For many years now I have been dreaming of my own dedicated theater. However I was never able to either afford it or find a space to build one. But then last week my wife said to me out of the blue "why haven't you built your theater yet?" I looked at her with a stunned look on my face, not knowing for sure if this was a trick question or if she was serious. After a few quick questions of my own I realized she was serious, she wanted me to build my theater......so all my gear would be out of her newly furnished living room
Quickly I ran for my laptop and started reading all the reviews I could get my hands on. I have always had an Idea of what I would build and what gear I would like to use, but figured I had better slow down and do a bit more research before I spend any of my hard earned cash on the wrong gear. I live in an area of Alberta, Canada where auditioning higher end gear is very hard to do as there is only one store within an hours drive that carries a small amount of "good" equipment. So long story short, I am relying mostly on reviews to base my purchases on.The Room:
My room for building my theater is in the corner of our basement under the kitchen and is 17'(L)x12'(W)x8'(H). I know its not the perfect sized room, but its all I have to work with. I had to hire a tin smith to move furnace ducting and cold air intake from the center of the room to the outside edges of the ceiling. I will build soffits around the ducting after I finish the demo on all the existing drywall.
I plan on installing RSIC clamps onto the existing frame work and then I will be putting two layers of 5/8" drywall with Green Glue sandwiched in between the drywall for soundproofing and dampening. This will change my rooms dimensions to approximately 16'6"(L)x11'6"(W)x7'6"(H), I am also isolating the floor.
Last Friday I stopped by the nearest home theater store to order in the RSIC clamps and Green Glue. While in there I started to chat with the sales people and store owner about my room. They seemed impressed with what I was about to build (I guess most people don't isolate and dampen their theater rooms in my area).The Equipment
I currently have two Paradigm Ref. Studio 60's (L&R), one CC-490 (Center), two JL Audio Fathom F-10's, Marantz AV 7005 processor, Emotiva XPA-5 amp & a bunch of audio quest cables & interconnects. Since last week I have ordered a Seymour Center Stage XD 100" 2:35-1 screen, JVC DLA-X500RB projector, 4x Paradigm Studio ADP-590's (Rears) & Oppo 103D blue-ray player. I also contacted GIK and ordered a bunch of acoustic treatments for the ceiling, side and back walls.
As soon as I get home from work next week, my green glue and RSIC clamps should be in. Hopefully I will be finished with the drywall by late next week. I will post pictures of all the steps I take in building my theater.
Also if anyone has any advise, please feel free to comment. This is the first time I have ever done this and I will be doing most of the work myself.