So, I'm at another point where I could use some feedback from some members that have already been through this process. I need to begin constructing a wall for hiding my speakers and framing out the screen. Please see the below image for reference:
I'm thinking of conquoring this design in two steps. Step one would be to build a box the length of the screen wall, which is 149 inches wide. The screen wall itself is 87 inches tall from the top of the stage to the bottom of the soffit above. Step 2 would be to build two columns and then attach them to the left and ride ends of the box build in Step 1.
Here is where I could use some input: How high does the center speaker need to be? I realize I can angle it, but I'm wondering how crucial the mounting height it. This will determine just how low the top surface of the cabinet can be, which would in turn regulate how low the screen can hang. Finally, the width of the screen would determine how wide the left and right columns would be.
I've been thinking about going with a 100" 1.78:1 screen from Carada, as I've had good luck with them in the past. Outside dimensions for their Criterion series would be 93.9" x 55.7". The Precision series would have a smaller border and would buy me some more space, so it's an option if it comes down to that.
Mounting the screen in the midle of the wall would leave me with 27.5" for each column, which should be more than enough room for the Klipsch RB-81s that I plan on purchasing. The wider base framing would allow me to rest the speakers on a larger sub, or build a stand if that becomes the way to go. In a nutshell, I don't think the width is an issue.
I had some people over the other night to try out the chairs, so I had a chance to see how viewing would be from the back row while someone was seated in the front row. My rear row is roughly 16-17 feet from the screen and the seats are elevated roughly 14 inches above the front row seating. With a taller person seated in front, the higher the screen is mounted on the front wall - the better.
That being said, how high is too high? I think once I know the height I can get away with mounting my center speaker and the height from the ceiling for my screen, I'll be good to go.
The vertical supports in the above drawing are just preliminary. Ideally, I'll have 3 equally sized openings in the middle area, with the center spot being reserved for the speaker. All panels will be covered with fabric.
Thanks in advance for all of your comments I hope to receive.