So I did some measuring and drew the screen on the wall so I could re-evaluate. I guess I have a couple of options:
- plan A: I can leave the speakers all below the screen in a cabinet. I've seen / heard this setup locally and it's just fine for a room with 1 row of seats.
- plan B: build a false wall leaving the center below the screen and place the L/R on their sides (tweeters in) next to the screen.
- plan C: false wall with an AT screen and all 3 speakers behind it.
- plan D: false wall with standard screen and speakers below it.
- preperation H: Feels good on the whole.
I think I'm still leaning toward A or D mostly due to fears over image quality. Being a graphic designer, I think I'm more sensitive to picture quality vs exact accuracy of speaker placement? A or D would also leave me a little wiggle room for tilting and angling the LCR's to get the sound stage just right(ish)?
On a sadder note, 2.35:1 is out. Proper seating distance (for a 128") would put me behind my side surrounds and into the walkway leading to the playroom, and a 110" would only give me a 16x9 image at 86". We still watch a ton of 16x9.
On the other hand, I might just put together a seymour DIY for a couple hundred bucks and see how I like it for a while. I can switch to the stewart later and use the DIY for an outdoor drive-in for the kids.
l/R to the sides
LCR behind AT screen