Originally Posted by Decelerate
I am going to go ahead and center the seats and screen as well as relocate all the equipment to the AV closet (I am probably going to do a fusion research movie server anyways). You guys are very persuasive...
I think you'll be happier with the results. While I like having the BD player in the room to be able to load media, having it outside but nearby is fine, too. When I'm having folks over to watch a BD, the disc is in the player and has already gone through the 20 minutes of commercials / previews before anyone shows up...
These changes will leave me with a 29" aisle on either side. Any thoughts if this is too narrow? Maybe I could cheat and shift the seats a few inches off center to get some extra aisle width for the main aisle near the door.
29" wide is luxurious!
My aisles are ~18" and I was concerned about that being too narrow. A foot wider than that - you've got no problem!
I will now need to readdress the ceiling design. The return plenum cannot be moved as their is an elevator shaft and other rooms with coffered ceilings that affect the plenum placement. See the attached image. So, the new ceiling design will need to be at least 30" off of the side walls. When we account for a light shelf, the inside of the tray becomes even smaller. Any ideas for a new ceiling design that fits the space?
Agree with others that mirroring that 30" soffit width on the other side is the first step. You could divide the remaining area into several trays (see my pictures) as an example, but there's plenty of creative possibilities. The ceiling is a great place to get creative...
These tweaks also mean that I could go for a larger screen, maybe an AT screen? I need to iron out my viewing distances before investigating new screens. This house is a vacation house being built out of state, and I cannot go down there before the wiring is scheduled to be pulled. So I need to figure out these viewing distances now.
Boy, you really are embracing the forum advice!!!
The way I see it, I have 2 options.
1. Build a false wall up front in order to do an AT screen. This would mean that the viewing distances to each row would decrease by around 2'? I am not really sure how deep the false wall would need to be.
2. Install the screen right on the wall and put the speakers on either side. This would allow me to move the first and second rows a foot or so in order to help with the sound in the second row.
My front row is 10' from a 108" screen in 16x9, if you pull your rows two feet closer to 12', you'd be fine with your 120". At 10' I wouldn't go any bigger than my 108", but there are folks with larger/shorter than that and like it, too. Pulling your rear row a few feet from the back wall will really help, and you've got the room depth to allow for that.
The depth of the false wall needs to be enough to house the speakers - 2' is the common suggestion, subwoofers are usually the deepest box to deal with. I wouldn't make it any shallower than 18" as that will start restricting your speaker choices.
I was planning on using a stewart studiotek130. So shifting to an AT screen would force me to restart the screen hunt. Any thoughts on an AT screen equivalent to the video quality of the studiotek130?
For the price of the Studiotek there are a number of brands for AT alternatives that are excellent quality... At 12' you won't have any problems with seeing the fabric weave...