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Hi all,

My wife finally parted with a portion of her terrace garden and let me build a home theater.

First off all I find myself very fortunate to build a room that can be dedicated to music listening and watching movies. The room will be 3.96 meters wide, 7.38 meters long and a height of 2.7 meters. So with a little more than 29 m2 it's not a big room at all.

We live in a duplex penthouse (5th & 6th floors with terrace rights). So, traditional construction methods are a bit difficult. I plan to take the prefab route.


Proposed HT Room area.
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Columns set and trusses on.
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Guest Peter the Greek

Howdy - welcome to SNA.

 

I admire your dedication to share this build, seen it on about 10+ forums now! (originally on AVS, then HT, bluray, AV, AH etc etc)

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welcome hydrovac…look forward to following. looks like a really interesting build. which part of the world do you hail from :)

 

ps have hidden your other thread asking where to post, seeing you have your answer.

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Google search the images - you'll find it on 10-20 different forums, including the finished pics....I am the only one that finds this odd?

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Google search the images - you'll find it on 10-20 different forums, including the finished pics....I am the only one that finds this odd?

Yes you are the odd one out.

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Google search the images - you'll find it on 10-20 different forums, including the finished pics...

 

So I wasn't imagining that I'd seen it before on another forum.............. :D :D

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Thank you all for your valuable comments and encouragement.

 

@ Peter the Greek, thanks for remembering seeing my post on other forums…

 

I have a passion for music, audio, Home Theater and most of all DIY… this led to my interest in audio equipment and how to make the music sound more enjoyable at home. I like to design and create my own devices and devote myself to DIY… I feel very lucky to have made many great friends with others that share the audio hobby.

 

I like to hear from members if sharing my passion is silliness? Pl advice if i should continue this thread…

 

Regards

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Hi all,

 

Not everyone goes to the same places like I do. I thought some people might like the post (those not on the 'other' forums and who haven't seen previously). I personally love build threads with lots of pics and tips though!

When I first started this thread, I thought most readers would receive it positively and anticipated nice feed back...

Should I then presume?... it is defiantly not interesting or you don't have time and it's not enjoyable or worthwhile at all. :(

 

Cheers!

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Thanks guys for the green signal :)

 

Construction of prefab wall panels:

 

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Rear wall panels:

 

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Screen wall:

 

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These pics are of the composite decking sheet being fixed....
I will add more photos as the work progress.

 

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Thanks Capone,

 

Started laying electrical, speaker and signal cables. The cabling work is being carried out by a local guy and someone from my work giving him a hand.

To reduce hum and noise I want to install a dedicated line with only a single ground from the audio / home theater system to the electrical service panel. Don’t want to attach anything other than the A/ V system to this special dedicated line.
Expecting the result to be noise and hum free power with a 'deep black background'.

 

By this stage of the project, I have already identified the following:

 

• Placement of all speakers
• Placement of A/V components
• Placement of video source
• Lighting needs
• Possible future enhancements
• Thermal Insulation & Acoustic Treatment

 

BTW I have provided a frame also…for supporting the screen.

I will try and post pics if there's interest...as soon as i work out how to do it....!!

I have all the kit I need already for this…mix of new and from old lounge... not top end by any means...but works for me...

 

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HT room exterior View from terrace.

 

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what size screen hydro ? does it need to go a bit higher so can fit in a centre below ?

The screen shown is from my old setup... am planning for a much wider screen. The old screen was kept unused for a very long time... just checking the retracting mechanism.

For screen size it's all about taste... I could easily see a 144-150 inch 2.35:1 in that space... project against the wall first THEN adjust to view and decide which screen size works best …which will be 15“ away from the front wall to accommodate behind the screen speakers.

 

I didn't want to see my speakers…. I'd prefer that they be hidden, but I do not want to sacrifice the sound quality or spend a fortune on speakers. I also wanted to start out with a 5.1 setup but future proof it to accomodate new formats in the future... I wanted to be ready for it. My initial 5.1 setup consists of 3 front speakers (left/right/center), two rear surround speakers, and a sub. To be honest, I felt that this setup is enough for a room this size. However, I wanted to plan for adding additional speakers in the future. Perhaps two additional front effect speakers, two side surrounds, and a second sub. With this functionality in mind I was able to accomodate this into my design and construction.

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Nice build! You didn't think of some doors out onto the terrace or is your compromise a hanging garden

Thanks Randle,

 

There is a french door existing on the right side of the theater wall, which can be seen in these pics.

 

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Framing work completed and AV cabinet in place….cabling almost done but for one sub signal cable. Got 20 Rock wool bags delivered yesterday.

There was a leak from one point of the slab joint side…. getting the pressure grouting done today.

 

Entry door to the theater on the left:

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Bags containing Rock wool slabs:

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AV cabinet built into the window:

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Ceiling panels getting ready:

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Insulation panels being fixed:

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Ceiling Panels fixing:

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