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AVS member Clyde R. (NYGiantsFan23) has an unusually demanding job—he's a police detective in Maryland, knocking down doors in search of violent offenders. That means long hours, rotating shifts, and high stress.

 

So when he gets home, Clyde wants to get away from it all, and what better retreat than a dedicated home theater? "I wanted a private utopia in my house where I could kick back and become totally absorbed," he says. "I also wanted superior clean, crisp sound." What about sound isolation? "With a hardwood-floor kitchen directly overhead, I wanted a significant degree of soundproofing so footfall noise wouldn't be disruptive." Finally, he wanted to entertain friends and family with two rows of seating and a hightop with bar stools at the back of the theater.

 

The initial sketch defined what Clyde wanted in his home-theater retreat.

 

After eight months of planning with theater designer and AVS member Jeff Parkinson (BIGmouthinDC), the first problem that needed to be addressed was a metal pole in the middle of the basement where the theater was to be built. "I brought in a structural engineer who designed a solution," Clyde recalls, "and then a contractor changed the support to two posts separated farther apart and added extra material to the bottom of the beam to accommodate the increased span. Even with the two new poles, I wanted the widest possible theater, so Jeff came up with a design that pushed the walls out and included the poles inside columns that also house surround speakers."

 

The original pole provided structural support, but it was smack-dab in the middle of the theater space.

 

With the help of a structural engineer, Clyde's contractor replaced the old pole with two new ones that maintain the house's structural integrity while leaving the theater space unobstructed. Note the added reinforcement on the beam between the poles.

 

To prevent distraction from walking in the kitchen above, Clyde used a clip-and-channel system in the ceiling with two layers of 5/8" drywall separated by a layer of Green Glue sound-absorbing compound. The wall framing is decoupled from the ceiling joists with isolation clips and two layers of drywall with Green Glue. Backer boxes were used for all ceiling lights.

 

Clyde's theater is essentially a room within a room to prevent sound from the kitchen above to intrude on his theatrical reverie.

 

Another challenge was bringing in the sand that would fill the front stage. "Every day after work, I picked up a few bags at the store and eventually got 73 50-pound bags into to the basement," he recounts wearily.

 

Over the course of several weeks, Clyde carried almost two tons of sand into the basement to fill the front stage.

 

In the front of the theater, three JTR Noesis 228HT speakers reproduce the front left, right, and center channels, while two Hsu VTF-15H subwoofers plumb the low-frequency depths. All five speakers are placed behind a 130-inch-wide 2.35:1 Falcon Vision HD acoustically transparent woven screen—the very first production unit from Falcon.

 

Three JTR Noesis 228HT speakers are separated by two Hsu VTF-15H subwoofers, and the entire front wall acts as a bass-absorption membrane.

 

For the surround speakers, Clyde decided to build his own from kits provided by DIY Sound Group—specifically, the Alpha-8 Minion, a 2-way design with 8" woofer and a compression-driver tweeter in a waveguide. Well, actually, it was Jeff who assembled them. Overall, Clyde says he contributed about 20 percent of the labor with his own hands. "If Jeff saw me sitting around, he always found something for me to do to help keep the project moving ahead."

 

The Alpha-8 Minion DIY kit includes the drivers, crossover electronics, and front baffle, but not the enclosure, which can be ordered at additional cost if you don't want to make it from scratch. Clyde decided to get the enclosure kit for his surrounds.

 

The 7.1 sound system includes six surround speakers in pilasters, two of which hide the new support poles.

 

The finished room includes hundreds of feet of molding to provide the look that Clyde was after. Perhaps even more important are the fabric panels with Linacoustic lining to tame some of the room's reverb. In addition to the front-wall bass absorber, the second-row riser is designed to function as a bass trap.

 

Eight Fusion Tribute recliners are joined by a hightop counter behind the second row with bar stools.

 

Clyde got lots of help from AVS members aside from Jeff Parkinson. Rich Antonuccio (snickers1) from Falcon delivered and installed the screen, and Gary Ngo (landshark1), who's home theater was featured as AVS HT of the Month in February, helped program the Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote, tweak the JVC DLA-RS4810 projector, and set up the Denon AVR-4520CI receiver, since he has more or less the same gear.

 

Clyde's theater is beautifully finished with lots of molding and an illuminated tray ceiling.

 

After five months of construction and about $50,000, Clyde finally has his private utopia. I can't think of a better place to unwind after a long day of chasing bad guys.

 

For much more detail about how Clyde's home theater came together, check out the build thread here.

 

If you'd like your home theater considered for Home Theater of the Month, PM me with the details and a link to your build thread if available.

 

EQUIPMENT LIST

 

Source Devices

 

Oppo BDP-103D Blu-ray player (with built-in Darbee video enhancement)

DirecTV satellite receiver

Microsoft Xbox One game console

Sony PlayStation 4 game console

 

AV Electronics

 

Denon AVR-4520CI receiver

Emotiva XPA-5 power amp

 

Projector

 

JVC DLA-RS4810

 

Screen

 

Falcon Vision HD (130" wide, 2.35:1, acoustically transparent, 1.1 gain)

 

Speakers

 

JTR Noesis 228HT front LCR

DIY Sound Group Alpha-8 Minion surrounds (6)

Hsu VTF-15H subwoofers (2)

 

Cables

 

Monoprice

 

Control

 

Harmony Ultimate universal remote

Insteon dimmer switches

 

Power Conditioning

 

Belkin PureAV PF60 line conditioner

Minuteman Pro UPS (for projector)

 

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Wow that's a really impressive result for the amount invested. Congratulations!

