I am new to the community and am going to jump in and start my build thread. First I can't say enough about how amazing this community is. I am so blown away and inspired by the builds I have seen that I am full of ideas to try out my own. We just took possession of a new house (4 years old, second owners) and I have my unfinished basement and the permission / support of my wife to do it up right (or right on a reasonable budget anyway).
My initial home theater set up in our last house had to double as a family room so it was a compromise of sorts. I originally bought an Onkyo Receiver (a 7.1) and an Epson Home Cinema 8100, with Polk in wall and ceiling speakers (SC series), as well as two Monitor 80 tower speakers. I wired the system for 9.2 dreaming big lol.
Here is a picture:
I really enjoyed the experience of the install and beginning to learn, but as you can imagine it only fueled what will with any luck become an obsession to the same extent as many of you . This year I upgraded the Projector, and Receiver and then shortly after we sold the house and moved to this new home.
Everything is on the table for debate and discussion and I welcome all comments and direction from the community. I will be sure and pay it all forward.
First the basement:
((*Drawn with Google SketchUp a free tool for personal use -- for anyone even newer than me and needs that info))
There are no walls in the basement other than on either side of the stairs. The beams you are looking at run in three places in the basement and have a clearance of 7 feet. Overall the basement is 8 feet tall to the joists. The bed is actually in there and I do need to build a basement but it is really just there for reference. The bathroom fixtures are roughed in, in the location I added the toilet and shower.
The left side of the basement (as shown in the picture) is 27' x 13' and the little nook on the far left measures and therefore adds 8' x 10'10". While kind of a good size overall I have not yet decided exactly what direction the theater room will be facing. Ideally I will get a dedicated theater, bathroom, bedroom, furnace / utility room, and either a small family room or just have the theater room large enough to have the family room space incorporated. I am new to the sound design aspect but I can't imagine a long rectangle with a card / games room table behind the back row of theater seating as it will be tough to make sound good I am thinking... (*mental note I also need take into account a hallway and how I will enter the rooms..)
I will post some ideas shortly on what I think will work best, and I would appreciate comments. I also will post my current equipment list shortly as well. Here we go!
Edited by bigfelter - 8/25/13 at 2:07pm