My Altec Adventures (continued)
By Steve Graham
The media room renovation is almost complete. The room has essentially a nine foot ceiling. A small part eight feet high, roughly in the centre, runs side to side and conceals duct work. About half of the floor has been covered with Dricore™ and the rest has been raised slightly. The blue on walls and ceiling have been covered with paint of a neutral colour, new carpet in neutral shade has been laid, new wood blinds hung and the base board and door trim reinstalled. A few of the acoustic treatments have been remounted on the walls but I’m hesitant to go further until the Altecs return. The TV sound is listenable but I still have a few slap-echo problems to deal with.
I was looking at the acoustic treatment on the walls of the local multiplex movie theatre the last time I was there. From my research I suspect that the cloth covered treatments at the theatre contain Roxul® Rockboard®.
The Altec cabinets, apart from having a certain ‘aroma’, are also pretty beat up. The master plan is to make new cabinets and “improve” on the originals at the same time.
A chain of home reno and building stores have great panel saws at each location that will make quick work of 4×8 sheets of plywood. If you get a good operator the accuracy of the cuts can approach plus or minus 1/16 of an inch. I once made a 19 foot long, floor to ceiling wall unit for one of my brothers with birch veneered plywood cut from the reno store. I bought some iron-on edge trim from the local custom kitchen shop and finished the works applying polyurethane with a foam brush.
So the Altecs will get the Home Depot treatment soon. I’ll keep you posted.