Edit 5/26/16 - Updated pictures post repairs:
Edit 5/6/16 - After a pipe burst in January caused a lot of water damage and meant the removal of all the carpet, fabric panels, and the tear-out of some drywall, the theater has been restored. I took advantage of the situation and ran some extra wiring for more ceiling speakers (previously wired for 2, now for 6). Four speakers are installed, and my receiver was upgraded so now The Hodor theater has 7.2.4 Atmos and DTS:X capabilities. Jeff Meier (umr on AVS) completed an audio calibration on 4/30/16. My long overdue first AVS get together is set for 5/21/16 with a showing of Deadpool. No new pictures for the updated theater because it looks essentially identical with the exception of 4 hard to see speaker grills in the ceiling.
Edit 6/15/15 Theater is essentially "Done" for now. Minor odds and ends to take care of and automation to be implemented. 4K and Atmos to come at a later date.
Edit (11/6/14) Layout/Treatment Plan by Acoustic Frontiers added (also attached to bottom of this post).
Edit (8/23/14) I figured I'd go ahead and make this a build thread since it's going to be happening (hopefully sooner than later). I think now that, outside of a few details, I've pretty much got the final layout figured out. Projector has been purchased, screen is figured out (exact size TBD
), and starting to get a pretty good idea of ways I might go with audio. Now I just need to find someone to help me build it. I don't have much intention to make this a DIY, though I will help where I can. I'd love to do sound isolation, but I'm not sure the budget allows. Several people have said they think I should be able to with my budget ($40k for everything
), but I'm not sure if that assumes a lot of DIY work or not though. Hopefully it gets off the ground soon and things can go smoothly.
Below is the original post.
So I have a room that is L shaped currently, but I plan to build a partition so I have an enclosed space for the theater. That space is about 26' x 14'. The biggest issue is ceiling height (in the basement) which is 7'9" except for an area with ducting that drops to 6'10". This area is about 3' deep and starts about 14' from the wall the screen would be on. I would like to do 2 rows of seating, but I worry about having enough headroom for the row that would have to be raised some. Do I have enough room to get 2 rows in before getting to the lower section of the ceiling? I am looking at a 120 - 130 inch screen (2.35). I am also wanting to put in a bar behind the back row, and am worries about headroom there also. Any ideas or comments?
Also, I was considering a AT screen. I have talked to a couple places about my setup and one guy said he would suggest in wall speakers, and another said towers are always the better than in-wall. Is that true? I asked the guy who suggested in-wall and he said it depended on what kind of in-wall speakers you used and some were.
I also wondered if the L and R speakers were usually behind AT screens too, or if it was just the Centers usually? If the L and R are behind the screen, are there any issues when there is masking for 4:3 and 16:9 content? Does the masking affect the sound?
Thanks for any help.
Acoustic Frontiers Layout/Acoustic Treatment Plan: Here.