Hello fellow AVS members! Ive been a member for quite a while. Like many others, Ive spent lots of time dreaming and planning my own theater. I'm starting this thread in hopes to keep myself motivated to complete the room. I have already started constructing the room and have some of my equipment gathered. In addition to the theater, I will also be finishing the rest of my basement. My house was originally built around 100 years ago and has already gone through a few remodels before i purchased it so there are more than a few oddities in existing construction to work around. So far its been a wonderful but slow experience getting everything completed. I have added a bathroom, and nearly completed a bedroom in the basement already.
Currently, my theater is functional. But no where near finished. I committed the worst sin in HT construction about 2 years ago when i temporarily mounted my projector. And guess what..... Yep you guessed it! virtually no progress since then... Time for some motivation to get this thing done!... Oh.. there is one catch though. I'm on a super tight budget (Divorces suck.. but they are worth it). I will be doing as much of the work myself as possible and probably cutting a few corners here and there. I'll be utilizing eBay, garage sales, free stuff, etc. Sandman's theater will be my inspiration for the design. Hopefully mine will come out looking nearly as good, for a much lower cost.
On the the basic details and plans!
Room size is approx 12.5' x 22'
Things I want to have in my theater build:
2.39:1 DIY screen.
7.1 speakers, hidden in columns
If i can find room for it, a TubaHT subwoofer.
Fiber optic star ceiling.
Basic acoustical treatment.
Current Equipment List:
Old Sony 5.1 receiver.
old Sony 3way towers for the front left/right channels.
Yamaha NS-FP9500 speakers for the center and surround channels.
HTPC running XBMC
Panasonic PT-AE700u LCD projector
The HTPC streams movies off a media server. I love this solution! There is no need to dig through DVDs all the time and even my 6 year old can use it without me worrying about discs getting scratched or snapped in half. Plus its just cool. I also have an HTPC in the living room connected to a 50" Panasonic Plasma and one in my bedroom. its GREAT!
I know my sound system is subpar by today's standards. But honestly, it sounds pretty decent and i don't need anything that will blow the doors off the place. The receiver will need to be replaced, but im probably going to keep the existing speaker setup for a while. Ultimately I'd like to build my own. but that will be on like phase 6 of this project.
Right now the theater is framed and partially sheetrocked and I have my riser built. (pictures to come) My first obstical is where to put the equipment. Once thats figured out i can run the conduit ad finish my sheetrock. Originally, I planned to have a false wall in the back of the room with a rack flush mounted in it. Now i feel like that would take too much space away from the rest of the room. So, options for placement outside the room include my server rack on the other side of the basement, or hidden in a cabinet under the bar, right outside the theater. Directly outside the theater seems to make the most sense since cable runs will be much shorter, but it will take away some storage space in the bar. For those of you who have a rack outside the theater, whats a reasonable distance to run all the cables? How about controlling everything? I know i can get an IR extender for the remotes. Do you find it problematic to not be able to see the devices display? like for changing sound settings on the receiver... or radio stations/input modes. Do modern receivers show all that information via on screen display? A while ago i was looking at getting an Onkyo TX-SR606. They are pretty reasonably priced on eBay now. would that still be a good choice for a receiver if it will be in a separate room?
Edited by meyer64 - 6/26/12 at 9:06am