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I am in the process of putting in a new home theater in my basement with a 110" projector screen. The room will be used primarily for movies and TV/sports, but some music as well. I think I am settled on the video side, but am feeling a little overwhelmed by the choices for audio. 

 

The room is a rectangle with ~1,600 cubic feet. In order to maximize screen size, there is little-to-no space to the sides of the screen for floorstanding speakers. Therefore, I think I need something that can be mounted. The seating will be along the back wall of the room. 

 

My maximum budget is $3,000 for a 5.1 set-up, including the receiver, although I am always open to a better value. Generally speaking, we are not true audiophiles but would like a relatively impressive system to match the 110" video.

 

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I would take a look at HSU, the Hybrid 3 5.1 system would be a great option, and I would add an additional VTF-3 MK4 to improve bass response.

I would add to that a Denon AVR-X2000, which comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT, and 7.1 for future expansion.

This system will give you great dynamics and clear sound for movies, and the dual subs will really enhance your movie experience. You should be looking at an acoustically transparent screen, so you can put the speakers behind it and utilize three identical speakers (most ideal). I would also strongly consider getting an acoustic panel package, this will make a huge difference in sound quality, and is a requirement in a dedicated space.

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The room is a rectangle with ~1,600 cubic feet. In order to maximize screen size, there is little-to-no space to the sides of the screen for floorstanding speakers. Therefore, I think I need something that can be mounted. The seating will be along the back wall of the room. 

My maximum budget is $3,000 for a 5.1 set-up, including the receiver, although I am always open to a better value. Generally speaking, we are not true audiophiles but would like a relatively impressive system to match the 110" video.

More often than not - it seems that people are choosing video as a priority, over audio quality.

How much width space do you really have to the side of the screen?

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Only a few inches to either side. My problem is that the wall that will have the screen also has a closet door, so that limits my width.

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I would take a look at HSU, the Hybrid 3 5.1 system would be a great option, and I would add an additional VTF-3 MK4 to improve bass response.

I would add to that a Denon AVR-X2000, which comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT, and 7.1 for future expansion.

This system will give you great dynamics and clear sound for movies, and the dual subs will really enhance your movie experience. You should be looking at an acoustically transparent screen, so you can put the speakers behind it and utilize three identical speakers (most ideal). I would also strongly consider getting an acoustic panel package, this will make a huge difference in sound quality, and is a requirement in a dedicated space.

Thanks. I will take a look. My one concern with the X2000 is the lack of wifi. I think I'd probably prefer to have it built-in, but this is definitely a good option otherwise.

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Only a few inches to either side. My problem is that the wall that will have the screen also has a closet door, so that limits my width.

Then look at the EMP speakers
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Thanks. I will take a look. My one concern with the X2000 is the lack of wifi. I think I'd probably prefer to have it built-in, but this is definitely a good option otherwise.

The X2000 has networking... I don't know of many receivers that have wifi built in, I would rather run Ethernet.

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I would take a look at HSU, the Hybrid 3 5.1 system would be a great option, and I would add an additional VTF-3 MK4 to improve bass response.

I would add to that a Denon AVR-X2000, which comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT, and 7.1 for future expansion.

This system will give you great dynamics and clear sound for movies, and the dual subs will really enhance your movie experience. You should be looking at an acoustically transparent screen, so you can put the speakers behind it and utilize three identical speakers (most ideal). I would also strongly consider getting an acoustic panel package, this will make a huge difference in sound quality, and is a requirement in a dedicated space.

Wouldn't I need a receiver with 2 pre-outs for the dual subwoofers?

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Wouldn't I need a receiver with 2 pre-outs for the dual subwoofers?

Not realy.
You can use a Y splitter (1 male to 2 female).
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I am in the process of putting in a new home theater in my basement with a 110" projector screen. The room will be used primarily for movies and TV/sports, but some music as well. I think I am settled on the video side, but am feeling a little overwhelmed by the choices for audio. 

 

The room is a rectangle with ~1,600 cubic feet. In order to maximize screen size, there is little-to-no space to the sides of the screen for floorstanding speakers. Therefore, I think I need something that can be mounted. The seating will be along the back wall of the room. 

 

My maximum budget is $3,000 for a 5.1 set-up, including the receiver, although I am always open to a better value. Generally speaking, we are not true audiophiles but would like a relatively impressive system to match the 110" video.

 

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I just bought a Klipsch set-up from crutch field for 1,245$. Bought a Yamaha  rx575 on Amazon fro 299$. Speakers are  pair of rb600's, rc500, rs400's and a rw12 sub. 

 

Receiver is 7.2 with dual zone 

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Only a few inches to either side. My problem is that the wall that will have the screen also has a closet door, so that limits my width.

So why not get a 100" screen so you'll have more room for speakers? You realize that you can have sound that can equal or exceed the movie theater, but not if you don't have room for speakers. LOL

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@cel4145I think I will be happier with the 110" screen given my viewing distance. As I consider everyone's suggestions and look again at the space, I think I probably need to go with an in wall installation behind an AT screen. I am thinking the Elite AccousticPro 1080P2. My only other option is probably to do all three front speakers either above or below the screen.

What do you guys think about in wall options and this screen?
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Go AT screen, with the speakers behind the screen
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Go AT screen, with the speakers behind the screen

Agreed.

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Go AT screen, with the speakers behind the screen

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fwiw, just a suggestion . after reading your post I would try to keep your seating away from back wall also, for better overall sound experience

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Go AT screen, with the speakers behind the screen

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