Over the last few years here at Digital Home we have started to do a lot more theaters again.
Our company started pretty much as a home theater company but in 2008 the amount of home theaters we did went down significantly. That has has now changed!
In 2017 & 2018 we have completed over 40 theaters and from that we have seen a lot. Specifically, we have seen many mistakes that people make when building their theaters. Most are not killers but if you can avoid them I would highly recommend to.
Below, is a video I made that discusses these mistakes.
1. Not putting acoustics in the room. Sheet rock alone is not a good acoustical material. It is too hard. The sound will bounce all over the room and not make for an optimal listening experience.
2. Room Shape - Many people will build square rooms or put their screen on the wrong wall. The key, is a rectangular room with the screen set up so the room is longer than it is wide.
3. Platform Size - The platform should be large enough for someone to lean back in their chair and other people to still be able to walk past. We recommend you make the platform 84 inches for that reason although we see a lot of people do 79 inches now as well.
4. Sheet Rock - Normal sheetrock is fine if the room is already built but if you are building a room from scratch we highly recommend using QuiteRock. This is a sheetrock alternative that does a better job at ensuring you don't have sound leakage into other rooms in the house.
5. Lighting/ HVAC - What I mean this is how you set up your lights and HVAC vents matter. They effect the sound. Large high hat lights let out sound and metal vents rattle. Think about this before building a room.
I hope this helps with your home theater construction and if you have any thoughts feel free to comment below or message me!
Have a great day!