Some suggestions for my Home Theater


I am planning to build a Cinema Home Theater at my home and here is my layout.

I actually wanted some consultancy regarding the Sound Proofing and Exterior Walls Protection. The Layout, I just posted is on the exterior side of the building in a balcony, so their aren't any walls except for plinth.

My questions

What kind of sound proofing material should I use, to get Standard theater quality sound with Minimal Expense? How should I protect my exterior walls of theater from environment?

Note: As a matter of fact, because the load bearing capacity of the slab is not high, I was recommended on making use of GI sheets. But I am not certain, about its strength and the affects it causes during...

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Assuming that the back of your Onkyo receiver has some form of "Audio In" or "Auxiliary In" plugs; and assuming that the connection is just 2 RCA type plugs in the back of your Onkyo receiver; there is a way for your receiver to provide BIG audio from your computer.

I'm sure your computer or laptop has some form of mini-plug connection for headphones. That's how your computer sends audio out.

If your hardware has these connections, then you can get BIG audio sound to your receiver from your computer by getting what is called a "Y" plug. It has two RCA plugs on one end and one mini-audio plug on the other end. Some Y cables have RCA plugs on both ends. Don't get that one.

Go to either Radio Shack, Best Buy or whatever your favorite audio/electronic store is and ask for a "Y" cable with the connection specs I've described. If you need extra length to connect the Y cable from your computer to your receiver, ask for a mini-plug extension cable as well. They can...

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Not everyone has a Hollywood budget to create that "Million Dollar" home theatre room, but we can all dream.

Your biggest issue I can think of to start with is the size of the room. Most bedrooms that aren't the Master in most suburban homes are no bigger than 4 to 5 Metres across any one direction, and some barely even 3x3. Once you fit a rear row set of seats, with enough legroom in front of them, your front seats will be so close to the screen it will be unpleasant to watch (depending on the size of the screen). There is a nominal sized screen for the size of a room, and there is such a thing as too big. A screen that's too large (or seats that are too close) will have the viewers constantly scanning from side to side to be able to take in the whole picture, and in a fast paced action movie, you'll miss stuff (or get a headache trying).

To touch on what @Fyre suggested with the curtains, large, flat walled, hard surfaces will bounce sound around creating echoes...

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Updated: July 16, 2013

Discussing some of the best home theater book titles ever!

Many agree that books are your only way to research information in a structured and time efficient manner while helping you reach a level of insight no other publication medium can ever achieve. The truth is that at this digital age, books still remain the number one choice for those looking for the right information.

Grab the right set of home theater books that may serve as a valid reference to the world of audio and video, and you are on the fast track to a thorough understanding of all aspects of home theater, from the initial design stage to final implementation. There is one problem though: Selecting the right books from the never ending list of titles covering all sorts of home theater topics is not easy.

Help is here! We are presenting what in our opinion are some of the best titles that can help you gain a clear understanding of the various aspects of home...

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So my girlfriend has been bugging me to pitch in to buy a PS4 with her to share at her place. I agreed but also pitched her the idea of an HTPC instead. As soon as I mentioned I'd install all the Sims games for her, I had her swayed. She's going to pitch in $300 and I don't want to put much more than $450 myself.A few months ago I upgraded to an X99 build with a 5820k in my desktop. I'm very satisfied with X99, but this time, I think I want to try a Skylake build, because I think it offers better performance per dollar for more budgeted PC's. Here's what I've put together really quickly, with reasoning why I chose each part.

Intel Core i5 - 6600k : best price/performance ratio currently (especially after overclock)

G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 3200 8Gb ( 2 x 4 Gb) : I like G.Skill, seems to be one of the cheapest kits, and is pretty dang fast.

ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Z170 Gaming-ITX Very solid reviews. Cheap. Has Bluetooth + Wifi built in (which I need). Seems...

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I just hooked up my HT-XT1 soundbar, sounds great! However, there are a few things that are frustrating me and I can't figure out.

1. The soundbar turns off when I turn off the t.v., nice, I like that! But..........should the soundbar turn on when I turn on the t.v.? Right now it does not. I have to turn on the t.v., then grab the soundbar remote and turn on the soundbar. Is there a way to have the soundbar turn on when I turn on the t.v.?

2. When I turn on the soundbar the default setting is t.v., I need HDMI 1 in order to get sound. Is there a way to change the default setting to HDMI1?

