Originally Posted by NicksHitachi
Ive been absent for a while Nez, sorry.
A couple opinions based on personal experience:
- Black out that window, Permanently. I actually used aluminum foil and HVAC tape(ghetto). Any light introduced in a projection setup is contamination IMO even in a dark room.
- An acoustically transparent screen with the dialogue coming from the center was the most drastic change i ever made. The db or two loss in the last upper octave is easily corrected with EQ and not audibe besides in my experience. AT material may run a bit more but IMO for the ultimate experience its the way to go.
- Also dont constrain yourself to commercially available AT screen materials especially if budget is a concern. Ive seen impressive testing results here on the forum from "DIY" materials like spandex which perform equally as well acoustically and very close visually to materials like Seymour XD etc.
- It wont matter much which direction you face the subs they radiate mostly omni. I actually prefer to face subs away from the listening position or fire them at acoustic absorption to absorb out of band harmonics and junk which is localizable if fired at the listener.
FWIW i used seymour xd material on a DIY frame and have been totally satisfied.
If I build a false wall, I plan on blacking out the window for sure.
An AT screen from Jamestown is on my list of wants. Can get more for the money, plus place my center behind it.
The subs facing into the corners about 6-12 inches are mainly just to get them out of the way. They only take up 22 inches compared to 34-36 facing towards the listener. Also on the flipside of that, is that they put out a lot of bass facing into the corners after some testing I did a year or so back.
My current thinking is:
build a false wall.
turn the subs into the corners giving me more room
move the front speakers out in front of the false wall closer to the side walls.
keep the tv stand removing doors etc.. and using black fabric frames that will also cover the rest of the false wall.
all my equipment can stay there and the remotes still work through the fabric
place the center on top of the tv stand bringing it UP and out of the stand giving me more dynamics. The screen will come down almost touching the tv stand and the center will hide behind the screen.
the fronts will be out next to the wall like in this pic
Subs facing in like in this picture