Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sudbury, Ontario
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I discovered this forum maybe a month ago? I never really even heard of a HT either until I watched a movie at a friends place. All he did was put up a projector, screen and sound system in an existing room and it was awesome (to me).
My house is still under construction and I have done much of it myself. My basement is framed and drywalled (not mudded). I was simply going to have a tv room until I was exposed to this forum. I wish I would have known about this sooner then I could have planned things better, but now I must live with what I have. I have spent hours and hours researching, sending a pm here and there and I have gone nowhere. I am to the point where after reading this thread that maybe I should just pull out of the HT idea all together. I don't have DD, I am putting in drop ceiling because of my water piped in-floor heating. I also have stairs coming into the middle of my room which kills any hint of sound isolation.
I don't disagree at all with Dennis Erskine and Ted White. Top shelf advice from stand up guys no doubt there. I know you guys aren't on the forum to make money. It sounds like it to me that you guys are here to share your passion, your knowledge and experience. It is really unbelieveable that someone would take the time (lots of it) to share their knowledge. I would do all the things they recommend if I could. The problem is I can't. Since I can't do it I feel my build would be inferior and I won't be happy with the experience.
I know I can't achieve these sound standards because of how my basement is layed out etc. I am wondering if I should even bother going with a projector and screen. I don't care if the whole house can hear because it is just me, my wife and daughter. It would be all of us watching a movie anyway. I probably wouldn't know the difference of what sounds bad and what sounds good. I am not worried about the neighbours hearing anything, that is the least of my concerns.
So, this thread has me really wondering if I should stay the course or just forget about the whole thing. What should I do? Would just throwing up a screen, projector and a not too expensive sound system simply be a waste of money??
Dennis and Ted, keep up the fantastic advice and everything else you bring to this forum. Dennis, there would be hundreds of unhappy people on this forum if you left vs. one happy one (don't want to mention any names).