In my old setup I was content with 5.1 surround sound. With a dedicated room, I was going for 7.1 Speaker wiring. 7.1 Surround Sound is 1.0 Center + 6.0 Satellite + 0.1 Subwoofer.
My positioning of the 6 satellite speakers was driven by the earlier blog post on sound panels. Subwoofer was placed front right with the placement driven by room layout. I then proceeded to wire up the speakers, and other wires, so that the wires are hidden behind the baseboard and drywall.
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A couple areas I focused on early for the home theater design were shelving and sound panels. Sounds panels for deadening sound in the room. Shelving for displaying DVDs and memorabilia.
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A few years ago, after we got settled in our new house, I wanted to convert a spare room in the basement into a home theater. I didn’t want to spend time and money remodeling. I needed to work within the existing room dimensions.
BTW – If you want to skip reading and see some pictures, they are at the bottom of this post.
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