I'm starting this new thread to document the design intent and set up of my new home theater. Please feel free to comment, provide feedback, or question my sanity.

Design Intent:
The intent is to set up a 9.1.4/7.1.6 system to be used equally for music and home theater.

Equipment List:
All items have been recently purchased except for the TV. Everything is still in the box until my roof is replaced this week (hopefully).
Denon 8500h Denon AVR-X8500H
Outlaw 2220 x 2 Outlaw Model 2220 Monoblock Power Amplifier
Revel F208 x 2 mains Revel F208 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Infinity R263 x 6 front wides, surrounds, rears Infinity Reference 263
Infinity RC263 center Infinity Reference RC263
Infinity R152 x 6 heights, top surround Infinity Reference 152
Monoprice ultra thx 15” Ported Subs x 3 Monolith by Monoprice 15in THX Ultra Certified 1000-Watt Powered Subwoofer
MiniDSP HD 2x4 and umik-1 miniDSP 2x4 HD
Risepro Decible Meter
82” Samsung QLED - 2018 82" Class Q6FN QLED Smart 4K UHD TV (2018)
OPPO UDP 203 + Amazon Fire TV + Apple TV
APC 15 Amp Power Filter APC AV 15 Amp G Type Rack Power Filter, 120V
Monoprice: Choice 12AWG wire, Ultra 8k Premium High Speed HDMI, High-Quality RCA
Roon + Tidal
Amazon Music HD
24 ea 2” x 2’ x 4’ 703 Insulation Owens Corning Type 703 Fiberglass Insulation
20+ yards of Guilford of Maine fabric Guilford of Maine Whisper

Room Dimensions, Listening Positions, and Speaker Layout:
The room is 19' wide x 28' long with a cathedral ceiling 9' to 11' peak parallel to the 28' dimension. Most of the wall construction is exposed masonry brick. The ceiling is wood beam and plank construction. The flooring is tile.

The main listening position is 12' off the front wall. The 9 bed layer speakers are all 8' from baffle to MLP. Subwoofer placement is not set in stone yet (we'll see where the measurements take us). Mains 30°, Wides 60°, Surrounds 90°, Rears 150°. L, LR, R, RR, and C height channels are all 8' from baffle to MLP oriented at 45°. TS channel is 6' to MLP. The intent here is to have the flexibility with the X8500H to switch between 9.1.4 for Atmos and 7.1.6 for DTS:X Pro content.

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Room Treatments:
The current intent is absorb all first reflections on all walls and the ceilings with 4" x 2' x 4' sound panels and clouds. The floor will have a rug and possibly some strategically placed floor pillows.

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Next Steps:
Assembly of Absorption Panels/Clouds
Unboxing of AVR, Mains, and Subs
REW measurements/Subwoofer location and calibration
Set up remaining bed layer channels
Set up height channels
Audyssey Calibration

Near Term Upgrades:
Add Revel C208 in lieu of Infinity RC263
Add 3rd Outlaw Monoblock for the C208
Purchase/Install AV rack

Long Term Upgrades:
New House in 2-3 years with dedicated, sound-treated room for HT with Projection and multiple rows of seating


Some Progress Photos

I finally got some speakers out of the box. My roofing contractor had to replace a ton of boards and plywood, which created a whole new slew of repairs on the inside. Only have the LCR and subs hooked up so far. Took me a very long time to get the monolith subs to produce sound, and I'm having some issues with the miniDSP 2x4HD where the delays and inversion aren't doing anything to the response. I'm tempted to take what I've got and just run it through Audyssey. I don't think my house or the neighbor's dogs can take any more sweeps tonight.

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Front Right Corner Sub

Side Sub

Rear Sub

All Subs

Revel F208 Front Left and Right

L + All Subs

R + All Subs


Audioholics Master Chief
Brian, nice room and equipment. What I'd like to see is as follows:
1. Front Left/Right speaker graph from 15Hz to 300Hz at primary listening position
2. All Subs + Front Left/Right speakers at same location
3. same as #2 but for the other 2 seats

Those subs have huge output down low. I bet you can feel your spinal column shake with LFE heavy movies. :)


Left/Right - MLP
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Left/Right+All Subs - MLP
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Left/Right/Subs - Right Seat
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Left/Right/Subs - Left Seat
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Put up the Front and Rear Height channels this week. On a bad note, this ceiling is pretty poor at blocking outside noise. I would have liked to keep it exposed, but it gets very loud when it rains (Florida = Everyday).

Looking into some products from Armstrong Ceilings.
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Knocking out some sound panels for the ceiling and walls...

  • SVS Sound Subwoofers
  • Experience the Martin Logan Montis