Hey, didn't you read about me being at one with everything? You can't goad me into responding to such nonsense.
But since you asked:
I do have an excuse teach...you see my iPhone bit the dust, and I hadn't synced the photos from those two days, and those "Geniuses" couldn't save her poor little ticker. So without those pics I couldn't post my questions. Now, I did end up with a new iPhone that does have the ability to take pictures. But we aren't talking about that. Thank God for the almighty cloud.
Ok - so here is where I'm at:
The theater room walls are almost completed. I'm still working out my soffits (which ones will be outside the aquarium, which ones will be inside). I went back and forth about double doors versus a single door. I ended up framing a rough opening for a 36" single. Now I plan to rip that out and go with double 28's. My concern has always been flanking to the second floor bedrooms. In the end asthetics are going to win.
Being a rookie, I'm still a little unsure about how to isolate the window framing. The theater wall that accommodates the two windows (that I intend to plug) is about seven inches from the concrete foundation wall. I know I can have a deep sill, but am not quite sure how to frame for isolation in this case.
The opposite wall has a 13" air gap between it and the mechanical room wall. I do have some questions there, but it requires pictures!
Originally I had intended to have a nice built in MA Slim5 rack outside the theater entrance. Now I'm just going to pick up a used server rack and have it completely out of sight in the mechanical room - same location, just not exposed. This weekend I plan to move my current home runs for video and voice (Cat5e terminated for phone) from under the stairs to the rack location. Best thing is that I have enough slack to make the move without splicing anything.
Still leaning towards the Panny 4000, but at this rate of production I'll end up buying the Panny 4,000,000. Which I'm ok with, because in the most Zen like of ways it means I will have even more joy due to the amazing features that time brings via technological advances. Granted, my eyesight might not be functioning quite as good by that time, but it will sound good - right?
Hush Box Surprise
Two factors have made me revise my hush box plan. First, I want more future flexibility. Second, I need a longer throw to accomplish something around 144" wide (now considering no lens). So I'll aim for a 16' throw. This requires the use of horizontal lense shift due to the location of my immovable pole. I've checked all the Panny's numbers and have lots of flexibility, but I'm also required to drop the PJ height down in order to use the cool aspect ratio function.
One thing that I hadn't originally revealed but must do so now, is the fact that I also plan to use this room for tracking AND occassional mixing. I have another room in the basement that is being finished as a proper control room. But, my plan has always been to use the theater as a LEDE (live end, dead end) tracking/control room. This is all a hobby for me, but I want to be able to record my kids and their friends in addition to myself. Just last weekend we were at a get together and ran across a great 16 year old girl with gobs of vocal talent. With the skills and equipment we feel it is the right thing to do to give those types of folks a little push by donating time and space.
Why am I writing this in the Hush Box section? Because the plan is to have three projectors - one for "theater" types of things, and two for dual screen remote tracking and mixdown. Those who have seen Indygreg's awesome office might start having bells go off in their head at this point.
So....the hush box needs to be about eight feet wide by my calculations in order to provide enough flexibility for what I want to do. This makes me think about just running it the entire length of the bar, which in turns make me think moving the bar back a few feet to sit directly under the hush box "soffit" makes better sense. This helps with the front row viewing distance, but doesn't help the audio because I'd end up right in the usual suspect null near 50% length. I'm still noodling through that stuff, which might result in moving the screenwall forward (again). Perhaps Roger can get me back on track.
You heard me right, three projectors and big honking hush box! Hey, maybe 3D will be old news by the time I'm ready. Heck, maybe I really will be able to have a Holodeck in this basement.
So now it might be more clear why I previously outlined my plan with one big wall of screen material and the ability to mask to whatever size I wanted. That is still the plan.
Gadgets and Gizmos
My dual use situation includes video feeds between the two rooms for communication purposes. A number of studio builds do this so the blueprint is set. Also, I'll be running a LOT of cable, installing hidden connections in columns, the bar, etc.
I've switched to all wood from the bar to back wall. I've eliminated the wood next to the front walls.
I've switched to fully treated up to the columns that flank the front row (Fabricmate). This includes a cloud at the first reflection points on the ceiling. After seeing some amazing star ceiling builds lately, I'm not sure I'm up to that task. Luckily it will be last - and can wait.
If you haven't figured it out yet Mr. Reader, I clearly tore a hamstring during my initial build sprint and am now forced to limp along. The nice thing about that is I have time to figure all these things out before having to tear our too much stuff and rebuild.
Upcoming Build Crawl
Since I'm in the financial sector we recognize President's Day as a holiday. I'm taking the following Tuesday off to try and get past this framing phase. Luckily my dad is still willing to watch and laugh.