Originally Posted by Tedd
Maybe a little rebuilding but nothing serious at this point.... There's lots to love there already.
That's a serious throw distance for the front speakers, so what Polk's are going to get you the high frequencies, in the second and third rows?
The foam will couple the walls to the concrete, and concrete is a pretty good conduit for bass. You might find yourself with some walls upstairs,
That step at the entry is a serious trip hazard.
The third row is right on top of surround speakers. How do you propose to set the levels of the rear surrounds, so the front row can hear them,
without them overpowering the rest of the surround system, for those seated in the back row.
Do you actually need all of those seats? That's serious $$$ tied up, that might just be better spent elsewhere. So I'd want them filled, and used often.
So much space, would be the opportunity to build inwards to accommodate acoustical treatments a la The Cave, while maintaining the tall separation of
seating levels. That third bar row isn't exactly audio friendly, so I'd question if it is something that's expendable, and would let me have the second row
at entry level. I would be tempted to raise a wood floor at the lower level too, and build it plus the riser with a little give, to add tactile feedback. Now the
throw distance isn't so challenging for the LRC, and the second row is well of the surrounds.
Lots of good things to consider.
I’m not sure I plan on using Polks. There’s quite a range of available speakers, and honestly I could even double up if I decide I need to. Those front corners are going to get some more framing and could probably accommodate larger speakers as well. The fronts and centers will definitely be higher output than the rest, and the ceiling and other surrounds will need to be in-wall.
As with most setups, I’m optimizing for the middle row. I don’t really expect that the back row or front would even be used often, except for preference of wanting a closer or farther view. The back seats are definitely not going to be tuned for an audiophile to sit down and critique the spatial accuracy of the surround sound. I’m not concerned with tuning the rears such that they won’t overpower people sitting there. I may not even put seats there and just leave it as a place to put out a spread. It really comes down to the fact that you don’t want your prime space right up against the rear, so what else are you going to do with that void... might as well make it usable.
As far as cost, eight recliners is pretty average on these forums, no?
I disagree about the trip hazard, I don’t think it’s any more of a trip hazard than any other stair. I’ve been going in and out, carrying materials, had guests in and never even had to think about it, and that’s before any special stair lighting. I paid extra attention to common build practices for things like hallway stair landings, stairs on corners, and at entries/exits and ensured there was enough width and landing to avoid feeling awkward.
I think bringing up that second row to door height and having six stairs to ground level would make a pretty awkward looking, disproportionate riser. The alternative would be to build up the base level... just seems like a waste. As it is now the height adds a grand feel.
I agree that I could have done without the third tier, but I really love the aesthetics.
I do appreciate the input and it gives me things to consider. I don’t want to come off as defensive, I’m just trying to clarify some points and indicate that some of these things are intentional and why they work for me, even if they’re “wrong”.