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So far so good. They sound nice. An improvement over the B&Ws, and the B&Ws sounded great in here.

I ran the Emotiva room correction on the UMC-200 this morning. Normally I've ran it but preferred the flat sound better. Today it did a nice job of blending the LCRs with the surrounds and rolled off a bit of the honk that was there in the flat setting.

I just tweaked the sub level and crossover settings. Plus EmoQ terrible at setting distances. I tweaked those and it sounds pretty darn good in here.

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Well, I got sick of using the PS3 as a bluray player and finally picked up a standalone player to use for discs and Vudu. Of course I've been wanting the Oppo 103 since it came out, but I don't need/want the Darbee, and since I'm not going to go for the higher end model and connect it directly to an amp, I just couldn't justify the extra expense. So yesterday I put an end to the internal debate and went to BB and picked up a Panasonic BDT360 and a handful of blurays. You know, to test it out and make sure it works right.

And the verdict is it definitely works. Loads up discs quickly and passes the correct info to the Emotiva. The Vudu app performs better than the PS3, too.

So while I was installing that I took a few extra minutes to straighten up my rack a bit.

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And then today I finally took the time to set everything up and run REW. And on the second pass, I had success! Not a huge difference from the EMO-Q that I'd been using since installing the eD LCRs, but a definite improvement. I was prett happy with the EMO-Q once I reset the correct distance settings and speaker sizes, but my new PEQ settings remove the chestiness that EMO-Q left. Still a nice horn sound, but cleaner upper-midrange. Very happy right now.

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Decided over the last few weeks that I wished I had gone with my original thought of a 2:1 aspect ratio screen. Makes 16:9 feel a little more cinematic and minimizes the black bars on 2.35 and 2.39 content.

So this weekend I bought a 1x8 and used up my extra velvet. I friction fit a masking panel across the bottom and adjusted the projector's throw. It also has a 2:1 mode in it that turns off pixels outside of that area, so there's no bleed.

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Admit it . . .you actually torn your screen in a fit of rage Saturday afternoon and had to patch it!
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So, last week I upgraded my projector to the Panasonic AE-8000u. Picked it up used from a good friend down the street who just upgraded to 4K. I have to say, it's quite the upgrade from my Optoma HD20. The Optoma was great for what I paid, I absolutely got my money's worth out of it. But the Panasonic has zero screen door, where the Optoma was pretty noticeable. The picture quality is phenomenal. And even those who might not notice any of the visual improvements definitely notice how much quieter the Panasonic runs.

It also came with the added benefit of having been calibrated by Jeff Meier by the previous owner...I haven't done any tweaking to the video settings yet, going from one black room to another. Any tweaks that are required should be minimal.

Basically, I'm really pleased with this upgrade. Should be set for quite awhile on gear at this point (famous last words).
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"Should be set for quite awhile on gear at this point" Famous last words indeed. I think this is the enabling-type of support group for upgraditis.
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Talk about an upgrade!
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Not to mention my friend down the street.

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I haven't since the PJ has gone up. But it's a good idea.

If you're into that type of thing. Exercise and such
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I have a 42" plasma in my workout room and watch about 90% movies and about 10% music to workout to. I would totally do that if I could, but sometimes it's good to separate work from fun.

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Well, I'm gutting part of the theater for some soundproofing upgrades. Pulled out the equipment, ceiling and rear walls, going to do some better insulation and then drywall. Better deal than the 1x6 cedar planks.






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Hurry dude. Only 5 more days til kickoff!
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Paint is up. Need to get ceiling trim and lighting in next. Plug one of the windows so I can mount a surround there. Build the third level of the riser.

Picked up my new used carpet from my friend down the street - it's in much better shape than what I pulled out. After buying his old projector and now his carpet, the migration of his theater to mine is progressing nicely.

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By the way, I know you can see the seams in the drywall. I mudded and taped, but didn't sand. I'm going to cover all the seams with the cedar planks I pulled out like I previously did for the walls. It should end up looking like a nice, coffered ceiling.

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I like the coffered look that should add an interesting visual element to the build. Looking forward to seeing all of this come together, as are you I'm sure.

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Ames, IA media room remodel - Cinema 1858

Well, I'm not going to get it running in time to watch ISU thump Iowa tonight, but I did make some more progress.

Got the riser placed and put back together so I can measure and build the extension in the back.


And I framed out and plugged the third window, insulated and drywalled so I can mount my surround speaker there instead of on the ceiling.


And I also cleaned up a bunch of the cedar so I can get that onto the ceiling and walls as quickly as possible.

The rest should come together pretty quickly, though I'll be out at CEDIA all this coming week. The 10yo is clamoring to have friends over for movie night.


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I stumbled upon your thread. It was a fun read watching the evolution of your theater. Looking forward to seeing the latest stage of evolution.

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Ps: I resisted any smack talk about iowa and iowa state ...I don't want to ruin the good vibes.
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Well I've made more progress today than our football team has.

Ceiling is pretty much trimmed out, which means I was also able to wire my lighting and turn the electric back on. Everything works!




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This is shaping up VERY nice - keep those photos coming
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Will you hurry up and finish this so we start winning some games???
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Is THAT what's wrong??? Crap! And I'm at CEDIA all week!

A month ago when I realized that this trip coincided with the ISU at TCU game in Ft Worth I considered trying to go to the game. Now I wouldn't trade in my empty cans for a ticket to that ****show.


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Got the main level carpet in today! Started putting my screen wall back in but need to trim a couple supports. Going to hang the screen and projector and make sure the front row/riser are where I want them, then extend the riser to the back and wrap this puppy up!








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