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I need some help determining what I can do to get the biggest bang-for-the-buck in my future theater. We purchased a home and created a room in the basement that is 19' long, 13' wide and 7-1/2' high. Because the home was built in 1977, there is a lot of important updating to do elsewhere in the house. Therefore, I don't have the money to build the theater I want for at least a few years. I have high-end Paradigm Reference and Anthem components, Sony projector and some other equipment. I am wondering what I can do to set my equipment up and start watching movies in this unfinished room. The question is: WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND $500 ON AND WHY?

Kent

P.S. My private email is upacreekk at earthlink dot net
 

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If you just want it to look and sound good when the lights are off, I would probably focus on light control (the window/door) and sound treatments (absorption and diffusion). The latter you could easily use later when you finish your build, and you could DIY it to save a bit of money now, or use commercial treatments and add to it over time. You've already got some diffusion on your ceiling :)D), and attaching more treatments to the walls and ceiling should be easy. Once the lights go down...you won't know the room is not finished since it will sound so good. ;)
 

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If you just want it to look and sound good when the lights are off, I would probably focus on light control (the window/door) and sound treatments (absorption and diffusion). The latter you could easily use later when you finish your build, and you could DIY it to save a bit of money now, or use commercial treatments and add to it over time. You've already got some diffusion on your ceiling :)D), and attaching more treatments to the walls and ceiling should be easy. Once the lights go down...you won't know the room is not finished since it will sound so good. ;)
billwill: "...you won't know the room is not finished since it will sound so good."

I don't care about the room being finished near as much as I care about it how it sounds. I am a sound guy :D
 

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Clean up wires dangling about, wire for your speakers and projector, replace missing drywall and cover window. Paint the room something darker including the unfinished ceiling, leaving it exposed.

Find a carpet remnant. Pick up a roll of linacoustic for some DIY panels.

That's it for $500.

If you do a google image search on open basement ceiling painted black you can get some good examples of the cheapest way of dealing with that ceiling. You will need a sprayer. but it will make everything disappear.

 
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