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Need some help with a basement

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I try to read as much as I can and not ask too many questions but I need some advice. I just bought a house with a finished basement (pics are from the listing, we havent moved in yet). The problem is the ceiling height. The ceiling height varies from 80" to 92" with there being the 80" dip in the center of the room for hvac and a load bearing beam. The dip is 10' back from the wall. I'm upgrading to 4k so bought/buying new receiver and projector (benq ht3550). I'm struggling with placement of the center speaker, as the screen bottom will only be 20" from the floor, and whether I'll be able to do a riser for the 2nd row (buying ht seats). Obviously I'll be blacking out the glass doors. I will be putting the av equipment in the wall. Can I do a riser? Any advice on center channel placement (ceiling or floor)? Any other advice in general before I get started is very welcome, I've wanted the opportunity to do this since I got into home theater 15 years ago.
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A riser will be tough but doable. The screen will just need to be mounted lower than normal. As for center channel, given the restrictions maybe an AT screen with an in-wall center behind?

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A riser will be tough but doable. The screen will just need to be mounted lower than normal. As for center channel, given the restrictions maybe an AT screen with an in-wall center behind?
Thank you for the response. I thought about an AT screen but that would also mean building a new wall for it and I have def tech bipolar speakers so not sure how they'd fair being boxed up like that if I put all of the fronts behind the screen. An even bigger concern would be that, if i have been reading correctly, the AT screens seem to dim the image. I'm not sure the trade off is worth it?
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I was thinking more just an in-wall center channel behind the AT. DefTechs would still be out and free to move and breathe. As for brightness, many PJ's these days are plenty bright to handle it. Understand the concern though.

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If your plan is to buy home theater seating, another option to consider is buying "front row" height seats.

Google is your friend here. But the base of the seats is minimal, so you sit low to the floor, giving room for the second row to see over them.

Congrats on your new house. I know your pain. Last year I bought a house with 84" ceilings and a 12" HVAC soffit running 12' from the screen.

I bought a lift from monoprice that drops the projector below the soffit for movie time. Raises it behind the soffit when we're not.

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I had sort of a similar issue in my first build as the ceiling in front of the screen was lower than the seating area. My screen was low to the floor. I made a custom stand that sat low and angled up. There are pics of it in my first build thread some place. I still use actually as it turned out to be a nice little stand for the center.
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Thanks for the replies! This gives me some hope. Today i started thinking it may help to alleviate some of these problems if i used a table mounted position instead... it would give me the extra height to mount the screen and a decent amount of room to have the center channel below the screen. I would buy or build a small cabinet to house it in and secure it to the floor. I would probably have the first room a 2 seat/projector/1 seat set up with the project or cabinet between the 2 seats and 1 seat. Are there downsides to this option?
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If your plan is to buy home theater seating, another option to consider is buying "front row" height seats.

Google is your friend here. But the base of the seats is minimal, so you sit low to the floor, giving room for the second row to see over them.

Congrats on your new house. I know your pain. Last year I bought a house with 84" ceilings and a 12" HVAC soffit running 12' from the screen.

I bought a lift from monoprice that drops the projector below the soffit for movie time. Raises it behind the soffit when we're not.
Thank you, i'm excited to get going on it. That's a cool idea.
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Ideally, you'd want to treat your front wall to absorb energy coming off the backside of an AT screen, and that wouldn't play well with the DEFTechs.
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Ideally, you'd want to treat your front wall to absorb energy coming off the backside of an AT screen, and that wouldn't play well with the DEFTechs.
Yes, I agree. I've pretty much decided for a lot of reasons not to use an AT screen. I'm just deciding now between table mounting (i'd put it in a cabinet and secure) the projector, giving me more space between the floor at the screen for the center channel or ceiling mounting the projector and having the center channel closer to the floor and tilted up.
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