Breaking it down a bit:
- the ever-present double drywall with green glue: really makes a huge (yuge?) difference. Although I did 1/2" OSB under 1/2" drywall with green glue. The OSB was to have a more substantial substrate for securing the columns, wainscoting, and projector. The wall shared between the HT and the sitting area/bar is a 6" wall with offset 2x4 studs. All walls are decoupled form the ceiling and the ceiling drywall on hat-channel. The door is a solid core with fabric/sound proofing and wainscoting on the inside. The room isn't sound proof (the equipment rack is a huge sound leak) but it is still amazing to me how muffled high volumes and bass are when outside the room with the door closed. All of the extra planning, materials, and construction were very much worth it. If you have a blank slate I would recommend doing this tried and true technique.
Starting at the front, construction-wise:
- the stage is a beast. Almost 2000# of sand, double 3/4" plywood screwed and glued and roofing felt in between make for an amazingly good energy absorber and boomy/echo preventer. Worth the labor.
- the studio type soft insulators on the front and side walls... probably overkill, but a nice look and always get a bit of an 'ooh-aah' from guests.
- basic screen wall, works like a charm. Simple to build and does exactly what I need it to: support the screen, stay out of the way of the speakers/sound, and support the GoM fabric.
- columns are a nice aesthetic touch and of course house the 4 surround speakers. Work as advertised. I can see why this type of design is so popular on the website.
- GoM fabric on the upper walls, overlaying a 1/2" sound proofing mat... functional and has a wonderful Theater aesthetic which always draws comments from guests.
- lighting is 50W LED and they dim like a dying lightening bug who smoked one too many and flicker like a ****ty strobe light at times when dimmed down. Sometimes one or two will flare on and then just turn off. Crap, but I'm not sure what else to use. The Lutron Grafik Eye is wonderful. Just was a bit intimidating to wire, but fairly easy in the end.
- more columns with surround speakers, fabric, and the equipment rack in the corner. Well come back to that.
- Spock and Darth Vader..... dude, ALWAYS get a great 'Oh!' from guests and wonderful at Halloween.
- Falcon Screen, 2.35:1, 120" base, around 130" diagonal, acoustically transparent. Perfection. I would whole-heartedly recommend Falcon Screens to anyone looking for a permanently mounted screen. Easy to set up, seems durable.
- the Polk speakers have done really well. I can't drive them to their limit with the AVR I have and so even cranked up they sound amazing. RTiA7 floor-standing for L and R, CSiA6 for C, 265-RT for the in-wall surround x4, and two of the DSW PRO 550 wi 10" subwoofers. For the price point, I think they sound great. TV, movies, music... all sound crystal clear and distortion free even when pushed.
- Oppo blu-ray is great. No complaints.
- Denon AVR works well but is a bit under-powered for the system.
- Emotiva 5 channel amp.... well, not understanding the ins and outs of amps.... I ordered an AVR with an amp in it AND the Emotiva.... so. I'm planning on upgrading to a Marantz pre-amp and using the Emotiva then. Anyone want a Denon AVR?
- Comcast: sucks.
- very happy with the theaterseatstore.com customer service, shipping, and set up of the Palliser chairs. Very comfy good electric recline, and positive reviews from guests.
Last edited by mtmd11; 02-05-2017 at 07:39 PM.