I've been on AVS for several years now but I never started a build thread. I've learned a lot from everyone else's threads and the questions I have posted, so now that we have emptied out our theater room to work on the HT 2.0 renovation (which is a polite way to say "actually finish the first one"), it's time I started a thread to track the progress, beg for yet more information from all of you experienced theater builders, provide a kick in the pants to me to keep moving forward, and give back the many great pieces of advice folks have already given me thus far. So without any (more) obsessing:
Welcome to the Infinitieth Detail Theater Build
Someday we will give a real name to our theater, but for now the name reflects my insane attention to detail and resulting analysis/paralysis I've been in for the last year, and the theater's former progress reality. Namely:
But my dad is coming to visit in mid-February and I'm taking the week off work so we can get it on like Donkey Kong that week and really make progress. All existing equipment has been moved into the gameroom so we have an unobstructed work area and no excuses!
Advance thanks to some folks that have been really helpful thus far to get me to this point:
for the expertise he gives to EVERYONE here (can't say enough about him),
for the many question and answer posts about his awesome ceiling baffle,
(among many others) for the details they have shared in their builds that have been both inspiring and informative.
Length 18' 9"
Width 15' 8"
Height 11' 4" (due to tray ceiling in adjacent gameroom, didn't catch during the homebuild)
Panasonic PT-AE8000U projector
Carada (R.I.P.) 110" 16:9 (1.78:1) Screen
- hoping to retrofit to Falcon Horizon HD Acoustically Transparent fabric
will finish his retrofit first
so I can learn from his efforts
7.2 speaker arrangement:
GoldenEar Triton Two Mains (each has integrated 1200W subwoofers)
GoldenEar SuperSat 60C Center
GoldenEar SuperSat 3 surround speakers (4)
Frontier FiOS DVR
Sony BDP-S790 Bluray Player
Apple TV (3rd and 4th generations)
URC MX-890 Programmable Remote
Columns: the homebuilder built the columns using built-up 2x6s, so they are staying where they are and I'm designing things around them.
Soundproofing: We are not worried about soundproofing as we have run the theater as-is for several years and it has not been an issue based on our home layout and the fact that we are on a 1 acre lot (no real worry about annoying the neighbors). Three of the theater walls are exterior and the one room adjacent to the theater is our gameroom. The kids' bedrooms are on the complete opposite side of our home separated by many other rooms. We can put the kids to bed then go watch an action movie and they have no idea.
Risers: The front and rear seating risers are already built and in place. I still need to do a little bit more sheeting in a couple of places, the hardwood edging, the access panels for the edge and step lighting it will have. It is stuffed with insulation and will serve as a bass absorber; the front and side faces are "opened up" (pics coming in the riser build post), and the rear corner will have a 24" across triangle (or so) cut out from the decking to open it up as a bass absorber. I'll put Ultratouch in the wall corner up to the soffit with an air gap behind it, with some kind of a riser-to-soffit frame covered by fabric. I'll post the riser build pics as a set of updates with the details. The front is 8" tall and the rear 18.5" tall. Why two levels? Read on ...
One thing I seriously wish I had done during the house build would have been to allocate space for an equipment room. For the 3 years we used the theater we had a media credenza at the front for the equipment with the center channel speaker on top of it -- the credenza has been moved to the gameroom and there it will stay. In its place I will build a lower profile built-in to house the equipment. The rear of the cabinet will be a mostly open-framed design to ensure adequate airflow to cool the equipment.
I would LOVE to do a little more renovation and build an equipment cabinet in the gameroom next door to the theater, but I'm worried about the WMK factor (Wife Might Killme). She wasn't happy at all when I told her the media credenza was being transferred to the gameroom permanently
and that I would build its replacement ... mainly because she thinks it will take too much time given my overly exacting standards LOL
What's Not In The Renders
I haven't worked on the framing yet for the screen mounting framing which will bring the screen out 9" away from the screen wall to provide clearance for the center channel speaker mounting and screen wall absorption. The front face of the framing will be covered with open fabric frames.
Also, I'm not great with SketchUp so I've only done the fabric frame panels and basic wainscoting on the left wall to show my wife what it will look like (kind of, they dont't even have rounded corners because I've found that once they are rounded, I can't resize them in SketchUp ... grrrr ...). I tried
to do the wainscot trim moulding but, well, screw that! Way too hard for me, even though I found a sketchup component for the WindsorOne moulding I really like, I just couldn't figure out how to make it work.
Looking forward to everyone's feedback!
Screen Wall: looking at the screen wall from the back wall. It shows the overall screen size (110") and "corner fabric frames" (framing only at this point, haven't made fabric "covers" for them in SketchUp yet) that will house the main speakers and corner bass absorption. Equipment cabinet is below the screen, each of the four sections have one full-extension slide-out shelf with the bottom shelf fixed. Center section panel will be removable with just one fixed shelf on the bottom.
The screen is just floating in the model at this point, as I haven't worked out the framing yet that it will mount to, and that will provide a place to attach fabric frames as a "false wall" at the back of the screen
Screen Wall X-Ray
Ceiling Baffle Bass Absorber
This is all
's doing, as once I saw this in his amazing Another Downunder Theatre
, I decided we had to have one like it to both serve its purpose (looking awesome, absorbing some bass, and providing some diffusion on the ceiling) and to help address the huge ceiling height which is out of proportion with the room size.
Door Entry: this really shows the ceiling baffle bass absorber (using a really wide camera angle in SketchUp, so it's nasty distorted but I'm not great at doing viewports in SketchUp).
Screen Wall Right Rear Corner View
Right View shows the projector hush box and ceiling baffle.
Left wall panels draft is a basic example of the 3-high fabric-covered frames that will have acoustic diffsorbers behind approximately the first two, and diffusors for the last 24" of wall before the soffit.