Help! I'm buying a new house, but will my home theater work with it?

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  1. james e m

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    I am just starting to look for a house, so I wanted some advice on what to look for when buying a house as far as the home theater is concerned. I still have to buy a new amp and a sub but here is a list of what my complete system will consist of:
    Sony DA5ES as pre/pro
    Outlaw 770 Amp
    Paradigm Studio 100 x2
    Studio CC
    Studio 20 x 4 (for 7.1)
    and either SVS B4-Plus or 2 SVS Ultras

    The current house we are looking at has a vaulted ceiling and is 19'9" x 15'8". The home theater will be in the corner of the room because of a fireplace. The surrounds will be very close to the walls except for one which will have nothing behind it, which I am really worried about. Our 11' long sectional will be on a wall that is 11'9" long. That means I don't have much room for my L and R surrounds, because there is an opening to the kitchen I may have about a foot on each side to play with. Is this enough room?

    The couch will be a foot or two off the wall which means the 2 rear surround speakers will be almost directly behind the listener. Will this be a huge problem?

    I will have plenty of open space for my front speakers, so I'm not concerned with this. If it matters this house is new construction.

    Does this sound like a pretty good set up or does it have some major flaws? Is there anything I can do to make it a better set up?

    What should I look for? What should I avoid?

    How far should my speakers be from the wall?

    Is it alright that my room has two entrances?

    Basically what else should I consider?

    How can I figure out if my new house will have any power problems? Is there a way to test for ground loop hum or anything like that?

    Any advice would be great, I star looking this weekend!

    Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.

    James
     
  2. TimForman

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    Strictly speaking, rear surrounds should be the same distance from the acoustical center as the front 3. If they are closer then you should delay the signal accordingly. I believe the number is 1 ms of delay for every 1.17 feet. As for the others there are many variables and you will most likely have to experiment. Most mains don't like to be flush against a wall and subs tend to work better in corners.
     
  3. james e m

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    Thanks for the advice, I may have to do some experimenting with it.
    James
     
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  5. Dave Kalloch

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    If this house has a basement, it might be time to think about a dedicated home theater.
     

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