We are in the process of building a new home. In our previous home we had a spare bedroom above the garage that served as our home theater. We had a Sony HW45ES with a 110" Cinegrey 3D DIY screen. We loved it. Movie night every weekend and sports on the 110" screen.
While planning the house we are building we were thinking we would go UST in the living room and that would be our HT. Well, after months of researching and soul searching that isn't going to happen. The idea of building this house was to make it what we want from now into retirement. The more I looked and researched and planned how to make the best of having the main living area double as our HT I realized I am just not going to be happy. What would make me happy is a dedicated theater. I always wanted one and I just love seeing them on here.
That being said, ours won't be as elaborate as some of the awesome ones here on AVS but it will be effective and work for us no doubt.
So, I want to start off looking for suggestions, opinions, ideas, etc. and have a discussion as I plan for the theater. I am thinking maybe this winter I can start on it, but I will have a lot to do until then plus I am waiting out the ridiculous lumber prices.
So for specifics on the theater. I will attach shots of the basement floor plan from the builder plus a quick layout I did. The ceilings will be a little less than 8'. I am thinking it will probably end up around 92"-ish inches. For the WxL we're looking at 12W x 21L. That layout is pretty much set in stone. There is a beam running down the middle of the basement that is a foot lower than the joists, plus the is duct work running next to the beam that extends toward the steps side of the basement. The other end of the basement is a daylight end with a patio door and window. That end is reserved for my gym and bike storage/work area. So I am pretty set on the spot/layout for the theater.
I want to do a false wall and an AT screen. 90% of the time it will just be me and my wife. A few times a year we may have family over to watch and that will be 6 to 7 people. We are going to forego the standard theater seats and most likely go with a sofa in first row.....second row is open to debate(we currently have two HT Market Pembroke chairs, was thinking maybe second row would be those and add a third to it. If we do two rows of three I will just do a beanbag for the 7th(me lol).
For now I will most likely use the Sony because I would like to keep the budget down as much as possible right now(I do still have to buy a TV for the main living room).
For screen size I want to go as big as possible. 16:9 or 2.35:...I love the idea of the wide 2.35 but the Sony won't do it. I do really like the idea of 2.35 because movie watching/experience is the top priority of the theater. But again, budget and sticking with the Sony is probably what is going to have to happen.
For speakers and receiver I still have to decide. I have Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-600 and RP-650 that will be in the main living room, I thought about just going soundbar in LR and eventually using the Klipsch. But I also have the desire to do DIY subs and speakers(I have a full woodshop and the ability to do it easily).
I plan on black or very dark gray/navy walls and ceiling. No windows. I know sound insulation is crucial for lowering the sound floor, and I will do some within reason, but really, it's just my wife and I so what I would need to block out would be furnace running and not much else. I don't want to get bogged down in creating the perfect sound room. I want to build a room relatively inexpensively, and get to watching movies in a blacked out room on a giant screen and really good sound(doesn't need to be perfect).
Have a look at the floorplan and my long a$$ explanation and let me know your thoughts so I can start to plan.