Originally Posted by dengland
Black Cave is what I will be aiming for. I wasn't thinking the side with the stairs for the screen, but that may make the most sense. I need to get going with Sketchup. I was not thinking AT screen as I think it is somewhat of a compromise for image and some what of a compromise for audio. perhaps I am over thinking it. I would want to get base traps in the corners of the screen wall. Not sure how that will work on the side where the door is. Perhaps that is discussed in a thread already. I was thinking equipment rack in the next room, but I do have that 4 feet of space next to what becomes the poker room. I would consider building another wall there and have an enclosed EQ room, but that would make the theater ~16x16. A square room is a no-no.
Light does come under the double doors, so I will need to deal with that.
I need to get shades with a side track in those 3 windows. Finding that side track has been elusive when I have tried before.
I think I need to becomes besties with Chris Young.
Thanks so much for the link. I have some reading to do.
Actually, AT screens are not that much of a compromise. Acoustically, they're the best option as they lock in the sound on screen to where they're coming from. Voices are heard better and other noises like explosions and such actually sound like they're coming from the right area. This is especially important the larger the screen is. And visually, they are not as big a deal in real-world watching with moving images on screen. Still picsures might be another issue. But they have gotten very good at the materials.
I know of a few options for you to consider depending on other things like budget for everything or individual costs you want to spend on certain gear. Also depends on your other gear like what speakers you want to use but mainly their size and the space you would have behind the screen factors into what material. As well as what projector and its brightness/contrast levels and how hard you want to tackle HDR.
And as for a false wall, that's very easy. No need for drywall and all that. Just some wood for framing and bracing and use AT fabric. Depending on how deep it is, you could make it a baffle wall or a space to walk behind to connect wires, adjust/replace speakers, etc. I've even seen people build into them 4-way masking systems or hydraulic lifts to open the screen up to access behind it. Lots of options there.
This may work for a cheap and easy fix to the light leakage under the door.
The possibilities are endless for what you can do to a dedicated room. Just depends on budget, time and ambition for how much you wanna do.
BTW, what equipment do you have or want to get?