Okay, so I finally took the plunge, ordered all my equiment. Panny AE7000 Projector, Jamestown AT Screen(Seymour CenterStage XD), Sony STR-DN1030 Receiver, 2 pair of BIC America FH8-W Speakers(will have an extra one, as these are for center/left/right), 1 pair of BIC America FH6-W for rear speakers, Klipsch RW12-D Subwoofer. and 3 rows of 2 recliners(risers of 7 and 14 inches for 2nd and 3rd row) Had an idea of how i wanted to lay everything out, now I'm down to actually laying it out, and wanted to get some help here.
Here is a quick and dirty image i threw together. Took a picture of the area with the screen, and then just used paint to add some graphics and information to it. Yellow lines are the location of the studs in the wall
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I hung some pieces of paper up where I'm thinking the speakers will go, now one of my problems is that b/c the speaker isn't a multiple of 16(stud distance), I can't get speakers exactly equi-distance from the sides of the screen. Will this still sound really well, or is it going to throw it off a bit b/c of it? As it is now, on the left side, the left speaker will be just about even with the center of my face if I'm sitting on that side. So if you drew a straight line from the speaker to me, my left ear will be a few inches to the left of the edge of the speaker. Now on the right side, the speaker will be about 5-6 inches to the right of the right most seat in the row.
Now, for the back of the room, I have more lee-way since it's not limited to where the screen is, and I can easily place them wider than the seats, so the back right speaker is a few inches to the right of the seats and same for the back left side. Should I do that, or do I need to line up the back speakers with the front speakers in terms of distance apart?
Next question, is 7 inches enough for risers, I've read between 6-7 inches is about where you want to be. If you look in the middle of the picture, you can see where 38 inches(measured distance from ground to ear height for me - 5'10"). So next two levels of seats would be 45 and 52. Now couple of questions there, the speaker height, I didn't place them where they will be in terms of height, so should I just put the center of the speaker around the 2nd row height(45 inches), this way it's going in the middle of lowest vs highest. Then what about the rears, should the rears height be the same or a big higher?
One last question, sub-woofer placement, My plan was to place it right where the black box is no this next picture. Now, should the cone face outward, our face where the seats will be
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Obviously if this basement was un-finished and I had my choice, I would have built it around being a home theater, and I wouldn't have the above problems. However, for our budget, we are doing what we can to fit the home theater in the space, rather than tearing everything up and starting from scratch.