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  1. Steve84

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    hi all I am moving into a new house in July and looking to convert the garage into a cinema room. My question was is it better to install equipment before building work or wait till its converted then start the instillation? Also do people have any general tips in this area of things to be aware of?
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    Explain to your builder what you want and where you want it and let him give you a plan.

    For basic guidance, cables (speaker, HDMI, CAT 6 etc.) should be installed at an appropriate time during the build - usually alongside the electrics.

    Electronics and speakers should be the last thing that you install so that they don't get damaged.

    The one exception would be a hidden, motorised screen - that is most easily installed before the ceiling is pit in and plastered.
     
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    Thank you. I have done research into most aspects bar a motorised screen. Are these pricey?
     
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    First question is how DIY competent are you and how much time do you want to spend on the project?

    A garage conversion can be anything from a few hundred £££ on a very basic system up to a full blown 'Cinema' with high quality decor, lighting, seating, AV and Aircon!

    If you want the best screen surface go with a fixed screen - ideally you build-out a false wall and use an acoustically transparent screen with the Front LCR speakers optimally placed behind the screen.

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    I am a complete novice. Will be hiring a builder to do the conversion. It's not a big garage
     
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    I have the projector and will be upgrading surround system and need to start to look at where to begin with screens
     
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    Make sure you plan out where everything is going now and for any future expansion options and install all the cabling to suit. Always better to install more cable than necessary as it gives you expansion options in the future. Add in cabling for ceiling ATMOS speakers even if you don't intend to use them initially.
     
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    Builders 'build' :)

    Bring in someone with experience in creating a Cinema Room to design, specify, supply, install and configure the room/system, they will guide the Builder on what works are required to get the room right.

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    Are ceiling atmos speakers different from speakers you would use in a 5.1 surround?
     
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    With In-ceiling speakers ranging in price from around £20 to many hundreds of pounds you will want to ensure any In-ceiling speakers you use offer a decent match with the rest of you system.

    Dolby talk about wide dispersion and a decent 'full' frequency range.

    Dolby Atmos Speaker Setup Guide

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