Figured a thread was LONG overdue, which is how most of these seem to start
We bought our house almost 7 years ago, and i've had my HT for 6 i think now. The end result turned out to be a pretty nice setup and the basement in general more or less became one giant man-cave with a theater, arcade, pinball machines and a bar. Not too shabby!
It all started when we moved into the house, i had a decent layout in the old house with a large bar and seating area for watching movies on my 65" Panasonic plasma. In the new house, i didn't have quite the same layout, the biggest room in the basement, where the bar was (pictures to come later) had a fireplace in one corner and then 2 support poles near the middle which was making placement of the couch rather difficult. The room is quite large and has 2 good sized windows so i just couldn't quite seem to find the best arrangement. So my wife and I got to talking and there was a 5th bedroom in the basement that we really didn't need, so she said, why don't you turn that into a movie room. Wait, what? You said what? DONE.
So, obviously I quickly got to work on the room design and figuring out what I wanted to do. I'm the kind of guy who does a ton of research, learns what he can and then makes a call and runs with it. I'm also quite handy, as in i haven't found anything I couldn't really do yet, rebuilding engines, check, rebuild tranny, check, drywall, check, electrical, check. So i'm fortunate in that I rarely have to pay anyone to do work for me as I can do it. Ok ok so what did you decide on? At the time I really really liked my 65" plasma, the picture quality was/is amazing for a 1080p TV, but I also wanted to add a projector since I was going to have total light control in the room. I wasn't sure how much I would use the projector (which is 100% now) so i designed everything to work for either the projector or plasma. I wanted 2 rows of seating, so i calculated out the riser height to make sure it was high enough to clear the first row seating and that the platform was the appropriate size for the chairs when reclined. I already had 4 chairs from the previous house, so was just going to add another one to end up with 3 in the back row and 2 in the front. At the time i did my best to bridge the proper viewing distances and speaker placement to accommodate both the front row and rear row, but with a rear bias. As time has gone on, i've moved more and more to a rear bias as thats 98% of the time the room is used by me, or my wife and i.
Attached are pictures of the room before I started.
1) always prepare for water (3x)
2) technology changes (Atmos)
3) something i'm sure to be learned yet
Marantz SR6011 + Yamaha RX-V671 (2 Atmos speakers)
92" Elite Screens Cinetension 2 electric screen,
Panasonic 65" plasma
7.3.4 Atmos setup - Definitive Technology - BP8 (2), CLR2500, Supercube II (2), Supercube 3 (1), BPX1.2x (2), BPX2 (2), DI 5.5 (4)
MiniDSP 2x4 HD
Behringer NX3000 for TR
Oppo 203, Playstation Pro, Apple TV 4k, Sony 400-disc DVD
ATS Acoustics 2x4 panel (2)
ATS Acoustics 2x2 panel (2)
Corner Bass Trap 12"x12"x24" (2)