Sorry I've been away so much lately. Between work, the family, and all of the other projects going on around here, I haven't had much time to actually visit the thread. I should definately be more active moving into the summer now though.
We're in the process of balancing some funds between the theater and some outdoor work (patios, flowerbeds, firepit, etc), so I've been busy getting quotes from everyone. We also recently closed in an area up front to make a 2nd office in the house, so that's just about wrapped up now.
Anyways, budget permitting, here's the order of work to be done:
Speakers - I'm going to go with a pair of Klipsch CDT5800CII in-ceilings for the surrounds. I eventually need to replace the front RB35s with some beefier front channels, but that will be a bit. I'm also going to swap out the RB35 I'm using for a center and replace it with the RC62II. The reason I'm putting this at the top of the list is because I need the ceiling speakers so I can cut the hole in the ceiling before painting.
Next up will be the seats. I've decided on a row of 4 Palliser Peppers with power recline. Once they arrive, I'll install 4 bass shaker pros in them and wire them up to a Dayton 250W plate subwoofer amp to be stashed in the rack. I need to pop some baseboard off of a column in the room to get the speaker wire to the shakers, so I want this done prior to painting as well, just in case I need some touchup.
Phase 3 will be paint. I think I'm going to use my guy that did the office to do this, since the quote was good. I don' have exact colors yet, but the front wall will be black and the rest of the walls and soffit will be a darker brown. The ceiling in the theater area will also get a dark brown treatment.
Phase 4 will be the screen, since it will be hard to watch a movie on a now black wall. I need to measure one more time, but am planning on going with a 136" 2.35:1 Precision screen from Carada. I've used them twice before and have nothing but good things to say about them. If that's too big for the space, I'll step down to 128" like I had before.
I'm going to save the rack for last. The Middle Atlantic AXS-43 is already expensive enough, but they don't even include the rails and stand to install and service it. Those two things alone are almost $500. MA really knows how to stick it to you.
There's a bar, MAME machine, pinball machine, fireplace, and a few other things to come after all of this, but it will be over time.
All of that being said, I can't get started on any of this until the stage and columns are in place. I have every intention of getting the sand in the stage this weekend and screwing the top down on it. We have a friend of the family that should be able to get the columns done. I've altered the design a little, as you'll see in my sketch below:
I need access to the speaker from the front, so that panel will either need to be hinged or simply pop off. I like the hinged idea, but it will be a little difficult to hinge the crown and baseboard on the column when opening it. The reason I'm going with a single width all the way up is to accommodate any speaker I can throw at it. If I did a tapered design like I was initially showing, I may end up limiting myself. I'd like to do some holes on the inside too to hold a shelf, similar to the different height options you get when installing shelving on bookcases. This would allow me to move a single shelf up or down to adjust the height of any speaker I put in there - essentially eliminating the need for stands.
That's about it. I'll post some pics of the sand progress this weekend (fingers crossed)!!!