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Belly of the Beast: The Bass Bunker Theater

It's been a long time in the making, with many different iterations. I will keep this post as my most recent build out and reserve the subsequent posts for the journey that got me to where I am. I've taken my sweet time creating a build thread, so be patient as I go back through all my pictures and post everything as chronologically as possible!

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Sherbourn zone 2 amp

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Mains: Danley Sound Labs SH50 pair and SH69 center
Surround/Atmos: DIY custom Radian 5210 Coaxial
Main Subs: 8x18" Stereo Integrity HT-18's
Nearfield Sub: 2x Stereo Integrity HST-18's

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Seatcraft Madera

Room

Room is 12x29 with a small "bar" area to the right side of the front row where the minifridge, equipment rack, and BD case is all found. The reason I call it a bunker is this is located in the basement of my house, which is surrounded on all 4 walls by cinderblock and brick. The left side wall and rear wall are completely underground, so I have virtually zero sound loss to outside the house. You can be at ear bleeding levels and not hear a thing outside. It's been great for my relationship with the surrounding neighbors Not a single complaint, ever!

Previous Build Threads:
2 tempests in f-20's
How easy to source parts and build a quick llt?
"The Shadow of the Beast"...Adventures in Closet-Sized Subwoofers
AE TD12x SEOS12 Build!!!!
The Corinthians
Budget Eminence Coaxial surround build!!!
The Undertaker- Two Nearfield SI HST-18's


I will update with pics here:










And the upstairs setup just for fun. Those are Popalock's 24's not mine unfortunately
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Humble beginnings














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Where's the photo's? The progression should be fun to see.

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SUB'D, now come on lets see some pictures

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I'll be getting to picks as I dig them up from an old laptop that is going the trash, as well as mac book I have for sale in the classy's. Really trying to consolidate before I get some stuff up so I can do it right, the first time around....
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<- in for pictures.

So explain better what you are doing? Just making a thread, or doing a full HT overhaul ?
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So explain better what you are doing? Just making a thread, or doing a full HT overhaul ?

Just making a thread. I have had too many folks asking me why I don't, and my answer always is, "I just haven't gotten around to it..." haha. Well, I need to get around to it, show the humble beginnings all the way to what it is now. Hard to believe the journey now spans over 4+ years, and all that has gone down in the time frame. I'll be posting pics as they get compiled and I clear other crap out of my dropbox that is full atm.
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My digging starts Wednesday. I should have concrete poured next week. I never started a build thread either. Glad to see I am not alone.
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Just making a thread. I have had too many folks asking me why I don't, and my answer always is, "I just haven't gotten around to it..." haha. Well, I need to get around to it, show the humble beginnings all the way to what it is now. Hard to believe the journey now spans over 4+ years, and all that has gone down in the time frame. I'll be posting pics as they get compiled and I clear other crap out of my dropbox that is full atm.
Please...allow me to assist in starting this thread off proper...

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Well Damn! That's one big a$$ speaker!! I am so going to enjoy this thread!
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This thread is going on 2 months old and still no pics, except that blurry, sultry pic above....


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Yes it wouldn't be appropriate without that awesome, I mean terrible pic. Good lookin' out ;D

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This thread is going on 2 months old and still no pics, except that blurry, sultry pic above....


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I'm not kidding when I say I've been waiting for a stormy evening to sit on the couch and upload pics and whatnot, but since I created this thread, we literally have not had rain a single evening, and I've been out of town or super busy most weekends. The time is coming. NO worries
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Got the photos uploaded! I am going to try and get my brother over here to do some nice pics as the good ole iphone camera is all I have in the house, but these will do for now Enjoy!
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Great Job Beast!
You note 8 x 18's in your list were all are they hiding, I think I saw 4 in the back (cabinets anyway) and 2 up front.....
How do you like your DIY surrounds?

