I'll be slowly building a dedicated theater room in my basement, and will be looking for advice, opinions and suggestions. There was a single finished room in the basement which I was using as the "cave" until it flooded. I had only owned the home 6 weeks at the time of the flooding, and we'll just say its one of many things thats gone wrong. With that being said, budget is very tight and I don't have a timeframe of when I will complete the build. I figured I would go ahead and get a build thread started and seek ideas. I've been a long time lurker, and while I'm impressed with many of the measures that everyone goes to in their dedicated rooms, I simply won't have the budget for many of those things. What I do want to know is where I can appropriate my funds best in order to get the best result for the least amount of money.
Ok, on to the details. The room itself is quite small, but should work for my uses. Room is approx 12.5' wide x 16' long. The biggest issue I may run into is that the ceilings are only 7' high. The ceiling height could cause some unique challenges.
Due to electrical issues before the flooding, I had to rip down the ceiling. The home was originally built in 1927 and still had much of the original wiring. I've removed as much of it as I could, and put some R-19 bats in the ceiling to attempt to help with noise transfer to the next floor. I also plan on installing black ceiling tiles with a "reasonable" STC rating. The best ones I've found in black that don't cost an arm & a leg seem to be by Armstrong and have an STC of .55. Any suggestions here will be welcome. As I'm short on height, I was planning on using a product called CelingMax which attaches directly to the rafters and allows the installation of standard 2x2 ceiling tiles. I wanted to use the tiles for sound absorption and also to keep access to the ceiling if I ever need to get in there for any reason.
Here are a few pictures before the ceiling was pulled down. Old couch which will most likely get donated and a TINY TV that I will be replacing. I was initially thinking 50" Panasonic VT50, but I think I would like to get a projector down there instead.
More photos to follow.
Eventually I'd like to upgrade a lot of this, but one step at a time.
Pioneer Elite VSX-92TXH Receiver
Panasonic BD310 3D bluray player
Dish Network Hopper DVR
2x KEF iQ3s
2x KEF Q1s
1x KEF iQ6C
Monster EP IR 3650 Power Center (hate this thing and would love to replace).