Originally Posted by Jedi940
First, re-typing your original post so each "s" isn't replaced by 6 other characters would be helpful for reading. Not sure what went wrong there.
Second, I wouldn't pay $5k for a screen. That's 1/4 of your entire budget. I would probably go with a cheaper screen and spend the extra cash on more/bigger subs. The space looks rather large and a single 12" woofer might not be good enough for you. A specific model of projector and screen would be helpful.
I'm more on the the DIY audio side so I can't recommend a better option for speakers. Hopefully someone else will chime in.
The space looks nice though.
Sorry about the extra post characters...not sure why its doing that. It looks normal on my end.
Yes, I was thinking the same thing about the screen and projector...I plan on adjusting that to free up some money. A second sub would be good.
Originally Posted by Mocs123
I’ll second not to spend 5K for a screen - you should be able to get a nice screen for under $1k. I might recommend going to a bigger screen or a 2.35:1 ratio if you watch movies more than TV.
I also wouldn’t spend 2500 on the Anthem receiver. I have an older Anthem upstairs and had a Anthem Pre-Pro in my first theater-they make nice stuff, but the current Anthem line is starting to get long in the tooth and since you replace a receiver every few years anyway due to advancing technology, I would go with something cheaper. You can get the Denon 4400H for less than $700.
I would have a bigger better sub for that space. The two most important speakers in your system are the center and sub. One 12” sub probably won’t be enough. I’d go with one of the internet direct companies for your sub (maybe an 18” PSA??).
I’m not sure if you would be interested in doing a false screen wall but if you do it will let you use floor-standing or bookshelf speakers rather than in-walls for your front three speakers. In-walls are a compromise that must be made sometimes but they (in my opinion) don’t perform nearly as well as self contained speakers. Plus in-walls are very expensive for what you get.
Nothing wrong with that Sony projector (guessing its the 295) but I’d look at JVC too.
Good call on the receiver, that makes sense. My original plan was to have a space behind the screen but it never got translated to the plans. I'm def gunna check on that before it's too late. I'll be doing 2 subs now since you're the second person that's mentioned that. Thanks.
Originally Posted by rboster
I'm working with Shawn Byrne of Quest Acoustical Interiors.
I'm generalizing Shawn's comments:
Shawn's advice is to focus your budget on speakers, screen and sub....the speakers and subs play the most important role in sound (assuming you are using properly placed acoustical treatments[IMG]file:///C:\Users\mlang\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\ clip_image001.gif[/IMG]. The screen will be something you have for a longer time vs other components. Receivers and projectors change their features and improvements are on-going. I like Anthem and their ARC calibration, but I wouldn't spend that much of my budget on the receiver (putting more money into the speakers and sub). This may sound counter to my statement, but $5 of your budget into a screen seems high, I think you can do better using the Stewart Cima line of screens.
Edit: I think I'm reading in your post that you are not budgeting for any acoustical treatments? If so, I'd rethink that....tuning your room offers the biggest bang for your buck. You can have great speakers, sub and receiver...but you won't get the most of them without treating your room.
I'll look into those screens thanks. Makes sense what you're saying about the acoustic treatments. Even though my room isn't dimensionally perfect, I can still do what I can to make it sound better. By acoustic treatments you mean special insulation and that green glue stuff?
Originally Posted by thrillcat
My biggest pet peeve is when these companies send out an estimate with most model numbers missing. If I ever receive that I tell them "Thanks, but no thanks. Let me know when you have any sort of respect for your customers."
An ex signed up for one of these things when she had a new house built. She showed me all the great stuff she had paid for, but there were no model numbers listed, so they sold her on all these upgrades to "higher quality" stuff, but every single item was the bottom of the line. She had paid $2000 for a 100" Dragonfly screen that probably cost the dealer $50, and was probably worth $20. They charged her $5000 for a "High Definition Projector" and tried to put in a 720p Canon before I stopped them. Then they tried to install outdoor speakers.
If they can't give you an exact model number on the estimate, they're going to bait and switch and clean out the trash product out of their warehouse, likely stuff other clients rejected or returned.
Thanks for the heads up on that. I'll make sure I'm not getting last years discarded garbage. 😂