The time is finally here to build my theater and HiFi room. I purchased a house 2 1/2 years ago with the perfect bones for the project but the condition was I had to remodel the entire first floor first. That was 5500 sq feet of hell. Now that I've recovered emotionally and financially the wife says knock yourself out. The 2nd floor of our home is a dedicated game room and theater over the garage with 2 exterior brick walls. I'm on an acre and a half so no neighbors are close. Plan is to build the theater and a dedicated AV closet first then tackle the HiFi / game room. Once finished I'll have the ultimate retreat complete with an 11.1 (to start) Atmos reference cinema, some arcade games, card area, HiFi setup, wet bar, and sport viewing/gaming area with a few OLED's. Theater budget is $100k. (Edit. 2/4 - whoops already over that. :/ ) Construction begins 1/3.
I've spent the past few months planning the build and have tapped all the relevant professionals for the work. I plan to so some but as little of the work as possible with a target completion of April 2020. (Ambitious I know but I've been without a theater for almost 3 years)
A few before pics..
The theater is 25' x 13.5' and the AV closet is 6' x 8'. My goal is to make it modular so I can upgrade and play with different speakers, amps, and processors over time. This was one of the reasons I just couldn't put the surrounds in the wall behind the fabric not to mention I'm just not sold on in wall's anyway. Build highlights are:
1. AV closet with 2 20a dedicated circuits for the AV rack. Network rack will be on another. AC return and supply in the closet with a damper system to close the vents when the heat is on. Floor will be clean looking vinyl. The door leading into the closet will be a 36" x 80" Murphy bookcase to hold my DVD's. The rack will be in the center of the wall and have an LED backlit poster case to each side. The AV rack will be a middle atlantic 4026 which should be arriving any day.
2. Theater entrance will be framed down to a single solid 36" x 80" door leaving headroom for lit marquee sign.
3. All lighting zones will be lutron caseta which will include: 1. A 4' x 16' Star Ceiling with blue LED tape around the perimeter 2. LED border around the screen. 3. LED backlighting behind the screen to illuminate the speakers 4. Red LED tape on channels with a diffuser lens hidden vertically on the columns. 5. Blue LED border around soffit 6. Riser step lights 7. 3" Gimbal cans over stage and screen 8. 4" cans in soffit
4. Room will be black stained oak and Guilford of maine medium gray fabric stretched over track and OC703 insulation.
5. Soffit will be a black stained oak base with an LED channel built in and enclosed by friction fit black GOM wrapped panels for future access making it easy to run future wires and upgrade. Plan is to friction fit anyway. If I develop any vibration i'll affix them another way but I've seen this done and if the tolerance is tight it works. 4" black lotus LED can lights.
6. Room will have 6 columns for architectural flavor and to mount the 4 surrounds on. They will be 16" w x 4" deep.
7. There will be a basic 48" deep stage that will float and be about 1/4" off the wall.
8. Projector will be a JVC NX7 resting in a projector box built into the soffit. Screen will be a Seymour AT F130 2.35. 130" Wide.
9. Speakers to start will be Klipsch because it's the devil I know. I think the future is Revel. LCR will be RP-8000F, Surrounds will be RP-502S, Ceilings will be CDT 5800-C ii, and the sub will be an SVS sealed 16 ultra.
10. The rack will have a Mcintosh MX170 processor, Mcintosh MC257 for the mains and surrounds, and a Mcintosh MI254 4 channel for the overheads. The blue ray seems to the UB9000 unless a better one comes out between now and the time i'm done.
If there is one thing I learned from build 1.0, it's HANG THE PROJECTOR LAST and finish your rack.
Wish me luck! I can't wait to get started!