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post #1 of 23 Old 05-08-2013, 09:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Early this year I started planning to rework my bonus room as a mixed theater/living room.
I don't have the option of going bat cave. And wanted the room to continue to work for casual Tv watching which I prefer to do with the lights on.

So enter the floor plan:


I had never owned a projector and didn't know exactly what to think so I picked one up to help the planning. I also built a temporary screen for testing.
This made me wonder why all remotes are not backlit... and it made me really want to be able to automate my lighting. So enter the lighting plan:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1470636/2nd-and-3rd-thoughts-on-lights-for-bonus-room-makeover

6 zones using a Grafik Eye. The room is finished so I needed a way to chase cables etc so I decided to add a soffit.

And that is where I stand today. Soffit framed, electrical roughed in, waiting for inspection.

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Some pictures of the soffit:



I used a cheap mono price mount for the tv and a power bridge for low/high voltage:


The projector is mounted using a Peerless PRGUNV (which I think is great!):



The wires pulled into my closet:


And the preparation for a 6 zone Grafik Eye (note I am not an electrician so don't do as I do!!):


I hope to have it inspected on Friday.
Wish me luck!
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Inspection passed! I wired up the receptacle(s) in the closet and all is well there. Now on to trying to fit the grafik eye in the box! I can't imagine getting it to fit in a smaller box than the masonry 4 gang unit I am using.
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Very nice set up - looks like my kind of build (usable, comfy). A room you can chill out in, not a dedicated theater! GL with the rest.
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Thanks!
I managed to get the lights on too smile.gif


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Progress update? Any recent photos?

Budget? What's that?

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Thanks for the prodding smile.gif.

Between work and life progress has slowed. But I have the insulation in the soffit and most of the drywall hung. I have never done drywall before so I am dreading the mudding of all the corners!

I also solved one of my last technical problems: I was not sure what to do about the surround speakers. I ended up building 1 cu ft enclosures into the soffit and angling them ~45 degrees down.

These enclosures will hold a pair of RS150-8 drivers and an SB29RDCN tweeter in a horizontal MTM configuration. I will cross them real low so hopefully lobing won't be terrible. The pair of RS150's should provide plenty of dynamic headroom.

Here are some pictures of the room today:





I also am about 50% done with the cabinet for my electronics. Pictures to come... (eventually)
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Looking good! They make metal 90 degree corner bead for inside and outside edges of drywall so make sure you use those if you didn't already know about them. Tape and bedding is one of those things I just could never get right either, You have done most of the hard work, Just for grins have a pro give you a quote on doing it, you may be surprised. Besides not having to deal with the mess is worth something...

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Vacations and life have intervened but I finally finished hanging the drywall. Mud starts this weekend.

I also ran into a killer deal on a middle atlantic rack that I just couldn't pass up on:


75$!!!
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Looks like a great room

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≈Lots of progress since my last post. I finished the drywall, mudding, mudding, mudding, mudding, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding and (most) of the painting.
Our couch also came which is awesome. Huge and comfy! I also blacked out the windows with blackoutez. It works fairly well but my window casing is not very thick and in a few places there is some light that bleeds through. But still a huge improvement and we can easily watch movies during the day now. We are still deciding on carpet and the tables in the picture are all temporary.



But with all that seating my dog decided to park it here:



That didn't last long smile.gif.
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Nicely done cool.gif

We have a bunch of seating and the damn cat likes to sit on the AVR. rolleyes.gif

If I were you, I'd crank the volume and send the pup on it's way. wink.gif
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Looking good. Looks like you got a woofer on your woofer....

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Nicely done cool.gif

We have a bunch of seating and the damn cat likes to sit on the AVR. rolleyes.gif

If I were you, I'd crank the volume and send the pup on it's way. wink.gif

And that is why he didn't stay on long smile.gif
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An update! I finished my surround speakers that are built into the soffit. They are DIY and I did the measurements/crossovers using Holm Impulse, Arta, and WinPCD. They are quite sensitive but are a 4ohm load (which my Pioneer 1222 seems to handle with no problem).

The boxes are 1cu ft and most of it is hidden in the soffit. The exposed portion is wrapped in cherry.

Pictures or it didn't happen right?

Some stereo listening to verify the final crossover:


And installed:




Now on to the surround backs which will use similar drivers but will be inwall completely.
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Looks nice! What are the surrounds? Is it a kit? I creeped through some of the other photos when I was looking at the surrounds in the flicker link. I'm also a boater, so nice Malibu... but it appears that woodworking is your serious hobby. The bowels and table are awesome. Beautiful work.
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Thanks for the comments! I started out making speakers. That lead to furniture which led to the lathe and bowls.

The surrounds are my own design. A write up can be found here: http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...it-RS150-MTM-s

The short story is they use two RS150-8's and an SB29RDCN tweeter. They only have a couple db baffle step because they are on wall.

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I really like what you've done. Looks very nice.


what size screen is that?
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Chad it is 105" 16:9. I plan on going to ~120 acoustic transparent eventually. That or I will end up moving and have to start over .
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Finally an update! I finished my rear speakers with some RS150/RS28A in wall MTM's.
Here is a picture looking back into the room:


Full crossover details etc can be found over at the partsexpress forum:
http://techtalk.parts-express.com/sh...-wall-RS-MTM-s

A couple more pics:




The rear sound stage is much more convincing then with my old kg 3.2's behind me on the floor . They blend well with the in soffit MTM's and are not blocked by the couch.

In hindsight I probably should have stuck with black baffles. The soffit mounted speakers disappear in the room. These do not!

Now on to some sonosubs!
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Was wondering what the dimensions of the room are?
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The primary dimentions are 16' wide by 19' deep. But the back wall has 5' knee wall so it doesn't feel quite that deep.
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