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THE BEAST, UNLEASHED: COMPLETED PHOTOS (March 2018):















On the cost of the room, here's the big kicker: This is the MSRP value of the room, which I'd say is in line with the high performance room I originally envisioned (but didn't appropriately budget for). If I didn't have great relationships with so many awesome dealers, it's what I would have had to pay...but thankfully, I paid significantly less:







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The time has come to make my once deferred dream a reality! My wife and I are building our house here in lovely Maryland, and I have carved out a space in the Rec Room for a dedicated theater. My outgoing theater (the beast!) is actually a converted living room, and the time has come to design and develop a truly dedicated, soundproofed space (unleashed!). I've owned a lot of gear in the last few years and have sold most of it, managing to narrow things down to items that truly matter.

Layout for The Beast, Unleashed - Dolby Atmos Theater:







Bass Model of Room:



Acoustic Treatment Plan is as follows:




Here is the Baffle Wall design









Equipment is as follows:

DISPLAY
JVC DLA-RS520 4K Projector with seven (7) 3D glasses

SCREEN
Seymour AV Centerstage XD Curved Screen: 144" wide, 16:9 aspect ratio

SPEAKERS
Left, Center, Right: Triad CinemaPlus Platinum LCR (3)
Wides: Triad Gold InWall LCR (2)
Side Surrounds (Front Row): Triad Gold InWall LCR (2)
Side Surrounds (Rear Row): Triad Gold InWall LCR (2)
Rear Surrounds: Triad Gold InWall LCR (2)
Atmos: RSL C34E Edgeless (6)
Subwoofers: Seaton Sound F18 Subwoofers (8)

AMPLIFICATION BY CHANNEL
Left, Center, Right: QSC DCA 1622 (3)--1600wpc each in monoblock configurations
Wides: QSC DCA 1644
Side Surrounds (Front Row): QSC DCA 1644
Side Surrounds (Rear Row): QSC DCA 1644
Rear Surrounds: QSC DCA 1644
Atmos: QSC DCA 1644+1222
Subwoofers: Seaton Sound 8000w RackAmp


PROCESSORS
Video: Lumagen RadiancePro 4446 w/ 18Ghz in/out cards
Audio: Anthem AVM60 Home Cinema Processor
Digital Signal: QSC Q-Sys Core 250i AND I/O Frame

SOURCE
Media Server: Nvidia Shield running Plex Media Server

I have been inspired by so many theaters in this forum, and look forward to getting this theater completed. Taking a page from the professional world, I'll be completing this theater in Build Units (which are, essentially, development sprints separated by small periods of down time). The sprints are separated into three post-design phases:

1) Framing and Wiring
2) Drywall and Customizing (Columns, Treatments, Stage, Riser, etc.)
3) Finalizing (Carpet, GoM, Paint, Equipment Installation, etc.)

The timeline is six weeks from the Serenity Mat installation (which I consider the kickoff of the project), with about two weeks of additional float for material order delays, etc.

I will be using room-within-a-room technique and will have some VERY qualified assistance with the build. Soundproofing is mandatory, as my wife gets migraines and I will not allow my hobby to exacerbate the pain. I'm considering triple drywall w/ green glue to maximize results, as well as the plethora of methods that work together to completely isolate sound.

I truly look forward to this new journey!

Below is the plan, as of October 2015:


-Matt
 

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Concrete has been poured! Here's the portion of the house where my theater will reside!!

02.14.2014: It's starting to become real.

Front Screen Wall (18ft across)



Front Screen Wall with Right Wall


Rear Wall of the theater


Another shot of the rear wall


The left wall will be built around the location of the orange pole on the floor


27x10 storage room directly behind the theater (This is going to be soundproofed as well and will be a "command center." It will house the projector as well)


This is the separate listening room in the basement. It will also be soundproofed and will house a two-channel music system.


Then, up went the drywall at the builders insistence (and against my hopes and dreams)


THE DOWN CAME THE DRYWALL, DEMO-NINJA STYLE!


Then, the bathroom (left of screen) and mechanicals (HVAC/Water Heater to right of screen) needed to be moved...


So...I moved 'em


Did some framing...


Then, I had to create a doorway right through my sump pump closet...so I moved my sump pump....


With the sump pump out of the way, it was time to widen the door...so we did it...


Then, insulation...


Ordered 180 sheets of drywall...



Then, Drywall...


Then, we built interior soffit and a riser....


Then, a baffle wall got built for the LCR speakers




Then, filled the baffle wall with the Triad CinemaPlus Platinum LCR




Next up, we installed width and surround speakers:




Then, we covered the baffle wall in MDF sandwiched between two layers of 5/8" drywall with green glue:






Built three ceiling clouds and threw six atmos speakers in them:


Added Molding around the room:


Then, had carpet installed:

 

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Concrete has been poured!  Here's the portion of the house where my theater will reside!!


