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Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Northern, VA - Washington, DC
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Always remember it's just my opinion...
I would repaint significantly if you can and go with darker carpet unless it's already been ordered. It's not a family room, so a nice deep dark grey carpet can be quite 'regal' looking and provides a nice complement to the rest of the rooms in the home. This is a theater, so getting a bit more 'dark' from the carpet and walls does nothing but help the projected image.
I like the room a lot. Hate the windows, but proper wall coverings can help deal with that.
Speakers... On the screen wall, which makes sense to be the large blank wall, you have plenty of room for decent floor standing models. For the surrounds, it seems like your best option is in-ceiling. Make sure to get decent in-ceiling speakers to match the fronts.
I think your plan is sound, but the screen size is a bit small IMO. Most people swear by 10" to 12" of diagonal for each foot of viewing. That's 120" to 144" of screen size. If you can, why not get the Sony, fire it up, and see what screen size you actually enjoy? I sit about 15' from my 161" diagonal. I had a client freaking out on a 134" diagonal he was viewing from 9' away (Sony 40ES), and I showed it to him before buying the screen and he is very happy with what he saw, and what he now owns.
So, yeah, screen size seems small.
If it were me, I would likely not only deinstall the ceiling fan, but I would put in at least two zones of ceiling can lights. One zone for the general room lighting, near the screen, central room. Another zone for above the couch. All lights on dimmers. So, two dimmers. This way you can watch the game and still have a bit of directional light over the seating, and enough light to move around and hang out with friends without devastating the on-screen action.
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