DIY Home Theater Build Series | Episode 1 - THE PLAN

Having a dedicated home theater room has been a lifelong dream of mine for a while (I guess that's why they call a lifelong dream, right?). When my wife and I purchased our home earlier in 2022, it was decided early on by both her and I to turn one of the spare bedrooms into a dedicated home theater room. This video is really the start of that journey: a plan needs to be set into to place to start. I'll go over my initial plans for the room including painting, what I'll be doing about the vaulted ceiling and my plans for wire management. All of this while trying to stay on a pretty low budget (thanks new HVAC system!).

There are things in this video and plans that I had that never really worked out. But I really wanted to keep this in here to show how things can change, how things can go wrong and how I ended up finding solutions for (most) of those things. The videos in this series will go over the process it took me to convert this room pretty much by myself with very little construction experience (my wife helped where she could).

I sincerely hope you'll follow me along on this journey and stick around for the other videos. Who knows? Perhaps they'll give you some ideas for your current or future home theater. Be sure to like, subscribe and ring the bell icon so you'll get notified when I upload new content. Thanks for watching!

Calibration tools worth considering:
UMIK-1 Measurement Mic:
miniDSP 2X4 HD:
Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark (Blu-ray):
Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics (Blu-ray):
Disney Wow: World of Wonder (Blu-ray):

SVS Subwoofers
SVS SB-1000:
SVS PB-1000:
SVS PB-2000 Pro:
SVS SB-2000 Pro:
SVS SB-3000:
SVS 3000 Micro:
SVS SB16 Ultra:
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My Home Theater
Vizio P85QX-H1 85-inch 4K TV:
Denon X2300W Receiver:
PS5: (basically won the lottery)
Nintendo Switch:
LG UP970 UHD Player:
Apple 4K TV
NVIDIA Shield Pro (2019):
miniDSP 2X4 HD:
UMIK-1 Measurement Mic:
Pioneer SP-FS52 Floorstanding Speakers:
Pioneer SP-C22 Center Speaker:
Pioneer SP-BS22 Speaker Pair (L/R surround):
Polk OWM3 Speaker Pair (ceiling mounted Atmos):
Dual SVS PB-2000 Pro Subwoofers:
SVS PB10-ISD Subwoofer (linked to PB-1000 Pro):

My Gaming/Editing PC
MSI B450 Tomahawk:
Ryzen 9 3900XT:
Corsair Vengeance RAM (4x8GB):
NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super:
Crucial P1 500GB NVMe:
Sandisk Ultra 1TB SSD (x2):
Seagate Barrucuda 2TB Drive:
Seasonic GX-750 PSU:
Phanteks P400A Case:
Corsair H115i Elite Capellix AIO:
RGB Strip Lights:
Corsair K55 Keyboard:
Corsair Harpoon Mouse:
HyperX Cloud Alpha S Gaming Headphones:
Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen):
Audio Technica M40X Headphones:
PreSonus Eris E3.5 Studio Monitors:
Audio Technica AT2020 Condensor Microphone:
BenQ EX2780Q Monitor:
BenQ MOBIUZ EX2710 Monitor:
AOC 27G2 Monitor:

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Introduction message - 00:00
Room size, carpet and painting plans - 02:23
Entrance door and closet door plans - 03:11
Ceiling plans - 03:35
Biggest room issue: main window and arch window - 04:35
In-walls speakers maybe? - 05:27
BIGGEST drop ceiling benefit - 06:11
Ethernet drops - 06:55
TV and component placement plans - 07:42
Seating - 08:38
DIY acoustic panels? - 09:46
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