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New Basement "Mixed-use" room screen/front speaker decisions.

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Greetings all. I'm in the "low voltage and speaker locating" stage a basement remodel (no drywall, not cavity insulation) and am toying with a couple different options for my theater area in the space.

First thing, it's not a dedicated theatre area. It's one relatively large multi-use room (20'x22') and the screen will be in the middle of one of the side walls. We're using in-wall speakers to keep the floor clear and I've decided on the Polk RT series for a pretty good entry-level sound. I'm going to install 7.1 and wire for 11.2 for future expansion with Atmos, etc. Right now, that means 265-RT for left/right, 255c-rt for center, 65-RT for rear and side channels.

Here's the question: I have a 100" 16x9 acoustically-opaque pull-down screen which I'd assumed I'd use initially and maybe upgrade later. It was cheap, but gives a good picture with the small epson LCD projector I'll be using initially. When I hung the screen temporarily, I realized the casing, viewable area, bottom edge, and black matting on 4 sides extend down about 59". The space where the screen will be going is under a perimeter HVAC soffit, so it's only 83" tall. This puts just 23" between the floor and bottom of the screen assembly (probably 26" to the actual image). The polk center channel treble driver is about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the grille, but I can probably cheat this up so it's basically at the bottom edge of the screen. The side channels have their tweeter in dead center. I've been reading how much of a difference having balanced front channels and horizontally inline makes....and I'm afraid I'm going to be unhappy with what I've described. My option would be to scrap the center channel and get another 265-RT then purchase a new AT screen, of where there are not many to be had that are decent at ~10' viewing distance AND in the sub-$1000 range.

As it stands, the highest I'll be able to mount the center channel and not be obscured by the screen is 23". The center line of the side channels would have to be quite low to keep the linear horizontal imaging up front, which would make sound in the room quite strange when we're NOT using it as a theatre.

Most of the content we'll be viewing is streamed TV/Movies and gaming console (PS3/Switch) with the occasional physical blu-ray.

Am I overthinking the speaker/screen thing based on what I COULD do if I threw money at the problem? I.E. should I just build it the way I described above and enjoy it and maybe change it later IF I'm not happy?

Thanks!

Dan
Date: Jan 13, 2018   


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