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Full service installer vs. "someone to run the wires"

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I've been toying with the idea of building a media room in my basement for a a little while and finally had someone come into to take a look. The person who came in is reputable, primarily does electrical work (generators, wiring) and has other contractors who do the design work (soundproofing, walls, decor, etc)

If I go with him basically he would run the cables and mount speakers, projector and screen. The design folks would do soundproofing and decor. I would be the one that buys the equipment and sets up the system.. He made the comment that if I had A LOT of money to spend (30k-50k or more) that I should go with a "full service" installer and could recommend some.

Personally I was thinking about going with a lot of Internet Direct brands (i.e. Aperion or Axiom, hsu subs, Emotiva amps, carada screen), but other components online and getting cables from Monoprice. I figure this will give me the most bang for my buck. I was trying to keep the total cost to under 30k and with pricing out the components its around 20k.

Does this approach sound reasonable. Other than having to do the setup myself are there any other drawbacks to this approach. I'm pretty savvy with hooking up and doing basic calibration (test discs, audessy, etc) so I'm not afraid of this part.
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Check out the Dedicated Home Theater subforum.

Consider a pro design service, e.g. Erskine Group.

Consider the time needed for full blown setup, to include double drywall and green glue.
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or you could post some picture of your space, and with some help from the folks that haunt this forum & some clues as to what you want to put where ... take a lot of the detail work into your own hands. While the electrical should be left to pros, there is no reason why you can't run your own AV cabling at a significant savings, especially for the materials. Depends on how comfortable you are with your handyman skills.
Find contractor(s) for the big stuff that will listen and work with you,...not just offer the ordinary
Plan Plan Plan, Get every detail down on paper now before buying board or speaker #1.
Share every cool detail you've seen on other builds that you want to emulate.
Contact Ted or John at Soundproofing Company, they won't steer you wrong.
Don't forget air exchange/heating/cooling for a tightly sealed room filled with people and or electronics.
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You could also do the electrical if you have the aptitude in that area. I did the electrical and had everything else done (I wanted to do that, too, but ran out of time). Plan on a lot of time for research, though, including asking about local codes.
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