I've edited this first post to include a few pictures from the first theater build...
It was a 3 year meandering journey from start to completion.
Shortly after completing the first theater I sold the house and relocated...
so.... The journey towards the Second theater begins at this page in the thread
I feel like a deer in the headlights since I found this forum....
Background: Oct 2008 I started the basement built out including the Home Theater Room.... "Screen, projector and some speakers"....... how tough can it be right? Around mid Nov I decided to research 'screen size to seating distance'.. just so i could see what size screen i could fit in the room.
Thats when I found the AVSFORUM.. and discovered a world of isolation, flanking, absorbtion, risc clips, Green Glue, 2.35, 16:9, GOM, Grafik eye, reflection points, nulls, AT screens, butt shakers and bass traps.
Since then NOTHING signifigant has happend in that basement (the HT is my motivation).
Fortunatly with the discovery of this forum, I also found a wealth of information in an enviornment that "encourages" obsessive compulsive behavior on the subject of Home Theaters.
I spent the last couple of months with more than an occasional interest in alot of the builds happening on here, reading many from start to finish. Hopefully, I have managed to educate myself now to the point that I can ask educated questions. I would appreciate any feedback on my plans for moving forward (which involves moving backwards a little i think).
Below is a layout of my basement, i currently have an area that will be approx 16'8" by 18'8" with 9' ceiling dedicated to the theatre.
Here's a pick of the current status. (Notice mandatory single chair and masking tape screen.. one of the many things learned at the AVS site already)
before finding this forum i thought i was about ready for wiring..
As mentioned I now feel I need to redo some of what i have done, my current plan is to take the sawzall to the current soffit and remove it.. i want to pay some attention to sound isolation and my "New" plan includes at least a drywall, GG, drywall room envelope . (possibly even risc and Channel on the ceiling. by removing the current soffit and rebuilding inside the "Room Box" i believe i can reduce some of the flanking sounds, and use the bottom of the soffit for additional bass trap. I'm going to build another wall along the stairwell side to help reduce sound transferance and double the wall at the entry. I also plan on taking an area from the "Storage" area placing a 3' x 7' area for speaker placement behind an AT screen.
Here is an overview of my revised plan
6-8 seats, 2 rows at 11' and 17'
120-140" 2.35 AT screen
equip rack in side wall (please disregard color scheme at this time)
I am now planning to add the room behind the screen wall for the speakers
I know the speaker chamber behind the screen isnt the ideal size, conceptually i think it adds to the room from a acoustical standpoint giving me a room that is 21'6" deep in esence, but i feel symmetry and the concrete wall limits me to only about 7' wide.. one of my big questions is what does everyone think about having the L&R speakers only 7' apart and 25% inside the screen image? Do I need to rethink this? or will this work?
Any and all other suggestions/questions are more than welcome...i feel i need to nail down at least the basic room, so i can get the the point of running the elec and wiring..... I am a confident-100% DIYer but i recongize when I may be over my head..... SO HERE I AM.
Edited by KNKKNK - 3/27/14 at 10:26am