This current Media Room is the result of three previous media rooms and quite a few years of planning, growth and tweaking :-) I still have a way to go and have several upgrades/tweaks planned for the upcoming months.
We moved into our current house six years ago. The Media room was custom built over the oversized two car garage and is 18.5' x 22.5' with 9.5' ceilings at the center. All four walls have about a thirty degree tilted in soffit area where the side and rear surrounds are mounted. The ATMOS speakers are ceiling mounted and the front speakers are freestanding.
I placed all front speakers on concrete slabs floating on rubber isolation feet to decouple the sound from the floor. For me, this resulted in a cleaner more transparent sound on the LCR.
The stairs and upstairs area are carpeted with whimsical theater themed wall to wall carpeting. Front wall is painted a gray that is almost black and the ceiling and other walls are a dark/medium gray.
I recently upgraded to 7.2.4 Dolby ATMOS surround sound and have four Polk CS-6 ceiling speakers about mid-way for first pair and toward the rear for the second pair.
The room features two levels of seating, recessed Vutec 2.35:1 Widescreen (120 inches by 56 inches... 136" diagonal).
Built-in niches have shelves for ample music and video media storage. Large, double 19” equipment racks (Middle Atlantic) house all of the audio/video equipment for the media room and all ethernet and cable/satellite distribution to the entire house are placed in the back of the same equipment closet. The Media Room is on it's own HVAC system and has two 20 amp and three 15 amp dedicated electrical circuits and a separate 15 amp lighting circuit.
Signal Processing and Amplification
Marantz AV7703 Pre/Proc
Parasound Halo A21 Power Amp (new) - replaced my Parasound NewClassic 2250
Parasound Halo A52+ (new) - replaced my Parasound NewClassic 5250
Parasound ZoneMaster 450 (for the ATMOS)
Yung 300 subwoofer plate amplifiers (2) for the Tactile Transducers note: my Earthquake XJ-600 fried! Since I am not that concerned with fidelity on the buttkickers I opted for fairly inexpensive sub plate amps. So far they are working great!
Yamaha 16 Channel Mixer
Apple TV 4K
Audio Technica Turntable (will either upgrade my turntable or sell off my vinyl soon)
Apple MacBook Pro
JVC DLA-RS500 - replaced a Panasonic AE-8000U Projector
Vutec Fixed Cine-White 2.35:1 Screen 136" diagonal
2 - BG Radia 520i ribbon planar floor standing speakers for front left and right
1 - BG Radia 220i Center channel speaker
4 - BG Radia SA320i in-wall speakers for surround and rear speakers
4 - Polk CS-6 ceiling speakers for the ATMOS (Middle and Rear ATMOS)
2 - Rythmik F18 18" sealed box subwoofers
2 - Definitive Technology PF-15 15" subwoofers - Replaced by the Rythmik's but I am now considering adding them back into the mix at the back of the room.
2 - Earthquake Sound Q-10B Tactile Transducers (AKA Buttkickers) One mounted on the rear row raised seating platform and one mounted on the front row shaker
Note: all in-wall and in-ceiling speakers have custom backing boxes lined with 1 inch multi-layer damping material (purchased from Parts Express).
2 - Furman Elite 20A Power Conditioners
2 - Leviton 20 amp inwall surge protectors at equipment racks
4 - Leviton 15 amp surge protectors at all subwoofer positions.
URC MX930 Remote Control
URC MSC400 Master System Controller
Passive Acoustic Panels
4 - GIK 2'x4'x2" Diffuser/Absorber Panels
4 - GIK 1'x4'x4" Diffuser/Absorber/Bass Trap Panels
Balanced cables between Pre/Pro and Amps Were built with Mogami 3080 cable and Amphenol XLR's by "Worlds Best Cable"
HDMI by Blue Jeans Cable
35' BJC Series One - Projector
6' BJC Series One - OPPO UDP-203
all other HDMI are 3' or 6' BJC Tartan 24 Series cables
The Turntable I rewired with some Monster interconnects that I had lying about.
All other RCA type interconnects I built using Belden 1694A cable and REAN RCA connectors
Speakers in-walls and in-ceiling Belden 14 Gauge
LCR - Belden 5T00UP 10 Gauge x 2 biwireed with locking banana plug connectors or spade connectors.
DIY 12 gauge Belden 83802 used on main power amps
DIY 14 gauge Belden 19634 used pre/pro, ATMOS power amp, Yung Power amps, and F18 subs
Purchased WAudio10 gauge Audiophile cable used on Blu-Ray player
A note on my cable philosophy.... I have been in the business of audio and electronics for a long time. At one time (ah... the 70's) I even owned part of a 24 track recording studio we wired ourselves. We also ran sound for local bands and sold large scale PA's (one of my partners continued in this business and is only recently considering retiring). So, that said, I have some experience with cabling, gounding and power distribution to large and complex audio systems. IMHO, keeping in mind that it is JUST MY OPINION... High end cables are just not worth the very small differences, if any, they provide. The job of a cable is to deliver, without undue change to the signal, to the next device. I am a firm believer in the idea that quality cables do matter in the respect that cables that are built WELL (mechanically sound) of quality materials and components. And if they are the cable will perform as well as anything out there. Having said that I do admit that I have neither the time, patience, OR THE MONEY to honestly acquire, test and evaluate the high end cable market. If anyone wants to send me some $10,000 (or even $1000) stereo pairs to compare I will certainly do my best to do an honest evaluation and return them to you. And, if you have any of those $2500 per foot power cables lying about I would love to give those a try as well :-)
Things I might have done differently (and will if there is a next time :-)
1. added one more dedicated 20 amp line (or two thirty amp lines and two twenty amp lines.
2. added two more dedicated 15 amp circuits at subwoofer locations
3. Built a deeper platform for the rear seating and pulled the rear seating away from the wall by another two feet or more.
4. Used spray-in (paper based) insulation in all walls
5. Double drywall the walls or consider using a heavier material (like Wonderboard) for one of the drywall layers
6. add star grounding scheme for the media room with confirmed external ground.
1. New Projector - I have my eye on a JVC DLA-RS2000 native 4K :-) I have a friend with one on order... I'll post his impressions when he installs in January - he is building his new house now in Nashville and his AV system is always top notch:-)
2. New Turntable - Considering a relatively inexpensive ProJect or something along those lines with a decent Hana or ? cartridge
3. Safety rail on second level of seating - Right now there is the possibility someone could step into the gap between the first row and second...
4. Additional room darkening for full daytime viewing - Even though I've done some and the room is dark there is still a bit of light infiltration :-)
5. New DAC to replace my Cambridge DAC Magic I recently sold - No ideas yet.... any recommendations?
6. MiniDSP room tuning (subs only)
7. Any Suggestions??
Thank you for providing the opportunity to display my system. Forums like this are fantastic for the exchange of information and ideas, and most especially for inspiration and encouragement to those of us that share this passion/hobby. Keep it going!
This system has brought me many hours of enjoyment and entertainment. It continues to satisfy and provide me many hours of joy and diversion. You should hear Pink Floyd's Welcome To The Machine in 5.1 on this system :-)