as that is not ok? If so let me know so I can include the link so you can see all stuff is from amazon as I will get triple reward points from purchase.

Screen - Elite Screens R125WH1W-A1080 ezFrame Fixed Projection Screen (125" 2.35:1 AR)(AT) (AcousticPro1080 1.0 gain acoustically transparent screen material mounting some speakers behind the screen)

Projector - Panasonic PTAE8000U 1080p Full HD Projector (for use with 2:35:1)

Speakers - Onkyo HT-S9400THX 7.1-Channel Network A/V Receiver/Speak​er Package (Not really set on these speakers but for the price I haven't heard anything bad from them yet open for suggestions want a 7.1 setup for around $800)

Remote - Logitech 915-000201 Harmony Ultimate Remote with Customizable Touch Screen and Closed Cabinet RF Control - Black (for rack of equipment hopefully in a separate room or in the back of the room)

Blu-ray player - OPPO BDP-103 Universal 3D Blu-ray Disc Player SACD & DVD-Aud​io (not sure if will go with this model or one lower no sure of the difference)

Rack - OmniMount Enclosed Rack System 27 Rack Spaces (haven't found any racks or cabinets I have really like this one is just bearable option for lots of suggestions)

Surge Protector - Monster Cable PowerCenter PRO 900 10-Outlet Rackmount Surge Protector with CleanPower Stage 1 v2.0 Circuitry

UPS - CyberPower OR700LCDRM1U Smart App LCD UPS 700VA 400W SNMP/HTTP Rackmount

Amp - The Emotiva UPA-700 Seven-Channel Power Amplifier (not sure if it will make a big difference on the speaker set up I have but open for suggestions)

There you have it the bulk of the main equipment that I will need can find them all on amazon by doing search. I am open to all suggestions as this will be my first home theater setup and am new to this all but have been looking for many months on this stuff.
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Alright i finally moved into my new house!!! Now time to build this is a big project for me to take on alone it will take me a while to finish this home theater. Just turned 24 and still unpacking all the boxes in the house. I wanted to get a good size of the room i attached a rough floor plan. i wanted to make make a walkway along the closet leading to the other parts of the basement. I want to make the room as big as possible didn't didn't know much about the right size for the right acoustics. That is where you guys come in please help me with the dimensions of the room. Will pick equipment after all is said and done.


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not looking for an exact mesurement here just general size questions is it better to make a square room, long room, how long is too long, etc. general questions here.
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Not that I am highly experienced in building a dedicated theater but my thoughts would go first to:
1) How many people I plan on seating?
2) How much of a budget I am will to spend?
3) How long am I willing to work on it?
4) Will the room be used only for watching or will I want it for general entertainment?

Like I say I am not a builder but just wanted to throw that out for you because those are things I would consider if I were doing it.
Good luck and post some pictures of your progress.
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1. 6-8
2. 6,000 on only the room
3. As long as it takes
4. Home theater only
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Silentswarm,

I can only tell you of my experience.

My room seats 8 - in two rows. 4 in front row, 4 in rear. The second row is raised about 8".

Total room length is 21' width is 12'. So to answer your square vs. rectangle question, mine is a rectangle and it works great. Great sound too.

A few other things:

1) I would check out other projectors over the Panny. If you read other sites like ProjectorrCentral, they are far too pro-Panasonic. You'd be far better to pick up a JVC-RS4810. It has lens memory like your Panny, and it is a much better PJ. But don't take my word....comb this forum and you'll find better options, I think.


2) if you're looking to save a few bucks, I would consider a 5.1 surround system. I've been to several friend's homes with 7.1 and quite honestly, I've never noticed a difference from my 5.1 set-up

3) Best piece of advice I could offer - run conduit from your components to PJ. I just ran cables, and had to smash through drywall when I needed to change a cable. Don't make that mistake.

4) you're going to want to paint your ceilings and walls as dark as possible. Black is ideal.

Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks for the reply as you can see that list is 5 months old I will look into that projector. I did want to do raised seating. Will get some pics up when I get started. Has anyone used quietrock for sheet rock and if so does it need to be only on the inside or does on both sides make a world of difference it is very expensive to do both sides didn't know it makes that much difference with green glue.
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I would be more then happy to give my input but you mite want to come over and check out my theater before you do anything more. you can get a real feel of what direction you mite want to take. PM me I am going to have a lot of free time shortly and during the day is going to be the best time for a Demo as i can crank the subs loud wink.gif

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pmed you W00lly thanks for help I want to do this right the first time
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Finally have something to show for my build. Been going slow so far just been me and my dad building this and he lives out of town 3 hours away. Ended up buying my Panasonic PTAE8000U picked it up Black Friday with the $550 rebate.


This is before we started building just framed the outside of the room.


This is the cross beam for support it is where my first wall and the screen will be there is over a foot gap behind where my speakers will be going with my at screen.



This is the pesky wall i moved over 6 inches because they didn't put the support pole in the wall this will be where my closet and equipment will be going.



This is with the framing done pick up sold core oak door at menards for $40 had a broken stop which i picked up for $4


This is the back of the room where the screen will go i think i am going with a curved at screen from Semor or Elite Screens


Side view of room and a shot of the stairs going upstairs
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so now its on to wiring the room the basement has no lines run in it for electric so only 3 outlets and they are already spoken for. What is everyone using for speaker wire what gauge are you using and where is a good place to buy bulk?
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Monoprice.com and from my experience unless you are doing runs longer than 30feet, 14AWG is probably fine.
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