Finishing the basement for Home Theater, support poles are killing me
Hey all, I recently bought a house and am very excited to explore the Home Theater I've always been interested in. I never explored it much due to sharing walls in apartments and such. My basement is large, ~780sqft, but the layout is making it difficult to choose the optimal place to set things up. It's probably also important to know that I am very likely going to paint the ceiling black (no drywall or drop ceiling) so I can keep access to everything and keep the max amount of height possible.
I currently have the Optoma UHD60 that I've been throwing onto a 100" screen.
I would use this primarily for gaming, then music, then movies in that order. Just because movies is last doesn't mean it isn't important though. Music beats it out only because I still play Rock Band and it's always a hit to have it going during parties. My end goal is to have a 7.2.2 or 5.2.4 setup to support Atmos, and I"ll be buying the audio system in chunks. Starting off I"ll probably just get L/R and the receiver, then the center, then the sub, then surrounds, then second sub, then the above/Atmos speakers. I also would like to get the biggest screen possible, I have a lot of distance to sit away from the screen so it really comes down to ceiling height (8 feet). I'm thinking the absolute max is 150". A lot of people seem to be looking at the 100" mark, but that just doesn't seem worth it, 100" is small to me now
Budget-wise, I'm budgeting around 1k for the receiver and 500 each for L and R channels. I'm totally ok going a few hundred over for each component if it has the flexibility to sound great for both music and movies. Once I get the system complete I'll come back in several years to really go top end, starting with replacing the projector.
Now onto the problem, before I dive into a lot of the details I'm trying to figure where the optimal placement for the screen would even be. Two support beams are really restricting my options, it shifting all the seating up against a wall, since it shifts the projector sight lines over. It technically works, but then I'm concerned about how to setup the surround speakers. Below are some pictures and a diagram of the space
Option 1, west wall:
Here, you can see the mocked up 150" screen in blue tape. That's currently 13" from the floor, but I've found I can angle it up a bit more to sit 16" from the floor without the ducting interrupt it. This is also the size of the frame itself, not the actual 150" picture, so there's a few extra inches on all sides. Unfortunately because of the poles, the seating has to be pushed up near a wall, otherwise I'd shift the screen farther to the right (North). You'll see this is a common issue
Option 2, south wall:
It's falling down but I was using the tarp to see the projector picture. The stack of containers is where the projector was sitting to hit the right screen size. Once again, I'm pushed up against the right (West) wall because of the poles. A big concern about this placement the fuse box, you can see it in the diagram. My thoughts on this placement is again to do the floating frame, but have the frame swing out width ways on hinges to allow access behind the screen.
Option 3, north wall:
I'm planning on an indent on this wall, so it could be a nice little space to set up the audio equipment. With this screen size I'm going to need an AT screen so I can place the center speaker at ear level and not on the floor. Can't move too far right though because of the stairs and the poles.
Option 4, east wall:
The ideal wall imo, away from the stairs, I'll be framing out a bit forward because of the sump pump, so it would be a nice place to install the speakers. Don't really know how I feel about speakers near the sump pump though. Oh also, this is the worst configuration to deal with the poles if I were to try to go wide with the seating instead of deep.
Because the space isn't finished I could have a pretty cool setup, likely with some sort of floating frame AT screen with speakers placed behind it, but these poles really ruin my day. What would you do?