Open to suggestions for what to do with the area set aside for subs in front corners of theater. See attached concept sketch. This is a work in progress, trying to sort out just how to handle the rear with lobby, equipment, restroom.
But also interested in suggestions for main subs up front. Have plenty of space to work with, around 400 cu ft or so on each side. I've always assumed I would build these into the room after isolated subfloor and walls are in, ie stud framing and a couple of layers of osb or ply sheathing.
Always been a fan of IB for quality, ease of integration etc. For a starting point, I'd be happy putting perhaps 8 UM 18 or IB3 18 per side. From a budget perspective, its tempting to look at more PA460 drivers, like 12+ per side, as it increases cone area and all the good stuff that goes with that even if displacement and ultimate single digit output suffers.
Never been a huge fan of horns, mostly because of the build and integration complexity. But certainly have room for a couple of large ones. Or SLLT ported enclosures. I know notnyt went that direction and doesn't seem to regret porting.
So I could be talked into pretty much anything. Just don't see the need in spending money on super high end drivers since I have room for plenty. eg, no reason I can see to stick a few SHS24 on each side other than cool factor.
Also, worth mentioning that side walls and ceiling will be fabric with sound treatments behind. There would be room on the sides for a couple of smaller sealed or ported enclosures to help smooth response. I'm also strongly considering a couple of nearfield enclosures in front edge of riser that fire into back of front row and possibly at foot of rear row if dual opposed. Hard to ignore the craze of nearfield subs, and if nothing else would help in further smoothing total response.
Ideas and suggestions?