Two months ago I set out to finish in about half of my 1000 square foot basement and turn it into a home theater and exercise area. My goal was to do as much work as I could myself to save money and purchase equipment that would give me my best bang for my buck whenever I could. Right now I'm 95% done with only painting my doors and installing and painting my baseboard and having the carpet put in left. I have to say it's turned out much better than even I hoped it would. It's been a ton of work but so worth it in the end. The only thing I didn't do myself was the drywall because I wanted that part to look better than I know I could have done it.
Here is a link to my facebook album of the build up to current - the link should work for anyone.
My equipment consists of:
Slightly used Onkyo TX-NR636 I got from ebay for about half the price of a new one. It even still had the stickers on it!
Refurbished Benq HT1075 projector
120" Silverticket screen from Amazon Warehouse deals. The description said it was a customer return but looked like it had never been opened. I could tell during the assembly it had never been opened just as they said. Perfect condition!
Fluance AVHTB speakers. I also purchased a set of Fluance AVBP2 bipole speakers to use for the surround sound speakers and put the included surround sound speakers in the exercise area. I spent about 300 dollars total for all 7 of these speakers.
Infinity CS60R ceiling speakers that was a Fry's weekly promo deal for my Atmos Top middle speakers. These were only about 30 bucks apiece.
12" Sony SA-WM500 I already had on hand. This has always been a solid performer for me, but I do think I see a 15" Dayton Sub-1500 in my future just to get a little more output on the lower frequencies.
Even without the carpet installed and the bare concrete floor it's sounding awesome. I can't quite imagine that a set of 300 dollar speakers would sound as good as they do, I'm really impressed with the bang for the buck those Fluance speakers are. Sure you can purchase better sounding speakers, but probably not for less money.
The Benq projector also looks really good, the fan could be a little quieter but running it on Eco mode seems to help with that and its still plenty bright.
I can't wait to get these last few items finished up and really start enjoying the new room!