Originally Posted by Tedd
Front row ears are at the midpoint of the room. The reclining function of the second row overlaps the front row. The screen mounting height appears to be
too high when not reclined. Would 9' of viewing distance to a 140" wide screen, allow the front row to take in the entire screen and not have your eyes jumping
all over the screen?
But I see some really interesting ideas there, but have to wonder if the talent is coming from an interior designer, and not a home theater designer. I expect that
room won't be all that ergonomically comfortable, but it sure will look amazing.
(I expect the front row will be reclined when in use, and it is deigned to be used in that manner.)
I overall really like the space, but I would tweak it a small amount. I would scrub the gear up front, drop the screen a wee bit, with the "stage" lower, then host the
second row on a low island style platform, on the riser. I would go scope, but rein in the screen size. I also would push the front row back a few inches, as well as the
second row and maybe not use recliners for the second row. I also would extend the riser steps and make them longer.
I do wonder if that foundation could be cut back a wee bit, to push the front row back a wee bit more?
OP here. Thanks for these interesting suggestions. Unfortunately, the dropped front part of the room cannot be changed. We had to dig down that part of the basement after the foundation and teleposts were poured (poor planning!), and for structural reasons, the front “pit” had to stay back a certain distance from these supports. It was pushed back as far as possible.
I wasn’t aware of the acoustic hit (?null) at the middle of the room (50% of length). That said, the front speaker to back wall distance is 20 feet, and the MLP (front row) is 9 feet. Since it is not exactly 10 feet, and given the fact the whole room will be acoustically treated , do you think this is still an issue ?
The horizontal angle of view from row 1 is 62 degrees (which is maximum SMTE recommended angle) , and row 2 is 45 degrees. I figured this is okay, a good compromise for both rows.
The chairs don’t overlap - I just want them as close as possible to optimize audio, and video field of view angles in both rows.