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"Screen too big!" - need advice for front wall

post #1 of 6
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My wife wanted the biggest screen we could fit so we went with 135" 16:9. (She still thinks we could go bigger :-) and now I would like to build soffits and a stage.

I like Bigs build here with the 2 stage soffits -http://www.avsforum.com/t/1421716/bigmouthindc-summer-fun-just-10-minutes-down-the-parkway/0_100 (See post #63 - second picture) and thought of doing something like that but I don't know what to do for the front wall.

I can probably squeeze in a 4" stage (subwoofers height will be awfully close to the screen height) but not sure what to do with the space over the screen.

This is not an AT screen so I can't build a false wall - plus it would affect the viewing/projector distance.

The top of the screen frame is 4" from the ceiling and the bottom of the screen frame is 18" above the floor.



The subwoofer as it currently sits is 2.5" higher on subdudes. leaves 1.5" to the white screen surface - would have to sit directly on the stage.

Hard to see but here is the space between the top of the screen and the ceiling:




Thoughts? Would it look OK to run soffits on the sides and back of the room and leave the screen wall open?
post #2 of 6
How many rows will you have?
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hi Shawn - I would eventually like to build a riser and have 2 rows.

Currently I have 6 chairs and the center chair is just over 15' from the front wall. (Coaster Showtime)
The projector lens is right about 15' to the screen as well. It is an epson 6010.



Also - as you can see in the pictures, my surround and rear speakers stick out pretty far so I am trying to figure out how to fit them into the soffit equation as well.
post #4 of 6
HI Jimmy,

Well, there are some issues there. It's tough to see from the picture, but it looks like your rear surrounds appear to be too far back of your listening area. Do you have additional pictures you can share?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Here you go:

Here is a layout from the GC for when he was finishing the basement - finished ceiling height is 93"
(Just noticed I have one of the front Sub Woofers shown as a Blue box - should be a Black box in the drawing)



Left front view:



Right Surround



Left Surround



Rear Surrounds



Another of the Rear Surrounds



Component Cabinet



Right surround looking forward



I originally planned to use smaller speakers that would fit in the cut outs on the columns but things changed after the build. And of course they continue changing :-)
post #6 of 6
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So I spoke with Shawn (SierraMikeBravo) from the Erskine Group and I decided to go with their Pro Theater Layout service. I received the plans today and am very happy with what they created for me.

I will have to go with a smaller screen (also decided to go 2.39 instead of 16:9) but I now have plans to complete the theater so that it really looks, feels, and sounds like a theater.
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