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Great to see JTR speakers featured!

I also enjoy reading about another "Theater of the Month" that doesn't feature any crazy and super expensive equipment. This theater has similar equipment to mine, so that puts a big smile on my face. biggrin.gif

Great job!
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Done with great taste, love it.

Going to try arranging my subwoofers that way.

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Back-up projector Optoma H77.

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Subwoofers: B&W AWS 650 and NHT Supersub.

Rear Surround L/R: Klipsch RS3.

Side Surround L/R: Klipsch KSC-C1.

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That's a fantastic setup!! Congratulations!! Love the color scheme too. Very well done!

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Very nicely done. If only Jeff had a twin in the Midwest.
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WOE awesome room, for 50K I consider this a bargain !


Bravo.

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Thanks a lot guys.. I owe a super big thanks to BIGMOUTHINDC. Without his expertise my dream theater would've not been possible. I must admit, I was a little reluctant with the JTR and the minion 8's, but I am damned pleased with the set up. Thanks "CARP" for answering all my questions about the noesis. Landshark1, falcon screens (Ritchie) and brolicbeast (yardy Bwoy) thanks for all the help and support.
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Nicely done! I like the clean, subtle and elegant feel!
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That is one awesome theater! Question though: is there any reason for arranging the subs both pointed to the left side? If I were to go on a whim, I'd point them in opposite directions but I don't know if there is a difference between the two, much less an advantage to either approach.

I like how you barely notice the beam.
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This looks phenomenal!
Question...why didn't the structural engineer recommend carrying the extra steel a little further left and right to be carried by the structural supports to the left and right?
Not needed or would not have made a difference?
Height of the boxed in beam would not have changed...
Just curious...and a little jealous...biggrin.gif
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How far from the screen is the projector? Awesome Build!
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I can think of a couple of different scenarios for the pole placement, this one works. Probably the forehead slapper is the engineer told Clyde that if the same size beam that was used on the other end of the house had been used in this location there wouldn't need to be any support poles.


Projector: It is over the second row chair backs and that is at 18 ft from the screen. So that +/-
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I don't think I ever posted this picture of the support pole nesting in the column, One reason I suggested the DIY sound group speaker is it wasn't very wide so it could sit side by side in a reasonably sized column. Still had to offset the column a bit but you would never notice in the theater until I point it out.



Close up of the final speakers. that is an 8 inch driver

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Fantastic room! Very well done. Looking forward to the day I have the opportunity (and hopefully the $$$) to do one myself.

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I remeber this Theater well, The pics don't really do it Justice Jeff's attention to detail is nothing short of amazing. The Trim the color choices the over size of the sace makes for warm and very classy Theater.

Congrads Clyde on making Theater of the month!!! it is well deserved
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I've had the pleasure of sitting in this theater a few times and experiencing the awesomeness that it's capable of.  This theater excels at everything, and Clyde is a really cool guy.  I'm so glad it's featured as the HT of the month. 

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Looks great!
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What day is good for you to start mine?

Fantastic job, looks GREAT!!!
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Great looking theater!


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I find your lack of schadenfreude disturbing.

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Sorry guys, I'm in transit now. I was stuck in San Antonio due to the weather back home my flight was cancelled 3 different times and I had to purchase another ticket through another airline or wait until Tuesday to come home.. I just landed at Dulles and now I have to rent a car to drive to BWI where my car is parked. Thanks Jeff for answering question for me.
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I think that considering that the room is included...$50k for that type of finished area is actually very reasonable. Money was spent where it was value added with a solid dash of "YOLO" on a few items. Well done sir!
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Room looks fantastic! Well done.
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Great room Clyde...I might actually have a chance at selling my wife on something that looks that good for such a bargin! Now if Jeff could just clone himself for the rest of us around the country.smile.gif
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25-3 by 17-6

Scott - when you fix post #1 also add the room dimensions there, I was going to ask and saw another member did, include the height as well.

Clyde & Jeff - Great looking room, subjectively how do those Alpha-8 Minion's hold up to the JTR Noesis 228HT's when you are at/near reference volume levels?
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This looks phenomenal!
Question...why didn't the structural engineer recommend carrying the extra steel a little further left and right to be carried by the structural supports to the left and right?
Not needed or would not have made a difference?
Height of the boxed in beam would not have changed...
Just curious...and a little jealous...biggrin.gif

My guess is it revolves around the same notion as the tyranny of rocketry. They had to thicken the beam to move poles. However, by thickening the beam becomes heavier and thus you can't move the poles as far; this all that could be done without replacing the whole beam. We have the same issue in our house; whoever designed the primary beam supports was completely focused on minimizing their usage and not keeping the basement open.

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