Originally Posted by Mocs123
Here's my standard spiel about finishing a theater is to go ahead and pre-wire for 9.x.6 ATMOS even though you are only planning 7.x.4 now. You might never add speakers, but pre-wiring now is cheap and easy to do, and it would be more difficult and invasive after drywall is up. I'd use Monoprice 12/2 speaker wire (or any other brand of copper (not CCA) 12/2 speaker wire.
I would add a conduit from your equipment rack to your projector in case you ever want to run a new cable to your projector. In my first build (~2005) I ran in wall Component Video and DVI to my display and guess what HDMI came out soon after and then they started limiting HD over non-HD connections. If your HDMI run is over 25' you'll probably need a fiber optic HDMI cable. If your run is under 25' feet a certified HDMI cable should work, but I'd verify it works with 4K/60 before you mount everything and run it to your projector. I did have some older HDMI cables (even marked high speed) that wouldn't pass 4K signals - luckily my 25' cable to my projector was fine, so everything was easy to change, but it's worth checking early.
I'd also make sure you run Cat-6 to your equipment rack and plan on having a network switch. This will not only give you the best streaming experience (no-wifi issues) but will let you hook all your equipment to the internet for software updates, etc.
I'd also suggest running your projector through a "power bridge" so you can run your projector to a UPS - this way if the power goes out while your projector's running you can shut it down and let the fan run and continue to cool the bulb during the normal power down cycle. I'd also suggest whole house surge protection if you don't have something like that already.
As for equipment you've got some time to get that figured out but you've made some decent picks already.
For a projector, the Epson is a nice choice (though it's white which would drive me crazy - says the guy with the white mini split). I'd also check out the JVC X790/RS540, especially for your completely light controlled room.
I love your speaker choice - the DIYSG Options are a super value. I'd save a little money and get the HT-12's instead of the HTM-12's but you certainly can't go wrong either way. I'd suggest HT-8's for surround duty (or HT-6's if they ever return to the site), but if you need in-walls for WAF, I might look at the HSU In-Walls. For Atmos speakers, the general suggestion is the RSLC34E's so that's probably what I'd go with.
For subs, what about a pair of DIY Devastators? You could hide them behind the screen and they'd have fantastic output. You could also build two (or four) VBSS subs as an alternate choice. They are a great value, and easier to build. I'm building dual driver VBSS's starting tomorrow!
Since you are using high efficiency speakers, I'd recommend going with an 11 channel receiver like the Denon 6500 over the Marantz/Monolith combo unless you just want separates. The Marantz doesn't really offer anything the Denon doesn't and the Marantz didn't test very well at Audio Science Review. The Monolith amp (made by ATI) is a really nice amp, but I'm not sure you'll need the extra horsepower.
I'd recommend a Panasonic UB420 for your UHD Blu-Ray player for it's HDR Optimizer which works particularly well with projectors. The UB820 and 9000 use the same optimizer and don't offer a whole lot more for projectors then the 420. I'd then get either a Apple TV or a Nvidia Shield Pro to use as a streamer and call it a day.
Originally Posted by LexaPr0
Sump pump. Hmmm, may make sense to use the closet next to the bedroom. I kind of assumed, worst case, I could just disconnect the rack and roll it out if I ever needed to REALLY access the sump or backup system.
My multi quote isn’t working on my iPad, so I’ll try to get to all of these. There’s a lot to unpack here. Thanks for taking the time.
Wiring: Will the atmos positioning be screwed up if I try to pre wire for a x.x.6? I’m not against this though!
Conduit: Yes, definitely! I’ll be doing this. Same with Cat 6, switch etc. I’ve already wired up the rest of my house myself, so this is on the menu, too. I’ll be running fiber to the projector, also.
Power bridge and surge protection. I’ll have to look this one up. I was planning to get a nice power conditioner/surge protector, but hadn’t looked too far beyond that. Thanks.
Projector: WHY WHITE?! Did they do this on purpose or what?! I couldn’t justify going up in price just to get black. I’ll look into the JVC, though. This thing just always seemed to rate so high.
Speakers: Thanks for the speaker choices. I’ll plan on DIY for most of it, except maybe the in walls. I’ve been eye balling some of the nice DIY subs too. Question here. Do I run RCA to all four corners, in case of a sub crawl or REW that dictates it? Are there wireless solutions here?
Receiver. I currently have a denon x1500h. I love it for my old 5.1 and have no problem making the switch back here. Just figured I’d try something a bit different, and the price is comparable. Everyone seems to have it and it rated high, so seemed reasonable. Question: knowing how much to ‘amp’ has always been nebulous to me...how much power to I need?
I’ve got an Apple TV and 3x Xbox one S, so one will go downstairs. Dedicated UB420 will definitely be an add...if I have a wallet left. I haven’t decided on decor, chairs, etc, so god knows I’ll blow the back on that stuff.