Thanks for the info and guidance.
I'll order some of the IB1/A237 clips, I'm assuming that will be much better than directly drilling the "hat channel" onto the studs, what's the best way to calculate how much i'll need based on my room measurements? Also, is it okay to install the hat channel 24" apart or should I stick with 16"?
Here's the one I was planning to order double leg: https://www.menards.com/main/buildin...4426596013.htm
I also found this one slightly more expensive: https://www.menards.com/main/buildin...961-c-5695.htm
Seems like this one will take up more ceiling height.
The contractor was planning to do basic insulation and 1/2" drywall and unfortunately these details weren't really disclosed on the contract so most probably now that i'm learning more about proper soundproofing all of this additional material is considered change orders.
I know its not ideal but can i get away with 1 tube of green glue per sheet? its not cheap and if i can buy less of it I can offset the cost of additional drywall to do the whole room. I'm hoping for better sound isolation but know that it won't be perfect especially with all of the ductwork and flanking noise but I want it to at least perform twice as good as the basic 1/2" drywall on stud directly. I also constantly wonder if i'll go through all of that work and the sound will just easily travel out and in via the vents that will be opened in the theater room.
I'm going to also ask him about moving the water pipes so I don't have to extend the soffit that much but if I do that he'll have to figure out how to move the duct at the end of the vent too.
I have thought about the cinema scope screen and do know that its better for movies but we tend to watch a lot of 16:9 (Netflix, Youtube) content and my understanding is that video games are usually 16:9 too and i'm not sure if I'll be okay with decreased height of 2.35 and black bars on each side of the screen. From normal movie watching on TVs I feel like most of us are already used to seeing black bars on top and bottom so i was thinking that's an okay compromise for the 16:9 screen. For sure as things gets closer i'll setup the projector and experiment with memory lens as well the different screen sizes to see what works.
One of the reasons I bought the Klipsch speakers is for their look so I would hate to hide it behind a screen.
I'm liking the Seatcraft seats, if it can fit and have space for the the platform steps my preference would be to have 2 rows of 3 seats.
What are your thoughts on equipment placement? leave it in the theater room or keep in in the closet under the stairs, any recommendations for AV racks/cabinets to use?