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Home is currently under construction. This is a thread for posting pics of the ground-up construction process and A/V finish out.

Current status: Equipment Installation
Next: Calibration and furniture

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My build thread: The Unprofessional Build
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at least tell us your plans for the theater room so we can start making suggestions before it is too late. Often theater rooms are framed wrong.
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Quick update on the media room build. My phone ran out of space and cut off at the end but it was just about done.

I'm planning on clay padding the junction and light boxes prior to foaming the walls.


The build plan right now:

Center channel: Klipsch RP-450C

Front surrounds: (2) Klipsch R-5502-W II

Side Surrounds: (2) Klipsch R-5650-S II

Rear Surrounds: (2) Klipsch R-5650-W II

Atmos: (4) Klipsch CDT-5650-C II

Subs (Front): (2) Rythmik FV15HP

AVR: Denon AVR-X7200WA

Preamp: Marantz MM7025

Screen: Screen Innovations fixed Black Diamond

Projector: JVC DLA-X900RKT

I'm not a fan of conventional theater chairs so instead I'll be doing the back row with a large-seat couch and ottomans and the front row as a pair of chaise lounges. The chaises are low back so they'll sit below the couch viewing line but I am still going to build a small platform to raise the couch and ottomans about 6". You can't see it in the video but I had the builder put a floor plug in the foundation right where the platform will sit so I can do rope lighting around the perimeter of the platform and also have plugs for charging items like laptops, tablets, URCs, etc at the seating area instead of the from of the room.

I have a very large wooden media cabinet (7' wide) that will sit at the front of the room with the center channel on top of it just below eye level. The subs will sit on the sides of the cabinet. I do have the sub outlet in the rear of the room so I can experiment with placement as well.

Here are my limitations:
- Theater is an interior room so it is fully surrounded by 2x4 studs which give me limited options for wall depth.
- Theater is on the first floor with living area/bedrooms above it.
- The foundation has an asinine number of post-tension cables running through it in both directions. The original plan was to "sink" the foundation at the font of the room to create depth but the post-tension cables make this impossible which creates the need for the 6" platform.
- Local control: I don't like the idea of a centralized media closet, I wanted each room to be independent zones with local control in each room. With today's wireless capabilities such as SONOS and HEOS, I should be able to do everything I want to do with the system.

I should change this thread from "media room build" to media house build. In addition to the media room, the living room is wired for 5.1, the master is wired for 5.1, my garage is wired for 5.1, my study is wired for 5.1, the down stairs game room is wired for 2.1, and the upstairs game room is wired for 2.1. If anyone knows of some good, cheap in-ceiling speakers, please let me know as I need to buy 24 of them.

If you have any suggestions on the video or my build above, please let me know.

Thanks,
Clint

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9/22/2016 Update

Acoustic foam is in. The drywallers got ahead of my and hung some of the exterior drywall on the kitchen side before I had a chance to spray so I had to "improvise" and cut openings in the structural TPly to get the foam in. The drywallers came back in the next day and closed the walls up.

Its tight. If you knock on one side of the wall, you can barely hear it. Once the tape and mud is on and the joints are closed up, it should be even tighter.

A portion of the theater wall borders the garage so I chose to leave the R18 batting in for thermal barrier. I know this will lessen the integrity of the "sound capsule" the foam creates but it would be worse to have a hot/cold room.
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Shot a quick video today.


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10/03/2016 Update

Drywall is taped, mudding in the next 2-3 days, paint, texture and trim in the next 2-3 weeks


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10/10/16 update, texture has been sprayed.

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Build update 10/24/16


Been slow going here for a bit. Not much done in the last couple of weeks. All the doors in the house are hung, the texture is all complete including the "drag texture" in the kitchen and baths. The trim is about 80% done in the house. Cabinet designs have been signed off on and are in production. Granite slabs have been selected and signed off on. Brick and stone were delivered and are sitting in the yard.

The main hold-up is the backup for the masons. There is a big shortage of masons in the area due to the massive amount of residential construction in north Dallas area. Our builder has 2 crews that do his houses exclusively. They brick a house every two weeks each. We are 11th in line right now so about another 3 months wait.

Next is paint, then the cabinets go in, then granite and tile, and flooring.

I imagine carpet is pretty much the very last thing so after they finish paint and trim in the media room, there won't be much done at all to it until then. The A/V contractor will come back at some point and put outlets on everything.

On a side note, I setup a an account with a big local A/V distributor who carries just about everything I will need. Decent prices too, about 40% below retail on most stuff. Wasn't planning for that so my equipment plan just got a bit more robust.

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9/22/2016 Update

Acoustic foam is in. The drywallers got ahead of my and hung some of the exterior drywall on the kitchen side before I had a chance to spray so I had to "improvise" and cut openings in the structural TPly to get the foam in. The drywallers came back in the next day and closed the walls up.

