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The "Concord Den" Small Dedicated Media Room

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I'm moving my family to a new state and purchasing a new home. Our old house had a large basement that I dreamed of building a dedicated theater in, but the time/money/motivation never materialized. The new house doesn't have a basement, so I'll have to make due with a den that my wife has graciously given me permission to dedicate as a media room. It's a bit on the small side, but I'm excited to make it work.

Here's what the space looks like (the seller is using it as an office):
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Here is how I plan to lay out the room:
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We don't close until the end of September, so in the meantime I've been thinking about my plans for the space.

Philosophy of Use
  • 80% movies and TV
  • 15% video games (console and PC)
  • 5% music listening

Equipment
  • TV: Samsung FPT5084 (50" 1080p Plasma). Will probably upgrade to a bigger screen eventually.
  • Receiver: Denon AVR 2313CI
  • Fronts: Infinity Beta 50
  • Center: Infinity Beta 360
  • Sides/Rears: Infinity Beta 20
  • Sub: Epik Caliber (Might use my old Acoustic Research 12" sub as a 2nd sub if there's room for it)
  • Xbox 360
  • Sony Blu-Ray Player BDP-S590
  • Custom gaming PC

Furnishings
  • Seating: Will need to purchase some seating, probably 3-seat home theater style recliner setup.
  • Storage: I've got an old Ikea entertainment console that should suffice for now.
  • Paint: Probably going to go with a gray or a "greige" scheme.
  • Floor: I'm sure my wife will be excited to shop for a rug or carpet remnant for me.
  • Walls: I'm planning to do some DIY acoustic treatments to hang on the walls.

Challenges
  • Size: The room is small at 10'4"x11'4". It might be a challenge to fit everything.
  • Open to the house: There is a large opening to the rest of the house which may make it difficult to get good bass response.
  • Light: The large opening and big window in the room will make light control a challenge. Not a huge concern but something to think about.
  • Wall-mounting speakers: My surround speakers are pretty massive at 20 lbs each and I think it's going to be a challenge to mount them, but I will have to wall mount at least some of them due to the entry opening and window placement.
  • Network wiring: A few rooms in the house were wired with CAT5, but I don't think this was one of them. I want to have wired connections for all of my devices.


I think that covers it. I'll try to keep this thread updated as things progress. I'd love to hear thoughts and suggestions, especially regarding the challenges listed above.


- DapperDanMan
post #2 of 9
Can't wait to see it materialize. Also I don't think mixing in the second sub will be totally worth it. It might be to hard to get to work well with the Epik for little added value.
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Originally Posted by SupaKats View Post

Can't wait to see it materialize. Also I don't think mixing in the second sub will be totally worth it. It might be to hard to get to work well with the Epik for little added value.

It probably won't be necessary and it would be hard to find floor space for it anyway. I used it in my last setup because it seemed to fill out the bass coverage for other seating positions in the room, but it doesn't hit very low or loud and bottoms out easily.

I'm a little worried that the size of the Epik will severely limit my options in terms of placement and could result in uneven frequency repsonse at the listening positions, but I guess we'll wait and see.
post #4 of 9

Dapper

 

I like your plan and don't think your challenges will be hard to overcome.  I sometimes think having a smaller space keeps things more simple if you go with a clean design.  I think doing the acoustic treatments is a great idea as well.  Looking forward to seeing your progress!

post #5 of 9
Ever consider in-ceiling surround speakers?
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by cheezit73 View Post

Dapper

I like your plan and don't think your challenges will be hard to overcome.  I sometimes think having a smaller space keeps things more simple if you go with a clean design.  I think doing the acoustic treatments is a great idea as well.  Looking forward to seeing your progress!

Thanks! I was initially a little bummed that the house doesn't have any rooms that would be ideal for a dedicated theater that could seat 6+ people, but I've realized that small and simple is going to work well for me. The benefit of having so much time before we move in is that I am forced to think about planning a bit more than I might do otherwise. The DIY acoustic treatments aspect will be fun for me and let my wife get involved in the process too. She's a hobbyist seamstress and is already searching for fabric ideas. She'll also be making the curtains to cover the window at the back of the room.
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Originally Posted by Tedd View Post

Ever consider in-ceiling surround speakers?

Not a bad idea, but I want to use my existing speakers and I don't want to deal with the hassle of installation in-ceiling speakers. That said, getting the surrounds to fit is probably my biggest worry at the moment, but it's hard to get a better sense of it without access to the room to take more measurements that I forgot to get during the inspection.
post #7 of 9

Dapper,

 

I will always have a theatre room in my house no matter how small/large a room I might have to work with so do the best with what you got because a small dedicated room will always be better than none at all IMO!  Also for what it is worth be honest with your self how many people will be using the room most the time. I don't know your family dynamic but most of the time it's just my wife and I and daughter using the room and very occasionally more than that.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
We close on the house in a couple of weeks, so I'm starting to get excited about that (and hoping the moving process hasn't damaged anything important). Not much progress to report, I've been distracted by DIY subwoofer builds for some reason instead of getting a start on building the acoustic treatments rolleyes.gif.

My wife and I have been thinking about paint and fabrics for the room and I think we're narrowing it down:
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Going clockwise from the top: Pillow fabric, curtain fabric, acoustic panel fabric, paint.

Planning to do brown leather theater recliners in a curved configuration. I'm hoping I can find something suitable on craigslist, but may need to buy new chairs. Recommendations on where to shop online would be appreciated.
post #9 of 9
I'm in a very similar situation... As far as online shopping for theater seats, I'm digging the Lagoons at rtheaters.com. stargatecinema.com and 4seating.com also have theater seats and plenty of reviews on here. Maybe consider Bass Shakers to supplement your sub? Good luck.
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