Originally Posted by mjh222
The room is large and open (~21x65x9, with theater in the front third, gameroom, bar, etc in remaining area). Would really love to do dedicated theater, but WAF dictates a more general open layout.
Here's the deal...
If you have not built the space yet and YOU want a dedicated room, make sure your wife understands the following:
Does your wife have any idea how LOUD a solid home theater system can get?
Is she willing to put up with loud movies, WHEN EVER YOU WANT TO WATCH THEM AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT
I have a dedicated room and there is nothing like having the ability to stay up and watch a movie when the rest of the family is in bed sleeping and you know you won't wake anyone up. Even on weekdays. Try watching a movie at near reference levels in the middle of the week with an open media room type lay-out. It won’t happen…! My wife had the same attitude as yours. Now she invites her co-workers out about twice per year for a movie night. Our kids love the room. What you will find is that the room will not be just YOUR room.
Then ask her if she cares if you treat the walls/ceilings as necessary in an open floor plan to achieve the audio performance you wish.
Are you planning on getting a front projector? If so, is she willing to have a black ceiling in an open media room type lay-out?
What about seating? A dedicated home theater allows you to have better optimal seating.
As far as resale value is concerned, about 5 years ago my wife and I considered moving to another job. When we brought in a realtor, she said the theater would be a huge selling point for our home.
Personally… I'd get your room in order before I worried about A/V components.
Just my opinion...