New home, new theater sized for 2
Full disclosure, I started asking some questions in the “General Home Theater and Media/Game Rooms” forum, but I think my build will make more sense here. It’ll be movies and TV. No bar, no gaming. Just some quality sound, a big, bright picture, and enough comfy furniture for me and my wife.
We’re in the design phase of building a new house, and I talked my wife into a main floor media/theater room. I won’t go into all the details in one post, because no one will read it all, so I thought I’d start with the basic layout. It’ll be relatively small as these things go: 15’ x 11’-11” x 10’ high. I can’t really move the door or the closet, but the windows can be played with a bit.
Since we first came up with the house design, I was thinking of putting the screen on the short (West) wall opposite the door. However, it dawned on me yesterday to see what it looked like with the screen on the long (South) wall. The attached pics show what I’m thinking. The thicker colored lines denote Anthony Grimani’s recommendations for speaker locations, and the thinner lines are Dolby specs. The pics also show the calculated room modes and the seating depth based on those.
As for picture, the West-facing layout is shown with a 107” wide screen, giving a viewing angle of 48.8 degrees. The South-facing layout uses a 96” wide screen with a viewing angle of 54.1 degrees. I plan on a JVC projector (NX-7 or similar), which should be able to handle being offset from center. I also plan on using a retractable screen so I can have a TV behind it. According to my wife (and I kind of agree), sitcoms and the like should not be watched on a big screen.
I’m already thinking about all the other details, but I figured I’d start small on the thread. Any input is appreciated.