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Welcome,

I'd like to share my build with everyone. I started my build in June 2003. and completed the build a week before Thanksgiving 2004.

My basement is approximately 1000 sq.ft. and the Media area 16' X 30'.

Here are some pics from the start. I had no concrete plan or budget set so I just went with the flow. The goal was to finish the complete basement.


This is just after I figured out a way to frame out my HVAC ducts. I wished I'd opted to move the Utilities to the far end of the basment during the build...next time...

To the left of the image you'll begin to see the runs for the 7.1 surround, video, power etc. that area will become my A/V Rack/Closet 7' high X 2' wide.


Shot of the screen wall with sono-board going up. I used 2 layer of this for 1" thick sound attenuation.
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Alarm system prep, and Home Automation going in...


My first stab at a DIY projector mount!
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Ok lets jump ahead...drywall going up! I tried to sheet rock the ducts without this tool...after wasting a sheet or two I just rented it...only 18 bucks...


More sheetrock...


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My Audio rack build...

Rack dimensions 84" X 24" X 24"
Material: 3/4" MDF, 1 X 5 White Pine, Poplar for the door.

Tools: www.Rockler.com they have a great guide which allowed me to drill all the shelf pin hole straight...the first time. I also used their spring loaded drillbit with built in stop, so all the holes are the same depth. Lastly, picked up their hinge pocket cutting jig, and hinges. I'd highly recommend them if you are going to build cabinets, bookshelves etc.

First I got the Depot to cut all my pieces. I then sprayed them with a dark gray primer, since my basecoat will be glossy black. Then I started on the shelf oin holes,



Here is the Jig in use.




The panels were then assembled and put in place...starting to look good!



Next I used the pine to trim the face of the rack...





Next up the Door...The rockler jig allowed me to correctly align the pockets to the edge of the door...oh yeah...you need forstner bits also... to make the cut. I then routed out the lip for the tempered glass, tinted.


Stained...glass in...and hung!

Oh...I also spackled, painted, did trim work and got the berber put in...this leads to my very first setup!



Ta Daaaa! cool seating !

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My very humble setup was this:

Reciever: Sony STR-DA5000 ES

DVD Player: Sony DVP-985 Mega Changer


Speakers:Mirage OM-10 towers L/R
Mirage OM-C2 Center
Atlantic Technology 274T Surround L/R
Infinity Qudra-pole Rear Surround
Yamaha YST-1500 Subwoofer "I LOVE THIS SUB"
Da-Lite 8' 4:3 screen
Initial PJ Infocus 755P (very office grade, but could throw a huge image!)
2 months later: Infocus 4805 (WOW that whats everyone was exited about!) a huge step up fro the 755)





The finished first phase!



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What kind of seats are those in the last picture?
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I picked them up at Jennifer Convertibles...4 recliners for well under the price of dedicated chairs. My wife has since re-appropriated them for the family room...so I'm bak to shopping for more.
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Mid 2006 I set my sights on a dedicated 16:9 screen. I like to build stuff so I went for the laminate...

Here are some images of my 10' DIY 16:9 build. This literally took 1 hour to assemble and hang on the wall. The material is Wilsonart Designer White D354-60. I purchased this from a local cabinet manufacturer for well under 100 bucks. Other materials ar 1 X 3 white pine, screws, brad nails and liquid nails construction adhesive.

I did not build a frame since I have a nice felt covered screen wall. This is one thing I'd recommend...notice how the front speakers disappear? I also covered all the ductwork...my eyes stay fixed on the screen and not the long protruding run.

Here's the end result...also got the blackout drapes going on all windows and slider. I'll post the construction pics later





As you can see I'm getting a little more serious about the setup!. While I could have cropped the laminate to exacting dimensions, my goal is to eventually go to a CIH 2.35:1 setup. This will be something like 120 X 51.6" or even a 144 X 61 screen with acoustically transparent fabric and a HTB Anamorphic lens. This build will probably start this winter.


