Originally Posted by design1stcode2nd
There are just too few people that will spend $$$$ on a reasonable theater. Components alone are going to run $4k-$6k for even a budget system like mine. That is with an existing space and painted wall as a screen. You can have a lot of movie nights for what many here will spend on a theater.
Side note: one thing that amuses me about my wife is that before I had a theater she thought I was nuts even doing the basic one I have/had. Now that we are without a theater during the rebuild, she doesn’t want to watch any movies until it’s done!
That seems about right to me. I got in a bit under that, but I re-purposed some components for it, the surround system for instance. And assuming a 65" TV qualifies.
Then there's the question of laying it out and remodeling a room for a dedicated home theater. I did it all myself, from re-wiring (outlets, speaker wires), to soundproofing, drywall, flooring, finishing, painting, etc. Materials ran into the thousands as well. I originally intended putting in a projector, and made an indented wall area for one (to accommodate a screen), but going passive 3D with a projector setup was looking questionable at the time, for various reasons. Hence the TV instead, but I still may go with a PJ. Or a really big 4k panel in a few years, who knows?
Funny thing about wives. Mine thought I was nuts as well. First thing she said when she saw the TV was: "Who the hell needs a TV that big and expensive?" "We do", says I.
Then she couldn't believe it when I gutted the room. For a month it was: "What's taking so long with this project of yours?" Mind you, I'm a semi-retired contractor and I wasn't screwing around with it. It was a lot of work for one guy, even one experienced in the skills required.
Then came our "premier" night when it was finally finished. I sat her down in the love seat 8' from the screen and we watched Hugo in 3D. I said: "There, that's what all the work was for. Come on now, it's awesome, admit it." She replied: "Alright, it is awesome, AWESOME."
Now she wants to hang pictures and crap on the walls to decorate it. "No can do", I replied. "This is my room." I did allow her to put up new drapes on the windows. She didn't like just the blinds there.
Anyway, the above begs the question: "Does putting a flat panel in the living room and hooking up a soundbar qualify as a home theater.?" I say it doesn't. Though I realize some may think a 65" TV doesn't qualify either. But I consider the TV to be temporary only.