My connections are correct I'm pretty sure. HDMI cable from HD cable box "OUT" to HDMI "IN" on soundbar. HDMI cable from Panasonic DMP-BD30 blue-ray player "OUT" to HDMI "IN" on soundbar. My Samsung t.v. does not have HDMI ARC, so I hooked up the t.v. as per the instructions: HDMI cable from HDMI "OUT" on soundbar to HDMI 1 on the t.v. Optical digital cable from tv...

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Hojin Yu,

First off, welcome to the forum.

Your question is a bit vague and open ended, which may be why it has received little feedback thus far. Please be advised it is generally not helpful to post the same question in three different forum locations with slighlty different titles.
- If your post is not being answered, revise it or do a "bump" post to move it back at the top of the recent stack.

A) Here are some questions for you which will help forum members better formulate suggestions:
1) What primary uses do you see for the home theater (HT)?
(i.e. movies, gaming, music, all the above).
2) How tall is the ceiling?
- Room volume helps determine speaker/subwoofer needs.
2a) Are there any room features which will effect the sound?
(i.e. large reflective surfaces like hardwood floors, large windows, big openings to other rooms, etc.)
3) Why are you leaning towards using in-wall speakers?
- Most of us would not recommend...

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Find a place for the home theater system. Determine how much space you have, keeping in mind space limitations for a TV, video devices, speakers, cables, and the furniture that will hold them. Also keep in mind the locations of power outlets and existing television cables and network access for applicable devices.


Get suitable furniture to place the system devices. The TV should be at a comfortable eye level for the viewers, so a stand to keep it off the floor is advisable. The stand will need to be strong enough to hold the TV and wide enough to prevent people walking by from bumping into it. Other devices should be kept off the floor with adequate ventilation to prevent excessive exposure to dust and dirt. If floor space is a problem, consider wall-mounting a flat-panel TV. Before making any permanent placement decisions, remember to plan for cabling changes.


Ensure the available power circuits are safe for a home theater system....

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Seating Position

In general, most people like to sit at least two or three times the screen width away from the display when watching a flat panel Plasma or LCD TV. Ideally seats should not be positioned up against a wall, especially at the rear of the room if you want to use back surround speakers.

Note: When determining seating distance, use the width of the screen and not the diagonal measurement (a 55" flat panel has a viewable width of 48").

Of course not all seats can be located at the target position so some compromises will have to be made. The actual location and seating distance is typically a little more flexible and forgiving when using a flat panel display versus using a front projector.

When using a front projector, the seating distance and arrangement becomes more rigid and more important. Matching the proper seating distance to the screen size is critical when trying to achieve the maximum affect of total immersion. Here again not...

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That does sound heartbreaking. As a general rule, be assertive in looking out for your own interests when it comes to dealing with your neighbor or anyone else. Also, explain the reason WHY you do or don't want contractors, neighbors, and others to do things or not do things a certain way. It's possible your neighbor thought you felt guilty about him plowing because you weren't paying him and had no idea you were proud of your driveway and that the plowing would cause significant damage.

Of course it's also possible that he's just one of those people who "doesn't get it" because his brain is wired a different way and he doesn't have a sense about when he is causing damage, and will do things even when told not to.

Get an estimate for the repair of your driveway and ask your neighbor to pay for it. Don't accept any offers for him to fix it himself. (Basically he can't be trusted to do it properly, no matter how much of a nice guy he may be.) If he will...

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UPDATE: Bummed about the loss of 3D? Never fear, there is a replacement. Learn more about 4k video projectors and how they work.

3D and Your Home Theater

As of 2017, LG and Sony, the last TV makers that offered 3D TVs in the U.S. market, will no longer be offering TVs with the 3D viewing option going forward. However, there are many 3D TVs in use and sets may still be available via third parties or on clearance.

Also, most video projector brands still offer the 3D viewing option.

In addition, there is a lot of great content for those that wish to take advantage if the 3D viewing experience at home. However, getting into 3D is more than just buying the right TV or video projector, although that is the starting point. Check out what you need to access 3D and what content is available to watch.

3D-enabled TV or 3D-enabled Video Projector

As your starting point in the 3D viewing experience, you need a TV or video projector that meets...

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Q: How Much Will My Home Theater Cost?

All construction, electrical, installation and furnishing costs aside, here's a rundown of the equipment you'll be able to afford on a budget of $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and $200,000.


Display: A 42-inch display (LCD or plasma TV)

Sound: A home-theater-in-a-box system, which includes a surround-sound receiver and five speakers.

Control: A basic IR (infrared) remote.

Environment: A finished space, like your family room or den.

Installation: You'll need to set it up yourself.


Display: A 42-inch or larger display (LCD or plasma TV).

