I am in the process of building a new home. Construction has recently begun.
The game room is a 22' x 29'8" rectangle.
I have an existing 5.1 system that is nearly 10 years old. (Paradigm CC370, Monitor 7 Towers x2, ADP190 Surrounds x2, and a cylindrical SVS sub). I have always been very happy with this, but in a much smaller space. Do you think I'll be fine to stick with this setup?
Also, the room will be used for more than home theater (foosball table and a board gaming area). Because of this, the surrounds will likely be placed behind the listening position rather than to the side where I've always had them. Will this be okay?
I am hoping not to spend money on audio (and if I do, it will have to wait which I am okay with). Is it stupid to stick with 5.1? Should I absolutely be using this new construction opportunity to go 7.1? Based on speaker placement, 5.1 seems way more convenient for me.
The video is the bigger question mark. I currently use a fairly standard 50-inch LCD. I'm happy with it, and will be placing it in either my bedroom or the living room. I would like to upgrade in this area in the game room. It would seem as though I have the space for anything. I also will be able to control the light fairly well (there are no windows other than the sliding glass door in one of the corners). I want big. Maybe 70"? A projector is also not out of the question. 75% of my TV usage is streaming Netflix, Hulu, and MLB.tv. Another 15% is blu-ray. The last 10% is video games.
I'm feeling kind of lost. I haven't really invested time into home theater in almost 10 years. And honestly, it's not as important to me as it once was. ANY help or advice about setup, audio, video, or anything else is very much appreciated.