I have a contractor coming in to finish our basement in July and in one section I'm having a non-dedicated HT area. I'm super excited!
Anyways, I'm becoming increasingly concerned with sound transmission. Right now I can hear a little bit of sound coming through the vents with just laptop speakers at full volume down there (granted its unfinished completely at the moment). R-13 in the ceiling doesn't seem to do much from what I've read, sound clips seem expensive ($6-$8/ea + channel is probably ~$1000 for the whole basement). Given that this isn't a closed off room (3 walls), the floor above is all hardwood, and the room above the media room is "open" and goes all the way to the second floor - what are some non budget-breaking ideas that I can pass by my contractor? Would only treating the immediate area and not the whole basement be worth it?