So after getting a new Onkyo 3010 and shipping my 1007 off for repair (which will likely end up for sale here once I get it back), two friends needed a roommate and showed me the living room of the house... which was way better than my current pad for theater, and they were willing to let me do whatever I wanted with it (and the rent/utils were cheaper!). Of course, that meant I could actually get a fixed frame screen and set things up the way I wanted... so new theater build! Naturally, I don't have a ton of money... so this is all being done as cheaply as possible and may progress over time.
This is the room we started with:
Naturally, I had to set the front soundstage up immediately after I moved in. Ignore the cabling... I'm cleaning that up as I go.
Of course, wood flooring = bad, so the first purchase was a nice thick 8'x11' area rug.
Then for temporary use, I hung the Elite pulldown I already had on the wall and set the projector up on a table to the side. I also hung the side surrounds and ran wire to them under the rug just for kicks, then gave Audyssey a quick run-through to see how the room would sound once calibrated. Needless to say, it's a VAST improvement over my previous room.
Obviously, the 100" pulldown wasn't big enough... so last night, we hung a 120" Elite Sable fixed frame on the wall, which JUST BARELY clears the top of my SVS 20-39CS+ when it is on its Auralex platform but should be fine once the projector is mounted up high.
After sliding the table with the projector back further to fill the screen, I grabbed the first Blu-ray I could from my collection (which is sadly still in boxes) - Cowboys And Aliens.
We've already picked up light-killing curtains for the two windows to get the room as dark as possible. Tonight, a friend who used to do home theater installs is coming to help hang the heights and rears, mount the projector on a shelf on the back wall, and run 40 ft of HDMI and all my speaker cables for the surrounds through the walls. Then my roommate has the idea of building a wood frame lined with black Duvetyne or something to hang on the ceiling above the screen to kill the worst of the light from the screen. I was going to try to figure out how to hook up my Buttkicker, but we're getting such a nice vibration in the couch as-is that I really don't think it's necessary.
I will update as things progress. This is just as far as I've gotten in the 6 days since I moved in.