I am new to AVS and am seeking advice on building my own home theater. Reading through some of the threads has given me a broad concept of theater design but I am very much a greenhorn in this realm.
My wife-approved, basement space is 18' x 16'. The room is actually around 18'x32', but we would like to keep the space open with the seating within 16'. This is mainly due to room symmetry and support column location. If possible, I would like to build a stage and false AT wall with a 2.35:1 AT screen. The room currently has all walls finished with sheet rock over studs that have been placed roughly 1/4" away from concrete. The walls are insulated with polystyrene sheets and we have a drop ceiling already in place. We will mostly leave existing wall and ceiling treatments in place and lay carpet with a thick pad to the floor. I will try to post some pics soon.
Some questions to start with:
Where should I begin?
To stage or not to stage?
What screen size would be appropriate?
What level of sound isolation would be appropriate considering open floor plan and drop ceiling?
Thanks in advance! All advice will be considered and very much appreciated!!
Where should I begin? draw a floor plan
To stage or not to stage? yes
What screen size would be appropriate? 130 inch wide 2.35:1 , going bigger you need to get more selective on projector selection and brightness. Sit 11 1/2 to 12 ft from the screen.
What level of sound isolation would be appropriate considering open floor plan and drop ceiling? zero, drop ceiling will not contain sub-woofer rumble.
Big, thanks so much for the quick reply. I appreciate your expertise and your time!
I am hoping to get some pictures up will try to draw up a floor plan as well. I've read a few of your threads about sanding the stage--would this be necessary in my situation?
I think its going to be a pretty cool multipurpose theater space.
Edit: After doing some reading I am now leaning toward the nr929 for receiver. Further into the void I go! I'm really needing some help here...anyone?
Some of the information will not apply because it is a multipurpose room and I take it you will not be soundproofing the entire area. But still it is good to know best practices and then go from there to decide what is best for your room and budget. You already have great advice from Luke so I don't know what else I can add. But, if you are located here in KC you can drop by my place to take a look and get ideas or ask questions. Luke knows the way.
I think I would advocate keeping the viewing distance closer than you previously thought and that would give you the potential to add a skinny bar at the back as a future second row that takes up very little space. There are also lots of advantages to sitting closer to save money on projectors and speakers and what not.
I think the DIY subs and speakers are the way to go for the budget conscious and capable builders. You are on the right track!
Also finished painting Volt 10s and I am in the process of trying to come up with a mounting solution. I have considered using a short length of galvanized pipe with a floor flange on either end. I will update on that front with pics if successful.
Here are a few photos of the basement theater room's finishing progress...after having this thread for a year I have slowly come to the realization that this thread should have been created under General Theater/Game rooms rather than dedicated, Sorry
Im planning on adding some more images when the woodwork and handrail are installed.
Last edited by sampsdds; 04-15-2015 at 09:04 AM.
This is not due to any benevolent concern for child safety or anything like that, mind you.
It's merely because, well, ...let's just say I probably enjoy my weekends a bit too much
...on 2nd thought, yeah, go with the railing.