After scouring through this forum for a couple of years, I am ready to start with my very own Home Theater build. We are in the process of building a new home, so I tried my best to plan accordingly up to this point. The room is 19'6" X 16' with 9' ceiling and steps down to 10' (poured slab). The walls are 12" poured concrete on three sides (front, left, right) - with no windows, and entrance is from the rear
Due to things out of my control, I would have liked to make the room a bit longer (ideally at 24'), but still happy with the space I have to work with.
Adjacent to the room is the mechanical/Utility. I plan on using an 8'X6' space to house the electrical components into a mid-atlantic rack in there with an opening into the HT. Since the plan is to have two rows, I don't think I have enough room to have an AT screen. The space currently before framing, from the front wall to the riser is exactly 11ft. So, I was thinking 125" fixed screen, as I don't want it to be too daunting on the front row. What are your thoughts on having the front left and right speakers built into the framing at an angle?
I already have a BenQ LK970, but that's about it for now. I would ideally like to spend less than 5K on speakers and a receiver. Looking to do 7.2 for now. Was looking at a Klipsch bundle on Amazon - let me know your thoughts on that brand - looking for floor standing for front, bookshelves or in-walls for surrounds and rears. Above this room is the entry foyer and a half bath powder room. I currently plan on doing double drywall layers and absorption insulation covered with fabric for about 30% of the room. The space will be used 60% movies, and 40% gaming. Regular TV and sports will not be watched here. Little noise/vibrations is OK, so I don't think I need to do a room within a room with clips and channels.
Planning on running HVAC through tray bulkhead. Ideally, would like to spend 15K or less on screen, speakers, receiver and seats (4 + 3). The framing, cabling, drywall and other building supplies and labor will be off of my general home building budget.
I have included the layout, current room and proposed design renderings. I would appreciate your thoughts on the following:
1. What speaker brands/models for 7.2 setup under 5k?
2. Ideal screen size for this size room (19.5' X 16')? - currently planning to do 125"
3. Is it better to have the front L/R speakers built into an angled framed wall or sitting directly on ground? (I would put batt insulation behind the speakers if I go that route).
4. Is there anything different you would do with the layout as it currently sits?
Thanks in advance for all your help.