The Beamer-Blanchard Theatre
- (at least that's the working name!)
I'm finally joining this community of theater design. I'm taking the plunge, will try to do it as best as I can. I'm more than willing to accept the help from others, so please do feel free to add your input.
My wife and I will be consulting with the engineer next week. I'm building the theatre from scratch.THE GOAL
*A performance-based media room rather than a decorated theater
*A reference 2-channel music playback room
*Optomized for a single sweet spot and correct speaker placement
I'm a hi-fi guy who likes the equipment and to me it does not need to be hidden. While I understand that designing a theater with the speakers behind the screen, pretty wall coverings, etc. is all nice...that's not what I'm after.
So these are some of the things I'm thinking:1. Building above ground or below ground
- if I build below ground, do I have the added benefit of 8" poured concrete around all four walls, isolating sound from the rest of the house and keeping much of the sound in? Because I want my height above 10ft, that section of the floor on the main level would be raised...with maybe the main floor's TV room on top.
- if I build above ground...I don't know...any benefit??2. Room size
- Louden's Room Ratiosa) H:L:W = 1:2.14:1.50
(#17 in his quality sort order)b) H:L:W = 1:2.10:1.50
(published ratio as his #3 best, but #42 in his quality sort order)
These seem to best fit my scenario...I want the length for home theater. My assumption is these ratios are for the volume inside the room
rather than what's behind the walls...so when designing, I need to ensure I factor in the dimensions of the studs, spacing, and layers of drywall to the outside of these room ratios.
After reading quite a bit on the subject, prior to any room treatment, I realize that in addition to axial modes, oblique and tangential are also important and need to be considered to have the room "flatten out" the bottom end as much as possible.
Here are some room dimensions I've been thinking given the ratios above:#1 H:L:W = 4m:8.4m:6m
#2 H:L:W = 4m:8.56m:6m
or with shorter ceiling:#1 H:L:W = 12':25' 2":18'
or with a higher ceiling:
#1 H:W:L - 14':29' 4": 21'
Would the 4-foot deeper room be of benefit?Equipment in the room
I don't see a disadvantage of keeping the equipment in the room on racks.Projector Mounting
Originally planned to put a projector in a 14-16 ft room behind the main wall for an RPTV scenario, this way I can change out the projector whenever I want and don't need to use mirrors. But I don't like the fact that the screen is very customized as it's built into the wall so upgrades/resale would be a PITA. Knowing that the entire room will be black, keeping the projector in the room might not be such a bad idea on a screen that could be changed as well.
So this is what I will discuss with the architect next week.
Let me know your thoughts. I plan to keep this thread alive as I go.