OK, well...if you really
want it straight...you don't have a very good room to work with. The shape
, the wide door opening on one wall, the windows...all make for true
home theater challenges. One other issue is your living situation, and here's what I mean; if we were truly giving you advice about how to best turn that room into an HT, we'd probably suggest you build completely over
those windows...or at the very least plug them up with plywood or something.
I think everyone is trying to tread lightly with suggestions like that though, because with only 2 rooms to live in, it seems unlikely that you'll want to turn one of them into a truly dedicated
HT; dedicated meaning exactly that, it is a theater and nothing else. It sounds like what you're trying to do is a Family or Living room with a projector, and that's not always easy to do.
You mentioned in your PM how 65" TVs are like $3k, and with some PJs only being $1k it seems like a no-brainer. And in some cases I agree, but the downside if you will...and the reason EVERYONE doesn't get a PJ instead of a big TV, is a PJ needs certain things...like dark rooms and little light...to do their best. Whereas traditional TVs do not. Also, you mention needing to isolate the sound of the theater, and things like a Subwoofer's frequencies, from your Mom living downstairs? Dude, I don't mean to burst your bubble, but soundproof "padding" alone is not going to do the trick. There are guys in here who isolate the construction of the room, making sure 2 pieces of wood never touch each other...using whisper clips, and hat channels...and other exotic construction techniques...and then
use fiberglass insulation, and/or Linacoutic insulation, etc...and still never achieve true sound isolation. So some thick carpet pad isn't going to protect your Mom from you're rocking out The Dark Knight
I'm not trying to talk you out of the HT; we're all enthusiasts, and try to be encouraging of newbies. But JS10 is right; I'm not sure you can do what you want
with what you have
. And maybe a nice, big TV would be better? In any case, you might try looking around here some http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=15
, where people specialize in multi
-purpose rooms, as you might get some better ideas of how to deal with challenges from rooms that aren't dedicated just for movie-watching.