So been a little busy this week trying to work on things in the basement after I get home from work. Been assembling 1 of 2 full marty enclosures as well as prepping the bar room for tile this weekend. I was going to hire it out but at $5 or more a sq ft I just had to rethink that so I can save those dollars for more electronics.
Carpet is scheduled for 3rd of March... so getting closer!
Below is a list of most of what is left to do with some of my thoughts on each of them. Making a to do list sure did remind me that I have quite a bit left.
I also am deciding on how to beef up my two doors in my main entrance. They are both solid core doors and I am debating on putting GG and a sheet of 1/2" MDF on one side just to add a little mass. Also thought about some of those sound insulation products to help absorb anything that makes it through the first door. (higher frequencies only I'm sure)
I still have to put down a threshold for the automatic door bottoms to close down on, but I'm not sure what type of material to use... specifically what type of wood is best for those or should I use something else? I still need to order the door seals for both doors, guess I need to get off my butt and give those Soundproofing Company guys a call.
At the back of my theater are my pocket doors (well the assembly minus the actual doors) separating the bar room from the theater. Both rooms are within my sound shell isolation so that's why we went with pocket doors and weren't terribly concerned with sound control. I was considering building the doors rather than buying them and here's what I was thinking. I thought I could take 1/2" MDF and attach 3/4" MDF to the other side making 1 1/4" doors. On the 3/4" side I would leave a spot to put a fabric covered frame with a movie poster printed on it. Kind of like this drawing, sorry it sucks... but you get the idea:
I need to order some custom size vent registers for my feeds and returns. I swear I saw someone call out an online company that isn't too expensive to custom size order them, but I can't seem to find the thread I was in when I saw them. I'm hoping to find some for the feeds that can be closed so that during winter I don't have heat pumping into the room especially when not in use.
Main LCR Speaker Stands and Beyond the Screen
My front speakers are DIYSG 1099s but they sit a little low so my thought was to build stands from 2x4s I have around and then paint them black. I have big rubber feet on the 1099s and I figure on the top of the stands I can just drill out small divets for those rubber feet to sit in so they don't move around. I think I will secure the stands to the stage or get spikey feet for them so they don't slide around too easy on the carpet.
Aside from the stands once those and my full martys are done I was going to cover the outside of the cabinets with something to cut down sound reflection. I already have the front wall/ceiling covered in linacoustic/plastic/linacoustic. I really don't think I want to build a baffle wall and was planning on just adding extra insulation/absorpsion material back behind the speakers if necessary to absorb more sound back there.
My plan is to go with the minimal approach Big has been kind enough to share with all of us. At one point I was very seriously considering a curved screen but everything I read up on that suggested to do it right you need an anomorphic lens which would cut into my projector budget considerably. As it is I am planning on stretching my projector budget farther than originally expected and go for the JVC RS520. I was advised that my size of screen and throw distance was going to be an issue for brightness so even though I will have a 100% light controlled room, I am planning on going with a high gain screen of 1.2 or so.
Fabric Frame Sound Panels
We are still deciding between two colors for our GOM fabric and will be ordering that soon. As for the frames, we kicked the crown moulding and trim 3/4" so that when our fabric frames are mounted they don't make those look too recessed. Right now I'm planning on buying some 1" material for constructing the frames and then putting OC703 inside. As suggested by Big and other folks I will follow others examples and put some scrim in some places and see what works best for my room.
Column Speaker Panels
I also need to get building the frames for the column speaker covers. My plan is to use 3/4" MDF and wrap it with the speaker cloth from Joann's. My wife had a bunch of coupons so we swung by there last Sunday and picked up enough fabric to cover all 8 columns plus some extra.
Atmos Speaker Grills?
I do have an issue that I need to figure out how to solve. My atmos speakers are installed but I need to find a way to cover them, hopefully with speaker cloth but I can't seem to think of a great way to do it. Right now the speakers (Volt 10LXs) foam exterior rings sit about 3/8" into the sheetrock layer. I need to get a picture taken and post it so you guys can see what I mean. Anyways I bought a speaker grill thinking it would do the trick but it's way too big. I didn't make the opening just barely fit but apparently it's still too small for every speaker grill I've found at Part's Express and other places.
So that's the bulk of it... I was so excited that I was getting closer to the end but when I list it all out I know I still have a ways to go. I'd love to hear anyones thoughts or suggestions. Sometimes the voices in my head get me lost thinking about this stuff for hours and I know I've lost sleep over it when I wake up at 3am and my thinker turns on. Hopefully this weekend will knock a few things off the list.