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theater design looking for comments/help

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Take a look at my designs so far and let me know what you think.

I want to build my front speaker and subwoofer into the front wall, thats why I have it sitting out 16'' or so. I'm not sure if I'll like how that looks. I think I'll leave the front towers exposed.

send me some opinions

if you dont have google sketchup, you shuold check it out

http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/product/gsu.htm theater.skp.zip 88k .zip file l

just delete the .zip from the file, its not actually zipped.
post #2 of 17
I tried doing it both ways and failed. I have sketchup and it said the file doesn't exist, I can't delete the zip
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
theater.zip 46k .zip file

here's an actual zip with it inside.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Anybody?
post #5 of 17
Dude, we're a fickle crowd, just take some jpegs/screenshots and post em
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
sketchup is much cooler to look at, but heres a screen grab.

post #7 of 17
Are you using a horizontal center channel speaker below the screen?
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yes, the box below that is a large subwoofer box
post #9 of 17
The center of the front wall may not be the best location for a single subwoofer set up. You may find that it performs better at the 1/3's or 1/5's, 2/5's of room width.

For a two row theater if you can move the speaker up behind the screen (acoustically transparent screeen) listeners in the second row will have a better ability to hear the dialog from the center channel without obstruction. Your L/R spearkers are pretty close to the wall and may benefit from toe in and/or side wall acoustical treatments.

If they are actually recessed behind the bump out below the screen and your speakers have drives that low you will get some unwanted reflections.

You may benefit by scrapping the whole cabinet idea and build a front screen wall like BritinVA did, search for his build and design of the front wall. I'm not a fan of cabinets as they can create a lot of unwanted noise and reverb. If you want some shapes make fabric covered skeletal frames. You can hide all your speakers behind acoustically transparent fabric.
Edited by BIGmouthinDC - 4/30/13 at 6:17am
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
The sub box I'd like to hide, but could place anywhere. I have a second sub, I'm not sure where its going. Ill take a look at britanva's build.

I don't have a super long room, so I don't really want to bring the screen closer
post #11 of 17
You might want to consider using this
post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
but then its not really DIY. So far I've done basically the whole basement myself.
post #13 of 17
You've asked for help from others on an open forum, based on that logic, is it then DIY? If you truly wanted to keep it DIY, you should not ask for help from anyone. Is that a fair assessment?
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you sir. I will stop asking for help. I don't really want to pay a few k for some plans. I like to share my work and discuss things. That's how most forums work. If you don't have anything to add, move along.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by flexinator View Post

I don't really want to pay a few k for some plans.

Its more like $500-$600 and will answer all of your issues in a professional manner.

Best of luck with it.

I think AVS do a home theater book, or did, you might want to get a copy of that.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by flexinator View Post

Thank you sir. I will stop asking for help. I don't really want to pay a few k for some plans. I like to share my work and discuss things. That's how most forums work. If you don't have anything to add, move along.

No need to get snippy. Just be honest. The real issue is money, which is ok, so just say that. Honesty is always the best policy. smile.gif.

I will contribute before I move on as requested. Hard to say, but it looks to me that your LR speakers are too close to the corners as well as being blocked by the cabinet. Further, your center channel placement is not in the best spot nor is it the best type. Your LCR speakers should all be identical for the best seamless soundstage presentation. Further, if you go the route that BIG suggested placing the CC behind the screen, a horizontal CC behind an AT screen will cause significant issues in timbre and cancellation as well as possible comb filtering. If you keep it below the screen, you will cause comb filtering to occur in your ears (biology at work there. Nothing you can do about it). So, that's what I see just from the depiction.

Best wishes!! smile.gif
Edited by SierraMikeBravo - 4/30/13 at 8:59pm
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
The speakers are all matched, I don't have a ton of space to move the fronts around. The box I drew for the center/sub was just an idea. I'm looking for ideas on how to build the front wall so it looks nice, and sounds good. Perhaps building a false wall on the entire wall and in laying the screen is better.
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