Originally Posted by Chris071983
Wow... Guess I've got lits to learn about this still... B
Besides paying school of first, any other tips? Lol.
Doesn't have to cost that much, and you can start with components for your normal TV and move up to the room as budget allows. For example, the receiver, speakers, BluRay player and gaming system can all be there and working before you commit to the room. That way it doesn't have to be a budget breaker at that time.
As an example, here is a breakdown of my own theater, showing when and where the money was spent.
Onkyo 806 receiver - B stock, 2008 $650
Klipsch KG-4 mains - 1993 $400
Klipsch RC-45 center - Woot-off 2007 $200
Klipsch RS-? surrounds - 2007 B stock $250
Velodyne SCR-1200 Subwoofer used - $300
Panasonic BDP-220 BluRay - 2011 Shopko sale $119
Toshiba HD-DVD - 2007 WalMart Black Friday $99
XBox 360 2011 - $299
Equipment total = $2317 spread out over 20 years. Probably twice that in equipment handed down or tossed out.
I decided to create the dedicated space in August, 2010
Epson 8100 projector $1400
Elite Sable Screen 120" $320
Wall shelf mounting bracket $45
Projector total = $1765
Paint for walls and ceiling $85
Area rugs to cover tile floor $425
Berkline 12011 powered recliners (4) $2180
Eclipse sound and light blocking curtains (8 panels - closeout at bed bath and beyond) $120
Movie posters and frames (not counted in total because that is a different and expensive hobby)
Sound treatments $175
Room treatment total = $2985
So, my total so far is $7067, which is your budget. It helped that I had finished space available. I also did not go overboard and try to create a palace. I ended up with a space where I can turn off the lights and be absorbed in the movie. It is a space where guests can feel comfortable. By being patient, shopping closeouts, sales and some selected used, I was able to get equipment at substantial savings.
It is not finished yet. I want to add a bar at the back and some cabinets. I want to upgrade the rugs. Eventually I would like to put in a false wall and hide the speakers. I need a more formal equipment rack. All this will add to the cost, but the point is that I can do it at my leisure and still enjoy the space now.