Originally Posted by gam3rr
So we bought a new house a couple months ago which has a nice finished room in the basement to be setup as media room.
The room has walls on 3 sides and fireplace in the center on one side. I will post pictures tonight or tomorrow and will measure the room as well
At this point I am trying to figure out how much to put on what components. I want to be under 5000 for everything and would like to purchase a couch in there as well... 1000 may be... so budget for video and audio is 4000
I have a denon 2113 i think which i would like to move to this room.. I also have def tech pro cinema 600 that i use in the living room which I still will use there
So my question is, within 4000, how much should i spend on the speakers, projector, screen and anything else i need?
I would like to have a 5.1 setup and 2 speakers as zone 2 outside the room as my music speakers when I work in the basement.
Can the $1000 couch be accounted for under a separate budget?!?
I'm only half joking...
Lets work through some numbers. Firstly, this article
suggests these percentages (of a $10 000 budget) which seem OK to me. Personally, I'd only allocate 20% - 25% of my budget to electronics and bump up the speaker/sub allocation to 40 - 50%. I'd spend as little as possible on wires and cables - 10% is over the top IMO.
• 35% to 40% of the equipment budget to the 7.1-channel home theater speaker system —about $3,500 to $4,000.
• 30% to 35% for the High Definition video display (rear projection, or front projector and screen, flat-panel plasma or LCD, plus associated controls) -- $3,000 to $3,500.
• 20% to 30% for the electronics (AV receiver or AV processor and amplifiers, DVD player)-- $2,000 to $3,000
• 5% to 10% for cables, wiring, and miscellaneous --$500 to $1,000
You already have the AVR and player (I assume), so you could assign that 20 - 30% to the aspect (audio or video) that you value most. Personally, I tend to get more enjoyment from the audio aspect and listen to a lot of multichannel music, so I'd assign the bulk of it to speakers and subs and tend towards the bold
figures based on a $5000
• 50% to 65%
or about $2500 to $3200
for speakers and subs
to 45% or about $1500
to $2300 for projector, screen and controls
• 5% or say $300 for for cables, wiring, and miscellaneous
You may well see more value or enjoy the video aspect more. In that case assign a greater percentage of the 20 - 30% electronics budget to video equipment.
Hope that helps to get you started.