Originally Posted by Pat Sexton
I will try to keep this short but I need to explain the room's current condition, and then what I would like to do.
I am buying a house that was built with the 3rd garage bay as a "Media Room". Size is 11'5" x 20' with 9' ceiling. The only window is at back of theater and is covered with heavy shutters. There is an 8 riser 13 feet back from the current screen wall. The current entryway is 65 French doors that terminate 3 from what will be the screen wall. The room is currently finished (paint, theater carpet, can lighting, air, etc.) and the previous owner had mounted a flat screen on the wall with a 5.1 (in ceiling) speaker set-up wired to the front wall, along with cable.
In the sketchup picture I replaced the French doors with a single 30 entry to give me some room for stage, screen wall, speakers, and possibly AV equipment (see other option below). I also made/added some scaled Fusion Jive chairs based on the Berkline 12006 footprint (it's ugly but should be accurate). I know it's tight but we really want to get two rows of 4 seats. Approximate viewing distance from 1st/2nd row to the current wall is 12.5' and 17.5' respectively.
What I want to do:
Media use will be 40% movies, 45% HD programing, and 15% HD gaming. I want to do a projector (Panasonic AE7000?), and as large a 16:9 (I will work on masking at some point) that I can do and still have a beautiful picture at my viewing distances. I am not sure how close I am to being able to do a solid screen (and frame in the speakers) or if I can go big enough to warrant an AT screen and have it all behind. I know I will lose view distance but not clear on the quality loss with AT screens.
At first I thought I could leave the existing carpet and use a different carpet (contrast) for the stage, but if my screen gets big enough, I think I am going to have to add to the 8 riser, and I might as well pull it and re-carpet.
I also plan to do a quality 7.1 surround system and deal with the issue of insulation/sound reduction. The rear wall is exterior, and with the exception of the window, insulated 2x6. The best I can tell (folks frown on banging on the walls before you move in) the other walls are hollow. I don't want to tear the existing drywall down and start over. I think I can use the existing holes/wires in the ceiling and snake my speaker wiring into place. I am also wondering if there is any kind of blown type insulation I could do, or other options.
The last problem (so far) is the equipment rack location. It will have to stay in the room. I can either build it into the stage/screen frame, or knock out and frame a rack box on the left side (facing the screen). This would be into my garage and I would just have to lose a cabinet.
I know this is a lot and I am reading my 2006 version of the theater book (been wanting to do this a long time), and surfing this forum like mad, but any help would be very appreciated.