Its tight. If you knock on one side of the wall, you can barely hear it. Once the tape and mud is on and the joints are closed up, it should be even tighter.

A portion of the theater wall borders the garage so I chose to leave the R18 batting in for thermal barrier. I know this will lessen the integrity of the "sound capsule" the foam creates but it would be worse to have a hot/cold room.
What type of foam did you use and where did you source it from? You stated you did the foam yourself, did you do all of space between the 2x4 studs in the entire home theater area.

I am getting ready to post the beginning of my build soon as our house is just getting started to get built. Can't wait to see your results.
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What type of foam did you use and where did you source it from? You stated you did the foam yourself, did you do all of space between the 2x4 studs in the entire home theater area.

I am getting ready to post the beginning of my build soon as our house is just getting started to get built. Can't wait to see your results.
I got the foam online; TigerFoam.com. I bought their open-cell 1350 kit. I ended up having to buy more from a local insulation supply store and paid out ge nose for it. A word of advise, buy at least twice as much as you think you need. The 1350 board feet the kit is rated at is 1" thick surface area. Measure the surface area of your walls and ceilin and triple that - that's how much foam you'll need.

I did all the space between the studs and ceiling joists in the entire room, floor to ceiling, wall to wall until is was bulging out of the studs then went back a cut it flush with a flex saw. It's messy stuff. You definitely need a tyvek suit, several pair of large goggles (they'll get splatter on them and you have to switch them out) and a good respirator with dual phase filters.

Good luck on your build. Let me know if you have any questions or I can help.
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Getting close, house should be ready to walk by the end of the month and ready to close by mid-March.


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Build update. We've been in the house for about 6 months now. I wanted to get the theater done sooner but other more pressing things have put it off... until now.


Everything is ordered and on it's way.

Sony VPL-HW45ES projector with a Chief mount
Screen Innovations 5TZ133PWL Zero Edge 133" screen with LED backlight
Denon AVR-H6400X receiver
Klipsch RP-440C center channel
Def Tech UIW RLS III left and right channels
Def Tech DI-5.5 Bipolars for the side channels
Def Tech DI 5.5 LCRs for the rear channels
Def Tech DI 6.5Ss for the 4 Atmos channels
And i'll be heading down to Austin to pickup a pair of Rythmik FV15HPs this Friday

Originally I was looking at a 4k Sony projector but decided against it right now. With the limited content, it didn't make sense to spend the money for the compatibility when I can wait 2-3 years and upgrade for substantially less with content more readily available.

I went ahead and got a screen that would handle 4K however as there won't be a need to upgrade it.

I was also originally looking at Klipsch for the entire system however the more i read and researched, Def Tech was a better choice for architectural speakers. I did get the Klipsch center though as it blows Def Techs options away on that.

Next will be to add 3 mono amps for the LCR channels so push a bit more power through however i think the Denon 6400 will do fine for starters.

I am losing the cabinet and going with a long floating shelf much lower on the wall to hold the equipment. I am going to build it myself and mount it over the electrical and wire drop so i can run wires inside the shelf for a cleaner install.

I am also going to build a platform for the back row.

Hopefully I can have everything in, installed, and up and running by next weekend so I can watch my Falcons play in 133 glorious inches.

I will post progress pics as I go.

Thanks for following.

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Screen was delivered today. SI 133” 5-series Zero Edge in Pure White 1.3 gain with the LED backlight.



And all of my audio equipment is in (2 more DI 6.5s for the other 2 Atmos came via UPS right after this picture).



Made a quick video update as well...


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Got into the thick of the install while I was at it....

Had a few issues but nothing that can’t be fixed. Everything is pretty much settled now as far as placement goes.

My drywall guy is coming tomorrow morning to patch everything up and retexture. Paint guy should be here a day or two after that to repaint the room and touch-up the caulk lines in the crown molding.

Once paint is done, the speakers will go in for final mounting.

I’m working on my floating shelf now as well which i should have done his weekend. It’ll be 114” wide and span the entire space between the subs in the front of the room. It’ll be 20” deep and hold the center channel, AVR, PS4, DirecTV box, AppleTV, and Echo Dot. I may try and put a drawer in it for things like remotes and cable and stuff but not sure yet.

I’ll post an update after drywall and paint is done.


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Just a quick video on drywall...

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My theater build thread —>Clint’s Media Room Build

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Another update, getting close to being done.

I picked up an additional Echo Dot for automation in the room and a TP-Link light switch to control the main lights.

Also grabbed a UBP-X800 Blu-ray player and a Harmony Elite remote.

As I’m posting this, I’ve built 2 more of the chaises and have the first row connected and done.

All that’s left is to complete the platform and built the back row of chaises.

I also plan on building some custom led lights out of the same wood as the shelf to replace the 4 sconces.

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