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We're building a new house, and I have the good fortune of being "allowed" a 24x18x12 media/family room. I'm planning to go the distance building a room within a room with hat channel/green glue/DD/ separate HVAC run. The problem is, along the perimeter wall, my wife wants windows! Not big windows, but she insists on some natural light. How am I going to accomplish a high STC rating if I have 2-3 gaping holes in all my hard work? I've tried researching all over the net, but I can't seem to find anything that isn't about blocking sound out. I'm not concerned about outside noise coming in. I want to prevent the theater noise from getiing to the rest of the house. Is this a solvable problem? Thanks, in advance, for any advice.
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I built a window plug for my Window. I made the tolerances a little to tight and had to pound it into place other wise it would have been removable. check out my thread.
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I built a window plug for my Window. I made the tolerances a little to tight and had to pound it into place other wise it would have been removable. check out my thread.

Thanks for your lightning fast reply! I guess I could build plugs as a last resort, but I was hoping that there might be some solution with a soundproof window (double/triple pane?) that could be installed on the interior wall of the double wall system, and then I could use speaker fabric or something like it to mask the gap between the 2 sets of windows on the 2 walls. I was then hoping to just be able to use blackout blinds for light control.

Would this work? Am I crazy?
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sound like windows on a sub LOL not sure but that may work if planned properly need to get advise from someone else than me on that though.
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Funny you should say that. When I was writing, I kept thinking "port hole"! Thanks again, for your ideas.
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One solution i've seen suggested is to install two standard windows in the same opening. One onthe outside of the opening(as you would normally).And another one on the inside. I think the inside one is a remodel window vs. new construction. But dont quote me on that.

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From what I have read and learned about sound proofing is that it is mostly an all or nothing proposition. Why would you want to spend thousands of dollars to decouple your walls and sound proof only to allow the sound to escape via the three windows? (my green glue, IB-1 clips, IB-3 Clips, putty pads and sealant alone was around $3k) The sound will flank i.e. travel up down and sideways around the room and will reach other areas of the house. I do not think any kind of window will have enough mass to prevent this.

Maybe others like Big or Ted will chime in
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yes Big but at what cost and how will the op implement 3 of these?
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