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Just starting on finishing the Theatre room in my house. The previous owner built it but didn't finish it out.

First things first. I have a large opening of 12 ft on right wall from viewing position to enable more flow to and from the game room adjacent.

the room is 25 deep x 15 wide x 10 tall

Primary purpose: Watching football games and entertaining. Xbox Gaming. Movie watching.

Primary Equipment:
Epson 6010 UB Projector - Split screen hdmi source for watching multiple games or playing multiple xbox as well as parallel source to duplicate into game room.
Denon 3313ci Amp - For multi-zone audio for attached game room
Def Tech 8060 Floors and 8040 Center and Surrounds.
 

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Thx Peter.

I must first say this is a very addictive, expensive, and confusing adventure!

I am on information overload right now.

I have a separate media closet where I currently house:
Xantech 8 zone audio
Xantech 4 way component matrix - for smaller house tvs
Direct Tv boxes
Apple Tv
Grace Audio
Dual FM Tuner
Routers, Cable Modem
Intercom
Security Cameras
HomeSeer Server - Zwave lighting
URC Msc 400

All of that was DIY and pretty easy compared to what I'm getting into here.

My plans are a 12 seater with 2 rows of 4 recliner style and a bar in the back.
I plan on a 1.5 ft false wall in the front with a vutech 123.
First row of seats at 11 feet (eye to screen) and second at 17 on riser. Then bar for 4 right behind.

I'm thinking of a remote control curtain to perform the blackout to the other room for better light control when watching movies. I also think I will need to install a better sound proof scheme in connected room to prevent leaking of sound to the rest of the house.

I have some wire and sound on order to start understanding the room acoustics.

My wife has fabric samples of Pallisar on order as well as GOM for wall panels.

My current delimas / questions

Sound proof on the front wall? Even when using BiPolar Speakers? The Def Tech towers have speakers pointing to the rear and it seams this would defeat the purpose.

50 ft runs to the media closet? Does a 50 ft HDMI cable really work wel or are baluns better?

Researching how to best kill the room echo. Very "tin"ny.

The new soffit I just added seams to need treatment but Im not sure what. I was going to just use it as my wire housing and just add drywall.
 

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Wardsweb,

I was just posting about this. To be honest, I just built it yesterday after viewing others theaters mostly to contain smaller perimeter lights and as an easy cable management location.

I'm thinking I can add something in there as a base trap but still researching.

I'm not very organized/experienced on this project so things will definitely change as others advise.

Most of my other construction projects have started on a napkin drawing as well.
 

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50 ft runs to the media closet? Does a 50 ft HDMI cable really work wel or are baluns better?
I have found this article from RAM Electronics to be helpful in terms of choosing HDMI cables. Other members may be able to chime in with advice about the limitations of HDMI at longer distances. I have had good results with HDMI over CAT5 for longer runs. Monoprice.com has what you need to do that. They have good prices on HDMI cables as well - I am using a couple of theirs at home.
 

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I used my soffits as bass traps from 20-200 by lining with insulation and facing it with ..... sorry, I cannot recall the name at the moment but it is like a thick vinyl. If you are interested, you can search my build thread for "soffit" - follow the link in my sig.
 

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Thanks for the quick replies. I have some research todo tonight.

A few more photos


Theater entrance from game room.


current media closet


Blue lines are where columns will go

and for fun..

my new favorite stud finder from Franklin. it shows you the studs exact location. Very friendly when working around plumbing in the wall. It doesn't detect electrical or water like my other but is amazing at finding studs.
 

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You had someone do most of the work for you...that is pretty lucky.....keep up the good work, I can't wait to see the finished product.
Thx Jgourlie.

I was very fortunate to have the space already there. Some of it has been recently done by me and a friend such as the large opening (needed open flow space even though I will pay acoustically), temp Media Closet shelving and the bamboo hardwood floors.

I don't do drywall, paint or framing but the rest I have done myself so far.

I like your Theatre. I am thinking of a similar false wall.
 

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Thx Jgourlie.

I was very fortunate to have the space already there. Some of it has been recently done by me and a friend such as the large opening (needed open flow space even though I will pay acoustically), temp Media Closet shelving and the bamboo hardwood floors.

I don't do drywall, paint or framing but the rest I have done myself so far.

I like your Theatre. I am thinking of a similar false wall.
I didn't have much choice with the false wall because of the foundation coming out into the room....If I could do it again, I don't think I would have drywalled the whole wall like I did as it blocks alot of the subwoofer sound. But, on the good side it's not as loud therefore my wife is happier...lol
 

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jg,

I am planning on speaker cloth front wall.

I dry fit my projector tonight to do some testing and learning... Epson 6020 UB



Tried out the projector with large light coming in from next room

This was all just against a single white coat of paint. I bet a screen would work better.



from left front seat position



New things learned.....

Add a few usb ports / power into one of the columns to charge the usb 3D glasses.

need to have 2 hdmi and one component run to projector.

Also it has vga from computer but I think my PC laptop is hdmi out so I should be good there and I should be able to airplay my mac onto the screen.

Definitely need to consider ir repeater to it and rs 232 cable to control.
 

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Looks like it is coming along nicely. What are the dimensions of your soffits? Are you going to wrap cloth on the front and bottom?
 

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Thx for your thoughts. Im not sure I will do speaker cloth due to esthetics. The drop is 16 " wide by 8" tall. I plane to 45 the corners to smooth out the look.

I wonder if bass is so penetrating why you couldn't use as a base trap even with drywall finish??

I ran 500 ft of speaker cable today and 200 ft LFE as RG6. This is my first LFE so I hope I'm doing it right.

I'm enjoying the system already and watching Thor (yes the project does slow once the projector is up) via Amazon prime right now. I wonder if they use a different format? I have a 16:9 screen painted temporarily on the wall but the format is much wider. is this the 2.something format?

I had to tone and wrangle the previous owners mess today.



I ran 5.2 so far. 5 - 12 gauge in wall monster and 2 coax. I still have another 2 runs for back wall in theater room and 2 for the game room bipolar speakers. Back to amazon for more cable.



Final coats of trim and paint went up in the game room.

 
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