Originally Posted by J_P_A
What I'm considering is making my fabric panels around 8"-12" off the drywall. This will give me plenty of room for speakers behind the fabric panels. Part of the reason I'm considering this is the differing opinions about where side and back speakers should be placed. I hate making a design decision that prevents me from tweaking my placements. The side surrounds are the primary example. Some designers put them in front of the listener, and some place them behind. There's also a pretty wide range of options for rears and the issue of corner loading vs optimal placement. Front wides are another issue with placement.
I'm surprised at just how little concern I have for tearing out the MDF I have in. I really want this done right, so I think I'm more concerned with that than anything else.
I would like to try to save you from the "doing it right" mentality. Often doing it right depends on who you talk to and what they're trying to sell. The mix houses can't even agree where their speakers should go when mixing for the home. i.e. Mi Casa may arrange their speakers one way, while Sony another. There's so much variability because there isn't one set standard. So there isn't a true right, although there can be varying degrees of wrong. But I don't think perfect is possible. You can drive yourself & your budget crazy trying to get there.
I found Art videos inspirational. They're linked towards the bottom of this post. http://www.seaton-sound-forum.com/po...5952583?trail=
In videos 3 & 4 he goes into the construction details. According to the video, he placed his columns at the seems of the GOM. GOM comes in a certain max width, and where it ended he stuck a column. In the columns he stuck speakers, and wrapped them with fabric. No chair rail, no wainscotting, no elaborate custom wood work acting as a $30,000 diffusor. Can lights in the ceiling. Everything is paint grade. The trim on the tray is exterior window flashing or something like that. The columns are just basic a plywood shell that sits up against the wall, wrapped in fabric. Accoustic treatments are half absorbtion, half diffusion. No mention of Green Glue, clips & channel, Serenity mat, specialty acoustic doors, or any of the other high dollar "must have / do it right" items that seem to be required in modern builds. By all accounts the room sounds excellent.
I think it looks great too. Very much form follows function with an understated elegance.
I don't know about you, but I'm ready to hit the reset button on the whole thing. HT started out as wanting a dedicated room without windows where I could put speakers where I wanted. I never intended to spend more than a house on a single room in my basement to watch movies in. Not sure how far along you are, but I would say if it will simplify things for you, pull it out. If it will cause you more work, then consider it good enough.