History: Bought my first 27" MTS TV, HiFi VCR and AV receiver in 1989. Ever since I've added and upgraded pieces and parts. In 1998 we built a new house with an unfinished basement laid out with an HT in mind. Building the HT was my motivation for finishing the basement, which took a year doing the work myself. After the basement was finished, the old home theater was already entrenched in the living room and showing its age... so we decided to build the whole thing new...
In 2011 the basement was flooded by groundwater, equipment survived but the rest of the room needed rebuilding. New look here.
Design Objective: Build a Front Projection HT system that would provide superior performance for less than the price of a good used car.
Use: 50% Blu-Ray movies, 10% DVD, 30% Cable TV & HDTV, and 10% music (including accomodating my daughter's dance parties).
Screen Width: 96" (16x9) (110" diagonal), Acuoustic Transparent Main Seating: 11' from screen, centered; 2nd row, 4' behind Viewing Arc: 40 degrees (main seating position, meets SMPTE & THX recommendations, from view distance calculator). Amplification: Rated power, total for 6.1, 6500 watts (see pro-amp page)
Peak SPL: 124dBa @40Hz verified with SPL meter