Originally Posted by mrci10
You can't go wrong using Dennis for all your design needs.
Disagree. All designers have pros and cons. It would be best for people to understand what each has to offer. Then make an informed decision based on their own personal priorities & budget.
Others designers not mentioned above:
Keith Yates KYDG http://www.keithyates.com/previous/homela1.htm
Steve Haas Accoustics http://www.shacoustics.com/author/shaas/
Peter Montoulieu (CINERAMAX on AVS) http://cineramax.com/projects/
Wes Lachot Design Group http://www.weslachot.com/
^ Wes does recording studios, but is more than capable of doing a low noise floor shell of a room - isolation, HVAC, lighting, electrical, etc. He offers onsite construction supervision for his designs as far as I know. He's not cheap, but none of the well known design groups are. I think there are probably cheaper paths to a low noise room for HT, but he is 1 of only 3 worldwide groups that I know of that will come out and build a room a room for you.
Magnolia HomeTheater (BestBuy) offers design services but it didn't seem to be much more than what hardware to buy & where to put it. Similar for most local HiFi shops. I know mine will turnkey a room, but they sub out the design, sub out construction, and really just want to sell gear & install it. But it is another potential option for people looking to turnkey a room. My local shop collaborated with Theo, and the room got HT of the year 2013. I think SH did the acoustics. http://www.electronichouse.com/daily...nd-automation/
Most acoustic treatment companies offer some sort of acoustic design service. GIK. RPG. Auralex. QuestAI is an option for designers that don't necessarily understand acoustics or don't want to be bothered with that aspect of HT design. My understanding is Quest does the acoustic design for a small fee. They spec their product & placement. The designer then incorporates Quest's acoustic design into his larger HT design. The designer "owns" you at that point, and makes his money back + profit through the resale of the panels to you. If true, I wonder if it really matters who is used on the frontend if Quest is doing the acoustic design themselves on the backend.