Ok, so, here is a system that would come in well under your $19,000 quote, and destroy it. I'll tackle why not an RTI remote at the bottom. Sorry for my long(ish) posts, but "professionals" like you hired really really honk me off with system designs like that. His job should be to maximize value and performance. Not get over on people.Great info. He’s a HT guy primarily but does contractor work too. His bid for just equipment as listed was 19k and the build out is another 10k. It’s way over what I wanted to pay and will start looking at other options. I’m sure he knows that I don’t know much about this and smells loot. Can I ask why not use RTI? I’m still trying to learn all this stuff. I actually liked the review on the Marantz and suggested that to him except I said the SR7012 and he wanted to sell me the sr7013. What would you think is better suited? Thanks!
Yeah seems like it’s time for me to dump the episodes and find a replacement. Thanks for the advice!
Speakers: Phase Technology. 11 channels. 3 in-wall LCR, 4 in-ceiling ATMOS, 4 In-wall surrounds.
Phase Technology CI-130 $1,200/ea. A strong dealer could do them for $900/ea. no problem. $900 x3 = $2700
3-way enclosed in-wall.
ATMOS Channels: CI6.1X $279. Assume discount as well: $215 x4 = 860
Surrounds: You could do direct, bi/dipole, or a mix. I like the Bi/Di Poles as sides and direct as rears, but that is up to you. I'll generically say that either should be available at $225/each x4 = $900
TOTAL for 11 channles = $4,460 after discounts from a reputable dealer. The above system is leagues better than anything Episode "makes". I use the "" because they just get semi custom stuff from China.
NOTE: Do what you wish for subs. I think there are a lot of great choices. Klipsch makes some really nice 12" and 15" models that are reasonable, Phase Tech's subs are outstanding as well if the made in the USA thing matters to you to that degree. There are excellent ID companies, too.
I would put Phase Tech speakers up against other brands considerably more expensive. I'm a dealer of Triad, James Loudspeaker, KEF, Klipsch THX, Monitor Audio, and about 20 other speaker lines... These are incredible value and, to me, ome of the best in-wall speakers under the $2,000-$2,500ea range unless your room is absolutely massive in terms of cubic square footage. Phase Tech is a storied speaker manufacturer that's been around decades. They invented the soft dome tweeter and make some of the finest drivers and speakers around. They hold several driver & enclosure patents as well as 100% made in USA by them ... in house. They OEM McIntosh's in-walls & in-ceilings as well as other brands which are considerably more expensive. They are as well respected in the speaker manufacturing business as anyone on the planet. Excellent manufacturer.
- Receiver: I think this is acceptable for your room: https://usa.denon.com/us/product/hometheater/receivers/avrx6500h
$2,100 MSRP. Again, discounts should be available. Lets just say $1900.
- Screen: I WOULD recommend a DragonFly screen, only I would do a huge AT screen with the main speakers behind it. You have a 12' wide screen wall. Not sure on height... FILL IT UP with a 16x9 screen. It will feel like IMAX.
133" DF-SL-133-UAW Dimensions w/ frame 122.24" x 71.54" MSRP $2,500... $1,500 is fair margin with current promotions.
145" DF-SL-145-UAW Dimensions w/ frame 132.57" x 77.3" MSRP $3,000.... $2,200 ""
Projector: Epson 5040UB. It's so similar to the 6040 that unless you need all of the goodies... save the $$$. I am a dealer of the JVCs & Sonys... I like this a LOT. On sale at Best Buy for $2100. Get em while they're HOT. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/epson-home-cinema-5040ub-3lcd-projector-with-4k-enhancement-and-hdr-white/5555800.p?skuId=5555800
Remote: Harmony Elite w/ Hub. $250-$300.
This remote is AWESOME for a single room system. Why on Earth would anyone spend more? You can program this yourself and make simple changes as needed. I switched to these for anything NON Whole House or Automation and my clients love them. Never had to replace one and NEVER get service calls. Easy to program. Nice App for phone or tablet. I'm a URC Total Control dealer. Used to be a SAVANT dealer and I do consulting and design for 2 Control4/RTI guys...... They have dumped RTI for this remote. The Harmony Elite and even the cheaper Smart Companion remote are OUTSTANDING. The other companies I mentioned want $700+ for a similar product - only they aren't geared towards end user's programming them.
For the entire system with the 133" screen
133" Screen $1,500
For illustration purposes I'll add 2 Klipsch SPL-120 12" subs @ $500/each =$1,000
^ Absolutely CRUSHES your $19,000 bid in performance and saves you $8,000 while giving you a 133" screen, a proper speaker alignment, proper ATMOS layout, and essentially the same quality image.
PS: Why is there a horizontal box framed in on your screen wall? Don't tell me that was a center going in under the screen? What... the... FLIP?!?!?! YOu should do an AT screen with all three speakers vertically behind it along the same horizontal line around mid screen.
Side Note: I've never been a fan of the rattler or rumble pieces in a theater. To each their own, however.