Be forewarned; this is nowhere near intended to be a high-scale build! Those are the things I dream about while I'm settling for gear in my price range.
When my wife and I decided a few years ago to move to a larger house, we had our list of "must haves" and "would likes", a theater room being part of the latter group. Low and behold our realtor found the perfect house. Bonus, or so I thought at the time: the theater room was already set up!
Before we bought it, the house was locked into being on a local parade of homes so the theater already had a couch, 2 chairs, projector, receiver, an 8" sub, (2) ceiling surrounds and (2) tiny tower speakers. No center speaker in sight. It sounded… decent but I was still very annoyed that there were 3 "missing" speakers to get the full 7.1 surround effect.
Nevertheless, I asked the installer how much for them to just leave all their gear after the parade. Ten. Grand. Small potatoes for some of you, but to me, that's a lot of cash, especially for what I considered sub-par.
Now, I'd already ran numbers for how much it would run me to reuse my existing gear and upgrade as I could and that clocked in at somewhere between $1k-2k. Liking that number A LOT more, I told them to pack their stuff up. I have since added a few more items so the price tag is edging closer to $3k but I think it sounds a lot better than what they had installed and for 1/3 the price.
Without further ado, I give you my build - The Cobblepit.
Left channel: Cerwin Vega E-312
Left subwoofer: JBL PSW-1000
Center channel: Sony SS-CN550H
Just visible to the right of the center: IR blaster from the Harmony Hub to control the projector and lights
Right channel: Cerwin Vega E-312
Right subwoofer: Monoprice 605999
Surround left and right: (2) Niles CM7BG
Surround rear left and right: (2) Monoprice 4104
Projector: BenQ W1070
Any suggestions for removing some of the overcast light on the ceiling? Short of aiming the projector down more, of course.
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR616 located in the mechanical room, hence the need for an RF remote
Remote: LogitechHarmony Hub
BR player: fat PS3 (not pictured)
Light switch: Lutron Maestro IR Digital Dimmer
Note: The play, pause and stop buttons have been re-mapped to turn off the sconces (play) and bring them up to around 40% (pause (I call it the "going to the bathroom" button) and stop). Also, the lights stay on for 30 seconds when the power button is pressed to allow me to escape the minefield that is my family room full of LEGO bricks without injury.
Media: PLEX, Netflix (not pictured), Amazon Prime (not pictured)
Screen: Nonexistent. The wall is painted Sherwin Williams “Grey Matters” (SW7066). I gave the projector a shot without a screen, mostly because I wasn’t positive how large an image it would project (turns out it’s 163”). I used a piece of paper to simulate a screen and quickly decided it would be entirely too bright for me. Bonus, I saved a bunch not needing a screen. Two years later and I still don’t regret that decision.
I have a new hard drive on its way so I can finish ripping the rest of my movies, too. Damn Blu-rays and their colossal file sizes!
Seating, back wall and movie reel side tables:
Yes, I still need to finish my Rasterbated (that's just fun to say) image.
Thanks for looking and any comments/criticism welcomed!