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DIY Basement Theater is a Bargain at $5K

By Rachel Cericola
Marc Wiener made his room multifunctional -- and on the cheap.

Good theater doesn't require a massive bankroll. Just ask Marc Wiener. He created his basement home theater for a mere $5,000.

That's just for the electronics and new furnishings for his basement. The construction pretty much only cost me the materials, plumbing, and painting, as my father-in-law is an amazing carpenter and did all the work, Marc says. I can't thank him enough!

However, this basement is what Marc calls multifunctional. It's not just a theater; it's for sitting, for socializing, and even doubles as a home office.

Of course, it can be difficult to get any work done with 104 high-def DVDs and a rack full of equipment staring at you from the back of the room. This high-def mix includes HD DVD and Blu-ray. I really like the fact that my theater is format-neutral, Marc says. HD DVD may be dead, but there is plenty of software out there that I am glad to be able to play with.

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