Originally Posted by fumarate
Hi, I’m just starting my research into a dedicated home theater.
This will be for a new construction of my residential home.
The home theater will be on the 1st floor of the home.
Two of the four walls will be exterior walls.What is above and below the theater? Is it a slab build or basement or craw space? Is there another room above the theater or just attic?
I’m trying to figure out what construction methods and materials will be needed for the build out.
The first question I have is on wall construction.
I understand that I’m looking to add sound damping, provide decoupling, and increase mass to my walls to achieve soundproofing.How much space are you willing to give up? I used IB1 Clips and hat channel on my side walls, front wall and ceiling. I used a decoupled wall at my rear. My theater is above the garage and the only wall that is common to the house is the rear wall/billiard room. I did not mind giving up the additional 4 ½’ in the rear but felt I could not afford it in the side and no need for it in the front which is why the IB-1 clips (poor man’s whisper clips) My room is a total shell the only openings are for the wires which enter in my soffits and the window and door. I used a window plug made the same way as my walls except I used MDF vise DW. I also used another layer of 3/4" T&G on the floor with GG in between
I have been reading and see there are many different combinations out there for sound isolation:
Single Stud Wall with Resilient Channel or Hat Channel my side walls, front walls and ceiling
Single Stud Wall with Sound Deadening Board
Staggered Stud Wall
Staggered Stud Wall with Sound Deadening BoardNot sure what you mean by sound deadening board I used one sheet of 19/32” OSB/GG/ 5/8”DW so OSB/GG/DW. I used the OSB to better fasten my soffits coffers and columns. With 2 layers of drywall there is really nothing to attach them to.
Double Stud Wall My wall between the theater and billiard room
Double Stud Wall with Sound Deadening Board
Building a decoupled room within a room
As I said I’m just starting my research.
Anyone have suggestions on how to narrow down my options further?
Or have a recommend way to build out the walls?How much space are you willing to give up? I used IB1 Clips and hat channel on my side walls front wall and ceiling. I used a decoupled wall at my rear. My theater is above the garage and the only wall that is common to the house is the rear wall/billiard room. I did not mind giving up the additional 4 ½’ in the rear but felt I could not afford it in the side and no need for it in the front which is why the IB-1 clips (poor man’s whisper clips)If you have the space to lose the 5 ½” then I would recommend the IB-1 clips on the exterior walls and decoupled walls on the inside walls. Looking at the speck sheets on the SoundProffingCompany web site it does not make that much of a difference so if you wanted to save 5” in width and length than just go with IB-1 Clips and Hat channel for all four walls and the ceiling. You have to address the floor either way whether it is a slab or a basement/crawlspace you just use different methods but should be addressed prior to the decoupled wall not as important with IB-1 clips.
You have to take into account the flanking noises like everyone else pointed out. That is why I did the additional 3/4" layer of T&G OSB and GG on my floor. T&G/GG/T&G. Since I was above a garage I did not use the serenity mat. I also used acoustical caulk on the primary floor between all the 4x8 sheets and then again on the top layer. Prior to installing the clips and hat channel put your R13 or R15 if exterior wall into the studs R 19 in the ceiling joists if between rooms or R35 if attic. For the side walls front walls and ceiling I used the IB1 clips and the hat channel. Insure none of your first layer (in my case OSB) touches any of the studs or joists when you hang them. For my rear wall I did a decoupled stud wall held in place with four IB-3 Clips. Again I put R13 in the billiard room wall and also in the theater wall. After the OSB was up on the walls and ceiling I used the caulk again in all the cracks. My wife thought I was nuts. My friends accused me of doing that so I did not have to do any heavy lifting. I think I went through 2 cases of caulk. Get the white stuff not the black messy stuff. Once the OSB is up you install the GG to the back of the drywall and lift into place. Insure you drywall is hung so it covers the OSB cracks in the middle. I.E. you do not want the cracks between sheets of DW and OSB to line up, offset them. Once this is done you have a totally sealed room and it is time to think about getting you power and AV wires into your space. I predrilled my studs and had all of my wires pre ran so I could bring them in as I went. All were run through the soffit, columns coffers and stage. I pulled some wire for the riser as well. Check out my build. I am not an expert but I have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express.
Sorry if I got repetitive and took up to much of your thread but it seemed that other folks questions were being answerd but not yours.
Funny story with the R19 in the ceiling and OSB/GG/DW was so good at attenuating the sound of a human voice when we were doing the HVAC I was in the attic and saw this hand stick up through the hole we cut for the HVAC line with my cell phone in it. My friend said he was tired of screaming from below and sticking his mouth near the hole did not seem to work.
Sound proofing works if applied properly I cannot hear the TV playing in the billiard room when the door to the theater is shut or a lawn mower or the random loud exhaust guy driving buy. On the other hand playing a movie or song at reference I can just make it out standing in the billiard room with the door shut. Open the door and my buddy said crap that was really loud in the theater wasn’t it? LFE stills sneaks out but my AVR has a setting for that and I have not sealed my door yet.