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Great Job Beast!
You note 8 x 18's in your list were all are they hiding, I think I saw 4 in the back (cabinets anyway) and 2 up front.....
How do you like your DIY surrounds?
The boxes above and below each Danley horn each house two, dual opposed ht18's in them for a total of 8 behind the screen. Behind the front couch is the undertaker box with the two HST-18's in them for nearfield goodness
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The boxes above and below each Danley horn each house two, dual opposed ht18's in them for a total of 8 behind the screen. Behind the front couch is the undertaker box with the two HST-18's in them for nearfield goodness
NICE!!! those horns are huge
Undertaker box LOL I would need a casket as my wife would kill me with that many subs
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NICE!!! those horns are huge
Undertaker box LOL I would need a casket as my wife would kill me with that many subs
The undertaker is appropriate with those things running full stroke behind you. It feels like you are about to fall off the chair. It's incredible
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is that surround speaker hang on the side wall?
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is that surround speaker hang on the side wall?
It is inset. Behind that wall is cinderblock foundation, so I cut sheetrock out to the studs, and set the box into the wall to gain an extra 4 inches of depth to the box. It is screwed into the studs.
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Hey Beast,
I just notice that the projector seams to be pointing down at a significant angle.
Is that a result of mounting high for head room and the lack of vertical offset on the projector?
You must be key stoning a fair amount...... is that affecting the picture quality any?

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I just notice that the projector seams to be pointing down at a significant angle.
Is that a result of mounting high for head room and the lack of vertical offset on the projector?
You must be key stoning a fair amount...... is that affecting the picture quality any?
Oh someone noticed?!?!?! Haha, that PJ? Dont you worry about that PJ I am in the process of waiting for my epson ls10000 to show up so I ran to BB and got a 3020 as a place-holder for the weekend. No vertical shift, so yea, it's wildly angled down, but that is honestly right where it is supposed to be if it were ceiling mounted, so no real keystoning needed. It is not all that nice of a PJ, but it keeps me gaming and blasting loud movies for a few nights while the wife is out of town. With all this rain we are getting, I would be going crazy right now without a PJ.
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Oh someone noticed?!?!?! Haha, that PJ? Dont you worry about that PJ
Cool you had me a little worried for a minute

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Brandon, this is cool to see how your room has developed. You have done a really nice job, looks great! One of the better looking drop ceilings I have seen. I bet those SH50 sound great in your room. My room is also uqite a bit longer than wide and I am sure the pattern control of the Danley is great in there. You also have really high SPL output, did you have to do anything special to reduce the vibration in the drop ceiling?

I also was going to say I appreciate the lower level theater, we often have parties that go late with the sound above 130dB. You can't even really here it outside. Just a very faint low level rumble if you are in my yard or driveway.
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Brandon, this is cool to see how your room has developed. You have done a really nice job, looks great! One of the better looking drop ceilings I have seen. I bet those SH50 sound great in your room. My room is also uqite a bit longer than wide and I am sure the pattern control of the Danley is great in there. You also have really high SPL output, did you have to do anything special to reduce the vibration in the drop ceiling?

I also was going to say I appreciate the lower level theater, we often have parties that go late with the sound above 130dB. You can't even really here it outside. Just a very faint low level rumble if you are in my yard or driveway.
Yep, its the same with us. BUT, you open that basement door to our backyard and a barrage of bass comes pouring out!

AFA the drop ceiling, I added a ton more pink fluffy between the floor joists and the grid. It weighs it down quite nicely, but there are still rattles that pop up at high levels. With any drop ceiling, I just find it impossible to completely deaden it up. I kill one vibration, another shows up...
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Yep, its the same with us. BUT, you open that basement door to our backyard and a barrage of bass comes pouring out!

AFA the drop ceiling, I added a ton more pink fluffy between the floor joists and the grid. It weighs it down quite nicely, but there are still rattles that pop up at high levels. With any drop ceiling, I just find it impossible to completely deaden it up. I kill one vibration, another shows up...
I bet it acts as a great bass trap! Wish I lived closer would love to hear your set up.
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I bet it acts as a great bass trap! Wish I lived closer would love to hear your set up.
It does, and I plan to replace the standard black tiles made of the normal concrete substrate with the speaker cloth wrapped duct board type panels as they won't rattle near as much, should act even better from a treatment standpoint, and won't drop all that crappy dust every time I let 'er rip.
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