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Topic: My Budget Home Theater done right.
Joined: Jun 15, 2011
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This is my 2nd home theater build and this time I got it right. Bought 7 used theater seats first, and determined that if I knocked out a couple of walls, I'd be able to put in a raised 2nd row. I am using the Epson Home Cinema 8350, Proficient in-wall front, surrounds, and center. A Sunfire 250 watt double 10" subwoofer supplies the enormous bass, and a home built screen (130" diagonal) from a kit I bought on ebay. The 7.1 is delievered through an inexpensive Sony I got through Amazon. A 21" kitchen cabinet built into the wall hosts the equipment that also includes a Sony Blu-ray and an Xbox 360 - the finish out of the cabinet included removal of inner panel and replaced with thin black material that was stapled to panel groove and painted to match - and remotes are able to function the equipment through the material and the equipment is still able to breathe. The finish out will also include acoustic panels through out.
For the screen, I bought a 9'x11' piece of screen material on ebay for $54 and added the 2"x60' felt boarder for another $25. I nailed 1x4's against the wall after sizing it with the projector. We streched the screen starting at the top, and stapled from the middle outward with a commercial staple gun (highly recommend, also bought on ebay for around $79). After it was completely stapled-in, I then trimmed it out with pre-fininshed "L" trim I got from Home Depot. All that was left was installing the felt by cutting it to fit, peeling the back and sticking it in place. The finished product has a professional look and is perfectly sized to my desired image at a fraction of the cost.

7 used seats: $800 (Craigslist)
Epson 8350: $1135 (
Ceiling Mount: $89 (
Sony reciever STR-DH520: $182 (amazon)
Sony Blu-ray: $216 (already had this - Best buy)
Screen material + lumber: $115 (ebay - price includes 2"x60' felt)
Surround Speakers: $305 (friend that gave me dealer cost)
Sunfire subwoofer: $236 (friend that gave me dealer cost)
Materials for construction: $300 (home depot)
Carpet install: $100 (carpet mill, I had carpet - labor only)
Acoustic panels + material: $250 (self built, material from Jo-ann)
4 theater lights: $63 (knobs for less - internet)
Ceiling fan with remote: $108 (on sale at home depot)
Kitchen cabinet: $75 (surplus warehouse)
25' HDMI cable: $32 (traded Gray Wolf 750ml for cable)
Grand Total: $4195

Not too bad considering that the cost includes everything from start to finish.

Furniture for remotes, candy, and user manuals: $65 (model home auction)
Area rug: $15 (model home auction)
[Edited by Kevtamus on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM]


the begining of the de-construction

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almost ready for sheetrock

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textured and ready for paint

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one side ripped out

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first coat of paint

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carpet down

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Epson Home Cinema 8350

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Seats in place

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Kitchen cabinet in place

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Homemade screen 130" diagonal

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Final touches on equipment cabinet

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Acoustic panel with light

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my homemade screen

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Tron screenshot

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the dual 10" subwoofer

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