I'm considering following the Maple Street Theater
stage method of just building the stage in front of the screen wall and placing the speakers on sand filled MDF "blocks" behind the screen wall. Unless someone can tell me how to dry a ton of sand in Iowa. There's no such thing as "dry heat" here.
I still haven't decided if I want to connect the soffit in the back yet, but I'm definitely considering it. I'm definitely going to add crown molding and rope lighting though.
My plan for screen size is as big as I can go with the seating distances I end up with. With a 6' riser, that would be around 12'6" and 18'6" (with the rear seats against the back wall). I'm considering extending the riser to 7'1", so the riser ends at the columns, which would put the seating at 17'5" and 11'5". Based on the Projector Central calculator that gives me around a 96-107" wide 2.39 screen (rounding up of course
I'm pretty sure the AV rack will end up in the closet under the steps behind the back wall of the theater, though I might mount the DVD, Wii, and future BluRay player in the screen wall somewhere, so I don't have to leave the theater to change discs.
Initial plans are to build superchunks for the two vertical corners and the wall to ceiling corner behind the screen wall, plus cover the rest of that wall with the same 2" fiberglass. I'll probably build them after the room is set up and running though. I believe they're needed, but I want to hear the difference as I take each step to improve the room's acoustics. Must be the engineer in me.
I'm initially going to put the center channel vertical (as I saw suggested on here somewhere) and see how it goes. When I eventually upgrade the speakers, I'll go the 3 matched fronts route.
My only concern with the front row being only 3 seats wide is that I have 2 kids that are gonna fight for that 3rd seat!
Anyone got an opinion between the Panasonic AE3000U and Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 6500UB?