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post #1 of 45 Old 08-09-16, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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New theater layout advice needed

Hello,

I'm currently in the planning stages of a theater and would appreciate any input that you might have in regards to the following design.

The max width I have is around 10' and the max length I can see using would be 14'. Ceiling height is about 7' 2.5".

The particular layout attached is what I've come up with as it's in an area with no drops in the ceiling and also no interference from the beam which runs down the middle of the basement. I'd like to try and maintain a 3' wide hallway as the area in the back right corner is a planned play area for my children. A play area is the main thing that is needed, and then a space for a theater is second.



Please let me know if I can provide additional information, or if you have a different design that would fulfill both wants (play area, theater).

Thank you for your time!
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That doesn't look bad at all. Where are you planning the door?

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That doesn't look bad at all. Where are you planning the door?
I believe I'm going to place the door on the side right before the column. The equipment closet may go in that area as well. I'm open to anything though.

Should I use an AT screen with speakers behind or should I place the screen against the wall?
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Re: New theater layout advice needed

It would be best to keep the early reflection zone clear so after the post would be better. Maybe you can build a 'closet' in the left rear corner for the equipment? That makes for shorter video runs to the PJ and the only thing that is long is speaker wires (higher level signal) other than the subwoofer.

Up to you on the screen. The room isn't all that long though and it would start to feel cramped IMO losing another 2'.

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It would be best to keep the early reflection zone clear so after the post would be better. Maybe you can build a 'closet' in the left rear corner for the equipment? That makes for shorter video runs to the PJ and the only thing that is long is speaker wires (higher level signal) other than the subwoofer.

Up to you on the screen. The room isn't all that long though and it would start to feel cramped IMO losing another 2'.

Would there be any advantage to keeping both corners in the rear of the room angled? I made the left corner this way to match the rear right end for uniformity purposes

Also, I'm not sure if I want to go 16:9 or 2:35. I feel my center channel wouldn't be able to be placed as high if the screen were to be put against the wall with a 16:9 screen. Angled properly this may not be an issue.

I currently have Polk Rti8's and a Polk CSi5 for the my front speakers.
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If you square out the corners...you can put bass traps in them.

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Very true. If you want to angle both rears that's fine. I would want to trap the front ones though. Using an AT screen does let you go wider and keep the mains away from the side walls a bit more.

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Very true. If you want to angle both rears that's fine. I would want to trap the front ones though. Using an AT screen does let you go wider and keep the mains away from the side walls a bit more.
Plus if you went wall to wall AT screen you could hide the traps (and matt the screen down to whatever size you like, and if you want to change the screen format size...you just change the matting panels), and depending on your speakers you may not loose too much space behind the screen. If you are only going with one row... I think a AT screen might work nicely, plus it is great having the sound from behind the screen IMO.

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Re: New theater layout advice needed

Thanks so much for the advice so far.

Yes, my front speakers are no deeper than 16". 18" depth behind screen wall ok? Not sure the amount of treatment on front wall would be needed.
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Thanks so much for the advice so far.

Yes, my front speakers are no deeper than 16". 18" depth behind screen wall ok? Not sure the amount of treatment on front wall would be needed.
My speakers are almost touching the screen... Are your speakers happy being close to the wall? We put 2" of Roxul on our front wall, and it worked out nicely.

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