About this blog
We're getting ready to build a media room on the lower level of out house, so I thought I'd create a blog that would document the trials and tribulations of undertaking a project like this. The image above is obviously not the room, but one of the images (among many) that we're using for ideas. But I'm jumping ahead... 🙂
All my life I've been an audiophile as I've always loved good quality music. Even when I was in high school I was always reading the catalogs from various companies that were around back then and dreaming of 20 watts per channel. Yes, that was a lot in the late 60's when "stereo" was the big thing. My first "real" speaker was an Advent and I thought I was living the high life.
Once I got to college, I spent a lot of time listening to music at a HiFi store in Knoxville, and that's where I discovered the Ohm F's that I eventually purchased, even though I went through another pair or two of speakers before purchasing the Ohm's. To power those I had a Phase Linear 400 power amp and Phase Linear 400 preamp along with a Thorens turntable.
After I got out of college I ended up selling the Ohm F's (big regret) to get a car, and it wasn't until the mid 80's that I jumped back into the stereo business. I actually worked at Stereo Village down in Buckhead for a while before getting a real job. It was then I purchased a pair of Ohm Walsh 4 speakers (that I still own), a Carver M1.5t power amp (that I still have, refurbished), and a Carver C4000t preamp. The company "Carver" was started by Bob Carver who also created all of the Phase Linear equipment that I purchased.
So here I am again... and this time pretty much starting over from scratch.
I have figured out most of the equipment that I'll be using but a few pieces are still up in the air, so I have a few decisions to make on what path to travel. We have a very good idea how we want to the room to look, and I'll be talking more in detail about that as we proceed.
I was originally going to have Atlanta Home Theater to do this job but due to COVID and how much work they have going on right now, it just wasn't going to work out, so I have contracted with Quest Acoustical Interiors to do the room design and I'm sure I will have them do the project management as well.
Here are the items that will be included in the project design (just copied and pasted).
- Acoustical Treatment Recommendation
- Acoustical Treatment Locations
- CAD Drawing of the Floor Plan
- CAD Drawing of the Front Elevation
- CAD Drawing of the Rear Elevation
- CAD Drawing of the Side Elevation One Side (Two if required)
- Projection Screen size and location included on drawings
- Speaker Locations for 7.4 system (4 or more subs)
- Speaker Location Immersive Surround Formats (up to 32 speakers): Explore the limits of the technology!
- Seating locations
- Seat Platform location and dimensions for optimal sight lines
- Acoustic analysis graphs: Ray traces, Response Model, Sweet Spot Analysis
- Electronics Recommendation
Build-out details ready for your contractor:
- Seating Platform complete build-out details
- All elevations build-out details (front, rear, sides)
- Screen wall and stage build-out details
- Column design, locations, and build-out details
- More professionally designed build-out details... avoid surprises when you fire your system up
- Detailed Electrical Plan
- Complete Low Voltage Plan
- Detailed Reflected Ceiling Plan
- Complete Lighting Plan and recommended fixture specifications
- Projector Cabinet (hush box) build-out details for quiet projector operation
Conquer every aspect of high performance theater design:
- Full Sound Isolation Build-out Details (Plan Specific); Quiet theaters sound amazingly better.
- Complete Framing Plans (every detail)
- Over the Top Themes or Exquisitely Detailed Interiors
- HVAC and Mechanicals designed for the quietest and most comfortable performance
The room will be calibrated and that is approximately a two day process. I'll talk a LOT about that when the time comes since that is one of the most critical parts of the job. Luckily the person that will be doing the work (Adam Pelz) is the best in the country, so I am REALLY fired up about that. 🙂 On top of that, I will be using the expertise of Jim Smith, from right here in Cumming. Jim is the premier speaker "voicing" person in the country. The combination of these two gentleman along with proper room design and acoustical treatment, ought to make for best sound that the room and equipment will allow.
I'm debating whether I want to add a projector in addition to the TV (Sony 85" 950H), so I'll explore that with Quest. My primary focus is music, but obviously movies are important. I already have a media computer (I will probably build a new one) running JRiver Media Center that will be integrated into the system. I have about 32,000 songs or so in my collection and many of those are high resolution FLAC and DSD files in addition to the SACD's and DVD-Audio discs, and not to mention some movies/concerts and other items. Since the media computer is already connected to the household Sonos system via a Sonos Port, there is no need to have any specific integration for that. We will tie in all the lights and window shades (and whatever else we can) to our existing Control4 system. I'll create a separate post about the equipment that I will be using. I am going for a 5.3.6 Atmos type system, and I'll talk about that in another post.
That's it in a nutshell. I just signed the contract this weekend so we could get started and I can't wait. I need to try to get this done before we go on our Rocky mountain trip in late spring early summer, not sure if that will work but we'll see!
Guess what? The guy that is doing the design, Shawn Byrne, works at the Topeka NWS office, been there 18 years and a meteorologist for 28. Invisible Threads. 🙂
I'll have more in the coming days as we get started with the process, it ought to be interesting.:-)