Here are some Pics of the Infocus 4805 DIY mount. I later changed to an extruded aluminum setup after I added the fixed screen.




The new sliding mount!
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On to early 2008...Time for the big upgrades

Swapped Sony 500ES for Yamaha RX-V3800
Swapped Infocus 4805 for Panasonic PT-AE2000
Swapped Atlantic Technology 274H for Mirage OM surrounds.
Upgraded to Digital Cable

Built Custom HTPC Specs Below:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R
Case: Silverstone LC16B
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500
Memory: 4GB Crucial PC8600
Storage: 4 X Western Digital 750GB in Raid 0, and 1 X 320 GB WD all SATA
Audio: Fruzen Digital X-plosion 7.1 card
Video: ATI HD 2600-XT Dual DVI-HDMI
DVD: Lite-on CD/DVD RW
Power Supply: 800 Watt
OS: Vista Ultimate


The Rack is filling up...yes I still have cassettes. Check out the 5 cassette Pioneer changer...



HTPC



Yammy



Panny... (Wow, this looked smaller on the internet!!). It came in this huge box which was double boxed. I thought it was a CRT for a moment,,,

I'll follow up with some build pics of the mounts shortly.





Mirage Surrounds...I now have the matching 5.1 setup...I'm watching ebay for another pair...


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I just noticed that some data is missing...so here goes.

After scanning the DIY Screen Threads I settled on building a Laminate Screen.

A few things helped me to decide ...not necessarily in this order.
1-Picture Quality
2-Cost
3-Availability of Materials

I settled on WilsonArt Designer White in 120" X 60". I purchased the material from a local commercial cabinet builder for less than 100 bucks. The material came in in about a week and I got to work.

Firstly, I went to the Depot and picked up about 4 strips of 1 x 3 x 10' white pine (straight ones...yes they had a few!)

Here are some pics of the build in process

Tools I Used:
Miter Saw
Small Compressor with Brad Nailer and nails.
Framing Square
Tube of liquid nails




Frame ready to glue to laminate


I then cleaned of the laminate and applied adhesive to the perimeter and fitted the frame.




The Finished product



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I am also considering the DW for my dedicated HT. While I have cave potential, I anticipate using some ambient light for football games and the like while entertaining. My only concern with DW is its performance under ambient light. How does your screen perform in ambient light?
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Hi foraye,
Great thread, thanks for the good photos !

I have a couple of questions;

What was your adhesive, contact cement ?

How did you mount the screen frame to the wall ?
(brad nailer I see listed, was that for the frame assembly or/& wall mounting)

Will you be adding masking for 4:3 & 2.35:1 movies ?

Thanks, John
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I am also considering the DW for my dedicated HT. While I have cave potential, I anticipate using some ambient light for football games and the like while entertaining. My only concern with DW is its performance under ambient light. How does your screen perform in ambient light?

It all comes down to the projector. When I had my infocus 4805, ambient lighting could not be tolerated, not because I had to have great contrast and blacker than black images, but because the image was mostly washed out.

With the Panasonic, I regularly have the 4 rear lights on over the seats, and will often have the screen door drapes open and still have a very good picture in ECO mode. I feel a lot less confined this way and can get a good breeze at the same time...cant wait for football season!
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Hi foraye,
Great thread, thanks for the good photos !

I have a couple of questions;

What was your adhesive, contact cement ?

How did you mount the screen frame to the wall ?
(brad nailer I see listed, was that for the frame assembly or/& wall mounting)

Will you be adding masking for 4:3 & 2.35:1 movies ?

Thanks, John

The adhesive was "liquid nails" or Industrial construction adhesive, good for wood, masonary and glass.

To mount the frame I used 3 inch screws, driven in about half way, like hanging a picture. The inside top edge of the frame sits on them 3 in all. I space them so I can slide the screen about a foot left to right to center the picture.

