Originally Posted by ndevries1
On the subject of money... I just updated my cost-spreadsheet...I wonder if there is any value to anyone to see my cost of Sound-treatment vs construction and equipment cost?
(This is a good exercise for me to go through anyway, as it will all be added to my build thread..(still pending)
I am 27 years old, we have a 1-yr old, and I am an Industrial Mechanic (just reference FYI)
I started with an un-finished basement, so some of the costs carry into the rest of the basement, (Carpet, mudding and taping, some of the electrical ect...)
Room overview: 21'-6" long by 11'-5.5" wide x 8'3" inside drywall surfaces
Highlights: DD+GG, DIY AT-Screenwall, Front-Stage, Riser, Fiber-Optic Ceiling, 2x rows seating, 2x rows surround speakers, Quest Acoustic Panels
2x exterior basement walls border theater, the one long interior wall is stagger-stud, 5/8" DD+GG on all inside walls.
Ceiling is Clips+Hat Channel+DD+GG
Floor (the whole basement) is 1" T+G OSB on 1" XPS (more for thermal value than anything else)
Stage: 2x6 Construction, back half is sand filled
Riser: 2x10 Construction
I currently have the following equipment in my theater:
2x Dayton SA-230
miniDSP 10x10 HD
North Creek Echo LCR - DIY, built several years ago
6x Triad In-wall Bronze 4/Surround
CSS SD-12 sub - DIY
4x Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker
DNS-323 NAS enclosure
This equipment cost me $10700
Acoustic Treatment - $3200
Seating - 2400$
Construction Cost: $19210
(including sub-contractor to mud-and-tape, carpet install, and all building materials for screen-wall, star ceiling, sound-treated door, framing, Insteon electrical components, Lighting, ISY-99, Drywall, Equipment-rack ect....) I can provide a more detailed breakdown if requested.... PM me...
Grand Total (Equipment and Construction): $34160 (This is the WAF-Unfriendly number... I find it's best to only discuss the;) individual portions of this number....)
So in summary: Acoustic treatment is less than 10% of my total cost to build the completely functional room "all-in". It does however add over 30% to my equipment cost, (and admittedly my equipment list is fairly humble by some standards on AVS... )
BUT at this point, I think the extra 30% to "equipment" cost (I think Acoustic panels can almost be classified under that?) is an acceptible amount for the performance gain I have seen.
Again, (back-on-subject) - (Still trying to keep this thread on the rails...)
The cost for some of the equipment EG "suggested" (Triads, DSP, and Quest Panels) destroyed my budget, but in the end, I am happy to have gone this route. It meant working a bunch of overtime, and saving up for longer.
I am VERY HAPPY to have spent the money I did on sound-proofing, I would do this again in a heart-beat, and will probably do a full Room-in-a-Room for the next one. The ability for me to listen at any volume, and my wife not be woken up in our bedroom 2x floors up (2-story home) is AWSOME! You can only *faintly* hear mid-range stuff in the kitchen (right above the theater); the bass however shakes the dishes somewhat. Bass is the hardest to treat in existing floor-construction. Its a weird sensation to be able to *feel* more of the theater than *hear* it...
I am very happy I spent the money on Erskine Pro-Layout. I will utilize them again, especially now that I know better what to expect and what to ask. Presumably, paying for a higher design-level may answer more of my questions next time.
Sorry for some of the verbal diarrhea, this will all be going in my full build-thread, which will go up once I sort through the myriads of construction photos, and get some more shots of current progress...