I really need to do a better job updating my progress. I've been chipping away at this- really, I have! It's just hard to find the time and to stay motivated... over 3 years now. Anyway...
I have more or less settled on a design plan. Like many of you, I find "upgrade fever" tough to shake, only my upgrades keep happening midstream... don't change horses, and all that
With that said, I have done quite a bit of research on sound and speaker design. I've decided to adopt the Earl Geddes multi sub approach, which you can read about here:
This approach will hopefully solve may problems for me with one solution. Dr. Geddes watches his movies in a very well damped room- read posts #648 onward (page 65)
Building this type of wall will not only hopefully damp subwoofer frequencies, it will provide a large measure of sound proofing (my adjacent HVAC makes plenty of noise). Also, it will allow me to get the look I want- modern and smooth. Here's what I've done so far:
Used a handplane to shape the curves on the form.
Used 1/4" drywall. Unlike the relatively easy bending around the soffit formers, this was much tougher: I had to score the drywall multiple times and glue it onto the forms, held in place by lots of temporary drywall screws... I'll mud it later.
Fast forward several months later- RC-1 channel is up, gluing/screwing hardipanel. It's heavier and thinner than drywall. Oh yeah- I built a surround speaker into the wall
I got this LED strip at http://1000bulbs.com/product/56846/SIV-IFL6012A.html
I built a GFCI outlet into the wall and tucked the cord into the leftover space. I'm going to hardwood the floor, and once that's done, I'll add a baseboard to cover up the fiberglass.
This is really haphazard, and I'm sorry! i need to take more pics and update more often. I'll try to do better, I promise!