Work continues. We finally moved back in and started cleaning everything that had a thin layer of dirt sitting on top of it. Now that the house is finally closing in on completion I am starting to put more time into the home theater. I'll be placing the Kinetics "Isomax clips" in the coming days but I had to first tackle the area that the screen sits up into. Since it is a drop down screen there will always be a significant hole into the ceiling that will leak considerable sound to the floor above.
Here is the space with one of the blocks that supports the screen:
I was able to find a local company that had some "Acoustiblock" that is a thin 3mm layer but still a very heavy material that, when used in a standard wall correctly, is rated at 52 STC (quite impressive noise suppression). By itself I believe the STC rating of one layer is 21.
Here it is being loosely attached to the ceiling above the screen (you want it loosely being supported so sound isn't directly transmitted by contact)
But........being a true believer in overkill (which I know many in this hobby also believe in
) I didn't stop there...... I added two more layers lower in the cavity. Here is the second layer:
I added a total of three layers. Each one looked like a dome and was attached on the sides with an electric staple gun. All seams and holes were filled with acoustic caulking. Each layer was at a different level and did not touch the one above it. Finally, I lifted the Stewart Screen from its huge box with the help a family friend and the two of us climbed our ladders to install it. Warning....very stupid, do not try this at home.
It was an instant workout and really is a three man job. I'm 6'5" 235 lbs and lift weights but trying to hold this huge thing up with one hand on top of a ladder and put in the small bolts was a workout to say the least!!!
I wouldn't want to do that again!
Here it is:
Some of you might be thinking: why isn't it higher? The answer: it will be concealed within a soffit down the road.
The actual viewing screen is a total of 139" wide and the steel casing is just over 160". Here it is in 16:9 mode:
And here it is with the side masking pulled up into the ceiling (2.35):
Last night we watched Avengers (I pulled out some old equipment and my last set of speakers (Def Tech 2000TL) just to see what it's like...... one word: AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
I couldn't do much work today.... watched some movies and my Patriots on the big screen.
Here is my Sony VW1000 (the 4K projector) on a makeshift table. The image is amazing and darn bright as well.