Peterman's HT 2.0

Discussion in 'Listening Room / Home Theater Build Projects' started by Peter Loeser, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. JBrax

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    Gotta admit some jealousy here on my end. I'd love to have a room like yours to build from the ground up. Nice looking room Peter.
     
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    Yes, sir. you are getting things done. Looks like the place is starting to take shape. I know you must be excited to move in. I know I was when I was waiting to have my house building finished.
     
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    It feels like it's been a long process but the reality is it has gone very quickly. We're very excited to get in. Lots of projects once were in though too. The HT will be a priority but it's a big project. Each stage brings new questions, and lots of decisions still need to be made. Stay tuned! Should be lots of progress in the coming weeks.
     
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    All inspections but the final are done. Appliances come tomorrow and everything should be functional by the weekend. We are getting soooo close. Movers are scheduled for next Wednesday. I'll have lots of boxes to open :bigsmile:

    Can't do much in the HT till then, but at least I'm making progress elsewhere. The living room TV is hung. I'll adjust the height once I unpack the soundbar. We inherited the Sony 55" from my brother-in-law when he moved a few months back. My wife has already hinted that she expected it to look bigger (hey now, keep the jokes to yourself). We've already talked 4K upgrade for that room... I'm thinking Black Friday deal! :praying:

     
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    Looking nice. Thanks for the pic.
     
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    Well I'm finally getting around to the very early stages of setting up the home theater. I've unpacked basically everything but my screen at this point. My plan is to fine tune the screen, speaker, sub, and seating positions and finish sheetrocking the walls and ceiling, then finalize placement of acoustic treatments, and finally design the lighting and room aesthetic in a way to completely conceal all of the gear. First step will be a combination of best main speaker and screen placement, followed by seating distance and height of the 2nd row, then locating the surround and Atmos speaker locations. Now that I've been able to play some music in the room it's very evident I'll need good sound-proofing in the ceiling and the righthand and rear walls (the unfinished ones in the photos). I'll certainly be looking for tips on cost-effective ways to do that. Here's the latest. L & R speakers and one sub are operational (until I find my second sub cable...). I've got my turntable connected at the moment and that's about it. But it's a start!


     
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    Looking good!

    I’ll be curious to see what kind of advice you receive per sound proofing.. it’s looking like my basement is about to get rearranged/renovate, which means the theater room might be relocated.
     
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    Nice! It's exciting and daunting all at the same time. I'm anxious to see the room's potential develop into a new vision but there's a ton of work ahead. The work and planning are part of the fun for me but there's always the slight worry that it won't turn out like I've imagined.
     
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    The work factor... the dust factor... the noise factor... all worth it in the end! ;-)

    I hear you on the end result part of the equation. Especially with the time and funds required to make a home theater a reality.
     
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    Keep us in the loop!
     
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    Maybe it's better to accept that up front. It probably won't come out like you imagined. If you are like me, you probably have imagined this perfect room finished to perfection. Details that would satisfy a luxury clientele. Something that could match the pro theaters you see in magazines. That isn't going to happen in all likelihood. Things won't go as planned, there will be some rough details here or there. That's ok, it will still be an awesome theater, better than average. Plus those theaters we see in the magazine probably hide some rough edges that even the clients don't know about. When you do this yourself, you know every imperfection.
    In my theater, I have a TON of details that did not come out as planned. First, the theater isn't as soundproof as I had anticipated. Admittedly, I have no idea just how soundproof it is. When I measure transmission loss, I measure noise (at whatever level) in the theater, and I measure ambient noise outside the theater. If the theater is on or off, I measure almost no difference, other than at low frequencies. Supposedly I should see 30db's of isolation below 100hz, but I don't seem to see that in my crude measurements. I have heard that in situ measurements don't match lab measurements, but I'm getting only like 15db's of isolation at 40 and 60hz.
    I had envisioned fabric on all the walls in this modern striped pattern. I priced it out, it was insane, I gave up. I have fabric on just the front wall. They didn't come out like expected. Not everything fits together as it should, the fabric has no stretch and was hard to wrap around the frames. Dennis has seen it, I bet he didn't notice, but again, it all bothers me.
     
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    Peter did I see a comment about soundproofing. Let me know if you need any help with that.
     
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    It is very cool that you get to build what you want. We have started considering building a house but land is pretty hard to come by in the areas we want to live. It will be cool to see what it looks like when you are all done.
     
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    Looks great... I hope your progress does not slow down due to having your equipment in the room. I was told to finish the room first. I did not, and it took forever to finish it.
     

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