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Hello AVS'ers! I have just completed the move to a new house, well.. my first house. It's not exactly new, and the basement is small-ish, but it will definitely do!

Attached are some pictures of the space I will be working in, my idea currently is to build a false wall along the right side where the utilities are to block out sound, and also trap and reflect sound in the theater room rather than letting it run in the other portion if the basement. For this, I started a AVS thread asking for ideas, and there were quite a few!:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1481109/false-wall-home-theater-and-what-could-happen#post_23535565

I decided that I will more than likely use the suggestions in post #12 for the wall. The plan is to either enter the room from the end where the stairs are, or at the front right of the basement where the right side of the projector will be. This would allow me to wall off the back of the room where the projector is, and not have to worry about stairs and the awkwardness of sound treating a wall with them on it. Any ideas are welcome, and I hope you guys enjoy this thread! I'll be posting picture and text updates as they come. :wave:

Equipment:

-Audio

-1x Arx A2C (center)
-2x Arx A5 Tower's (FLR)
-2x Arx A1B (Surrounds)
-1x SVS PB-2000 (LFE)

-AVR

-Onkyo TX-NR809 "125w/ch"
-BRD
-PS3 2nd Generation
-PJ
- Benq W7000
-Screen
- 106" cheapobrand (white)

Here is the album with photo's, I'll figure out how to properly upload images here next time:

http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/slansing1991/library/The Little Basement That Could?sort=3&page=1

 
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just a heads up you might want to start by providing more info and goals with specific questions. Size of the room, budget, goals, etc.


Theres plenty of examples of your ideas too. I did a similiar thing, my build is on my signature block. I put a wall on the stair side to block more sound and moved the door around to the side.
 

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I'll take a look in a bit! That will be what I am going to do then, I will post dimensions, images and goals tonight after work.
 

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Dimensions will be 16(L)x11(W)x7(H), about to do wall measurements for the plywood!
 

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Started the wall framing! Hopefully these pictures will help visualize what I am doing, unfortunately one of the 2x4's was warped in a twisted fashion
I'll have to figure that one out, being 21 this is my first time really doing any of this! ...Have been sitting here forb15 minutes trying to upload these pictures, you have no idea how hard it is to do this via a mobile phone.

 

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Update, crude drawing done in DraftSight while I get used to it. Dimensions, and basic plans.

 

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You're 21, own a house and are building a HT?? That, my friend, is quite an accomplishment! Congrats...
 

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Why thank you very much! Don't own, rather rent, but I pay more in rent than I would for a mortgage so...meh
Thank's for the support! Had to saw out a beam in the basement on the stairs today to fit one of the seats down. About to get to work on the theater room for the day.
 

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Originally Posted by slansing  /t/1482061/the-little-basement-that-could#post_23546901


Had to saw out a beam in the basement on the stairs today to fit one of the seats down.

Don't know what to think about this one. I would be careful before you start sawing beams in the basement. You probably know what you're doing, but I'd thought I'd mention it.
 

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Got it out, that was a hellish journey, but we got the seat down.


Stage one is complete, after a full day's work throwing up the plywood walls. Got almost all of it up, need to finish the gaps in the ceiling and close one side off, but it's time to relax with Oceans 11 and the Girlfriend "who slept all day...." Thankfully my father stopped by and helped!


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Front view:



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Acoustically and visually it's already very noticeably different, can't imagine what it will be like after it's all closed off and I have panels and traps up!
 

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New overlay image, reflecting the changes that had to be made to make the walls work, darned water heater...
 

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Sorry I've been away from the forum so long! I got to a point where I no longer had the drive to build anymore, so there it's sat for the past year'ish. I moved on to a 79' firebird project, and some other things, but now it is time to return. I upgraded the speakers which I will note in the OP, and I just picked up a SVS SB-2000 which should be here this week (can't wait).

