I originally posted this to another very popular social media hub earlier, and realized that I may not have been in the right place to ask all of this. I'm worried that I'm falling in to the traditional "Mass Consumer" trap on my speakers/components with average brands that are hyped higher than they should be. From what I've read, people here know their stuff a lot better than most and I'm hoping for some of you to take me under your wing a bit, if only for a moment. The wife and I married in April, sold our homes, put an offer in on a very large house in May with anticipation of starting our family, then found out two days later that we have our first little one on the way. We've got a ton of projects going on so my budget is limited (painting, remodeling, re-flooring - the works). With the little one on the way, I don't want anything high end that could very likely get trashed by a little maniac in the near future. I'd look to invest properly in the setup in another 10 years once they're old enough to know better - but I also want that home theater experience for them as they grow (can you imagine watching the new lion king as a kid in a home theater?!?). I'm planning to do most of the install myself with the help of a friend who has some experience here. I may have a local company come out to help with calibration once it's done.. I just don't want them up-selling and scamming the hell out of me.
- Just bought a house, baby on the way, on a budget with lots of other projects to work on right now, need someone who knows waaayyy more than I do to help me out with what I need.
This is what I originally posted elsewhere:
So the wife and I have just moved in to a new home, which came complete with a finished basement including a dedicated home theater room. The previous owners had a horrendous setup, so that was all removed and I'm starting from scratch. My current budget is low, between 6k to 7k, as I have other projects in the home to work on as well. I'm also trying
to finance as much of this as I can through BB to take advantage of their 24 month free finance on our BB card. This isn't mandatory, but it helps, as we have a lot of up-front cash bills for other projects going on.
I'm a little out of my element on current hardware trends and A/V in general, so I've spent the last couple of weeks doing research, reading the FAQ of various forums/social media sites, and generally educating myself on the intricacies of A/V and HT. (Wow, talk about a rabbit hole.) I frequently found myself a bit overwhelmed and coming up with more questions than answers. However, I've made my best "educated guess" towards a good setup within budget and would be genuinely grateful for any comments, suggestions, or corrections from those of you with much more knowledge and experience than myself.
The HT Room and measurements:
The room is rectangular at 20' L x 12' W. It has coffer ceilings that are about 7 3/4' H around the border and 8 3/4' H in the center.
The "screen" wall (in inches for simplicity) is 144" wide and about 93" tall, though there is trim and crown molding which leaves about 84" H of usable space for wall mounting.
There is a step in the back for stadium style seating and, thus, will have two rows for seating for approximately 5 to 6. The approximate viewing distance for these two seats will be 13' and 17' (give or take a little, I don't have the actual seats in yet to be exact)
I'm going for 4k/UHD. I'm currently planning on ceiling mounting an Epson 5050UB
about 16' back (maybe 19 under the coffer edge?) to project on to a Silver Ticket 120"
white projector screen. My only concern with this is that I've received some mixed feedback on seating distance and screen size. Some guides I've read say it won't be as big of a deal being closer since it's 4k, but others imply the seating should be further back for that size. I've attached pictures below including a painter's tape outline of the screen size on the wall and I think it will work, but I'm not an expert... (I just really want 120 inch so it feels all encompassing like a theater).
This was the part I kept chasing my tail on. Based on the room's size, I've decided that a 5.1.2 system should be sufficient. I've read the warnings about not skimping on audio. Someone mentioned on a thread that you should spend, at a minimum, the same amount on audio as video.
I originally looked at a Klipsh Reference set but I noticed a lot of hate for them. I went to a BB sound room to test them myself but they didn't have them hooked up for listening. I spoke at length with a younger BB guy who generally seemed to know what he was talking about and he recommended Def tech as a good starting point for "entry level" home theater systems. He specifically said that def tech are geared more towards home theater/movies/tv/games and not music, which is what I was needing (I plan to have a completely separate sound system for music outside of the HT room in the rest of the open finished basement to go along with the bar area). Reviews online for them seem generally positive, so I specced the following system out:
Receiver: Dennon AVR-X1600
- Should I go bigger here in case I upgrade later, or buy a newer, more advanced receiver later?
Front: 2x Def Tech BP-9020 Towers
Center: Def Tech 9040-CS Center Channel
Back: 2x Def Tech Pro Monitor 800
Atmos (Tower Modules): Def Tech A90 Height Speaker
Sub: SVS PB1000
- Might add a second one of these if I decide to turn down the bass on the towers later.
Pictures of the room itself, including a painters tape outline for screen. (Don't worry, it's going to be re-painted and re-carpeted as well).
Facing Front 1
Facing front 2
Please feel free to drown me in your wisdom here, this was the best I could figure out on my own.
Most Importantly: Thank you. For your time, your knowledge, and your expertise.