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Can I have a home theater in a basement with Concrete walls?

I am moving into an apartment that has a basement, but with concrete brick walls. its an apartment so I cant add drywall and walls and crap but is there gonna be a problem with the audio mainly with it being in a concrete walled basement? If so is there any alternatives to do to the basement that doesn't call for total full on basement remodeling/construction?
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This is the basement as is, I plan to add carpet but will the concrete walls be a problem? I plan to paint them a relaxing beige.

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It will be an echo chamber for sure. But you can DIY some acoustical panels and either hang them down from the ceiling joists with wire/string or give them legs and make them freestanding.
If you are planning a projector darker colors are best to avoid reflections back to the screen, I wouldn't paint the walls beige.
Without a ceiling of any type you can expect sound to travel upstairs.

The good news it is fairly sizable space and it won't be hard to block the window to control the light. You will need some outlets in the right locations.

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Why not just hang some buy some dark drapery panels, thread them on dowels, and hang via chain from the floor joists?


You could make some acoustical panels and hang them behind the drapery panels too. Hang the screen via chain.
Hit the end of the roll carpet area, for inexpensive carpet remnants. Or you could do a DIY acoustically transparent screen.
And the wall could be screwed together and held in place by a couple of screws into the floor joists, plus a couple of dabs of
silicone under the foot plate.


Minimal work to return the basement to it's original condition.
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It is a shame its an apartment. That would be a perfect theater
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