Prepare to have a very good feeling about this home theater.
Patrick and his wife Stephanie don't look like soldiers of the Galactic Empire, but don't let that fool you. When they decided to build a new house in Nixa, Missouri, Patrick knew that the new place had to have a dedicated home theater room.
Through various channels and conversations, he came across Shawn Byrne from Quest Acoustical Interiors, and decided right away that he was the guy to help bring his theater to life.
"Not only did Shawn have the experience and knowledge to create a high-performance theater within my budget, it turned out he shared a similar passion for Star Wars and was thrilled for the opportunity," Patrick says.
To give the appearance of the Death Star, wall panel "framing" was installed with 1/2-inch MDF (medium-density fiberboard) on which the MDF wall panels were hung.
Patrick contracted with a local business that had a CNC (computer numerical control) routing machine and was able to make the appropriate cuts in the MDF paneling as well as cut the additional detail that was applied to the surface of the MDF.
Patrick made all the light, speaker and HVAC back boxes. The HVAC supply and return boxes were lined with LinacousticRC to help dampen the sound. The projector box is also lined with the same material and is connected to the return via exhaust fan and flex duct to help vent the hot air from the projector to the return.
During the initial phases of the build, the groundwork for sound isolation began. Utilizing Serena Mat from Soundproofingcompany.com and 3/4-inch OSB (oriented strand board), the floor was laid while maintaining a gap from the walls.