Originally Posted by Avliner
Big & Damelon,
pretty awesome explanation guys; thanks a lot once again!!
So I've had a few Private Message conversations this fall which asked about 2 topics more than once so I thought I would share them.
1) How do you like your carpet? Where did you get it?
As to the "where did I get it", it is Silver Lake Stainmaster carpet from Lowes. (This was updated a month or so ago on my front page) I do like the carpet, it is very comfortable to sit on, especially with the thick padding. It does have a couple of downsides though that people should be aware of. 1) It is not really pet friendly. There are a lot of loops which could easily get caught up on claws or paws. 2) Due to the multi-texture nature of the carpet, cleaning is a little more difficult because of the nooks in it. 3) It is a thick carpet, so you will have to keep that in mind when calculating your door stop. If I had to do it again, I'd use the flat surface thin carpet that people like BIG, Sandman, Snickers used on their theaters. The exact style Snickers has is the one I would have used. It is just easier in every way to plan and manage.
2) Were your treatments adequate? Do you like your acoustic plan?
Yes, very much. I have never officially completed measurements of my room, nor do I really even know what to look at. I can just say that it sounds great to my ears, there are no dead spots I have detected, the dialogue is clear, and the bass with my 2 Submersives is exactly how I want it. The 1" treatments on the side were a change from my original plan of 2" but it doesn't seem to be an issue. If there is any thing to change audio wise, it would be just to get nicer speakers! At least, in my opinion.
3) Did you notice any kind of light reflection with your gray carpet onto the screen?
None whatsoever. The carpet vanishes during a movie.
And I wanted to update my "What would you do differently next time" list:
1) I'd spend a lot more time planning and addressing cooling in the room. This is the only thing I don't like about my theater, it doesn't have adequate cooling for a full room of people.
2) I'd get flat, low profile, non-textured carpet. I liked the Masland St. Marks Square carpet (See Merrimont Trace)
3) I'd probably get different chairs. Don't know which... though the Fortress Lexington chairs look amazing (they just cost as much as my theater did)
4) I would have used a slightly taller Rack unit. Mine is almost full already, and upgrades or additions could start to max out the space. I could of course mount them on the wall next to the rack unit inside of the storage closed, but this one is minor.
5) I would have put my step lighting on each side of the step facing the center instead of the lights on the back side facing the screen.
6) If I did it again today, I would incorporate a lot of accept LED Lighting
7) I'd make the false wall open with hinges somehow to make access easier behind the screen