Welcome to Acoustic Frontiers Blog

Creating a system you love shouldn't be difficult. The Acoustic Frontiers blog is here to help.

Adding a Home Theater Riser to an Enthusiast's Room

by ct_acoustic_frontier January 28, 2022

Adding a Home Theater Riser to an Enthusiast's Room

Client Profile

Mr. Ang was one of the first enthusiasts who Acoustic Frontiers designed and created a home theater for. A case study on his project can be found here: AN ENTHUSIAST’S FIRST DEDICATED HOME THEATER ROOM.

Project Overview

Creating a home theater riser and installing "proper" home theater recliners has been high on Mr. Ang's list for many years. Of course when the time came Mr. Ang contacted Acoustic Frontiers for the design.

Acoustic Frontiers Solutions

We supplied home theater riser construction level documentation to allow a third party carpenter to construct a riser for Mr. Ang. Our typical design documentation for most aspects of home theater design is schematic in nature. We do, however, create much more detailed construction level documents - or blueprints - for key parts of the theater, including sound isolation, screen / baffle walls, risers, HVAC supply / return mufflers, etc. Most contractors do not have the specific experience of how to construct these elements, and as they are so critical to the final performance of the theater, it is imperative that they are designed properly. Screen / baffle walls are perhaps the most complex to design, as they need to hold speakers and screen in the right position whilst providing a good acoustical environment. For home theater risers, the key things are to create a structure that does not resonate, buzz or rattle. The air volume inside risers can also be used to provide additional bass trapping. This is typically done adding cutouts in the riser for "venting". These vents are normally covered with a HVAC register with black acoustical fabric on the bottom of it. The high volume to open surface area ratio naturally acts as a low pass filter, providing absorption in the lowest frequencies only. The percentage open area must be calculated, as must the internal volume, and the number and placement of vents engineered to create the desired low frequency bass trapping effect. Just cutting a few vents in here and there will not turn your riser into a bass trap, there is some definite engineering that needs to take place here! [caption id="attachment_3791" align="aligncenter" width="1053"]Riser Framing Plan Example of a construction level piece of documentation, in this case the framing plan for a riser.[/caption]

The Results

The riser was constructed by a contractor that Mr. Ang found locally. The riser was covered in carpet and included step lighting. The seats used were Elite's home theater recliners. Home Theater Riser Home Theater Riser  


ct_acoustic_frontier
ct_acoustic_frontier

Author



Also in Case Studies

April's project - a kick ass dedicated home theater for an enthusiast!

by ct_acoustic_frontier July 06, 2022 0 Comments

Continue Reading

May's Project - A Dedicated Listening Room for a $150k Stereo Rig

by ct_acoustic_frontier July 06, 2022 0 Comments

May's project of the month is a dedicated listening room incorporating YG Anat speakers and BMC amplifiers and DACs. Acoustic Frontiers determined speaker and listener positions, designed and provided the acoustic treatment scheme and calibrated the EQ. Dedicated listening room including YG Anat speakers, BMC DAC and amps and Primacoustic Acoustic treatment

Continue Reading

Basement Home Theater: Black, But Not Boring

by ct_acoustic_frontier July 06, 2022 0 Comments

Continue Reading

Contact Us About This Product

video-design

Nyal Mellor, Founder, Acoustic Frontiers

  • (415) 524-8741
  • Serving USA & Canada
  • Fairfax, Northern California, USA

ask us a question about this product