Hello all, I am so glad I found this website - everyone here seems to be very knowledgeable, certainly more than myself regarding home theaters. I have always wanted a Home Theater and now have the opportunity to create one in a detached room that is limited in space - it's 7 1/2 ft wide and 14 1/2 ft long. Height is TBD. The walls are concrete (this used to be a tool shed/storage room that I do not use).
There are two small windows that will easily be closed so there will be no ambient lighting issues - during the day - it will be pitch black in the room.
Forgive me if any of these questions are dumb, but I'm new to this and want to make the room the best possible theater experience. Here are my questions:
Pretty much a very general question - is this absolutely too narrow? Or do I have hope? Would it feel too cramped considering the questions I am asking below?
1 - Height of Ceiling - The height of the ceiling can be from as low as 7 feet to as high as about 10-12 feet. I have that space so I need to know what would be the best height. I will then have the ceiling installed - it has a roof - it's just kind of open all the way to the top so I can install a ceiling inside of this.
2 - Screen Size - My idea is to have one end of the room have the screen - by my calculations - it looks like it could be between 80-100 inches - using a projector. Is this too large? The bigger the better for me.
3 - Seating - Considering that it is narrow, I was thinking 2 rows of 2 seats towards the opposite end of the screen. I'm thinking smaller type theater seats would be fine for each row - I'm wondering if the first row of seats will be to close to the screen?
4 - Sound - I plan to do the 7.1 surround sound, if I place the back row as close to the back wall as possible, would it be an issue having the rear left/right speakers so close to the back row?
5 - A/C - Since it's detached, I plan on installing a wall mounted AC. I am assuming this must run all the time to keep the temperature comfortable for the equipment correct? Vs. just turning the AC on when I am going to watch a movie? I'm in South Florida - so it is really hot and humid.
I have a million questions, but do not want to overdo my questions with my first thread. I really look forward to hear from anybody that can help me.
A 100" 16:9 fixed screen will be approximately 94" wide including the frame, which is over 7.5 feet by 4 plus inches... Then there are speakers to be placed up front also. So, if your going to have the screen on the small wall you will probably have to go with a 90" diagonal screen. Since your trying to maximize screen it would be recommended to create a false wall with an AT screen so you can put all the speakers behind the screen. This will take up a few feet of distance in the room but allow you to maximize the screen and hide the front speakers for a cleaner look.
Your front row of seats should be around 10 feet from the screen (100" screen) IMO. Since you possibly will be going with a 90" screen you can probably scoot the front row of seats up a few feet, maybe 8 feet. It will be a tight fit with two rows of seats. You will have to shop for the right kind to fit, most likely not have recliners in the second row as not enough space.
Recommend you leave a few feet of distance from the wall to the back row for rear speakers. Other options are ceiling mounted rears etc.
You can make the room work, just have to be creative and realize the limits your working with (room dimensions).
Some may say put the screen on the longer wall, IMO it does you no good to use the big wall for the screen as you would seriously limit your sitting distance (and a second row) and wouldn't be able to take advantage of a larger screen. That is unless your gonna be headwhipping side to side to see the screen.