I am starting to finish off my basement. Once finished I will have an office, gym, storage room, living area, bar, bathroom and a dedicated media room. I am doing my best to read up on how best to isolate sound to the room.
Dimensions of the room is basically 11' 7" X 18' 5". The reset front speakers are in a space of 19" wide X 28" deep. The height in the room is 8' 5". The wall between the reset speaker space is 104".
I am building (well not really me but the builders are
) the room with 2x6 and will use R19 insulation. I will be having 2 sheets of 5/8" rock with 2 tubes of green glue between each sheet. There is also Dricore on the floor all throughout the basement (boy was that expensive!)
As you will see below there are no windows so I have complete control of the light. I had some limitations in building the room that goverened its size and placement. There is a furnace to one side and 3 lolly columns that had to be hidden. I think I did a good job enclosing them.
I have a bunch of questions so read on to see the photos and the questions.
Rough Floor Plan
Entering the media room location. On the right hand side is the A/V closet. Just below the main HVAC trunk line, just in front of the lolly column, will be a dedicated media closet. I have an HP rack that I will take the sides, front and back off and use the skeleton on wheels and roll it into the closet. You will see the entrace to the media room on the right hand side.
Straight on view of the media room entrance. To the right is where the A/V closet will be.
I am resetting the front left and front right speakers. This lolly column dictated where the end of the room would be. The screen will be right in front.
View from the other side. The photo is being taken from where the bar/kitchenette will be (more information on that later if there is interest.) I am considering making that reset section into a bench with storage underneath. The kitchen is in this area so additional setting would be nice to have.
Straight on view
We have arched columns on the main part of the home upstairs. I decided to carry the theme down to the basement. So here is the view on the left wall with the reset arches. I believe we will be putting 4" halogen lights on the top of the arches shining down the arch.
The right wall view. You can see the entrance/exit to the media room. The sofit will be angled in with the traditional rope light shining onto the ceiling. You can see yet another lolly that had to be enclosed.
Here are my questions and ideas :
1) My stage to hold the seats will hold 4 chairs in the back row. The middle two will be loveseat style and the end two will have both arm rests.
2) The 2nd row will have 3 seats.
3) My screen will be 16:9 ratio. From what I can tell on Carada's website, my largest screen, if I don't get a perforated screen will be 110". If I cover into the left and right speakers, I could go bigger. My original intention was to just build the wall behind the speakers to hold the left and right speakers and get a perforated screen. I think my new design might be better but I am open to suggestions.
4) I am considering the Panasonic AE3000U because I like it can remember the focus settings so I can easily switch between 16:9 and Letter Box easily. My other projector I am considering is the Epson Pro 1080UB due to very good reviews from everywhere I read.
5) My gut is telling me to just build a stage that is built with 2x6 but I would like to know better that I am making the right decision. Should I put the rubber bushings below the risers for further sound isolation? I am considering getting 2 or more butt kickers. If I build it with 2x6 then I'd just insulated with regular R-19 insulation. There will be some level of low voltage lighting for the step down.
6) For the stage it will have a build out above it to hold the subwoofer and center channel speaker. So the center channel will be below the screen. Is that bad? The base of the stage, from what I can see on other posts, should be filled with sand so I guess I'll do that as well.
7) If the screen doesn't cover the left and right speakers, then I will have to build a speaker front and velcro it to the 2x4s and 2x6s. (whatever is there).
8) Since I am planning on putting in 4" halogen lights in each arch, I still need main lighting in the room. I think putting in sconce lighting between each arch might be overkill for look and instead should put high hat lights. Although I much prefer the look of sconce. I also don't know if sconces would be able to produce enough light for the room. Any ideas on this would be great.
9) When I read the manual for the Panasonic projector, for a 110" screen, it seems the projector should be about 2" below the top of the screen to the center of the lens on the projector. That means the projector would be around 6' 5" from the floor (my ceiling is 8' 5"). That seems kind of low to me. Am I figuring that out correctly? See this photo for the chart I make my determination from.