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$5000 budget for home theater

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Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum, but I've been lurking for a little while, trying to learn more.

I am moving into a house and want to put a media room for mostly movies and sports into a room in the basement.

The room is 88" tall, 11.5' wide, and 30.5' long. It doesn't have any windows. It's basically a long room with an entry about 16' back from the front wall.

I want a projector, a 110-120" screen, and 5.1. 3D is not a priority. Later, I would like to add a zone for music upstairs, but that will be in another budget. I don't have any components and don't mind buying used or refurbished equipment.

I appreciate any feedback and suggestions.

Thank you
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When you say your budget is $5000 what do you mean? Is that in total or are you willing to throw some more money down the hole in 6 months? For me, when I talk budget, it's usually based over a period of time. For $5000 you can get a decent system right now but if you're willing to budget over a period of time it's going to be even better.

Get a good projector now and some decent FL, FR, and CC speakers with something to run them. Then budget for surrounds, sub, room treatments, furniture, etc, over time. That will give you space to develop a plan for your room and you'll be able to try out any suggestions you get here or discover on your own.
So I would spend $3000 on the projector. The ones everyone talks about are the Epson 5020/6020, Panasonic 8000, and the Sony 30 something or other in that price range. Check Craig's List or something for screens. I got a BNIB Grandview wall mount 120" for $400 which started me on the path to a projector.
If you're looking at Hsu look at SVS also. I just replaced a Paradigm DSP-3100 with a SVS PC12-Plus and it was jaw dropping. You really can't go wrong with this Internet direct stuff. The subs SVS makes will blow away anything Klipsch makes and apparently Hsu is just as good.
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