This was before the panasonic. One big detail I missed during PJ shopping was just how much more lens shift LCD projectors have compared to DLPs. I could have left the screen where ever it was and easily pan the image over to it with the panasonic.
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I see you went with RAID 0 for your HTPC. Not sure what you plan to put on there, but I hope you make lots of backups. With RAID 0 you have no parity, so while it might be faster, it is way more dangerous because if you lose one drive, you lose everything...I think for you HTPC a RAID 1+0 would be plenty fast and it gives you the comfort of knowying that if you lose one drive you wont lose all our data wit it.
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Yes I agree. With the price of attached storage these days, I've been planning to backup and convert the Raid to 1+0. Any future storage needs will be NAS etc.

I'm off to find a videocard that will accelerate .mkv and h264 without me needing a software engineering degree.

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I am actually trying to figure out what to do about a NAS solution. I was eying the ReadyNas NV+ before Netgear bought it and doubled the price. Now I am looking at the HP Media smart home server, and the Qnap 409 or 509 plus. However, my best bet might be to buy a RAID controller and build a home NAS via FreeNas or use win2k3 and do a software RAID without a card or hardware with. I think the software RAID might actuaslly be enough to do home file sharing and the price is right...free since i have all the hardware minus the RAID controller so i could do the software RAID with 2k3. FreeNas can do it too, but I hear they have issues with their software raid.
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I've been watching the olympics and surfing since the last post...for .mkv playback. I came across a fellow running a UnRaid Linux based raid that boots from a USB RAM drive check it out HERE...I love this ting already.

My HTPC has too much stuff in that case so I'll simplify things. I was trying to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, and build a HTPC/Storage Server. So, ideally I'll make the current HTPC the UnRaid since it has a MB that controls 8 SATA Drives, and has Gigabit LAN, but with its other features might be over kill for a file server.
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I've been watching the olympics and surfing since the last post...for .mkv playback. I came across a fellow running a UnRaid Linux based raid that boots from a USB RAM drive check it out HERE...I love this ting already.

My HTPC has too much stuff in that case so I'll simplify things. I was trying to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, and build a HTPC/Storage Server. So, ideally I'll make the current HTPC the UnRaid since it has a MB that controls 8 SATA Drives, and has Gigabit LAN, but with its other features might be over kill for a file server.

I know it isnt much, but make sure you realize you have to pay to get more than 3 hard drives to work.
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Add Thecus to your list. They rate very fast in performance (faster in most reviews compared to ReadyNAS) and cost less.
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Yes I saw that...I'll probably go for the full 16 package. I'll spend a little here but I save a lot elsewhere.

Still up reading through their support forum...

Thanks again,
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Add Thecus to your list. They rate very fast in performance (faster in most reviews compared to ReadyNAS) and cost less.

I check this out but it is a different animal than UnRaid...the flexibility of unraid is unmatched at this point.
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Is it just me or all of the images in this thread gone from photobucket? All Im getting is blank boxes...
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Sorry everyone...I re-organized my albums on Photobucket in a Rookie move, and it broke all my links. I just edited the links to point to the new folders, it was a lot less painful than I first thought.

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Nice Space! The felt back-drop was a great idea!
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Nice Space! The felt back-drop was a great idea!

Thanks,

I just checked out your attic...Nice! The house is lovely...
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PHASE THREE !

Upgraded Equipment:

Projector: Panasonic PT-AE8000U
Preamp/Processor: Onkyo PR-SC5508
Amplifier: Emotiva XPA-5
Screen: Jamestown Custom 140" wide 2.35:1 AT screen with Seymour XD material.
Mains: No Change
Surrounds: No Change
Sub: Out for repair

Room: The room layout will be rotated 180 deg. to accomadate the AT screen wall. I'm also planning to darken the walls and do some acoustic treatment.
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Last week everything came in. I ordered the jamestownscreen on December 20th. expecting a 4 week lead time...it got here in 8 weeks!

So its a late Christmas.
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