new home theatre questions

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  1. paul_austin

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    Ok soon in the new house we're moving into I'll be able to do whatever I need to the basement to make it my home theatre. First question is about my cement floor...should I go with carpet or hardwood tiles? Construction will be way way off so i have plenty of time to mull stuff over.
     
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    I'm going with carpet over Dri-Core panels. The Dri-Core panels are about 2'x2' wood panels with a plastic bottom with raised cleats to allow air movement under the floor so your carpet stayes warm and dry. I have my panels down but no carpet yet. These panels give the floor a more "upstairs-like" feel. I bought my Dri-Core panels from Home Depot.

    Dan
     
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    Although many people will recommend carpet because of accoustical reasons, hardwood is fine. Our ears/brains compensate for reflections from the floor on their own.

    Hardwood tiles directly on cement might be a little...hard... and uncomfortable to walk on. I used carpet and pad, (over a wood subfloor) so I can sit on the floor and watch if I want too, or walk in the room barefoot and still be comfy. It also stays warm in the winter.
     
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    We recently switched our a carpeted floor for wood, and the wood is definitely more “live.” If this is a dedicated room, I’d go with carpet. Basically, any time you put a large soft covering over a large hard surface, reflections are reduced.

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    I should add that if you have a hardwood floor, you _will_ want absoption elsewhere in the room.
     

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