I made a trip to the local fabric store last night and picked up a ton of stuff, I'm going to be re-shooting the room tonight to update the pictures here as well as post my next stages. Oh, and I got rid of those horrible carpets, got some actual visually matching materials for the room. I'm going to start on building some DIY acoustic panels (2ftx4ft) I got some really neat burlap to cover them in. I'm also going to build a set of wall mounts for the Left and Right Surrounds so any tips on that are welcome! The issue with that one is going to be that the left side of the room is a concrete block wall, the right will be easy to mount on the plywood, the will both be mounted about 2 ft. above ear level. I'm thinking I'll have to drop the wall mount on a 2x4 from the ceiling for that concrete wall.:rolleyes:
 

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Sorry I've been away from the forum so long! I got to a point where I no longer had the drive to build anymore, so there it's sat for the past year'ish. I moved on to a 79' firebird project, and some other things, but now it is time to return. I upgraded the speakers which I will note in the OP, and I just picked up a SVS SB-2000 which should be here this week (can't wait).

I made a trip to the local fabric store last night and picked up a ton of stuff, I'm going to be re-shooting the room tonight to update the pictures here as well as post my next stages. Oh, and I got rid of those horrible carpets, got some actual visually matching materials for the room. I'm going to start on building some DIY acoustic panels (2ftx4ft) I got some really neat burlap to cover them in. I'm also going to build a set of wall mounts for the Left and Right Surrounds so any tips on that are welcome! The issue with that one is going to be that the left side of the room is a concrete block wall, the right will be easy to mount on the plywood, the will both be mounted about 2 ft. above ear level. I'm thinking I'll have to drop the wall mount on a 2x4 from the ceiling for that concrete wall.:rolleyes:
Looking forward to seeing your fantastic work! Now I really want a house with an unfinished basement :D
 

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It's tough to keep on track, I know this personally. Too many irons in the fire makes for very few of them ever getting "done". But, this is the way most of us who do this, like it. I am coming up to 3 months on my build, and was initially hoping to be near finished by now. A bit optimistic for sure since I am building a HT, sauna and bathroom in what was a fully filled up unfinished basement, and doing most of this work by myself. I do put in a lot of time working on it, but I also have to spend time on a number of other life's necessities.

Keep with it as well as you can, it will all get done in time.

P.S. I was telling me that you know.

-Rodger
 

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Looking forward to seeing your fantastic work! Now I really want a house with an unfinished basement :D
Awesome! Glad to have you along for the ride haha, well, I wouldn't wish for one unless I had the ability to completely finish it. We find it difficult to venture down there during the Minnesota winters, as you will see with the pictures below, I bought a couple heaters just to make it a bit more comfortable, which has not worked out very well. Spring is coming soon though! And we are also starting to look at homes to purchase, one of the big stipulations is that we have a dedicated PRE-FINISHED room for the theater this time around haha.

It's tough to keep on track, I know this personally. Too many irons in the fire makes for very few of them ever getting "done". But, this is the way most of us who do this, like it. I am coming up to 3 months on my build, and was initially hoping to be near finished by now. A bit optimistic for sure since I am building a HT, sauna and bathroom in what was a fully filled up unfinished basement, and doing most of this work by myself. I do put in a lot of time working on it, but I also have to spend time on a number of other life's necessities.

Keep with it as well as you can, it will all get done in time.

P.S. I was telling me that you know.

-Rodger
Haha, thanks Roger, I just took a look at your thread, keep with it as well! I have to try out that 3d program you are using. Thanks for the words! Let me know if you have any questions I "may" be able to answer.:)










 

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Well, the house hunting is going slow, tons to look at. Looking at picking up a 2.35:1 screen or building one after we purchase a place, then picking up a new receiver and doing some Atmos magic with the two spare Klipsch R-15m's.
 

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Alas, the house we settled on renting has no room for a decent screen size, so I am downgrading/sidegrading to a 2015 Vizio m-55 c2. If anyone is interested I can keep this thread up to date with the new setup. I'll be waiting out the high end 4k market for at least another year (possibly next CES) as the industry standards are still in a high state of flux.
 

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Alas, the house we settled on renting has no room for a decent screen size, so I am downgrading/sidegrading to a 2015 Vizio m-55 c2. If anyone is interested I can keep this thread up to date with the new setup. I'll be waiting out the high end 4k market for at least another year (possibly next CES) as the industry standards are still in a high state of flux.

screen size for me is just a function of how far you are sitting from it - even a 40" television can look theater like if you are right on top of it.
 

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screen size for me is just a function of how far you are sitting from it - even a 40" television can look theater like if you are right on top of it.
Absolutely true, the 55" looks pretty good from the current distance which is roughly 8 ft. Later on this year once I upgrade to a higher end TV that will be bumped to 65" or possibly 70". That should do nicely!
 
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