I just moved into a new house and want to add a projection and sound system to my living room. I need some help.
The room is 15' x 21' with 8' ceilings. At the far (short) end, where the screen should go, is a fireplace. On the left is a huge window looking out onto the San Francisco bay. On the right is a small window. In the rear is a large entryway to the dining room.
Mostly we will be using the system in the late evening. Ideally the shades could stay open so we can watch movies with the city twinkling outside. I'm willing to make superficial changes to the room but not structural changes, since the room is dual-purpose.
Usage will be movies, XBox, and music, in that order (system will not be used for daily TV).
Right now I am considering:
- Projector: Optoma HD33 or Sony VPL HW30ES projector...?
- Receiver: Denon AVR-1712...?
- Speakers: Hsu Hybrid 15 (7.1 Package Rosewood)...?
- Media: Blu-ray player with excellent DVD upscaling...?
- Games: XBox 360
- Screen: retractable of some kind to not hide the fireplace..?
- Acoustic treatments: ...?
- Equipment racks: ...?
I don't know anything about screen size or seating placement.
I don't need network/internet stuff or home automation and I assume the game consoles can handle any streaming.
Budget is $3000 to $7000, furniture excluded, but I don't want to pay for things my wife and I won't appreciate. DIY install. I can build simple cabinetry if necessary, mount things to walls, and potentially run some wiring.
Pics are with staging furniture. We just have some cherry bookshelves so far.
Excited to hear any and all suggestions!
Edited by Pyxle - 8/20/12 at 10:41pm