Originally Posted by corcoran_chris
Sorry to be naive about my build; but if my home theater/entertainment area in the basement is not as "hard core" as what I see on this site do I still need to worry about sound treatment?
as I understand it the entire concept of sound treating the room is to help keep the noise in and sure- some of the upstairs noise out. If the room will be used by basically everyone at the same time and I have zero concern for noise isolation then I really do not need to focus on it correct?
the only reason I was asking about what to do behind the wall was due to improving the listening experience while downstairs. If I will get better use experience I will focus on that, but right now worrying about noise affecting someone sleeping is not my concern, I will just turn it down/not use it that particular time.
Thanks for the continued input !
Hi Chris (I am assuming that's you!),
Finishing your room will provide more than aesthetic benefits. Properly constructing your walls will form a part of your acoustic treatments. I am guessing you understand that isolation measures are different than acoustic treatments, although properly constructing your walls will give you the best possible start in dealing with in-room acoustics later down the track. If you have different surfaces (drywall, bricks, etc) then you will have different acoustic properties. This is far from ideal. Out of sight is still of concern. If nothing else, you will know that it's not finished. Not sure if that would bother you but it would annoy me for years. Maybe I'm just OCD?
If you are serious about improving your listening experience, build your walls with lots of mass. You may think it's overkill and hardcore, but you will thank yourself later when you go to sell the home or even when you want to turn the volume up without disturbing others. It will also sound better, retain temperature better, be properly insulated and be a more pleasant place to spend time.
Ultimately, you need to work within your budget, but after following builds by Bigmouth in DC and several others here, I bit the bullet, spent the money and constructed my room properly. I am very happy that I did. It's not finished yet but already I am thrilled with the sonic benefits that a solid, sealed room brings to my acoustics.