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1) What's the best way to reduce sound bleed between floors? Note that the sub for the Home Theater is shown in the southwest corner of the room in the attached drawing. This may change for obvious reasons, but I'd like to keep it in that corner or at least the west wall. The sub in the living room (floor above) is located directly above the sump pump. In talking to my designer and researching the forums, we're looking at using whisper clips and 2 layers of drywall with green glue damping compound in between for the ceiling. I figured this would only be needed in the Home Theater section between the west wall and the I-Beam. Should I extend into the bar area behind it?In-Ceiling Speaker Placement:
2) What's the best way to reduce sound bleed between the utility room and the Home Theater? I'm currently thinking 2 layers of drywall with green glue damping compound in between. Is the green glue even necessary here? I'm just concerned about the hum from the utility room getting into the Home Theater. Is the north wall of the utility room sufficient? Should I also do the wall between the utility room and the bathroom? Also unsure about the door itself.
3) Any additional sound-reducing needed? Should I be doing 2 layers of drywall with green glue damping compound on the west wall? Will this help in any way in regards to sound bleed into the upper floor? Are whisper clips recommended or needed on walls, or just ceiling?
4) How many in-ceiling speakers should I get for proper coverage of the arcade and pool table areas? I figure 2 should be sufficient in the arcade area, but for the pool area I'm wondering if 4 will be enough or if I should use 6. I think I'll be using them for music fairly frequently. The primary factor that tells me I may need more than 4 is the location of the I-Beams where there will be frameouts expected to hide them, as well as the difference in ceiling heights. The house is a split-level, so the north side has higher ceilings than the south.Dolby-Atmos:
5) Where would be the optimal placement of the in-ceiling speakers? The I-Beam locations pushed me towards locating the speakers where they're currently located in the attached diagram. If I go with 6 for the pool table area, I figure the additional 2 will go in between the current pairs, with the south-most pair being pushed farther south to be centered between the wall and I-Beam.
6) Should Zone 2 music be mono or stereo? I have never setup a secondary audio zone before, so I'm charting new waters here. It seems to me that stereo would be pointless given this layout, since you're never facing one direction.
7) Should I be concerned with sound-reducing the ceiling in the arcade and pool table areas? I'm planning on using Klipsch ME-800-C speaker enclosures for this reason. Should this be sufficient on its own for the non-Home Theater areas?
8) Given the ceiling height in the Home Theater area, are Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers even an option? I've read that the ceiling needs to be at least 8 ft high for the upward firing speakers. My plan is to use floorstanding speakers for the front with integrated Atmos speakers firing upwards. If the height is an issue, I could use in-ceiling speakers, but I would have to make sure they're located west of the ceiling where the ducts are.General Room:
9) My plan was only to use upward firing Atmos speakers in the fronts. Do I need Atmos speakers in the rear? I'm planning on using in-ceiling speakers for the back surrounds, so Atmos isn't really an option back there. That makes me wonder if I'll be losing the effect.
10)I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but I figure I'll put this up for discussion anyways. From a price/consistency standpoint, it would be nice to have hardwood flooring throughout the basement, but from what I've read the audio in the Home Theater area will sound better if the floor is carpeted. At this point I think I'm set on carpeting just the Home Theater area. What's the general consensus on this? And if I go the carpet route, does it matter how thick/plush the carpet is?Hopefully this isn't too much to throw into one thread. If anyone suggests splitting this out, please let me know. I just figured a lot of this directly relates to each other. Looking forward to hearing your input, so if you could provide any help on any or all of these questions, it would be greatly appreciated.