After reading this site religiously for 18+ months, I think it's time to start my theater build. I am currently unemployed so this is the perfect time to start a project like this; I have all the time in the world. I've looked at countless design/construction threads on here so I think I have a good design but I want some other opinions before I do something I regret later on. I am single and live alone so I don't have to worry about other people's desires and/or restrictions. I need to do a little cleaning of the basement and then I'll take some before pictures. I am working on finishing up a few other projects around my house but I will be ready to get started on this project in a few days.Basics:
This is in the basement of my ranch house. I am not too worried about sound insolating this room. Being that I live alone, I am not so concerned if the entire house is vibrating, which I don't doubt that it will be. I am only concerned about keeping the sound inside the house. My neighbors are old and cranky. They've already called the cops on me once and I've only been here a little over year now.Design:
First off, the two vertical walls in the middle of the design really aren't walls. They are just the outline of where the ceiling will be dropped down a foot or so to enclose the I' beam and HVAC ducting. Eventually I want to put a bar on the North-West corner of the room and maybe a poker table just south of that.
I am torn between having the AV closet under the stairs or between the top of the stairs and the right-channel speaker. Some more thought will need to go into that but I should have it figured out in a day or two. Thoughts and advice would be helpful and appreciated.
In the picture, I have a false wall for the screen. I think that design looks best, compared to the screen directly on the wall and the speakers in front of it, but I will lose some distance between the first row and the screen. I will probably end up with 9' from the first row.
I am going to build a movable riser for the second row. I don't know how high I want to make it but I need to keep it to the minimal because of short ceilings (~7'3).Insulation:
I think I will keep this to a minimal compared to other designs. I am going with std 2x4 walls with 3.5 R13 insulation. In the ceiling I want to use some 10 R30 insulation. I am thinking that I will put some ~½ plywood on the ceiling for now and drywall it later on. I have a few projects upstairs that I will need basement ceiling access later on and plus extra material will help when I do finish off the ceiling. On the walls I plan on only a single layer of drywall.
I will work on the sound treatments on the wall and ceiling later on. I know this is a must but I need to keep the budget small for now.
Later on I want to get a heavy curtain ran between the two sides of the basement. Primarily for visual concentration when viewing movies but also to help keep the sound enclosed.Electrical:
I remodeled most of the entire first floor of my house over the past year. In doing so I upgraded and put in a new electrical panel, 200A from 100A. I am completely comfortable with my electrical abilities so I will do all this work myself. Here are my thoughts on what I should run for the new space.
2 x 20A - AV closet
2 x 15A - Lights - This is probably a little on the overkill side but I hate dark basements. I plan on have plenty of can lights in many zones. I am thinking 4 rows of can lights with each row on its own zone.
3 x 15A - wall outlets - With this being a basement I figure I should account for a space heater or two at the extreme cases.HVAC:
When they build my house I guess they had planned for the basement to be finished off some day. They already ran ducts for 3 supply vents and 2 return ducts. I think this will be sufficient for the area I am dealing with.Speakers:
I have three of the KL-650-THX and four KW-120-THX so the front setup is done. The only question I have is what to do with the sides and rears. I have four of the KS-525-THX which are side channel speakers by design but how would they do as the rears? My choices are to have a full 7.1 with the rear speakers actually being side speakers or have two sets of sides with a 5.1 setup. Thoughts and suggestions?Projector:
I don't have a projector yet. I am leaning towards an Epson with the current deals going on at VisualApex. I think either the 1080 or 1080UB is calling my name. Any thoughts on those models? Keep in mind I will have no windows to let light it. One of my friends has the Cinema 720 and I enjoy it. So I figure upping it to 1080 would only enrich the pleasure.Equipment:
(2)Crown XLS402 - I am not using these now and don't know if I will. I figure extra wattage on the fronts couldn't hurt.
Klipsch THX Ultra2 speakers
Samsung BR player
HTPCMany thanks for reading this! Thoughts, comments, and ideas are much appreciated!!!!