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post #1 of 22 Old 11-13-2013, 07:16 AM - Thread Starter
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I, there!
I'm from Portugal and I wanna share with you all my really modest theater & media/game room that I've been, slowly, putting together over the past 3 years smile.gif
I have to thank all of you for inspiring me to embrace such a "project"!
Meanwhile, sorry for my english! wink.gif

So, I'll leave you with some pics of the different stages of evolution of my media room:

• the projection wall:

After a lot of thinking, and because my house gets a lot of humidity in winter, I've decided that I wont be building my own screen (or buy one). I'll simply use my white wall and use washable kind of paint. Since i began this project, I've already repainted the wall 2 times.

• wall where the sofa will be installed, as well the projector. The projection distance will be arround 4 meters:


• my old fashioned home cinema system, a Sony TA-KSL7, with almost 10 years and still provides a decent sound (Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS):


• a test that I made with a borrowed 3LCD projector, the Sony VPL-BW7:



Image diagonal should be arround 100 and 110 inches. The DVD player is the Toshiba SD480E that does upscaling of DVD movies to 720p/1080p through HDMI.


As for the projector by Sony, is very quiet and really looks good, but the image quality is a letdown (on a white wall projection). It looses many details in darker scenes even with all the lights turned down.

Meanwhile, a month later, I've boughted an Optoma HD600X.
Besides the projector, I've aquired some extra material so that this project would be possible:

• 21 m of audio cable for the surround speakers;
• 10 m of HDMI cable:


• 10 m of electric cable;
• an HDMI switch:


• standard ceiling mount for the projector:


• 2 wall mounts for the surround speakers;


• some furniture and stuff from IKEA;
• a wireless adapter for my XBOX360:



Until now I'm very happy with the Optoma. Movies and Games (X360) have another "greatness" with a very good picture quality even being projected on my white wall.
I don't have a Blu-ray player. I think I will be transforming one of my desktop PCs into a dedicated media center with Windows 7 and XBMC.
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Here's some pics of the room and it's configuration starting with the unboxing of the Optoma HD600X projector:

• the box delivered at my adress:


• inside the box we have.. another box perfectly protected!


• the security stickers:


• once opened, we get the acessories:


• once more, we can see that they took in extreme care the protection of the contents inside:


• besides the normal stuff, we also get a carrying case (where the projector is):


• at the end, all that we deserve!


Front of the projector:


Top view:


The connections:
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After the unboxing, it's time to describe my media room.

• the entrance:


• what else is there to play arround with:


• the surround speakers and some cubes (Ikea) installed:


• black Tupplur from Ikea installed (first photo taken with flash and the second one without):


• the home of the DVD player, the XBOX360 (still waiting to be placed) an the Sony AV receiver:


• the screen white wall:


• the confortable mega-puff temporarily placed in the future sofa spot:


• projector installed:
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Finaly, some pictures taken from movie scenes with my old fashioned digital camera Sony DSC-S80:

• Star Wars IV: A New Hope:


• The Fifth Element (everybody takes a picture from this scene!):


• First Blood
Look! It's Horatio! wink.gif



Note: these images are from DVD movies. At this time, I still haven't got the time to put the HTPC together.

This room was previously planned to be the rehearsal "home" of the band where I used to play the drums. So, the ceiling and the walls are acusticaly isolated. A perfect place to watch some movies really loud! smile.gif
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More pics (DVD movies once again):

• Gladiator:


• 300:
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Meanwhile, I've putted together my HTPC biggrin.gif
It plays, without any kind of issues, 1080p mkv files with DTS sound. The projector is 720p of native resolution (it does 1080p by upscaling). The majority of my collection of movies and concerts are in 720p.

