Third Time’s a Charm Theater Build
So, this is my 3rd home theater.
Well, I’m not sure the first can be considered a build. I was still renting and didn’t even have a projector screen.
The 2nd was a long process, but relatively simple. It was built into an existing finished basement, so nothing really custom except wiring. It had built in surround, rear, and center speakers. There were wall outlets for the front speakers, which proved to look very clean. I ceiling mounted the projector and painted the projector wall and overhang almost-black. The components were hidden away in a Middle Atlantic rack in the utility room. It was a good system, but I know it can be better.
I lived in that house 8 years and sold it this year and moved pretty close by. I’m glad I didn’t invest a ton in the theater because, while the new owner was excited about it, he also wasn’t savvy enough to know the difference on anything.
The new house is by the water, so it doesn’t have an underground basement. The garage and basement is the first floor and living space is above.
The basement itself is 13.8 x 28 with standard 8’ ceilings. It’s half finished right now. It’s framed, insulated, and has wiring/lights/power outlets. It’s got full patio door and one window. There’s a closet adjacent to one side that could qualify as a place to house the components. There’s also a roughed our but unfinished bathroom, but I figure I’ll leave that alone for when I sell the house. Will post photos at some point, but it’s a bit of a mess now with all our stuff stored down there after moving. I will also be diagramming the space.
So, I figure I have some decisions to make soon as I’d like to start chipping away. Electrical being the first. Budget wise, I don’t want to go crazy, but I do want to go a bit further than last time.
Sound proofing is not a huge deal. It’s under a kitchen and dining room. It wasn’t a big problem in the old place and that was a smaller house. The only problem in that house was the utility closet was next to the theater and that made a lot of noise. But the utilities in this house are separated by that unfinished bathroom so there isn’t much sound transmission.
However I am interested in things that help marginally on sound proofing as I believe that will improve the sound. I also am interested in acoustic treatment of some sort.
Caveat: I have very little time to do anything myself, but I do know good contractors that can do the work. My electrician has experience with home theaters and did my last one, though my drywall guy hasn’t done anything crazy.
It’s going to be a full 7.2.4 Atmos system. I’ll likely get my center from Noble (loved my last one) and all surround/height channels from Aperion. I have Swam 6.2 mains I really like. But am debating going in-wall Noble for those too. I will say the Noble seemed to match them pretty well tonally.
Seating wise I’ll probably stick to my old sectional but am considering going all theater seating or combo sofa/theater with a riser. I am assuming it’s not a huge deal to put the riser in later as long as I take note of what carpet was used.
Going to paint the projector wall black and ceilings black. Side walls dark grey. Carpet medium to dark grey.
I’ve seen suggestions to go with at least 5/8” drywall. I’m assuming there are considerations with how recessed lights are mounted with extra clearance? And the existing switches and outlets will need adjustment?
- Pre-wiring for all 11 speakers, 2 subwoofers, HDMI cable for projector, power outlet for projector
- Figuring out wherever the components will go
- Wiring 6-8 recessed lights (still have to pick those out)
Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated!
Last edited by mkiv808; 10-02-2018 at 06:09 AM.