Originally Posted by kerednai
Very interesting. The setup does look very similar. I assume you went for a projector. Building out the side walls would make this a very big job as the room is very long and I don't really want to loose too much space, but I could certainly do it on the front walls. I was hoping I wouldn't need to & hadn't really considered it until now.
Could I be really cheaky and ask for a picture of your front wall with fire place? I assume you have a 45 degree fireplace and it looks exactly like what we would be going for. I wasn't sure if it would need a mantle & hearth but seeing what I can of yours it looks good without (unless its hiding).
The width of my back wall is 9ft. How does that compare with yours?
Also did you go for a 5.1 setup or a 7.1 setup? I have always had a 5.1 setup, but was considering a 7.1 setup just because its a new build and I thought I should. If I go 5.1 & just ceiling speakers, that also removes the potential issue with the side speaker. I'm also not really sure what 7.1 is going to really buy me over 5.1.
For the back and front exterior walls, I did not build interior walls. For all the exterior walls, there was insulation in place. For the side walls of the house (this is in the basement) I built the interior wall on the speaker/screen side and I also liked the idea of the additional Roxul insulation on the wall that had the fireplace since Roxul is a fire retarder and would buy my family more time to get out of the house in case of a fire.
My media/family room in the basement is large. Roughly 19' wide and 32' long and I do have a bar area and will be adding an airhockey area. I had to go with in-ceiling surrounds and I went with on-wall rears for 7.2 audio. Even if you decide to just go with 5.1 now, I would recommend wiring for 7.2. It is cheap to wire before the room is built vs after
I am glad I went with 7 speakers since I watch a lot of Blu-Ray movies and more and more movies seem to have 7.1 tracks. Blu-Ray stats shows roughly 339 movies with 7.1 tracks. It adds some additional ambience and surround sounds, and IMHO is worth the upgrade if your room allows. That said, I would focus my speaker budget on the front three speakers and your subwoofer. This is where the majority of your critical sound will come from. You can always wire for 7.1, do 5.1 now, and add the rear channels as the budget allows.
Here are some more pics of my front wall and room to give you an idea. Is this room in your basement?
In this shot you can see the side surround in the ceiling:
And a pic of the Deftech UIW RLS III in-ceiling surround speaker:
For the rear speaker, I would recommend in-wall or on-wall if you can vs in-ceiling, but in-ceiling will still work.
Let me know if I can help in any way if you have more questions.