I'm sure this has been asked before, but please humor me...I need guidance :o
I am still in the process of trying to build my basement Home Theater, that hopefully may also function as a 2 Channel room. But if its not in the cards, then the room will just be for HT and gaming--have no fear though, I'll find another dedicated space for the 2 channel rig ;). Originally the wife said no way that I am taking the basement guest room away. I have also been considering taking over another space in the basement and building walls to suit me. But now that she has seen the temp. setup in action, shes eager for me to complete it :D So no time to waste; I need to make some decisions and move forward. I'll setup in this room and gain some lessons learned and think about another location later.
The room is 13x18. I currently have everything setup temporarily. Meaning no wires are run through walls or ceiling and the projector is not mounted yet. It's a drop ceiling.
Everything is setup currently so the 106" PJ screen and mains are on the short wall and the entry door is behind me (on the back wall toward the right wall from the seated position). All the gear is in a rack on the right wall close to the door. Ultimately the plan is to put the rack in the wall so that I can access the equipment from the next room-which will also give me more options for cooling without interfering with the HT room itself.
When shopping for some HT seating, I determined that to get the seating I want, I'd need space for a 12' wide couch-essentially to seat 4 or 5comfortably. 2 level seating just doesn't seem feasible in this small room. Obviously 1' is not enough clearance-remember the entry door is to the rear.
So I pondered repositioning everything so that the screen and mains are on the long wall. I'd still be able to put my electronics in wall (or in closet) as I had planned, there's plenty of room for the speakers (I think) and the screen, and I'd be able to accomodate the seating the way I'd want to.
The only issue is that almost every home theater I see in magazines are setup on the short wall. All the diagrams that talk about proper speaker setup show the short wall being used. So I did some quick searching and found comments both ways. Then I found a posting where Matt Polk stated "The front speakers will almost always sound best on the long wall." when talking about a HT setup. So I'm confused.
I checked out the Cardas speaker setup page and it suggested that for an 18' wide wall, I'd have to have the front of the speakers 8' into the room---In a 12' deep room??
Can speaker setup for HT and 2 channel differ that much?
I need some guidance guys....
I'll get a room layout uploaded soon.