Let me first say this site has, over the years, been a tremendously resourceful source of information and inspiration for me. A sincere thanks to all of you who continue to contribute to these forums so that people like myself can feel *somewhat* more prepared and comfortable proceeding with our own theater builds.
Before I proceed, I want provide some history as to why I'm motivated to start this thread and document my entire build. You see, my entire adult life (soon to be 37 so not that long ;-) I've had a passion for movies and home theater. As a renter of condos, lofts and townhomes in my earlier years, the extent of my HT setup was limited, not just by layout but also paper thin walls.
6 years ago when I purchase a new townhouse, I knew I wanted to dedicate a part of the basement to my own theater. I made a point during the TH build of asking the builder about soundproofing between units, of which he responded that what was being installed per spec was more than suitable. I even so far as included my soon-to-be neighbors in the discussions so there were no surprises or lack of consideration on my part considering we'd be sharing walls.
Fast forward 4 years (yeah, it took a while... marriage, honeymoon and babies cost a lot!) and I had finished my TH basement with a dedicated theater. I was sick with excitement! Features included in-wall speakers, a 92" motorized screen that dropped out of the ceiling, hidden components in a closet (RF controlled), Z-Wave lighting scenes, motorized Berkline seating (thanks Roman!) and more. I finally had my first home theater and more importantly, I built it all myself (less drywall ;-).
(Sorry for the text/arrows. Poached this off my Realtor's site. I neglected to document this build)
(Pre Berkline seats)
It worked great! Looked great and sounded well for my first try! That is, until the neighbors came over 2 hours into my first trial run and complained. Then complained again 3 days later while my wife and I we're playing Super Mario Wii (and not at an absurd volume level). A couple of weeks and several more complaints later, I listed our townhouse on the local MLS. I was pissed off, and I was ready to pick up and move. I was done. The convo between my neighbor, builder and myself from 4+ years earlier came rushing back into my mind, as if no time had passed. "More than suitable" my ass!
I lived and learned. There was no way I could have any sort of theater while sharing a wall, ceiling or floor.
Must. Be. Detached.
I've already built my first theater and those experiences have fuelled me to build bigger and better. This thread is going to be about improving on what I did wrong the first time, building on my and others' ideas from these forums, and genuinely building something that I can both be proud of and not have to moderate volume levels because of sensitive neighbors. Boy am I excited about that!
So, with that said, here I go! GASP!
Elite 135" MW Acousti-Weave (AT) Film Screen
Epson 6500UB 1080p Projector
Strong 37U 20"D Rack w/ Thermal Mgmt
Sony STR-DA4400ES 7.1 Receiver
IXOS XHT770 Power Conditioner
Episode e-1230-A 12ch. Multi-Room Amplifier
Netgear 16-Port G-Lan Switch
Episode 950 Series HT In-Wall Surrounds (4)
Episode 900 Series HT In-Wall LCR (1)
KEF PSW3500 Subwoofer
Arris Gateway & Portal (Shaw)
6TB RAID-5 HTPC Media Storage
Sony PS3 & Nintendo Wii
2 days ago I commenced, in addition to finishing our basement as a whole, building my 2nd home theater. When we started building our home in the fall of 2010, I had a bonus room excavated and formed under my garage for what would eventually become my second theater. It consists of 8" thick concrete walls, floor and ceiling and nothing more than 2 cold-air returns, a doorway and 6" pass-through to permit all media cabling from the adjacent 8' x 7' "media room" that will house my component rack.
Edited by JasonMiller1975 - 6/6/12 at 9:27pm