Originally Posted by SteveS78
I have called several home theater installers for pricing. Two firms that specialize in home theater and also The Geek Squad.
Geek Squad quoted me $100 to install two speakers in the ceiling for the Atmos plus $150 to mount and align the projector with a free in house consultation/survey.
The two specialty companies quoted me WAY higher. One said it would be about $1,000 to $1,500. The other quoted even higher.
Also, I have read that I don't need to replace my current HDMI as long as it is high speed for 4K picture or HDR, but BOTH of the specialty places seemed to be pushing the idea on me that I would definitely need to upgrade to the newer higher bandwidth HDMI or else it may not work.
I had a local AV Installer come out and do the following;
1) Install four (4) 8" ceiling speakers
2) Hang two (2) surround speakers on wall
3) Install AV Rack
4) Install Projector Mount
5) Pull speaker wiring for 7.2.2 system (inside wall) and bring everything out at the Av Rack location.
6) Pull HDMI cable and power from projector mount to AV Rack
7) Install projector screen
Total labor for the above was $1,145 and took two days. Two man crew on day one and single man crew on day two.
If your current HDMI cable is rated for 4K and is long enough to reach from the projector mount to the receiver than I see no reason why you need to buy another HDMI cable.
Sounds like the Geek Squad is the best value but I would ask if the installer is a AV installer or computer tech.