Current Status: We're "officially" not moving again this year, so it's REMODEL TIME!!!
First question: It's a somewhat involved remodel, so I'm on the fence about "continue thread" vs. "new thread". At this point I think it's enough to ask, but I'm not convinced that I need to just yet, so here we go.
As a friendly reminder, here's what the movie room looks like currently:
What you're looking at is a 9.4.4 system, two rows, 12" riser, acoustic panels on the walls with "most of" the speakers hidden behind them. The room works better than I ever expected it to, but (of course) I'm completely focused on "the problems" in the room. Since we're not going anywhere for a while, I'm taking this as a do-over to fix things. My primary goal is to play (since it's been "done" for too long), but I'm also using this as a way to test the goal for the 2.0 theater when/if we ever move. In no particular order, here's what I'm hoping to fix:
1) The room was designed with a front row MLP. That meant a 1.0 screen/seating distance ratio, which I hate. I prefer the back row, but that means the 10'Horiz screen is too small.
2) Some speaker placements are less than optimal, and the front row has a completely different experience than the rear.
3) The acoustic panels don't really make setting up treatments very do-able, they're not as well done as I'd like, and the door setup isn't optimal
4) The ceiling is a hot mess, and needs to be cleaned up
5) Walking flow around the room due to the door placement isn't optimal
6) The projector placement is tricky
To that end, I'm making a few changes that individually aren't that big of a deal, but combined make a heck of a difference:
They should make the following corresponding corrections:
1) "Officially" make rear row MLP by changing the screen size to just shy of 12' Horiz (due to height restrictions), and change from 2.35:1 to 16:9.
- This basically surrenders front row viewability for close to a 1.5 view ratio for rear row
- Will introduce riser height problems for the rear row, necessitating a change to the riser: Raise another 6", add stair, necessitating re-carpeting.
2) Change speaker placements, change some speaker types, add Wide, Surround, balancing subs, Atmos for front row, new 18" sub for rear
- Requires moving entry door 3' to front of room (carpet/flooring change)
- Requires moving MoviePoster TV almost 3' to front of room
- Seal up current backer boxes, add new ones to side walls. Move rear speakers to behind new acoustic wall, add new Custom Marty for rear
- Build 4 new DIYSG Volt-6 for wides/surround, 8 more Atmos version.
- Seal up current Atmos backer boxes, create 8 new.
- Completely re-do Q-Sys solution in the rack to support new 13.7.8 needs
3) Completely change panels:
- Remove angled, wall mounted panels.
- Build 3 walls of 2x4 framing (left, right, rear), all new acoustic panels attached, potential carpet change
4) Add acoustic panels to ceiling
- Add new acoustic panels, dropped 6" from ceiling, covering flaws and enabling new Atmos locations
- Potentially re-do lighting solution
5) Move projector behind new rear acoustic wall
- Adding 6" to riser makes current PJ height a problem (75" now)
- Moving back ~ 6" puts it behind new rear acoustic wall
I'd say that the odds of this happening are 80% for, 20% against.
What say you everyone? It's a lot more elbow grease than anything else, but I'm of the opinion that it could make a MAJOR impact to the room. Is it worth it? Am I stuck with upgraditis? Any thoughts on what I may have missed?