Well, we moved into our new house and its time to finish the basement and build out the theater. During the building process for the rest of the house we tried to make as usable a space as we could for the rest of the basement so the theater came out a bit skinnier than I had hoped, but should still be usable. My measurements before drywall are 13'6" wide by 21'8" deep with a 2' wider width in the back half of the theater. The front half is a sunken cement floor. My plan is to have 2 rows of 3 seats, no idea what kind and I am open to using love seat flip up arm style if it fits better. I would also like to put a stand up bar behind the last row if it will fit but it may be too tight already. This will be a 7.3.4 atmos setup so all the surrounds will be at ear level with 4 speakers in the ceiling.
The equipment List (Final)
Front- GoldenEar Triton 2
Center-GoldenEar Supercenter XL
Side- Goldenear Invisa MPX wide dispersion in walls
Rear- Golden Ear Invisa MPX wide dispersion in walls
Atmos ceiling- (4) Definitive DI 8r
Subs (other than Tritons) Maelstrom X 18" and an SI HST18 both in sealed 4cuft boxes
Receiver- Denon x6200w
Emotiva XPA 3 for the Front
Yung SD500 for 6 Aura Pro bass shakers
Inuke 6000DSP for Maelstrom X and HST18
Screen 136" x62" 2.2:1 Seymour AT XD
Projector - Panasonic AE8000U with Darby Darblet
HTPC + Gaming Rig
Seats: Paliser Playback curved
Final Pictures: I need a wider angle lens!!
This will NOT be a super high dollar build, but one where I will do 100% of the work and try to control my budget as best I can due to the WAF. I am going to try and do most things "the right way", but budget may come into play.
My plan is to do DD/GG on all walls which are already staggered stud. I will use Clips and DD/GG on the ceiling and be closing in my supply vent into a DD/GG muffler and adding a Deadvent return somewhere at the back. The doors are double because we host superbowl parties and stuff into the rec room. I will use two solid doors with MDF GG panels and good seals. I don't need 100% soundproofing, just need to not disturb my wife or kids watching tv one floor above . I am getting all the stuff for the soundproofing from Ted at the sound proofing company.
(UPDATED) changed closet to face out into rec room) The equipment closet is on the left side and I am open to how to utilize this space best. Its kind of weird because the door they framed is on the theater side where the stairs go and the floor in the closet is on the upper level. My initial thought was to have a tall rack with smoked glass either face the theater stairs (starting right above them) or face out into the Rec room and just wall off the theater side. I guess it could also face the back of the theater, but it might be hard with the speaker in that little wall next to the closet.
I am ok giving up some of the walk way on the right side of the theater to make more room on the main left side. That pillar by the stairs on the right side cuts down my walkway already but kind of needs to be there to house the MPX in wall speaker. I'm trying to have all lights (sconces) and any inwall speakers mounted in a surface pillar or in a soffit to minimize sound transfer. There is a soffit that runs around the back of the room from the big beam back. I will have a star ceiling in this space. (see the dotted line section). I was thinking of making the pillars only about 3-4" deep since I'm just using inwall speakers in them. On my drawing the black squares on the pillars would be screen cloth to hide the speakers. The red on the walls will be some kind of fabric over acoustic treatment.
Stage: looking for ideas here. Due to the already short length of the room I don't want to have a false wall setup (UPDATED: Doing a false wall now) . I will instead mount the screen all the way to the wall and have the speakers sit out in front of it somewhat. Not ideal, but I don't want to drop 3 ft off the room if possible. The bass traps are making my placement of the tritons a little different than I had envisioned. My listening position will be the middle chair in the BACK row. The front row is for the kids.
Some questions for you all:
1. Stage, what do you think it should look like to fit the tritons?
2. Projector- Where should I mount it. It would be at 18' if I mount it below the back soffit. If I move forward its in the middle of the star ceiling.
3. Equipment closet- which way to face the rack, open to theater side or rec room etc??
4. Any other thoughts, suggestions, ideas
I have wired most of the room already so now just making adjustments and decisions before moving on to insulation.
Here are my VERY high tech mock ups using this revolutionary program called Microsoft paint. I really have no skills so these are not really to scale or anything like That. The second picture is one version of what I thought the walls could look like. I also took a couple of shots of the room so far.
The grey designs would be fabric covered pieces that are the shape of the grey shape at the top of the picture if you looked at them sideways. They are just to make the wall interesting.
From the door
The equipment closet from inside the theater. Note the floor is raised in the closet so a door will not work on this side due to stairs.
Front. Those outlets will most likely move inward and up due to stage and bass traps.
Thanks for your help and ideas!