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post #1 of 17 Old 01-24-2009, 11:47 AM - Thread Starter
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Just started the build yesterday. I live in Houston so a basement was out of the question for houses here. I decided to build a wall that separates the dinning room from the family room. The theater room is going to be 12.5 feet by 18.5 feet. We framed out the wall today and framed out the pocket door. I didn't want a door that swings into the dining or theater room.

Last night I went to Best buy and upgraded my components. I bought some Klipsch VF-35 front floor speakers, a Polkaudio CS20 center channel, a Klipsch 12 inch sub, Yamaha in wall rear speakers, and finally a Yamaha RX-V663 receiver. I was using a JBL speaker 5.1 system in a box with 10 inch sub and 5 year old Yamaha receiver before. I am still undecided on the side rear speakers yet.
Has anyone had any experience with any of these components?
I wont truly be able to test them until my construction is completed.
They are hooked up but I have not set anything yet.

I also bought an LG 50 inch plasma for my bedroom and a 26inch lcd for my sons room.

I thought it would be a good idea to buy it all together and give me some bargining power at Best Buy. When it was all said and done I saved about $300 doing it that way.

I have to wait until my green glue comes in to put up the sheet rock. I hope it is worth it, $170 for some glue.

I took some pics earlier and will try to get them up.
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$170 doesn't sound like much for GG... how many walls are you doing? If you are not doing the entire room you may be wasting your money.... others will probably chime in.

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Here are some pics of the progress. I am also considering Quite Rock. Has anyone ever used that product here?
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Spend some time searching the forums. You'll find answers to your quietrock questions.

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Thanks.
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I'd say save you money on Quiet Rock and just go with 2 layers of drywall.
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I'd say save you money on Quiet Rock and just go with 2 layers of drywall.

I think I have too. The place I called for quite rock only had 8ft pieces and I need 9 foot. It would take 4 to 6 weeks for them to get in the 9ft and the 8ft is $85 a sheet. Probably $100 for 9ft.

I am going with two layers both sides of the wall. That should be good right?

Now I am looking for a good door. Lowes and homedepot seem to be limited when I search on line. I need a 32X80 slab. I am using it as a pocket door.
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Yea, everything I've read about Quiet Rock says that it's overrated. I can tell a huge difference in my room with 2 layers of drywall up. Insulating everything helps too.

I bought my doors on sale at Menards, but I doubt you have them down in Texas. The search engines on the Lowes and HD site pretty much suck. Go into the store and tell them what you want. They can order just about anything, but you should be able to get a 32" slab (or pre-hung) off the shelves. I think I paid about $170 or so for mine, so the slab would save you even more.
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Why mix and match brands on speakers? I'd think you'd want the LCR timbre matched at a minimum.
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Yea, everything I've read about Quiet Rock says that it's overrated. I can tell a huge difference in my room with 2 layers of drywall up. Insulating everything helps too.

I bought my doors on sale at Menards, but I doubt you have them down in Texas. The search engines on the Lowes and HD site pretty much suck. Go into the store and tell them what you want. They can order just about anything, but you should be able to get a 32" slab (or pre-hung) off the shelves. I think I paid about $170 or so for mine, so the slab would save you even more.

That is encouraging. I feel better going with 2 layers each side. I still have no idea on what insolation to put in the wall. What do you recommend?
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Why mix and match brands on speakers? I'd think you'd want the LCR timbre matched at a minimum.


Unfortunately I have a limited check book for my build right now. I tried to put the mony in the more important speakers. I am upgrading to a 7.2 system from a 5.1 and I heard the rears do the least amount of work in the system.

Ultimately as funds become more avaialable in the future I might switch out the rears for klipsch brand but for now I have a Yamaha budget. Same goes for the Polkaudio center channel.

I do love the Klipsch front floor speakers. Big improvment from small JBL's.

Today I go pick up the Klipsch 12 sub. It had to be brought from another store.
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I tried to put the mony in the more important speakers.

Then you should have bought the best center channel you could afford first and upgraded the rest later! Your center channel is the most important speaker in your surround sound setup.

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Unfortunately I have a limited check book for my build right now. I tried to put the mony in the more important speakers. I am upgrading to a 7.2 system from a 5.1 and I heard the rears do the least amount of work in the system.

I hear where your coming from, but you do want to try and timbre match if you could help it. I got the Klipsch Synergy 2 series from Best Buy a while back.
http://www.klipsch.com/products/details/b-2.aspx

It seems the Synergy's are no longer available at BB, but I was at the local store recently and they had some of the surrounds in the store. Anyhow those floorstanding speakers seem really nice.

Just so you know when I was gonna buy my speakers, they were on sale. This was on a Monday, when I got the go ahead from the finance committe I was gonna buy them the next day. Well come Tuesday they were no longer on sale. However like clock work they went on sale 6 weeks later from Sunday to Monday once again. They were significantly reduced and I was able to get the B2's, a C2 and four S2's for a pretty good price. I am extremely pleased with their performance. If their new Klipsch line is anything like the other ones you may be able to find some better deals if you keep looking.
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I finally completed my room a couple weeks ago. Here are the pics.
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All finished. Just need some accoustical treatment like bass traps.
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Looks like you made the best out of your limited space...Nice looking room!!
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Thanks. Yea, it is only 12X19. I used a pocket door to maximize space. Did enough sound proofing in the new wall to compensate for the door.
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