*Update* The theater is nearly complete and is only waiting on a couple of items before I consider it finished. These include the permanent mounting of the surround speakers (they are currently sitting on TV tables) and the finishing touches on the screen wall.
Here is a shot of the theater in its current state:
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I originally started this thread about 2 years ago. Since then, almost no work on the basement has been done. My SO and I *significantly* underestimated the amount of time two very young children take up.
Since we really want the spaces we've planned for the basement and want them before our kids our in college, any ideas about DIYing this build have been put aside in favor of hiring someone to do it. So we've talked to a bunch of contractors and settled one one. Things are now in progress - and are actually moving a bit faster than I intended! I'm having trouble figuring everything I need to know so I can ensure they do the right things.
For the HT part of things, they've never done a soundproofing job (at least not to the extent we're dealing with) so I had them talk to John Hile and Ted White. They did so and they seem to have a decent grasp of things.
I'm going to start updating this thread regularly with new stuff (theres alot to share) but I wont bore you too much with the other basement stuff (its all fairly standard remodel) but the HT stuff will get documented here.
Current Specs for home theater:
HT is in a fully light controlled basement area. No windows (they've been covered over with wall). The HT area is about 12'x21' after DD and a false wall for the AT screen
Room within a room construction (walls separate from foundation on exterior and double wall where shared with the rest of the basement) with DD, GG, IB3 clips and Whisper Clips for ceiling. Two dead vents - one for intake and one for return.
Screen is a 120" wide CIH AT screen from Jamestown Home Theater using Seymour Centerstage XD material, 7.1 speaker system (with wiring to support 11.2 in future)
I want to have 2 rows of 3 seats each with a stage and riser.
Receiver: Denon 4311CI
Blu-Ray: Oppo BDP-93
Projector: Panasonic AE8000U
Speakers MFW-15 subwoofer (already acquired)
7 x Chase SHO-10
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Okay, so I just bought a new house with a large unfinished basement. My significant other & I have plans to turn this unfinished area into additional living area for the house. This will be comprised of 4 basic elements.
1) a walkup egress
2) a woodworking workshop
3) a recreational area for the kids/family
4) a Dedicated Home theater.
I've got measured drawings of the basement with the workshop location pretty much set in stone (its location was necessitated by where the walkup could be placed) the recreational area (which is going to be a kids play area for many years to come) is laid out more or less and I am now at the point where I have to start deciding on the design elements of the theater area. I am planning to try and do as much of the work myself as possible in order to save money. The end-goal being the best performing theater and as much sound isolation as monetarily reasonable.
My thoughts so far are that the screen will be on the north wall (to the right of the foyer). I am thinking that the screen will be a 2.35:1 fixed frame AT screen hung on a false wall of AT black material. There will be a stage with at least one step.
Seating will consist of two rows of seats, the rear row will be on a riser.
I would like to go for Berkline seating I think.... Preferrably 4 seats with a loveseat configuration in the center for the front row and either 3 or 4 seats in the second row.
Note that there are 2 circuit boxes (one is for a back-up generator) in the south west corner (see the images). There is ducting etc on the cieling which I doubt can be re-routed along with a I beam which definitely CANNOT be re-routed. Luckily the basement is a relatively luxurious 13 course (about 8.5 feet). Unfortunately this probably brings the finished ceiling down to somewhere between 7 - 7'8".
I am thinking that sound isolation will consist of the east wall being stagger studded. All walls in the theater will have DD/GG with RSIC clips and channel for the ceiling.
I will try to upload some photos of the theater area ASAP.
I'm starting out with some equipment that I plan on reusing:
2x Definitive BP20's speakers for the fronts
1 Definitive C1 center channel speaker
2 Definitive BP1X surround speakers
(probably I'll purchase 2 more of these)
1 AV123 MFW-15 subwoofer
I have a receiver and blu-ray player in use upstairs which I will probably leave so I will need to acquire new ones.
I am currently leaning towards the Panasonic AE4000U projector and an AT 2.35:1 screen.
I'm definitely looking for suggestions and help here. This will hopefully not be a multi-year project as my significant other is expecting quick execution! ;-)
Edited by fcaico - 12/3/12 at 12:40pm