Looking for a bit of help in building and setting up my media room. I've been lurking for a bit now, but finally decided I'd post my situation. I'd appreciate any time and thought all of you might have to answer some lingering questions and problems I have.
I am now finally about to move my audio/video equipment out of the living room into a dedicated media room I am currently building in my basement. Below is a room layout dimension wise. At this point, no sheetrock is up, just roughed in by 2X4's on the concrete floor.
Below are some of my more 'pressing' questions as of now.
One of the most immediate problems ATM for me is the media cabinet.
I am looking for suggestions where to find one. The caveat is that I'd like one where I can build it into the wall so once completed I can put a framed movie poster in the front of it on some sort of hinge (think hidden wall safe) so when it isn't in use, I can have the picture closed so no one would even know it's there. I'm trying to find one that won't be crazy expensive that I can get preassembled or I one I assemble (doesn't need wheels or a front 'door'), but basically a frame tall enough to house 4-5 components with space for possibly one or two more and still support the weight of the equipment located there (I plan on roughing in a correctly sized hole so I can attach the side rails to the wall studs for strength). Since the space behind the cabinet is unfinished and totally open, there will be no additional need for cooling. I did do some more research and did find this (pic below). I really don't want an opening door (unless I can mount it directly to the picture frame somehow), but in my mind this is extremely close to what I'm thinking I want. Any suggestions or obvious problems I'm missing or haven't considered??
I haven't purchased my new receiver (planning on the Anthem MRX 510), but here is the current equipment set up (7.1):
Yamaha A730 Receiver
Definitive Technologies BP7001SC Towers
Definitive Technologies CLR2002 Center channel
Definitive Technologies Powerfield 10" Sub
Paradigm AMS-100R (middle and rears/ceiling mounted)
All speakers connections will be ran with 14-2 oxygen free copper wire (monoprice)
Hooking this up and running it all is pretty straightforward. The Yamaha has two outputs for the subs, so I run one output directly to the powerfield sub and the second output I run a wire and split it to go to each of the BP7001SC's.
So another question is about the subwoofer:
When I look at the back of the Anthem 510 there is only ONE sub output (the 710 has the same rear setup so the answer isn't upgrading to it instead). How do I run this so my sub has a connection as well as the BP7001's (each have built in subs)? Is splitting the signal out of the one output THREE times going to reduce or hurt the sound quality? My initial receiver was a Marantz SR7000, and since it only had one sub output, I just didn't use my dedicated sub and ran the line split to the BP7001's. It was in my living room, so it was actually nice to eliminate the additional equipment due to space purposes. But since I am now currently roughing in a dedicated media room, I'd like to be able to use the entire set up. Is there any sort of type of sub wiring that is 'suggested' too? Here are pics of the connections for the receiver, sub, and the 7001's.
Next....HDMI cable question.
I am not sure of the exact length of the needed run from the receiver to the TV. I will likely run a rope or string the distance to get as close to an approximation for the needed cable length. I was likely going to order it via monoprice soon, but there are more than a few choices so I'm looking for suggestions as to which cord I should be running. I haven't mentioned the TV I'll be using because tbo, I haven't decided yet. I do know it'll likely be a HD/3D tv 65"+ or larger one (possibly a 4K if the prices drop enough when I go to purchase). Can someone suggest to me a cable that is not going to degrade the signal and keep me running as high a resolution as the equipment allows over what is likely a 35 foot or so run (I'm also more than a little worried about what to do if the HDMI cable goes bad once the sheetrock is up and installed, as I've read more than a few reviews talking about that exact problem)?
For now, these are some of my most pending questions. If anyone has the time to make suggestions, I would appreciate it. I haven't scheduled sheetrock to be installed yet, but I'd like to have the room ready for it by the end of the month at the latest.
Thanks for reading. If there is some information I neglected to mention, please feel free to ask.