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post #1 of 5 Old 06-11-13, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Carpet Dilemma

My small theater is 80% completed. I went to Home Depot and a private carpet dealer for measurements. Maybe the installation isn't as good but Home Depot beat the local guy by $600. So I had HD measure my basement and stairs for $35. Went in there twice after undecided. So tonight I went in and THEN they decide to tell me that it takes 3 weeks for delivery before installation. I ask why I wasn't told this beforehand. Let's not go there.

So then I went to Lowes. They had in stock a low cut commercial grade dark gray carpet for $.71 a SQ. ft. Good padding was $.63 a foot. I thought this was a pretty good deal. I have dricore installed in my basement. I also have stairs I have to have done.

So my obvious question. Is this carpet OK to use in a theater? It does seem relatively inexpensive. My theater is going to be Robert Ballard Dark Blue with a gold/brown trim. The colors do look great. Screen wall is flat black. I do wonder about acoustics.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-11-13, 08:08 PM
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Re: Carpet Dilemma

Scott,.

From an acoustic point of view, the quality of the underlay is the more important of the two..
Use the best quality acoustic underlay you can afford..There a several brands available and a Google search will find what's available in your area..

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Re: Carpet Dilemma

what Scott said. the carpet you choose is all about aesthetics. it's the underlying core that you really should be thinking about. try to get at least a 1.5 inch thick underlay so as to help with sub vibrations. you'll be happier in the long run
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if you want to save money ask a few local shops for an install price and order the carpet from Georgia directly. 90% of carpet is produced in Dalton Ga and there are reps for every brand including all those at Lowes and HD such as Shaw. There are many distributors on the internet. I saved 40-50% easily this way.


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Re: Carpet Dilemma

You do need to make sure that the carpet is antistatic - this can be instant death for components.

As a general rule-of-thumb, a medium-to-deep pile carpet is best and if there is additional underlay, then so much the better. However, do check the carpet performance for static.
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