I have waited a long, long time (10+ years) to be able to post this thread.
Moved into our first brand-new home in August and I'm ready to start "construction." I put that in quotes b/c what I'm really doing is modifying an existing, albeit brand new construction, room. Progress on the room will be fairly slow-paced as I work full time. I already own all the equipment, wires, nuts, bolts, etc. Gathered that together over the past year. So that will save a lot of time.
The room is the only one upstairs and it will be a dedicated theater. The room is 3,465 cubic feet in size. (22 x 17.5 x 9). While I did spend some smart money on things to help make the theater better, we had the whole rest of the house to upgrade (tile, counter tops, lights, you know the drill). So something like decoupled walls or room in a room construction was not in the budget.
UPGRADES I DID TO TRY AND HELP WITH SOUND & ELECTRIC:
- Closed in the theater with a door and walls; stock configuration, this room is a loft with an open stairway leading up to it.
- Entire theater including the bathroom and the stairwell leading up to it is sheet rocked with SoundBreak XP drywall: Link to this product
- The theater floor was insulated with the same blown-in insulation as the outer walls. It's better than nothing.
- 2 dedicated 20-amp circuits (room also has a 15 amp circuit for the other outlets)
- 15 amp outlet in floor for power recliners
- Outlet in ceiling for PJ (shared with common outlet in room...not happy about that but too late now)
- 12ga Monoprice speaker wire run in-wall to all seven main speaker locations and 3 subwoofer locations (can add a 4th easily though)
- Conduit run in from PJ location to equipment rack location
- Wired for 6 wall sconces
- AVR: Denon X4000 (using as a pre only)
- BALANCED INTERFACE: 3 X Henry Engineering Twinmatch HD (gives me 12 channels of unbalanced-to-balanced outputs) Link to this product
- AMPLIFICATION: 2 X QSC RMX2450A FOR SUBS, 3 X Crown XLS1500 for L/C/R (bridged mono), 2 x Crown XLS1500 for side and back surrounds (run in stereo)
- MAIN SPEAKERS: DIY Soundgroup 88 Specials for L/C/R and Volt 10LXs for all surrounds (already built)
- SUBS: 4 X Dayton UM18 in LLT's (will be 16-18 cubic feet net...have the drivers, but cabs not built yet)
- SOURCE 1: Windows HTPC running Kodi (all files 100% uncompressed rips BluRay and DVDs ripped by me, not downloaded from somewhere or someone)
- SOURCE 2: Sony BluRay player (forget the model, but it's a newer model)
- PROJECTOR: Benq W1200
- SCREEN: DIY 120" 16:9 with Seymour Center Stage XD with the tilted cut
- HDMI Cable: Redmere active cable
- XLR CABLES: Monoprice
- SPEAKER CABLES: Monoprice 12ga
- SEATING: Initially, 3 x HT Market Southhampton Power Recliners Link to this product
- MORE SEATING: Possibly some nicer flip-up theater-style seats as I'm a little pressed for space for a second row but need one
- ROOM TREATMENTS: Entire front wall covered in 1.5" of Linacoustic, DIY 2" acoustic panels with Rockboard 60 at first reflection points, thick velour curtains across back of room
As this will be a dedicated theater and WAF is not a factor (she got to do what she wanted w/the entire rest of the house, except the garage and my office) this will be a dark theater. Ceiling will be painted Roscoe Velour Black. It's a stage/theater paint and is supposed to be the inkiest blackest of blacks out there. Link to this product
The walls/doors/trim, I'm not sure yet, but probably a dark gray or maybe dark blue for some color.
Carpet will be changed out for something dark and simple. Believe it or not, it was a LOT cheaper to have the builder put the same carpet in the HT as the rest of the house vs. putting a different carpet in there. This was a custom home but unless we wanted to pony up an absurd amount of money for changes, it was smarter to just get the carpet replaced later.
Due to the most evil door ever (more on that in a minute) and me wanting an AT screen, I will have a 36" deep screen wall up front with all equipment behind it. The only thing out in the theater proper will be the surrounds and the chairs. That's it.
SOME PICS OF THE ROOM AS IT STANDS TODAY AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS EFFORT
Front of room with dimensions
Right wall of room with dimensions (note the door)
I removed the AC feeds vents and painted them flat black
Same goes for inside the actual vent (it's great to able to spray paint without regard to what mess I make
The AC return grate is siliconed in place, so I just sprayed the snot out of it.
The whole ceiling is about to be outer-space-flat-blacked, so the mess doesn't matter.
For that professional touch, I bought this cool black EXIT sign/emergency light.
WHAT ABOUT THE DOOR? THAT'S ALL WE WANNA KNOW!
Ah yes, that door. My arch-nemesis.
Behind this lovely door:
Are the two AC units for the house and theater room (theater has it's own dedicated unit)
Moving that door would've cost $12K in redesign fees b/c they would've had to relocate the AC units and all the ducting. Ah, no thanks...the door can stay. So that's why I need a 36" deep screen wall. In reality, I'm really only losing about a foot of floor space compared to my ideal screen wall, but still, a foot's a foot! Same goes for the three windows. The room needed at least one for code and removing two would've cost money. It is what it is.
Oh, here's just some of the equipment currently sitting in the garage, doing nothing but taking up space.
I hope to get the room painted before the New Year. Basically I need to:
Paint entire room
Hang Linacoustic on front wall
Build subs cabs (4)
Build screen wall
Build acoustic panels and hang them
Replace the hollow-core door to the stairwell w/a solid-core door
Install rack and all equipment and wire it up
REW the snot out of the room
I will probably build a shallow riser for the second row of seating...as soon as I figure out what that is going to be. Those tan couches in the pics are not staying. They are comfy but just too big for what I want in the room.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned!!