My HTPC runs Win 7 64 bits with XBMC installed (Aeon MQ3) and has the following components:
• Asus P5Q-SE2 motherboard
• Intel Dual Core E6400 processor
• 2 GB RAM DDR2
• HDD: 1 TB + 2 TB Seagate
• nVidia Asus EN210 Silent 1GB DDR3 graphics card (HDMI)
• Asus Xonar DS sound card
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And, finally, my "chill-out" room as it is nowadays:













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I love movies and a 50'' Plasma doesn't give me the "feeling" of the real thing. The daker scenes should be better with a plasma screen, no doubt about it! But, even for cheap a 720p projector, I really enjoy the experience wink.gif

The room that I've transformed into a theater isn't the main living room at my house. In the main living room (that is also a dinning room) I have a 6 years old 32'' Philips LCD that I intend to replace in a near future by a 50'' Panasonic Plasma wink.gif
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Did some paint job recently.
This is how it tourned out:





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And finally, three years have passed since I've started my theater/game room project, some aspects were changed so that the experience would be even more satisfying.

I have a collection of over 1500 DVD (99% are movies). It was a pain in the butt when it came to choose a movie for a night session. Precious minutes were wasted in search of the right movie, that suited the mood in that particular moment, lost somewhere in one of those shelves filled with DVD cases.
As much as I tried to organize the collection, it was never totally ordered.
Thus, since I had two extra computers which did not get any use at all, got to work and turned one into a media center PC and the other (older) into a home-server.

As the PC is based on Windows 7, gave an chance to the program that is included with this operating system. Shortly afterwards, this was fairly basic and lifeless.
Then I went in search for alternatives in this great Forum and came across XBMC, one of the most popular programs for media centers, and totally free. After some settings and applied a more attractive "skin", the program is simple to use - wife-friendly.
Useful is also the XBMC app available for Android smartphones and iPhone. Through this application, and the WiFi connection available at home, I can control all the multimedia content available in the 6TB of data of the home-server as if it were a remote control. A nice touch is, If I receive a phone call, playback is automatically paused and resumed when the call is terminated. Very useful indeed! biggrin.gif

Below a short demonstration of my XBMC media center:
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It is clear that with a HD projector and a media center, where the audio and video can be transported via HDMI through the graphic's card, it was time to upgrade the AV receiver.
Without spending a lot of money (Portugal is going through a recession and salaries are really low), I boughted a Pioneer VSX-521K receiver, whose price was very attractive and its overall ratio price/quality is well above average, in my opinion. In addition to paraphernalia of A/V connections, has four HDMI inputs and one output 1.4.

Very important is also the decoding of surround sound formats of High definition Dolby True HD, DTS-ES, DTS-HD, among others.

To get the most of the receiver, I've bought also a set of Pioneer speakers and low budget subwoofer (that I tend to replace in the future):
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Finally, to conclude this "novel", here's a quick peek to my room (captured through my not-hd Sony camcorder):

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Looks like a nice room. Good build documentation too! cool.gif
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I like it! Dark Forces RULED! I forgot all about hat gem. Played it a lot.
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Hi, guys!
I've been doing some old gaming.
I've also started on building an arcade machine, but, because of "wife" restrictions, I couldn't build the machine from scratch. So, picked up an unused Ikea stand and tried to put it all inside. It's not finished yet, but the control panel is already working a charm! smile.gif

Made a small video of 4 of my all time favourite offroad/rally games where you get a glimpse of it:
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) PC/Amiga Review:

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Love the room. Nicely done!

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My (slower than molasses) HT build here.
Now a Certified Carpet Counselor and Plumbing Counselor (Self given titles - pay no attention).
Enjoying my "almost done" theater.
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Niiiiiiiice!

Its nice to see theater rooms, especially great ones, from people all over the globe! I have a dream that all wars will be obsolete some day because all the world leaders will have theater rooms and a good movie night will settle all arguments. Anyways, I am really liking your setup. Very well done. This hobby is addicting. And the need, ok want, to upgrade is ever present. That setup needs to be in a magazine!
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Thank you very much, guys! You're comments are precious to me! Thanks!

So, here's a new episode of my still fresh gaming channel It's a Pixel THING:

Ugh! (1992) Commodore Amiga Review:
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