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In about a month I plan on breaking ground on starting to convert our 2 car garage to a dedicated home theater. The garage is already dry walled and we will be ripping out the drywall on the walls and ceiling to see what we have to work with. The garage is 23' 4" long, 19' wide with a 9' ceiling. We have a door on the backside of the garage that leads out to our pond, a water heater, and furnace are in the wall right next to the door, and these need to be taken into consideration for the dimensions of the theater.

We will be extending the front of the garage out 5' to enclose our front channel speakers (3 La Scalas (heavily modified) , 2 Heresy HIPs and 1 of 2 Danley DTS-10 subs).. The goal is to hit 115db @ 10hz with a low power amp. I am trying to cut down our electricity bill as much as possible so a friend of mine is building me a 10 channel "D" class chip amp that will put out no more than 30wpc... Since all my speakers are 98 db or greater efficiency I figure this should be more than enough power to listen at reference levels.

The walls will be built as a double 2x4 wall with fiberglass insulation, OSB, and 2-3 layers of sheet rock with green glue. The ceiling will be 2 layers of sheet rock and maybe OSB if the ceiling can support the added weight of the OSB. Making the room as quiet as possible is a must as it is right below our Master Bedroom and I like to watch movies late at night.

We will be running 12 gauge Monoprice cable in conduit for all 9 channels. We are using Monoprice Redmere cables for all HDMI. The equipment rack location will be on the same wall as the Heater and water heater.

Are the room dimensions good for a HT or could they be reduced in some areas to get a better setup?

I will try and get some drawings up so this setup will make more sense. Any suggestions are welcome as I want to do this right the first time.

Parts list:
USB electrical outlets for power recliners
5/8" drywall (2 layers)
Green Glue 5 gallon buckets

Specs:
walls 24" on center


Finished pics...













Looking from the HT to the pond entrance.


Looking from the HT entrance to the Skimmer.


Entrance to the HT.



Here you can see the door.



New seats. (have been moved to the front row)


We now have our HT door sign temp mounted (it will be flush mounted soon). I also have a Panamorph UH-480 lense arriving next week. I am hoping I can get more brightness, and not have to worry about changing aspect ratios in some movies.


Daytime...



Night time (color is different as it is set to randomly change the LED colors)...
 

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That sounds wonderful, I hope you can keep us updated with photos and airplane tickets.
Oh and if you need a nice safe home for the Klipsch, my hand is in the air !!
 
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That sounds wonderful, I hope you can keep us updated with photos and airplane tickets.
Oh and if you need a nice safe home for the Klipsch, my hand is in the air !!
I shopped very carefully and I only have $900 invested in 3 La Scalas, $500 for 2 Heresy HIPs, $800 for 2 KP3002, and 2 HPS SR70s (I have 2 more HIPs lined up for another $500). I am currently modding the La Scalas with Faital horns, drivers and Bob Crites crossovers... Cabinets have had the top portion cut off so the horn and crossover will be visible from the top, and sides with the horn to suspended from the top of the bass bin.
 

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I have been wanting a nice set of Klipsch, there are days when I just want to be engulfed by the power and the glory of a speaker that can change on a dime and provide the needed air movement to make me smile. I have heard a good number of the heritage series but not a Heresy, but I did hear a less stunning set at a friends home the other day, KLF-10's and while they had some issues, the feel of music pouring over me is unforgettable. I have not found any for sale near me, but maybe one day....maybe even the KLF-30's...or well who knows what will come up.

Hope you enjoy !!
 

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I have been wanting a nice set of Klipsch, there are days when I just want to be engulfed by the power and the glory of a speaker that can change on a dime and provide the needed air movement to make me smile. I have heard a good number of the heritage series but not a Heresy, but I did hear a less stunning set at a friends home the other day, KLF-10's and while they had some issues, the feel of music pouring over me is unforgettable. I have not found any for sale near me, but maybe one day....maybe even the KLF-30's...or well who knows what will come up.

Hope you enjoy !!

99% of the time I am not even using 1wpch to watch movies and they are sounding great!
I am assuming these are not close enough for you... http://stlouis.craigslist.org/ele/4290837735.html
 

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Wow Ron, how did you find those so fast ??
I have never used craigslist, good to know and yes St. Louis is an hour and a half from me, not too far at all.
I will send a message now.

Thank You
 

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Wow Ron, how did you find those so fast ??
I have never used craigslist, good to know and yes St. Louis is an hour and a half from me, not too far at all.
I will send a message now.

Thank You
They were posted earlier today in another forum... When you mentioned it I grabbed the link. They appear to be a steal.
 

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Sounds like someone has lined up some work to do in the coming months. Look forward to watching the build come together.
 

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Ron,

I would take a close look at Sonnie's entryway setup - his is designed much the same way you are explaining. If you can manage the same double door configuration, I would do that too - it really makes a difference in my opinion.
Thanks, will do. :T
 

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I looked at Sonnies hallway, and it is like I was planning... I am not sure if I can also put a double door into the theater though. If I can I definitely will though. :T
 

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I wouldn't worry about splaying the walls. By the time you address the other items in the garage, you'd be making the front of the theater very very narrow.
 

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So 4 layers overall? Well, that would certainly be a ton of mass but not sure the ceiling would tolerate that kind of weight - not to mention making outlets, doors, etc. fun...
 

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So 4 layers overall? Well, that would certainly be a ton of mass but not sure the ceiling would tolerate that kind of weight - not to mention making outlets, doors, etc. fun...
There will only be one door leading into the theater, so I was thinking of one door per 2x4 wall (double 2x4 wall). Would 3 layers of sheet rock plus OSB be too much for the walls? What should I do about the ceiling?
 

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OSB plus 2 layers with Green Glue woud be about the max I would do on any single wall. Think you're firmly in diminishing returns territory. Ceiling with appropriate clips and channel can support 3 layers of drywall.
 

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OSB plus 2 layers with Green Glue woud be about the max I would do on any single wall. Think you're firmly in diminishing returns territory. Ceiling with appropriate clips and channel can support 3 layers of drywall.
Should I do that on both sides of the hall way wall that we are making as a double stud?
 

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If you want but not really sure you need ALL of that. Maybe just double on the outer portion.
 

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If you want but not really sure you need ALL of that. Maybe just double on the outer portion.
Theater side... OSB, sheet rock, sheet rock with green glue
Hall side Sheet rock only or OSB and sheet rock?
 

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Up to you - 2 layers of something with GG between them. The only reason people use OSB is to always have a mounting point if they want to hang something.
 
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