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Hi,

I have a budget of $1000 for 3 compact speakers (LCR).

I have a newer midrange Denon Receiver and SVS PB-2000 for this gaming setup.

I'll likely be moving my projector to the opposite wall, and this picture will be my front wall:


I have trouble envisioning where my left speaker will be. I have about 6-8" in the left corner (not visible) for something like an Energy take speaker might be able to mount. I envision the screen will be hanging from the ceiling.

90% gaming/10% TV/Movies.

I'm using an Epson 8350 and Screen Innovations Pure White Zero edge screen. Reason I'm moving the projector is there is much less ambient light (actually zero) hitting the screen if I move it.

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At the moment two options come to mind ...

1. Best option is to leave the projector where it is and curtain off the entire back wall. A heavy-ish curtain will solve the light problem, and, a curtained back wall will actually improve the audio properties/performance of the room.

2. Less optimal, mount all three of your LCR speaker high on the wall (on the 18"-ish high, full length piece of wall hanging down from the ceiling) and tilt the speakers down toward the listening position(s). This way all three speakers will have the same kind of wall behind them and more similar acoustic properties.
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Thanks for the advice! Good idea. Don't need something super ideal for SQ, but just something where I can't identify the speaker location easily and "works".

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I like sdg's No. 1 option too; less work and better SQ due to mains having similar adjacent walls.

Speakers. These are a slam dunk for a $1K LCR I reckon:

Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 SE mains and CMT-340 SE centre for about $900 shipped.

Six 6.5" woofers across the front will give you an excellent gaming and movie experience in that room. Take a look at the Ascend Acoustics HTM-200 SE's for on-wall surrounds later on.
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OK, thank you for the speaker advice, I will keep it in mind.

Here's the dilemma. The wall in that picture remains the same darkness, but the wall I'm projecting on right now changes throughout the day because of the skylight in the foyer.

I could drape it up to the walkway, but I'm a little worried about the projector's heat dissipation as it's mounted very close to the edge of the room. Also, because of the walkway there, I can't fit more than 3 chairs, or center them very well.

My question is this: If I reversed the room, the screen wall would be as dark as possible (minimum ambient light), but now the projector would have some amount of sunlight "in its eyes".

Is this essentially the same problem as if the screen had sunlight on it?

Here's how it's currently set up, where this wall receives a minimum amount of light, but I think reversing it will be outstanding for its video performance, once the screen arrives. I may use syfabrics triple plush black velvet on this wall if I keep the screen here.
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Sorry ELmO, this is where I'll have to bow out. I simply don't know enough about projector/screen setup to give you an authoritative answer. Hopefully someone who knows more than me will be along to help out.

Alternately, you could post your question in either the General Home Theater & Media/Game Rooms or Screens sub-forums.
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Get your screen set-up squared away - and then it would be better suited
for speaker recommendations. However, keep Ascend in mind.

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I'm going to install a binding post in the corner wall, I temporarily put my current speakers in place and it could work (physically), but I don't know what it will sound like. I'll try to plug it up today to see if it would suffice.

I got the ceiling mount cables for the screen, I could technically get everything up and running if I can find 4-5 hours free and get a helping hand.

I'm also thinking about curtaining off the room behind the screen, leaving the walkway open. The only benefit I get out of flipping the room at that point will be I can fill the back wall with seating (as opposed as to being blocked by the walkway). I think it's coming together. Can't wait to play video games again, lol.


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