I’ve been a member on this forum since I was a kid. I’ve learned a lot of the years, and built a number of mixed use spaces (first at my parents at 12, and then in a condo in my 20s). Now, solidly in my 30s, married, with 2 kids, I have the opportunity to build my first dedicated home theater, and couldn’t be more excited.
I’ve been thinking about this for many years and nearly everyone on my street has a dedicated theater done by local professionals. So I’ve refined the things I like (and don’t like). My goal is to create a place for everyone to enjoy, fit 6-8 people normally, but up to 20 with outside seating brought in. We want it themed like a fairytale wine cellar, with an open wine cellar behind.
While I’ve been back and forth on screen ratio, I’ve settled on 16x9. I’ll probably mostly watch sports, then concert DVDs/Blu Rays, movies a third before series TV last. Movies is just too far down the list to go scope, and 16x9 will save me some expense up front. I will probably do some manual vertical masking if the unused screen space frustrates me enough. The screen is going to be the biggest I can reasonably fit in the space, 172” diagonal (150” wide, 84” tall).
For audio, I want it to be as immersive as possible, and play at reference levels freely with plenty of headroom. I’m opting for a 7.2.4 Atmos Setup
, with the fronts buried behind the AT screen in a baffle wall. I know it’s difficult to determine SW placement before the room is built; however, with the style we’re looking for, my locations are predetermined. So I’ll just have to bump up the output to compensate 😉.
We’ve had the floor plan, and some preliminary design worked up already (very reasonably by an architect in Venezuela via Fiverr!) The measurements aren’t exactly clear, but basically the theater is 20’ wide, 20.5’ deep (throw distance from PJ), ceiling height is 8.5’ where the starscape and screen are, the wooden ceiling/soffit is 12” lower at 7.5’ (for HVAC and Structural Support).
Timeline – hold me to this! I’m planning to spend January building the speakers, February-March getting the place framed, April-May rough mechanicals, June Dry Wall, July-August trim, paint, and system programming/calibration. Everything ready to go for kickoff of the NFL season in 2020!
I should mention that I’m trying to keep everything in a reasonable budget. I’m not cheap, but I don’t like to waste money, and I hate being an early adopter. I’d much rather buy high end stuff that’s 5-10 years old (and 75-90% off MSRP), and I’ve made those decisions for my solid state items (many of which I’ve already purchased!) I will be buying new speakers, subwoofers, and screen. Used processor, amps, and projector.
So here's the big change. I've been doing research, and talking to a whole bunch of people that know WAY more than I do about this stuff, and have decided to go with Triad speakers for the Fronts and Surrounds. Atmos will be REL C34E
since they were good enough for the HTOM in November.
Front: Triad Platinum InRoom LCR
Got them! Thanks to
for making the treacherous journey to Buffalo through an ice storm.
Surrounds: Triad - Triad InWall Gold Satellites
- potentially custom Triads firing at the ceiling.
Front LCR – DIYSG Titan 615LX -
Main Surrounds (for 5.1 tracks) – DIYSG HT-12 -
Atmos and surrounds – DIYSG Volt 8 -
Subwoofers – (4) Full Marty
– Dayton UltiMax 18 -
Processor – Integra DHC 80.6
All balanced XLR out to:
Amplifiers – Ashly FTX-2001
(x3 for LCR)
(for HT-12) -
Ashly Powerflex 6250
(for the ATMOS and Surround Volt 8)
Subwoofer – 2x Behringer NX6000DSP
Projector – Digital Projection HighLite Cine 660
– I got a great deal on two of these, one for spare parts, and one for the display. I really wanted a bright 3 Chip DLP, and this hits the mark. I had been planning on a Runco, but this was suggested to me by a local installer, and he’s here to support and program it.
Screen – Gotta support the guys that founded the forum, and have provided such great advice over the years. Screen Acoustics 150" Wide AVS Custom 16x9 screen
. (172” diagonal).
Would love advice on construction methods, speaker location, equipment location, etc. Thanks for following along. Also, does anyone remember the member that used to travel around and paint the starscapes? Would love to track him down.