Hello all, I'm a long time lurker, first time poster. I've been a AVS visitor since I purchased my first big screen HDTV 8 years ago and was looking for some color tuning info. I have a large family; the wife and I, and our 6 daughters, and my mom now lives with us in an apartment above the garages. One of our favorite pastimes is "Family Movie Night". We try to do it every other weekend if not more often. Life's been a little crazy lately, but it's starting to settle back down and we're watching movies again. I built a nice setup with our HDTV in our family room with a MediaPC running mediabrowser for the entire library. We absolutely love it. The kids can watch movies and no one has to go through all the discs and spread them all over the house!
Recently, we moved into a new (to us) home. The basement is fully finished with the exception of a room underneath the 2 car garage that says "home theater" all over it. The previous owner started to wire it up for that purpose, but I don't think he really knew what he was doing. Since we purchased the home, I've planned on finishing what he started. I was planning on taking it really slow, and getting the room done as finances dictated. As luck would have it, I have an offer to purchase my little side business, and that will generate enough to do the home theater! Initially my thoughts were to get it done quick, before Christmas. As I think about it more, I don't think I'm going to be able to do things that fast and do them right. I still have a lot of work to do at a rental property before I can do this project. Also, I want to plan things out well, so I can be sure that I'm doing things right.
I've started reading through as many of the threads here as I can. I've been through all the sticky threads. I've been taking a lot of notes. I have so MANY questions!! Some threads create more questions than answers! So I'm hoping you don't mind if I ask a lot of questions here..
I've visited a couple of the home theater stores here in town, and already got some ideas. Since I am Best Buy premier Silver, I plan on taking advantage of their free magnolia in home consultation, as well as a couple of the other shops in town who will come out and do a consultation for free.
I currently have my budget set at about 15K. 6k for seating, 4k for projection, 3k for audio, and the balance for lumber/drywall/carpet, etc. Would you say this is a realistic budget? That seating budget is killing me.. I'd rather spend that on electronics!
Over the next couple days, I'll post my high level plans that I have so far. Please comment and steer me the right way if I'm way off base.