I know I haven't posted in a few days, but I thought I'd give an update on the progress I've been making. I've been working on drywalling a few areas and moving outlets. So far, I have moved a light switch that was previously in the wall I took down. I've also wired an outlet for the projector ran an HDMI and an IR extension cable (which will be used with my older than dirt Harmony 1000 remote).
I'm hoping to start painting sometime this week, if not this weekend. In the meantime I though I would share some pretty awesome deals I've found. All of these deals are shared, so you can later find something like it if you are also on a budget.
I got some speaker grill fabric from Joann Fabrics. They ran a sale for $6.99 per yard. Their speaker cloth is 60 inches wide for every yard. That means by getting 4 yards (12' x 5' for $28), I got all the fabric needed for my false wall. I plan to wrap the false wall in it. Similar to the minimalist false wall BigmouthinDC built
I believe in banana plugs. I currently have enough plugs for 3.5 full sets of speakers (so a total of 7 pairs of plugs). I got these Monster Cable banana plugs various times at Best Buy or on sale. But, I really like to have all my plugs the same. So after searching for Monster, they ran $20 a pair and I needed 2 pair ($40). I really didn't want to spend $40, so I was looking for a cheaper alternative that others could also use. That's when I came across these
. They are $28 for 12 paris! That means you can hook up a 6.1 speaker system with just this one pack. Assuming, you go straight to the receiver to your speakers. The best thing, they are made exactly like the Monster Cable, but at a fraction of the price!
Wall plates, are not the most expensive, but they can add price to your theater, with just having to get more banana plugs and cabling to accomodate them. That's when I found these covers.
I bought 2 of them. I hooked one up by my front speakers and ran the speaker wire as well as the sub cable. The second one, I hung from the ceiling to allow the cables going to the projector. It is a very nice wall plate and the best thing about it, is it comes with a cut out template as well as the wings that secure it to the drywall.
The second cover I got to put behind the receiver. I would have used the kind I previously used, but there really wasn't enough room in it. So instead I bought this.
This thing is great! It has enough room to run a thick HDMI cable, 7 in-wall CL2 12ga speaker wires
, a CL2 rated subwoofer cable
, an IR extension cable, CL2 rated RG6 cable and could still fit some more The only thing you need to keep in mind with this is you need to buy a low voltage bracket
for is to screw into ($1.38 at HD).
There probably are cheaper wall plates, but these are really nice and I highly recommend them!
If you are building a theater on a budget get to know Camel Camel Camel. It is a web browser extension that will keep track of price from Amazon. It can also e-mail you whenever a specific product you want gets to a price you designate (This can even be from 3rd parties). It is very useful to help save some money. I recently was able to get the Peerless PRGUNV mount for under $97 (that includes tax).