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As many people before me have said, it pays to give back. I have looked at so many designs and builds and have stolen so many ideas or rather copied.

So here goes my build:

But you may soon see I am not a man of many words so please ask questions, cause I will probably forget alot of details.

Room: The room will be in the basement it will be 25 feet by 13.8 feet wide. I will have a finished space of 21 feet by 13.6 feet. I have to build a false wall as you will see from the pictures that follow.

Sound: This is an almost all Energy 5.1 system.
Towers: Energy CF-70
Center: Energy CC-10
Surrounds: Energy CR-10
Subwoofer: Outlaw LFM-1 Plus
Receiver: Denon AVR-1712

Video:
Projector: Benq W1060
Bluray: Samsung 5500
Satellite: Bell Motorola 9242 PVR with Picture in Picture and 2tb external hard drive

That's the hardware let's look at the build.
 

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The basement consists of an existing bathroom that we had the builder finish as part of our build.




The builder also left space for a bedroom. It won't be big at 13x7.6 feet but it will work for our guest bedroom, which is a good thing.

So here was what the basement looked like when we took possesion of the house 6 days ago.




As you can see there is a bump out at the front of the room that is 4 feet deep by 9 feet wide....we are going to make this into a false wall....hopefully!!
 

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Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of just the framing...too busy slaving away to try and get this room ready for drywall.

The plan is too fully insulate and do That is now fixed and will be good to go for final inspection.

Day #1 of construction

Discussing how to build a false wall

I found a picture of the bedroom framing
 

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End of day #6 Construction

I just sweated my butt off for the past 2 days insulating every corner of the basement. I never ever want to do insulation again. That really stunk, but what was worse was getting the acoustical sealant all over the place including myself. Hate that stuff!!

Ready for drywall:


A couple things to make note of. To the right of the screen wall near the ceiling you can see my equipment rack. It turned out way better then I could have ever imagined. I can't wait for the finished product, I think it's going to be great.

Second, you can now see the framed portion at the bottom of the wall. That is the entrance to the room behind the wall. It is also motivation for me to be skinny so I can wiggle my way through there. Could be interesting in the future.

Here is a shot that shows the entrance to the bedroom.


I have hired out the drywall and my guy will be starting tomorrow. He tells me it will take 7-10 days till it's ready for paint.

So that's all I have for awhile.
 

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Theaters popping up all over the province.
 

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Before drywall I assume you ran all your audio cables, ethernet, electrical, etc.
Much easier before walls are installed.
 

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Before drywall I assume you ran all your audio cables, ethernet, electrical, etc.
Much easier before walls are installed.
I didn't have any pictures of the electrical we did so I didn't really talk about it.

But since you mentioned it:

I ran cat6 to behind the wall as I will be putting my wireless router behind there. I am planning to plug my Bluray and my pvr directly into the router so that I don't have to run them wireless, which should help with the streaming of netflix etc...on the bluray player.

I ran a 35ft hdmi cable and 2 15ft hdmi cables to behind the wall as well. The 2 15 footers are located on the side wall. We will use these to plug our laptop in for streaming as well as for our digital camera for watching videos or slideslows of the pictures.

I ended up with probably 5-10ft too much on the hdmi cable for the projector. Oh well better safe then sorry.

We also wired a light switch and a light for behind the wall so I can do any wiring and see what I am doing when I am behind there.

We did a 20amp dedicated plug for the subwoofer and a 15amp for all the other equipment. I have a Rocketfish power manager that we will run off the 15amp plug.

I also ran from the ceiling 12awg speaker cable for the 2 front speakers and the 2 rear surrounds, I went back and forth on running speaker wire for Front Heights as my denon 1712 can run 7.1 with front heights. I talked myself out of it because I don't have the speakers and then, from what I am reading some people don't like heights and the effect that it creates. I hope I didn't gamble and lose on that one :(

The center channel will be behind the wall so I can run cable directly to the reciever behind the wall.

For lighting we wired for 3 sconces on the side walls. 2 around the door to the bedroom and 1 near the window on the other wall. All 3 sconces will be in an infrared dimmer from Lutron that I believe will work with my Harmony One remote. I am pretty excited about being able to control the lights with my remote. I hope it works!!

I think that covers all the electrical :gulp:
 

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Sounds like you got it all layed out. :T
 

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Other wiring considerations - if you are planning on powered subs, you may want to allow for passive connections as well. It sure can't hurt to future-proof as much as possible. I made connection points for subs in every corner of the room just in case I ever wanted to go for 4 subs.

It also allowed me some flexibility when it came to doing the sub crawl later......
 

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One thing I wish I had done, and ended up adding after, is an extra speaker cable to all three front speaker locations for bi-amping. I know there's debate out there on bi-amping, but in my case it seems to make a difference.
Hmmmmmm....now you really have me thinking....I was going back and forth on it...and like the argument goes bi-amping doesn't really have any benefit so I was believing that side of the argument. The Energy CF-70's have an efficiency of 96db's so I think that is why I talked myself out of doing bi-amping as my denon should have no problem running them on 2 channel's.

I may changed my mind on it though. Plus i could always just run the wire and leave it in the box and not hook it up. I had better decide right away :scratch:
 

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Other wiring considerations - if you are planning on powered subs, you may want to allow for passive connections as well. It sure can't hurt to future-proof as much as possible. I made connection points for subs in every corner of the room just in case I ever wanted to go for 4 subs.

It also allowed me some flexibility when it came to doing the sub crawl later......

That is a great point...My previous room had 2 subs....sadly this new room is just so skinny and with the bedroom door on the other wall it has really limited where I can put stuff in the room.

So the only place I have room for the sub is behind the false wall. Luckily there is room for 2 subs back there. The other benefit is that the sub crawl is going to be really easy :gulp:

Positions for the sub is one of the really big compromises I had to make with this theater. :hissyfit: I sure hope it sounds good in the spot I have room for it :gulp:

Dang all you guys with your really good suggestions....Just when I thought I had thought of everything :help:
 
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