Thanks for that heads-up guys . You are correct; it may seem that I am jumping the gun a little bit with the hardware requirement. My intension was to kill 2 birds with the same stone – the room architecture & the equipment for it…. But obviously I posted the wrong content in the wrong forum.
So let me talk a little bit about my room to get some pointers from experienced folks such as yourself on the architecture side of things. FYI – the basement, where this home theatre room is going to exist, is not finished; so there is some flexibility I have in terms of what I can do here. I have attached a hand drawing of the basement floor plan, along with some options for the home theater(based on the availability of floor space).
Please comment on which of the three options may work best for a HT. Also, I would like to able to fit about 9-10 people for a movie, let me know if that’s realistic. Since the room is still unfinished, do let me know your thoughts on how to progress on the following-
BASEMENT _ FLOOR PLAN
1. Screen location/ theater configuration –
- Of the three options, which room lends better to a home theatre? Which is the best location for a screen?
- My first choice was Option I, with the screen on the 15’5 wall. Does this work?
- Is the room for Option I any better than the room for Option III?
2. Sound proofing –
- If sound proofing means better acoustic experience then I am all ears. What are my options; what materials do I need to use?
- What are the most important factor(s) for acoustic performance?
3. Light control - As for the light in the room; I don’t see issues since the room is half underground. I do want to put a couple of widows(towards the ceiling) on the 33’4” side of the room(options I and II). But am planning on using curtains to darken room(manual is ok).
4. Speakers – Should I think of in-wall speakers(so the contractor can design for it) at all; or should I instead go for floor/regular satellite speakers. I would like to keep a budget of around $1500 for speakers for a 7.1 system. Which would be more efficient?
one more thing I forgot to add-
-Currently, the basement is unfinished. I am going to be installing a high-efficiency air heating/cooling system to the entire home, so I will be ensuring that the HVAC system will be able to handle a home theater..... is there anything I should concentrate on specifically, for instance, does having a projector mean I need to have "additional" coooling?