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post #41 of 45 Old 08-15-16, 07:14 PM
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Very interesting! The room could always be flipped as well so the 'wide' portion is on the back concrete wall. This would make getting around the theater room better.
The non-rectangular room idea is great for acoustics, but will be really difficult to make look good inside your house since everything else is square. Here's an idea that makes use of the benefits of non-parallel walls but doesn't violate the architectural design of the rest of the house. I also drew it with just the one corner chopped off, and the other has the bass trap that makes the full corner visually match the chopped corner. That way you still get the easy access to the back room.

The side walls are just a concept... you could play with the depth and angle as you like.
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Very cool. Would the angles represented in the drawing be framed walls, or would that be framed paneled walls built inside the actual rectangular area wrapped in acoustic fabric?
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I suppose you could do that however you like... but if you build them into the walls (cheaper and easier during framing), you're stuck with them as they are. If you make them as frames you can move/adjust to your liking, but it adds time and money to the project. For myself, I would probably build them into the framing of the walls and insulate the inside of that chamber, and then put absorption panels on each angled face. The biggest advantage is that the early reflection points will angle that reflection away from MLP, and the uneven surface will destroy secondary/tertiary reflections very rapidly. You'll end up with a very "dead" room, but that means minimal surface interaction with the signal which is generally a good thing.
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I suppose you could do that however you like... but if you build them into the walls (cheaper and easier during framing), you're stuck with them as they are. If you make them as frames you can move/adjust to your liking, but it adds time and money to the project. For myself, I would probably build them into the framing of the walls and insulate the inside of that chamber, and then put absorption panels on each angled face. The biggest advantage is that the early reflection points will angle that reflection away from MLP, and the uneven surface will destroy secondary/tertiary reflections very rapidly. You'll end up with a very "dead" room, but that means minimal surface interaction with the signal which is generally a good thing.
If this was our "forever home" I'd probably consider framing them into the wall if I went that route, but in my current situation I feel more comfortable just framing a rectangular room. I love the look that might provide though.
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Re: New theater layout advice needed

If you are going to splay the walls I would highly recommend doing it symmetrically where it is narrower in the front and wider in the rear but front and rear walls parallel. Splay both side walls, not just one. The odd shape is great for a studio live room but I wouldn't do it in the control room where symmetry is key. Same goes for a listening room or home theater room.

The other issue with building them in like that during framing is that it shoots any chance of isolation - unless you're going to drywall both sides of the room. If you're going to be moving at some point, it's easier to just get something that can be easily removed (or negotiated).
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