Full day of tests complete and I can't thank my wife and kids enough for helping me out. Here's what we did all day.
1.Covered all ventilation upstairs and downstairs in the HT Room.
Onto step 2...did not remove the traps/vents covered...
2.Covered the HT door inside and out...inside screwed a 1/2 inch OSB top to bottom with insulation in between the door and the OSB.
On the other side of the door (Outside the HT room) wife was pushing a mattress against the door. We had to raise our voice to hear each other. So this had an effect BUT - Music from upstairs came in loud and clear
3.I completely blocked the stairway going down to my basement.
This made the BIGGEST difference in that the sounds coming from the kitchen was almost all gone. It was hard to hear my wife saying hello and making noise with the dishes...I can still hear them but alot less. The music upsatirs was coming in loud and clear
4.The glass test...much to my surprise this test was an awesome experience for me...you know COOL! anyways...I practically stuck that glass everywhere.
I tried all walls ceilings soffit, door, dorr frame, etc...The music upstairs is playing in the right corner when facing the front screen wall. It was the loudest on the front right side wall. It was also very loud and clear on the door frame. The further I got away from the source area wall the sound diminished. It was also loud on the soffit too near the source. I was surprised how loud it was on the door frame!!!
All this and every time I can hear the music playing upstairs very well. Also during all the testing my son would move a chair in the dining room and am completely shocked how loud that noise is. This is just sliding the chair in and out.
So what do I take out of all this?
LEt me be blunt...
I'm completely discouraged That everything I have tried had almost NO EFFECT of the soundproofing.
Something is major wrong..it seems impossible to me that so much sound is coming in my room with so little effort. There's got to be something with the way this house is built to have sounds problems like this. I have absolutely no idea why or how but I can for sure say there's something wrong.
I know there's 6 major surface ares in my room (4 walls, 1 ceiling and 1 floor)
The ONLY surface I haven't done anything with is the floor. Maybe all my sound is coming through the floor? I don't know...
So for now I'm so sorry gang but I give up!
I need to continue my build process and am now praying that after I'm done that it somehow improves dramatically my soundproofing. I'm gonna have a rock'n'roll supper now and then put down my 3rd layer of OSB on the stage and riser and continue my build.
The biggest difference now is I will make sure the music is playing INSIDE my HT room while I'm doing my work so that I won't hear what's happening g upstairs as I don't want to hear what is being said upstairs.
thank you all for listening and all your help/tips/kind words/advice/experience...I cannot thank you guys enough...I have learned so much reading here.
If you ever pass by the greater Montreal area and would like to witness this strange phenomenon, please drop by!