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Old 07-18-2014, 09:57 AM - Thread Starter
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Question New Theater Room - Need advice

I have been researching and my brain is going absolutely crazy from choosing a home theater setup. I am looking to turn the basement family room (20'L x 8'H x 12'W) into a movie room. The family will mainly be watching movies and listening to music every so often (rarely).

I will be ceiling mounting a projector Sony VPL-HW40ES to display the picture on the 12' wall on a 130" screen with seating distance of 13'

My budget is ~$4000 for the projector, speakers, and receiver. ($2200 for speakers/receiver after taking out projector cost)

Looking for advice on the following:
1) 5.1, 5.2 or 7.1 with the room size?
2) Thinking of doing 1 now and 1 later for the sub(s) SVS PB-1000
3) Speakers
Fronts - ?
Center - ?
LR - ?
Rears (if 7.1) -

Side Note, I do have 8 HD-R65-ceiling-speakers I could use also for any of the speakers, but only if they would provide better sound.
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Are you handy at all? If so, for your budget you could do a killer DIY speaker and sub build that would be superior to anything you can buy for the money.

http://www.diysoundgroup.com/wavegui...aker-kits.html

All you have to do is just put everything together and wire it (crossovers are even built).
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What kits would you recommend I pick up from there for a 5.2 system? I am correct in thinking the room wouldn't work well with a 7.1, correct?

Just picked up the TASCAM - PAR200 - 7.2 CHANNEL SURROUND RECEIVER RS232 for 244.1/Shipped with a 3-Year SquareTrade Warranty

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What kits would you recommend I pick up from there for a 5.2 system? I am correct in thinking the room wouldn't work well with a 7.1, correct?
You could make 7.x work, but I would just wire for it (if you have not already) and focus on 5.x.

Personally, I would approach building your HT system as more of a marathon than a spring and when you consider that your main speakers (front left, right, center and sub) do almost all the heavy lifting and are the most important speakers in the setup focus your budget there first and foremost.

I don't know if you have space restrictions for your mains but I would go with something like five of these based on your budget:
http://www.diysoundgroup.com/wavegui...sion8-kit.html

With the assembled crossover you are looking at around $200 a speaker to finish it (paint, roller, glue, etc). Five of them would be right around $1K. I would buy a $400 or so Denon receiver:
http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-S700...keywords=denon

And that leaves you around $800 for a sub. If you go the DIY route you can get a flat pack from DIY Soundgroup:
http://www.diysoundgroup.com/sealed-...flat-pack.html

A woofer for the box:
http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-...4-ohm--295-469

Or the 15" D4 woofer from here:
http://stereointegrity.com/index.php?id=57#

And something like this to power it:
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-NU10...keywords=inuke

Start with one, and the iNuke has enough juice to power another

In fact you probably have just about enough money to build two subs.

Then add two more speakers down the road for 7.2
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Since you have some in ceiling speakers already I would look up how Atmos uses them and install them so you are ready when Atmos becomes more common.

I would also look to upping the sub budget (pre-built) or going with a pair of DIY models.

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What kits would you recommend I pick up from there for a 5.2 system? I am correct in thinking the room wouldn't work well with a 7.1, correct?

Just picked up the TASCAM - PAR200 - 7.2 CHANNEL SURROUND RECEIVER RS232 for 244.1/Shipped with a 3-Year SquareTrade Warranty
7.1 could work fine in your room. With a 20' room depth, and your seating at 13', you'd have 7' behind you for rear surrounds. They would "work" just fine. Having said that, at your pricepoint, I would recommend you focus on "better" 5.1. Wire now for the rears, but wait until the wallet refills to get them.





With a 12' room width, you'll want to place your side surrounds at 90 to 110 degrees to the seating. This puts them on the side walls. Lower profile speakers will likely work best in that placement. Keep that in mind as you look at speakers.



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Wife is hounding me now to look at in-wall/in-ceiling speakers (fighting it tooth and nail). Any suggestions on those? Budget is still the same and what disadvantage/downside(s) is there in-wall/in-ceiling speakers?

Also, what should I be looking for, in terms of an equipment rack?

Thank you for all your help, really appreciate the community here.

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You could make 7.x work, but I would just wire for it (if you have not already) and focus on 5.x.

Personally, I would approach building your HT system as more of a marathon than a spring and when you consider that your main speakers (front left, right, center and sub) do almost all the heavy lifting and are the most important speakers in the setup focus your budget there first and foremost.

I don't know if you have space restrictions for your mains but I would go with something like five of these based on your budget:
http://www.diysoundgroup.com/wavegui...sion8-kit.html

With the assembled crossover you are looking at around $200 a speaker to finish it (paint, roller, glue, etc). Five of them would be right around $1K. I would buy a $400 or so Denon receiver:
http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-S700...keywords=denon

And that leaves you around $800 for a sub. If you go the DIY route you can get a flat pack from DIY Soundgroup:
http://www.diysoundgroup.com/sealed-...flat-pack.html

A woofer for the box:
http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-...4-ohm--295-469

Or the 15" D4 woofer from here:
http://stereointegrity.com/index.php?id=57#

And something like this to power it:
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-NU10...keywords=inuke

Start with one, and the iNuke has enough juice to power another

In fact you probably have just about enough money to build two subs.

Then add two more speakers down the road for 7.2
How would this setup rate for sound?
Left/Right - Pioneer SP-FS52-LR Andrew Jones Designed Floor standing Loudspeaker
Center - Pioneer SP-C22 Andrew Jones Designed Center Channel Speaker
Surronds - Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Andrew Jones Designed Bookshelf Loudspeakers
Sub - Dayton Audio RSS390HO-4 15" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Also, If I were to go with In-Ceiling Speakers, what would you recommend?
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