I have recently moved my family from the FL east coast to Central WI. After a year of renting, we have bought a house. Best thing between FL and WI....BASEMENTS!!! I have been a fan of movies for a long time and have set up my surround sound in the places I have lived. It has always been shoddy work to say the least:rolleyes: So with the new space we have, I have convinced my other half to buy in to the "fact" that this is for the family and not just me:) I call it the "pseudo" build because the area I will use is already finished out. I just have to configure it the way I want and do the fun stuff There is a caveat, as always, the budget for said space. Here is my deal with her:
---I will get the northwest side of the large finished basement for the theater area.
---She will keep the 14' square finished room on the other side of the basement for a craft room/office. It is already equipped with laminate floor and crafting cabinetry by previous owner.
---She gets a workout area on the southwest side of the basement with a TV mounted on the wall.
---BGUDGET - This will be a skeleton of a budget. I am determined to spend as little as possible to get what I want using any means I can. Most equipment will be from Craigslist (CL). Any purchase must be agreed upon by us both. You will see that I have done my best to stick to this one, but sort of threw it out the window when I got the PJ, ooops. My next post will contain a full gear list and price paid for new-to-me equipment
Other than this, I have free reign.
Dimensions of the HT area are approximately 18ft (screenwall) x 16ft. I do realize it would be better dimensions to turn it 90degrees. But there is an egress window on the east wall that prohibits this, WAF. The basement is finished with drop ceiling, nice new carpeting and pad, painted drywall. There were some existing speaker wires ran but it was not usable for anything. There are an abundance of power outlets on all walls.
Here is my obligatory screen wall with the proposed screen taped out. It is a 2.38 aspect ratio, 54.5 inch high CIH. The plan is to do a painted surface with just UPW1850 to start with. I have been consulting with Mississippi Man on this portion of the process. As you can see it is pretty close to the ceiling. I will lower it slightly to let the velvet trim rest on top of the electric outlet. There is a little light reaching the ceiling during playback but acceptable for the amount of work it will take to make it go away. Anyway...1 gallon of UPW, 4 yards of velvet (with 1/2 off coupon), 1/4 nap roller, sanding block and paper, MDF trim,
More pictures of the space:
Here is the seating. A sectional microfiber in light tan color. There are 4 recliners; only 3 can recline at a time because the two near the center are too close and the foot rests hit. Bad design but paid for:) You can also see the rack, from craigslist. is 66" tall and doubles as right surround speaker shelf. Has four shelves and drawer storage at bottom. You can also see the PJ mounted here. Its an Epson 8350. CL find from an HT installer, fellow soccer-dad, with an extra new bulb, (yes I stole it). Didnt consult wife about this, it was a total no-brainer and I did not care about the repercussions.
Screen to the seating. You can see it is turned to face the screen an sort of frames the space I am attempting to create. Beyond the seating is the aforementioned workout area. It is ceramic tiled. Also has a fridge, round metal high bar table with stools and cork dartboard. Also got a kegerator at a garage sale recently so now that is there too.
Here is the rest of the room looking from screen wall. Pool table messy tools everywhere and all the speakers moved for painting screen.
Speakers: I will update with all the specs of the speaker models in my next post. LCRs are B&W, surrounds are Polk Audio, Subs (2) are made by monster, they were another CL score my receiver and surrounds. Does anyone have any experience with them? They are called Eleganza, 250 powered 10" subs and were sold in pairs. Here's a pic of one.
I am running all wiring down exisitng wall and over drop ceiling. Yes this will not be acoustically perfect, but I am not going for perfection this time around. Just need a usable space with a good image quality big screen. And CHEAP. My goal is to spend about what most of you spend on drywall for my entire system. More details to come. Criticism, suggestions, advice, and all comments welcome. Thanks.