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Old 03-30-2009, 02:36 PM
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How much it will cost approximatly to change an additional bedroom into a Media Room? I am looking for only pre-wiring for speakers, lightening and some additional wiring.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 03-30-2009, 10:34 PM
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It's easy and I've done it. If you do it yourself it's a fun job and will cost less than 200 bucks. The 200 is towards electrical outlet, 7.1 speaker wire (by this I mean enough wire to run 7 speakers) and a 35ft hdmi cable. And it can probably get you some dark paint for the room which is key.

Granted a Home Theatre is nothing short of a Front Projector. Anything else is not considered a Theatre.

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Old 03-31-2009, 08:48 AM
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:24 AM
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Labor will probably be your primary expense and can make this into an expensive undertaking. Are you planning on doing the work yourself? It's fun and addictive.

Regarding surround sound speakers, etc. etc., unless you have specifically designed the room for acoustics and have done some very involved prep-work, you will not be able to hear the difference between mid-grade speakers set up in a 5.1 configuration (meaning five speakers, two rear - left & right and three front - left, right & center + 1 subwoofer) and the absolute top of the line set up in 7.1. Don't spend a ton of money on fancy speaker wire, either. Again, unless you have spent thousands on a room designed specifically for acoustics, you will simply be unable to hear where all that money went.

I would advise getting thicker cable. The 16 gauge speaker wire at Lowes or Home Depot will work every bit as well as the expensive Monster cable and the bigger gauge wire will mitigate any interference or degredation from a long cable run. The 200' spool should be about $50.

You can buy a perfectly good amplifier that comes with wall-mount satellite speakers and a subwoofer and will sound great in your media room at Best Buy for about $250 and there are all kinds of bargains to be shopped for online.

If you are handy at all you can do every bit of the work on your own. Do you have attic access over the media room? If so this will be much, much easier and will allow you to have far less exposed wire. Even if you do not, you can still hide wires behind baseboards, under shoe moulding, under carpet, etc. etc. There are a lot of ways to skin this cat.

If you DIY, this should require an investment of $500 or less (probably a lot less). Since you said something about wiring, I'm assuming that you will need a new power outlet for the entertainment center. If you know something about electrical work, this is really pretty simple. Otherwise, that's a job for a handyman out of the phonebook or a journeyman electrician (and another $500).

Let us know some specifics...

EDIT: I just re-read your post. Pre-wiring for speakers is something you can absolutely do by yourself. A google search will yield pages and pages of how-to manuals.

Estimated materials cost for speaker wire, electrical boxes and banana clip faceplates (if you go that route): $85-$100

Estimated materials cost of 4 recessed lights, wire and a dimmer switch: $100-$150

Estimated materials cost of a 2-gang electrical box (remodel style), 2 3-prong outlets, faceplate and wire: $40

Estimated labor cost for 8 hours labor @ $70/hour = $560 (possibly a lot more in hourly fee and manhours)

It pays to DIY...

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Old 03-31-2009, 01:11 PM
Location: Austin & Houston, TX
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Check with Best Buy (Magnolia Home Theater) they have some decent pricing.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:27 AM
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The online forums (AVSforum.com and hometheaterforum.com among others) have very good DIY sections. There is some very good info in this post about wire.

Best Buy and many other retailers have thin margins on TV's and major items. But, they have big margins on things like mounting brackets, faceplates, jacks, etc.... Basically all the things you don't think about needing, and have to go run out and get. Most of the items are avaliable online for considerably cheaper than going to a retail chain.

HDMI cables for instance are one that I find are extremely overpriced. You can find a decent HDMI cable online for a fraction of what it costs from a retail location, especially a really long one.

Its not hard to run cable if you like DIY projects. One thing you can consider is to run it along the baseboards and run it under the carpet if all your speakers are floor mounts.
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