When we bought our house, we were lucky to find a detached one in our price range, but it needed lots of work. I've spent the last seven years bringing it upto scratch and I'm talking major DIY like building stud walls, dry boarding and changing some room layouts, rather than just painting.
Although I'd already got 5.1 surround and bought a small sub once we moved in, I had bigger long term plans: Last year's living room project included hiding all the speaker cables, scart leads and most importantly a 10 metre HDMI to the back of the room and an MDF 'pelmet' to hide an electric screen in. Prior to my missus getting the real Oak floor that she's always wanted (that we both laid, so it's not all
me doing the DIY.
Once the work was done and we finally had a living room that we weren't embarassed to invite people into, I got my PJ. The room doesn't look like a theater, but we have lots of temporary black velvet (and a big rug over that wood floor
) that my missus helps me set up before a film, which gives maybe 80-90% of a batcave. She admitted that she expected the picture to be a bit blurry, but once she saw a BluRay on it she was amazed how clear the picture was, so that was complement enough really.
We always used to go to the Cinema when we first met, but with kids it had become less frequent (and expensive with babysitters prices factored in
). Now we can enjoy a glass or two of wine and pause the film if required, plus being detached we don't have to worry about neighbours. I can crank the volume if I want, but -15db on my amp is enough to get a good effect without it being too loud. It might help that between Audyssey and my BFD I've tamed any big peaks, so the sub isn't boomy, it just rumbles when it should and doesn't draw unnessasary attention to itself. In fact it's my missus that gets me to demonstrate the infamous 'Darla scene' to visitors to show them what the 'Oak lamp table' is for, so I guess I'm lucky.
I think initially it was just to indulge me after all the DIY work, but she enjoys it as much as me now.
Just to agree with earlier posters that commented a theatre is never finished, I'd agree with that one....I'm about to replace my Greywolf II screen with a 9" wider 2.35:1 tab tensioned Beamax screen. I'm sure once it's installed, my missus will also see why I've bothered with this latest upgrade, given her positive comments re the PQ, after I calibrated the greyscale using the I1 probe she bought me for Christmas.