I started construction on my basement theater about 6 months ago and have procrastinated starting a build thread. I've been derailed numerous times since I've started but I'm back on track now and hope to have this baby complete by the end of July (mark your calendars!).
A little info about the build and how I got here. I built a theater in our three bedroom ranch in the largest bedroom four years ago. The system had a 720p Mits HD1000U DLP projector on a 92" 16:9 Wilsonart Laminate screen. Speakers were a 2.1 config with Magnepan MMG's and the bass was handled by an in-floor IB housing four Dayton RSS390HF 15" subs. It was incredible! Then our first child came 3 years ago. No biggie. Two years later and our son came. Uhh...but we don't have a bedroom for him! What, you want me to take out the theater?!? Fine....
So I was kicked down into the basement. Unfortunately, our tiny ranch's basement is 40% basement and 60% crawl space, with limited room available for finishing due to the utilities. This left me with a 22w x 17d room with stairs cutting it in half. I decided to make the right side a playroom for the kids and the left side is the theater, with a footprint of 11.5w x 17d after framing. I'm an avid speaker builder and love huge speakers so sound isolation was a priority, on a budget. 3 of the four walls use IB-3 clips (wall four is a beam and I didn't want the hassle of soffitting to use clips there, amongst other headaches I won't get into). The ceiling has V-Clips and will have hat channel installed, along with DD + GG. The two non-foundation walls are 2x6 staggered stud construction. It will have a 9 channel sound system with four 15" sealed subs and buttkickers for the seats/couch. LCR speakers are DiY line arrays that will stand over 6' tall. All will be hidden behind a shallow false wall. Now you can see why I want some soundproofing!
Here's the official equipment list, all of which I have except for the screen and receiver:Projector:
Seymour Center Stage XD AT (110" diag, 16:9, likely)Receiver:
Undecided Audyssey DSX 9 channel with MultEQ XT32LCR Speakers:
DiY line arrays with 24 Aura NS3-193 per sideSurrounds:
Six Monoprice 8" 3-way in-wallsSubs:
Quad Dayton RSS390HF sealed subsSub Amp:
ButtKicker BKA300 amp with ButtKicker AdvanceSources:
HTPC, XBox 360, Wii (no cable TV)
Here is a current state picture with my old 92" screen, for scale: