I could use some HT component layout help.
We are in the planning / permitting phase of an addition to the house, which includes the attached play/media room. Not what I would have designed if I were the only voice, but WAF weighed heavily. So the room layout and shape is non-ideal for Home Theater. That said, there is some room here to work with, and it could be a lot worse. Color key: green=speakers, blue=screen, purple=couch (rough). Current location of everything is just my initial stab at it. Please recommend other ideas/improvements.
System will be built around a front projector, probably an Epson 5050UB, unless something better (as good but cheaper or better for same price) comes out by the time I'm buying gear (probably December/January). My main plan is to have as big of a screen as possible given the throw distance and some space on either side for a pair of floor standing speakers (model TBD
). I think this works out to about 100~110" diagonal 16:9
The couch will be positioned along the wall opposite the screen, centered on the screen (location of projector is accidentally shown slightly off center).
Where I'm kind of stumbling and could use some help, is what is the best layout for the surround, ceiling, and surround-back speakers? Do I even bother with both surround (side) and surround-back speakers? If I forego one or the other, which one should I eliminate (surround side, or surround back)?
The wall at the top of the image is going to be covered in a shelving/desk built-in thingy; but I could mount a speaker over there (as shown).
Again, everything shown is just the initial stab. Nothing is built yet. Open to any and all suggestions or ideas to make this room as good as possible given the constraints (not changing the structure of the room, or location of desks/shelves, or doors, etc.)
Other things to discuss: in-wall or on-wall speakers for surrounds & backs? Should backs be in ceiling & reflect off back wall? Should couch come away from wall (unlikely, but worth considering)?
Thanks, looking forward to hearing some thoughts!