Building a new listening room. Help ?

I have searched the archives and I have not found a thread that helps me out yet. I have a section of our basement that I can turn into a listening room/office without getting too much grief from the wife. The rough dimensions (before adding wall materials) is 7 feet high (low duct problems) by 13 feet wide, 16 feet long. Only one small basement window in the back that can be covered. I want this little room to have big sound, big bass. I also want to soundproof so I can listen at high volume. I assume that building a room that is not coupled with the existing structure (other than the concrete walls (on 2 sides) or the floor (concrete as well) is a good way to start. I have no problem creating odd shaped, tapered walls so that it is not just a shoebox. I would prefer it to be subtle if possible, so it is still usable in the future. I assume wall treatments will be necessary, but I would like to keep them subtle if possible too. Given the outer dimensions is it possible to get down to 25 hz? I will be running 2 pairs of Infinity Kappa 9's powered by 2 600 wpc Sunfire Signature Stereo amps (running 1200 wpc into each of the 4 Kappa 9's at 4 ohms). This will be a 2 channel set-up only BTW. What resource (including yourselves) would help me in doing this little project? Books, sites, software, the works...
Robert E. Green has written some cool stuff on the TAS website, and if I remember correctly, makes reference to other literature on the subject of acoustics. Good luck. If it were me personally, I wouldn't worry about how low the theories describe the room can go, because the dimensions are beyond your control. Also, how is it possible for headphones to go below 25 Hz, if a large room is required to hear deep bass? In asking this, I am trying to provoke your own curiousities. There's no substitute for doing your own research. All the best to you.
Several very good questions. First, 16 feet, your longest dimension is roughly 38Hz (1/2 wavelength). You can not get even 1/2 of a 25 Hz wavelength in this room. However, this does not mean you can't play notes at that frequency in the room. Notes below 38Hz will be reproduced, but as pressure rather than (I'll call it) free flowing waves. This is similar to what happens in a car or headphones. You aren't going to have that low organ rush (like a wave of sound going by you) of pressure that you do in the Cathedral, but if your speakers are up to it, you will reproduce sound pressure at that frequency. So don't be overly concerned about the room dimensions. The next problem is standing waves. You may have heard of the Golden Triangle. If you have not, try to get a copy of Stereophile Guide to Home Theater Issue 23, March/April 1999. It discusses this principle in length. Your dimensions are close, but not perfect. You can alter one of your dimensions, or you can do as you suggested and slightly taper the walls. Be sure to taper your back wall as well, the 16 foot length will give you the biggest problem if it is not addressed. There are other ways to combat the standing wave problem and that is to build bass traps into the walls. In this way you don't have to taper the walls, but it requires patience in tuning the traps once you are done. If you are interested in this route you can e-mail me and I will give you more information on how to do this. Last item is the floor. I'm assuming, since it's a basement that it is concrete. I had the same situtation and used a floating floor of wood laminant. I then used an area oriental rug for sound absorption. I like the near field reflection off the floor in my room. However, there is one big difference--my ceiling height is 11 feet. I don't think I would recommend a hard surface floor with a low ceiling. High density natural fiber carpet is probably your best bet. You will also need some absorbers and possibly diffusers, but you can deal with those once the room is built unless you want to build them into panels on the wall. Asthetically, that can be very nice, but from cost standpoint it's probably not necessary. Sonex or other panels for first order reflections work very well and can moved to the correct location if you move your speakers and/or listening position. Lastly, I would like to point out a book that can answer your questions in far more detail than I can in a post: Master Handbook of Acoustics. It's available from Amazon. I have ordered a new software package for room evaluation, that allows for non-parallel walls. I have not received it yet, so I really can't tell you how well it works, but it looks promising. The software can be found at: Hope all this helps, and good luck.
As Abstract7 mentioned, the Master Handbook of Acoustics is a good reference about room acoustics, sound proofing and sound absorbing materials. Another good book, Sound Studio Construction on a Budget deals more specifically with building and setting up rooms for different purposes. They cover home listening and home theater setups, mostly for the acoustic purposes. For the sound proofing that you are looking for, they cover that for different cases in sound studios, in building a drum isolation chamber, and voice over booth. The book points out a lot of interesting things about sound transmission through different materials, insulation, concrete, airspace etc. The book does a good job of explaining the goal of each type of room and how to acomplish the goal through room shape, treatment, placement of equipment, diffusers, absorbers etc. I think it would be a good starting place for you since you are starting from scratch, it will give you a lot of good ideas for your design.
Contact Thiel, and see if they will send you their paper
on room construction. Thiel, Kimber and Cardas seem to
have the most available for consummers on listening rooms.
I've been beaten to the punch here: when I saw the thread, I was poised to recommend the Master Handbook of Acoustics (but be sure to get the 4th edition) AND Sound Studio Construction on a Budget. All I can add is the name of the author, which others have curiously omitted: F. Alton Everest. I might add that I have DIY diffusor plans, also plans for Argent Room Lens clones: email me if interested. Good luck!