Cheap Dave's Home Theater


Projection Room

OK I have made fun of fancy equipment racks but that doesn't mean I don't think you should put some thought into where and how to house your components. As I have said I am a big proponent of projectors. One thing about using rear projectors is you may want to consider putting all of your components at the rear of your room as opposed to the front.

OK I have made fun of fancy equipment racks but that doesn't mean I don't think you should put some thought into where and how to house your components. As I have said I am a big proponent of projectors. One thing about using rear projectors is you may want to consider putting all of your components at the rear of your room as opposed to the front.

So with all your components in the back you only need to run 3 or 4 speakers wires to the front and everything else is at the back. In my latest HT I really made use of this. The room was longer than it was wide so I framed in a 5 foot wide closet/hallway/soundbuffer/projection room.

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This area really serves several purposes. It gets my projector out of the viewing room. So fan noise is a non-issue. It also gives me plenty of room for all of my components on a wire rack and set sideways. I can get to the back as easily as the front.

The room acts as a double sound wall to the rest of the house and I used rockwool sound insulation in the wall separating it from the viewing room.

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I did have to change my plan at the last minute. I was planning on using in-wall speakers in that wall but realized that this would defeat the purpose of the sound wall. So I used speakers I already had. This is Ok with me as it gives me more options for tinkering later on.

This room also has room for all of my DVDs a mini-fridge, microwave and even a computer desk. I will eventually hook it up so I can play computer games on the really big screen.

I have a window in this room and a fan that can either pull air in or exhaust it. This gives me some much needed ventilation into my HT since I don't have any windows in there.

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The one disadvantage for this set up is I need remote extenders to be able to control my components. But that really hasn't been too bad. I found those on EBay for about $30.

So if you are framing your theater in and your room is over 20 feet long consider a projection room. It just sounds cool to say "I'll be in the projection room setting up tonight's feature".