Originally Posted by Johnnymenudo
This is part of a builder's parade of homes, so the the time to build this home and theater is very tight
Meaning this will be an "open house" or model home for some time, just for a "Grand Opening" event, or for photography?
I hired a firm for the audio and networking and they seem very knowledgeable in those areas, but are more or less leaving the design of the theater up to me and my builder, Not an ideal situation and we have a time crunch.
If they're not designing the theater, you should hire Dennis and at least use the AVS Theater Layout service... Running quickly to get a design done is not a good recipe if you're not an expert. And from the rest of your post, I'm not getting the vibe that the "audio firm" has a theater construction background???
I am basically planning a fairly simple design with some characteristics of sandmans and the bacon race theater. Stage with proscenium, tray ceiling with lights, front row of seats ground level, 2nd row of seats on a riser, and a third row of seats in back of room at a bar height. 9 foot ceiling with plan for 120-130" wide screen 2.35:1. 16" soffit for cables, HVAC, and plumbing.
Your room dimensions are what I would have wanted (slightly larger than mine). Assuming you're planning an AT screen, too? All of this together (especially with 2.35 in the mix), this is NOT a simple build. You can fit all of that in those room dimensions, but there's not a lot of room for error. You need a good, solid, design plan.
Due to time contraint there will be no fancy pillars or personal touches that will be time consuming. 7 or 9 channels of speakers, wall mounted. Canned lighting and maybe some sconces, but otherwise just a room. Will probably add acoustic treatments after the show.
For a "Parade of Homes", in my experience, the decor of the room is usually seen to be much more important than the audio/video performance. That said, not having the acoustics figured out for a 4K "demo room" doesn't sound like the right answer, either...
1) My audio guys are wanting to showcase the Sony 4k projector so it will be installed for the show, and they have offered it to me for less than half of retail price. As an alternative they will also sell me any projector or screen I want for a bit less than wholesale.. Any suggestions?
The more projector you can buy at 50% off, the better.
2) if I build a stage, is anchoring it to the floor reasonable instead of filing with sand? As an alternative to full sand filled, is partially filled with the remainder fiberglass insulation a bad idea?
First floor, second floor?
4) auralex sheetblock vs. green glue.
5) my architect wants a 6 foot theater entrance with french doors. Sounds pretty but not very good from an audio standpoint. I am less concerned abouut sound escaping than the doors rattling. Any input.
Assuming they're talking about the heavy, swinging doors with the porthole window - they certainly won't rattle. Won't contain sound, but won't rattle...