Originally Posted by SierraMikeBravo
You're drinking from the proverbial fire hose now. The learning curve is steep at this point. If I may make a suggestion to help simplify things...this is what you need to decide now.
1. What's my budget?
2. Do I want to spend a lot of time learning or do I want professional help to cut learning time by a large margin? There are lots of resources, but all require a significant time investment.
3. What's important to me?
Decide these things and formulate a plan from there.
Hope this helps
Thanks, for the suggestions.
1. I am planning to spend around 30k for everything regarding the theater. (framing, soundproofing, acoustic treatment, projector, speakers etc...) . Not all at once, 30k over the duration of the project. So a chunk of change here and there as the project moves along. As I said on the phone, the theater will be the last part of my basement build. Wife wants the main hang out area done before I start spending money making the theater room. But I want to go ahead and frame the entire basement at the same time, as well as get the whole thing drywall and mudded. Which would probably include whatever soundproofing I decide to do. It is a new community so I am expecting dry wall crews to be all over the place. I plan to probably hang the drywall myself but hire out the mud and finishing. Get all that nasty stuff done at the same time. It may be 2 years until I get to the guts of the theater. But I just want the shell to be built correctly and ready to go. I plan to spend at least 30k finishing and furnishing the rest of the basement.
2. I don't mind spending the time doing the learning. I have taken on huge projects in the past where I didn't know a single thing. I spent 3 years learning and gathering supplies in order to DIY electronic controllers to animate my 100,000 light Christmas display. A shout out to my boys at doityourselfchristmas.com So I think I am capable. But the biggest difference I see is that acoustics seems so subjective. What one person likes another hates. What one user enjoys another finds pedestrian. There seems to be a huge difference even among experts. I realized this when I did a forum search on splayed walls. There doesn't seem to be a consensus on anything or at least very little. When you throw numbers around to quantify acoustics, even then, those are interpreted differently depending on who is experiencing the sound. My dad, who is slightly hard of hearing, certainly can't tell the difference between my Epicure speakers downstairs and my kids little tiny Yamaha set upstairs. Even my wife says, "they both sound fine to her." It is like wine for me, it all tastes the same. That is what I find frustrating I have no idea which direction to head. There is no black or white, just grey.
3. What is important to me... that is a tougher question. I am not really sure how to answer that. I want a nice looking theater with a decent sound. I want to close the door and it to be quiet, not necessarily pin drop quiet. A place where my family wants to go to enjoy family movie night. I am not looking for perfection,... does that even exist.
I had such a headache last night reading, but the two beers helped. A lot. I think I fixed my room problem. Here is my solution. Sorry honey, 6 seats not 8. That right there will save me probably $1200. Straight walls, no slants, no angles, no curves. It will even be easier to build the soffits. Bang! Done! My epiphany came while listening to Detroit Rock City. KISS baby!
Thanks for hearing me whine,