Life is a crazy thing and priorities can be significantly shifted, even for a die hard HT enthusiast like myself. In the past year I sold my dedicated theater room (actually my entire house
including the theater), had a new baby, and moved into a new house. Needless to say with a newborn around priorities have shifted.
Fortunately, when the old theater changed hands the equipment stayed with me.
. I only had to give up the completed plug n play room which was the SMX screenwall, acoustic treatments, furniture.... basically bring your electronics and go... even the projector mount stayed behind.
So what do you do when you have a new baby, a new house, a generically finished open basement, and a stack of gnarly home theater equipment in the corner collecting dust?
YOU GET TO WORK! Between naps, diapers, real work, and some sleep here and there.
So what's breaking the rules? This theater is my 3rd major build. The last was a dedicated room. Been there, done that, got the T shirt. It worked well for life as it once was. Now things are much different, a dedicated room I can see would never be used. This theater needs to be a family friendly open media type layout, which the basement already has the core layout for. Hence this thread going up in the general media room section. We'll be breaking lots of rules along the way. Having had the dedicated room there were always things that bugged me. It was fun and all but I've since realized that I don't want a "cinema" in my home. Who am I kidding? It's time to leave the cinema at the cinema, I don't want to recreate that place here. I want this to be my home, a warm welcoming place to enjoy a movie in a spectacular way with my family. This will be the driving theme in my build and design. Putting the home back in the home theater.
This "home" theater will not use the overwhelmingly popular "theater recliners". One of my biggest complaint of the last room was I couldn't lay down to watch a movie. Sometimes you're just tired and want to be lazy.. Or on football day etc.. Being forced to sit upright or recline wasn't going to happen the next go round was always running through my head.
Since this theater has to blend with the general living area that it shares (open plan), following the decor influence of the home will dictate the final appearance. I'm only over riding that on key performance influencers... The screenwall will be black, and there will be acoustic treatments done. Who knows there may even end up being a 2nd row riser that's finished completely in hardwood instead of carpet? Anything's game here and I'm sure the whole thing will evolve over the months I pick away at it.
Some other items to note, I expect this to fall in the outer fringe of typical "basement media rooms". The equipment that carried over from v2.0 is a bit more than a theater in a box and will be incorporated using techniques common in dedicated rooms. For example:
Acoustically transparent screen with custom screenwall
10' 2.35 scope aspect ratio
JVC RS1 (few years old but still very very good)
Seaton Sound Catalyst 12C's for LCR
4 Custom 15" subwoofers
Should be a fun journey......
Well there you have it..... Figured if I didn't start this thread it would never be documented.. I'll drop in the updates as they happen now that I've carved out a little place to do that. Now let the progress begin.
Any chance I can complete the core build by the superbowl??