ROOM DIMENSIONS & MEASUREMENTS
- BEFORE WALLS: 16’8” deep x 12’2” wide x 8’9” high
- FINISHED ROOM AFTER SOUND PROOFING: TBD
- Main Listening Position: 11’ 10’ from screen to seat back
- Projector: 12’11" from Lens to Screen
- Screen: 100" Wide 16:9
- 5/8” OSB, Green glue, 5/8” Firecode X drywall
- IB-1 clips, 20 Gauge channel
- Zero Adjustable Jambs (Part 770 AA) and Zero Automatic Door Bottom (Part 365 AA)
- CENTER: Triad Silver
- FRONT LEFT/RIGHT: Triad Silver, custom size
- SURROUND LEFT/RIGHT: Triad Inwall Surround Bronze
- REAR LEFT/RIGHT: Triad Inceiling Bronze/8 LCR
- MAIN SUB: Triad Cinema Plus sub
- BALANCING SUB: Triad Bronze Inwall/6 Sub
- PROJECTOR: JVC DLA-RS57
- SCREEN: Falcon Vision Horizon
- RECEIVER: Denon AVR-4520ci
- MAIN SUB AMP: Rackamp 600 DSP
- BALANCING SUB AMP: Rackamp 350 DSP
- BLU-RAY PLAYER: Oppo 103D
- MEDIA STREAMING: Apple TV
- POWER CONDITIONER: TBD
- REMOTE CONTROL: TBD
- LIGHTING CONTROL: TBD
- Jaymar Jesse Sectional, 2 seats with power recline
- Masland Collaboration in Indigo
- TRIM: Benjamin Moore Abyss
- CEILING: Benjamin Moore Bold Blue
- STAGE: Red oak dyed with Transtint black dye
- Blacklight star ceiling hand painted by Night Sky Murals
- ACOUSTIC PANELS: Guilford of Maine, Anchorage in Wolf
- REAR ACOUSTIC PANEL: Custom picture from Spoonflower.com
- SPEAKERS: Guilford of Maine, Sensa in Black
- COLUMNS: Guilford of Maine, Sensa in Black
- BELOW SCREEN: Guilford of Maine, Anchorage in Onyx
SOUND ABSORPTION / DIFFUSION
- WALLS: OC703 and OC705 with DIY diffusion
- FRONT WALL: 2 layers of 1” Linacoustic with plastic membrane in between
- 10 Halo 4” housings (H99ICAT) with Cree CR4 recessed lights painted to match trim
- LED strips: 5050 LEDs, 60 LEDs per meter from SIRS-E
- SCREEN WASH LIGHTS: 5 High Intensity LED spotlights from Oznium.com
- BLACK LIGHTS: 4 x 48” Blacklight Fixtures from SpencersOnline.com
Finally, finally, finally... I'm starting my very own dedicated theater thread. I say finally because I'm waaaay overdue. I've been lurking for a few years and have spent more than a few nights and weekend days reading threads from start to finish (or nearly finished in most cases).
This will be a DIY and DIFM build. I suggested DIY. My wife laughed. Her friends laughed. They all said, "Be realistic." They weren't laughing at my capabilities. I can find my way around. But, a DIY theater would take me 5 years or more.
I plan to use this thread to document the build and ask a lot of questions. Absolutely, no reason to reinvent the wheel.
So, what's my deal?
My home is about 6 years old. We have a finished dedicated theater in the basement. The dimensions are 16'8" x 12' 2" -- relatively small. The builder built and had the theater wired before we bought the house. If I had never found this site, I would have had the builder's A/V guy complete the theater as soon as we moved in. But, thanks to many of you, I knew enough to realize that I wouldn't be satisfied.
The extent of the soundproffing is R-13 insulation in the most of the walls. That's not nearly enough since our nanny's bedroom shares a wall with the theater. Can you imagine, I get the kids to bed, then head to the basement to grab a beer, put a blueray in the player and sit in the money seat. Two seconds after the first car crash, there would be a knock on the theater room door. "Could you turn that down?!!?"
So six years in, the theater has never been used. Well it hasn't been used to watch movies. Let's say that it has become nothing more than a random storage area.
Criminal, I know. I've seen how much time and money have been spent by people in this forum to create a theater space.
This is the layout of our basement.
We want a dedicated family theater with a hidden door entrance. The kids are pretty excited about the hidden door. After much deliberation and conversations with my wife, we decided against theater seats. We're going with a contemporary but comfortable sectional where the family can lounge. No riser.
Here are a couple theaters that peaked our interest.
Contemporary Media Room by London Architects & Designers Hill Mitchell Berry Architects
Contemporary Media Room by Birmingham Interior Designers & Decorators Jeffrey King Interiors
Yes - planning to put the screen on the long wall. I haven't seen much of that on AVS. We'll install a stage. There are way too many beautiful stages on AVS to not build one.
We're planning on DD/GG with hat channel, probably on all walls and ceiling. Given the small space I have to work with, no staggered walls. I'd like to build dead vents for positive and negative air flow - may not need both.
I'm starting with a clean slate on equipment. Very dangerous, I know. I'm leaning towards a 7.1 or 7.2 system. The equipment rack will be outside the theater likely installing it under the stairs which is adjacent to the theater. The projector will be 3D capable. I want the screen to be at least 110". Given the space, the screen will not be AT - don't want to waste the space to put speakers behind the screen.
Thinking about 4 lighting zones - 1) Sconces, 2) small cans in the soffits along the side and back walls, 3) small cans to light the screen, 4) Hidden LEDs / rope to light the tray ceiling.
This first post is long enough... I'll post a few questions below.