Ok I did a small project I documented on here all DIY back in 2008. Situation has changed since then and decided to go all out on my new build! I had the theater design done by Erskine who I'll have do the calibration at the end as well. The project overall is a bit budget busting and I don't want to compromise on the room so sticking to their plan, but I'm still working on and researching the equipment to potentially cut some costs vs. the recommended equipment Erskine gave me (below). The house is scheduled for completion in August 2018.
Overall my initial goals and thoughts for this room:
*Dedicated Room done right from an acoustic perspective (trying to limit noise both in and out of the room as much as possible)
*Primarily for watching movies, occassional tv/sports and gaming
*at least 2 Rows of 4 seats (I have 3 kids so we have 5 just with us)
*entry in the back of the room
*modern look with fabric panels and no columns
*Hidden speakers behind an acoustically transparent 2.35 screen
*located on the ground level not upstairs or in a basement.
From the new home side of things it was going to be tricky to go bigger than 24' in length with the rest of the design so settled on 2 rows instead of trying to squeeze in a 3rd or a bar (could potentially do a bar later though). Here is the first floor layout of the whole house:
And here is the design Erskine came up with, room is 24' x 17.5'. Note the room is on the front of the house, I had to have a window for the outside look but it will be covered completely on the inside:
Will be doing all the normal acoustic treatments - double 5/8th's sheetrock with green glue hung on clips, acoustic wall treatments (as designed by Erksine), stage and risers and floor treatments as bass traps, etc.
**Final Equipment Installed**
QSC SC-1120 x 3 for LCR
Triad Silver Bipole Surrounds x 4 for side and rear surround
Triad Silver Sat/9's x 4 for Atmos
DIY Subs - net 16 CU box with B&C 21DS115-4 driver x 2
Marantz AV8802A Pre-amp Processor
QSC Cinema Core 110c (DSP)
QSC DCA 1644 - Powers the 4x surrounds
QSC DCA 3422 - Powers the 2 subs
QSC DPA8.4Qn - Powers the LCR (using QSC voicing calibration via Core 110c) and 4 Atmos with one spare channel.
Stewart Studiotek 130 2.35:1 170" screen
JVC DLA X990R projector with peerless mount
Middle Atlantic Slim 5 Rack
Sony UBP-X800 Bluray Player
Using Control4 for whole house and works great to control media reciever/bluray/projector. It uses an RF remote so I can keep the rack door and everything shut without line of site or control it via ipad.
We started construction in October and currently the slab is finished with framing starting on Monday. I'm pretty excited about having a real dedicated media room thats also convenient on the first floor which will mean it gets used a whole lot more often.