Sound: A surround-sound receiver with separate in-ceiling speakers and a stand-alone subwoofer.

Control: An RF (radio-frequency) remote control (beams through walls and ceilings and more versatile than a standard IR remote).

Environment: A finished space, like your family...

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I'm pretty pro-internet-direct since I've had so many good experiences going that route so I'm going to be biased towards that side of things.

I'd be very willing to hand hold as well as a number of other people I'm sure, but with something as subjective as audio it's hard to just tell someone what to get. When budgets are extremely low, often times there are a few products that really stand out as the best products to get in most situations. In your $1200-$1500 range for 3.1, you have a LOT of options so we can make some suggestions but there's no telling if those are really the best products for you.

In this price range for internet direct options I've owned AV123's X-series as well as Axiom's lineup.
I personally liked the X-series better than the very different sound of the Axioms, but personal preference could have gone either way.

AV123 recently changed (and by most accounts improved) the X-series with new tweeters and crossovers which I have not heard yet...

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Hello, everyone. Very long n00b question incoming!

I wanted to ask the forum's opinion on whether I should build my own speakers and if so, which ones.

Here's my situation:

I have some older speakers I'm using that I bought 12 years ago. They are 3-way Technics bass-reflex boxes that have never had really good highs (tiny paper cone) and now their 10" woofers are looking aged (one has some indents in it).

I'd like to replace them, but I am on a tight monthly budget. I've searched around to see what was available for a relatively low price and so far have been disappointed. I found you guys by randomly going to and looking through their plans. I've done a bit of reading for some of the more lengthy threads in here and am starting to think that the DIY full-range thing is for me. I am drawn to the pretty amazing flat response curves that some of these enclosures have. But I like to get second opinions, so I thought I'd ask in here if a...

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Now for the real theater experience as my one grandson calls it.

The massive Sub Woofer. Picked it up at a rummage sale for a buck. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. So without any hesitation I scooped it up.

This puppy can rattle windows, shake the dishes off of the table and probably make the neighbors think an earth quake is about to happen. It has an amplified 15" woofer.

BTW the computer was picked up at a rummage sale as well.

This my friends is where the warning comes into play.

Warning! Very Loud Low Frequencies For Prolonged Periods Destroys Your Hearing!

Due to loud noise areas at work and not wearing my hearing protection, probably a bit of extra loud music, my hearing has been affected. Try living with constant ringing in the ears for the rest of your life. Believe me it's not...

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Of all the basement ideas, a home theater is probably right near the top of the list. This post isn't just about a basement home theater, this is just how I finished my basement family room to be movie, video game and sports watching ready. If you want the best home theater for your newly finished basement there's are some essential pre-drywall steps that you'll need to take.

FYI: this is not my basement, (see end of post). It's a great theater room idea though.

In my case, I didn't want a whole "room" dedicated to a home theater. When I was finishing my basement I designed an open floor plan. This way my friends and family could be playing darts or air-hockey while we watched college football or played video games on a big screen.

Now close your eyes and imagine this scenario... Wait! You can't read this with your eyes closed. Keep your eyes open, but picture this in your mind.

With one click of a button the lights dim. Your 110" projection screen...

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May 17, 2005

In the early days of home theater light output from video projectors was about as precious as a cold Mountain Dew in the Sahara, if you had it you wanted to conserve every precious drop. Today we have video projectors that can almost take out an eye if you errantly look down the lens, but that’s not to say that all modern video projectors are light cannons. To the contrary many of today’s entry level DLP and LCD projectors provide the minimum light output necessary, to faithfully render the directors vision for his/her movie.

Believe it or not, the room itself plays a critical role in front projection performance; I’ve repeatedly taken budget level projectors, and calibrated both projector and room, with the end result often out-performing a higher priced projector, in the same room with no environmental tweaks.

It’s all about the contrast; rather the difference between the dark and bright scenes. You see a bright white room will never allow a...

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Purchase a video source.

Your home theater system won’t do much if you can’t play anything from it. The most common video sources are DVD and Blu-Ray players. “Smart players” like AppleTV, Roku, and Google’s Chromecast, however, have surged in the home theater market because they can stream any internet video, from Youtube and Pandora to Netflix or HBO Go.

DVD/Blu-Ray player:

DVD players can only play DVDs, while Blu-Ray players can play both Blu-Ray discs and DVDs at higher quality.

Smart Players:

AppleTV, Chromecast, and other streaming devices stream online videos and may include other apps and websites. They cannot play discs.

Smart DVD/Blu-Ray:

A disc player and streaming device in...

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