I remember the day the foundation went in very exciting things will start to move fast now until they get to frame of the house up then it seems feel like is slows down ....
 

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Subbed! Looks like you have one heck of a nice equipment list. Good luck with the new home build!
 

Appreciate it! i've spent the last three years or so owning a variety of gear, but this is the set that I feel will get me 100% satisfaction.

 
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I remember the day the foundation went in very exciting things will start to move fast now until they get to frame of the house up then it seems feel like is slows down ....
Very exciting indeed!!!  I won't mind if it slows down once framing comes.....that gives me an opportunity to maybe sneak in some ethernet runs. heh heh.
 

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Nice equipment! Do you still have your Legacy speakers?
 

Gracias!  Naw, I sold the Focus SE's with the intention to replace them with Aeris models, but then I discovered the benefits of AT screens, which led me to research theater speakers, at which point I came across the Triad Platinums.  I then remembered a very impressive demo of the Triad Platinums that I experienced earlier this year, and I proceeded to pursue a set. I plan to utilize an extra 14x10 room elsewhere in the basement as a dedicated music room....eventually.  I'd still like to get those Aeris in there, as I am indeed an audiophile and love my two-channel music almost as much as I love home theater (the ratio fluctuates--last year this time, it was 60/40 in favor of music).
 

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looks like its going to be pretty cool setup; aren't the triads 500w max though, wont nearly 2Kw fry them?
 

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looks like its going to be pretty cool setup; aren't the triads 500w max though, wont nearly 2Kw fry them?
Greetings!  The Triad Plats (and most speakers) can handle way more than their recommended handling, but only for brief peaks.  If I were to run them constantly at 1750wpc, the Plats would fry in about 15 seconds, I'm sure!  My last pair of speakers (Legacy Focus SE's) were also rated for 500w, but I easily hit around 1300w at peaks (i.e. gunshots, crashes, etc.) when playing at reference in my current, smaller room. This room is larger, so I'll likely be pulling everything the monoblocks have to offer for those peaks!
 

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Only if you want to isolate the entire theater and not just under the stage and/or riser. Total judgment call. Personally, I'd say save the $$$ and just do it underneath your stage and maybe underneath your riser if budget allows, not the entire theater.


If you end up doing the entire theater you will have to glue down the Serenity Mat using a 3/16" v-notch trowel and a special adhesive followed by 5/8" or 3/4" tongue and groove plywood on top, adhered to the Serenity Mat with the same special adhesive. It's a lot of work and raises your floor height by 1" to 1 1/4" overall. If you just use the mat under the stage and riser, weight alone will keep it in position (i.e. no gluing) and you can generally avoid any flooring height differences when entering the room.
 

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Only if you want to isolate the entire theater and not just under the stage and/or riser. Total judgment call. Personally, I'd say save the $$$ and just do it underneath your stage and maybe underneath your riser if budget allows, not the entire theater.


If you end up doing the entire theater you will have to glue down the Serenity Mat using a 3/16" v-notch trowel and a special adhesive followed by 5/8" or 3/4" tongue and groove plywood on top, adhered to the Serenity Mat with the same special adhesive. It's a lot of work and raises your floor height by 1" to 1 1/4" overall. If you just use the mat under the stage and riser, weight alone will keep it in position (i.e. no gluing) and you can generally avoid any flooring height differences when entering the room.
 

Dude, you just saved me a wealth of time and effort!  The last thing I want to do is raise the floor height by any amount, since the ceilings in the basement are the standard 8' high.  With the riser, every inch counts. *Pause* (New Yorkers will get that
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Thank you for this--it's going right at the top of my Best Practices list.
 

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When building the floating joists between the existing joists, do they--through some feat of engineering that I don't comprehend-- cross-brace the tops of the studs to keep them plumb?  I'm trying to figure out how the studs are kept sturdy with the room-within-a-room technique.  I've never framed a room before, but I did do renovation construction in my late teens right before college (I don't remember much).  I remember needing to make studs plumb...I remember using a mallet to do it.....can't remember much else. 

 

I just don't want my walls to slant and fall.
 

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Subscribed! Looking forward to watching your theater come together!! Quite the impressive list of equipment so far. Question though: everyone always says the center channel is the most important in a home theater. So shouldn't your center also get an XPR1?

Always easy to spend someone else's money.
 

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Subscribed! Looking forward to watching your theater come together!! Quite the impressive list of equipment so far. Question though: everyone always says the center channel is the most important in a home theater. So shouldn't your center also get an XPR1?

Always easy to spend someone else's money.
Thanks Nuz1!.....Planting the seeds of upgradeitis is very dangerous for me..I'm very succeptible. lol.....I may indeed go the third XPR-1 route if I can still swing it after the Sony 600ES.  An alternative is, of course, getting the JVC RS-57 (I recently sold my RS-56, which had the best image I've ever seen) and reappropriating the balance of funds from the projector line to the amplification lines, and a few other key areas. 

 

the seeds.....the seeds......
 
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