Originally Posted by GasPasserDoc
I live on Long Island, NY. My budget is max 10K for everything! I just took the screen down, as I posted in the screen sections and I discovered this.
Seems like 3 JBL speakers with a JBL subwoofer builtin into a false wall as the other poster had eluded to.
First, it is good that we know your budget.
Second, I guess I would agree partially with AV in that you should just frame down what you have. I guess you could put a piece of black velvet across the bottom to cover the gap.
I disagree about keeping what you have. Screens have gotten quite a bit better. I have said this in the past. At Cedia '11, I walked up to Seymour's Enlightor screen with another member and we thought it was a solid regular screen. I told Chris that I was blown away with what he had done and considered it the only AT screen that I could live with. Fast forward 8 years and we have 3 AT screens that I think are the pinnacle of AT screens. Those are Seymour Enlightor and Dreamscreen V6. I personally have never been a fan of microperf, which might be what you have.
So, on the the video side you would need a new pj and screen. I think Dreamscreen V6 is a little less expensive than the Seymour. You could also afford to go with a JVC N7 or N5.
On the audio side, the speakers may still be adequate. You could ask in the speaker section if those speakers are still good. There are some JBL guys in there that should know. IIRC that is around the time that JBL started to implement Floyd Toole's research into their speaker designs. You could ask Floyd his opinion on the speakers. Be prepared for a wide range of price points to upgrade.
Deciding what percentage is more important will decide where you want to put your budget. If video is the most important, then just get a new receiver and go with the better JVC/screen. If audio, then maybe move down to an Epson/screen and get new speakers.
for some suggestions and pricing options on the equipment. They were both commercial contractors, so should have some ideas on your layout.