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And a home theater experience while you exercise as well. Nicely done. Good looking setup on the cheap.
After seeing the amount of work you have done on your room and your speaker setup, I really appreciate the encouragement. Thank you and I look forward to seeing the finished room.
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Just to add photos: see next post.
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I added a few more panels just to make the room darker while fighting the urge to upgrade the projector from the HC2000 to the HC5025. Now the image is completely watchable with the lights on.





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Another successful Halloween and right at 190 kids served. The wife thought I was crazy for insisting on 120 goody bags and a ton of extra candy only to watch in horror as my daughter and I filled bags as quickly as possible to keep up with demand. We finally gave up at 180 and just gave loose candy to the last 10 or so.

On the projector front, the wife vetoed using the projector on the glass storm door after a trial run on Friday (she thought the little ones would be too afraid to come to the door and she was right). To compensate for the loss of the door, I did a two projector setup on the two front windows of the house (better in real life than in the photo) using AtmosFearfx Dvds Phantasms and Ghostly Apparitions. I used an FM transmitter to get the screams outside and got a ton of favorable comments. The frosted shower curtain worked much better than the window film and gave the ghosts a trapped look on one window.

I was impressed with the small kids who recognized my Chucky, Slappy and Golem...dolls... or can I say action figures. My 21 year old has always been afraid of dolls, so some questioned my use of an American Girl doll, but it still works especially after the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead.

The projector competition in the circle continues to grow with one neighbor using a projector for movie clips and another setting up a haunted maze plus projector in his garage.
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Inspiring thread.

I'm moping about after moving into a one bedroom apartment and trying to figure out how to incorporate a screen without overwhelming the living room. Your setup looks positively deluxe! Enjoy....
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Inspiring thread.

I'm moping about after moving into a one bedroom apartment and trying to figure out how to incorporate a screen without overwhelming the living room. Your setup looks positively deluxe! Enjoy....
Thanks. The sad thing is that it becomes addictive. I spent almost five weeks in 2015 (a week at a time) at my Dad's house with no cable or internet while he recovers from a broken hip in the nursing home (he's 91). I wouldn't have survived without a cheap SVGA projector and a bed sheet.

While I make the house sound bad, it is not too bad in the summer.

The photo of my last man cave which I took on the day we were packing. At one time I had four "TVs" for watching the games while the wife used the rear "big" 50 inch projection TV in the living room. It is kind of sad now when I see it.
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Thank you for posting, it is very helpful. Your display looks sharp, especially considering it's size and that you have a light colored room.

I really like your Halloween display. My dog rocks Halloween!
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Thank you for posting, it is very helpful. Your display looks sharp, especially considering it's size and that you have a light colored room.

I really like your Halloween display. My dog rocks Halloween!
I wish our dog was a little more costume friendly. The kids tried one Halloween ten years or so ago. The costume lasted less than 5 minutes.
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I wish our dog was a little more costume friendly. The kids tried one Halloween ten years or so ago. The costume lasted less than 5 minutes.
The funniest thing is that it is not really a costume. It is a real back protector, helmet and googles that I fabricated for him for when we go riding. He has over 50,000 miles on motorcycles in less than 4 years. He actually barks at cars to tell them to get out of the way if they slow us down!

Is your dog a rat terrier too?
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The funniest thing is that it is not really a costume. It is a real back protector, helmet and googles that I fabricated for him for when we go riding. He has over 50,000 miles on motorcycles in less than 4 years. He actually barks at cars to tell them to get out of the way if they slow us down!

Is your dog a rat terrier too?

She is a 13 year old rat terrier. We got her and her sister in Louisiana and they were amazing to watch as natural hunting dogs in a Louisiana sized backyard. While they were only a little bigger than the Louisiana wildlife, they were effective team hunters who kept my garden and orchard safe. Also, they were good at keeping the snakes out of the backyard, but her sister was the runt and was never healthy so we lost her a decade ago. Once the team was broken up, rabbits, possums, gophers and skunks were safe.


Unlike a co-worker who opened the patio door in his new house's bedroom when his dogs were barking only to watch an angry skunk run in and do thousands in damage via spray, my dogs took care of the skunks well away from the back door. The co-worker and his wife lost all their clothes, bed and carpet. I think he still smells skunk every time it rains even after 11 years.

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On Monday I got the lamp replacement warning on my original 2013 Epson HC2000 at almost 5000 hours, so I replaced it with my spare 2015 HC2000 I purchased last March with 32 hours on it. The old one works fine with a new lamp (three screws to replace) but I might as well use the one that still is under warranty.

After taking down the projector, I thought how easy it would be to replace it with a new/better projector. To fight the upgrade urge I added a sub I already had for 7.3 sound and used the matching Polk subs to raise the front speakers (I saw a picture of another member's setup up and copied him). Fortunately I broke a capped tooth ($1400 - dinner Monday before the projector warning lamp) and found ($750 - Sunday) roof damage from a recent storm last week so that helped with the upgrade urge. I'm trying to put a positive spin on last week.

My 7.3 as it sits now:

Yamaha 7.2 RX-675 ($299)
Infinity Primus P363 fronts($200 pair)
Polk PSW-10 subs fronts(2 for $170)
BIC F-12 sub rear($199)
Infinity Primus P163s rear($100 pair)
Infinity Primus P153s sides($90 pair) *replaced with Energy classics for safety
Infinity Primus center PC 351 ($182)

So about $1241 plus tax.

Watched "Spy" last night and the extra sub and raised speakers seemed to improve the sound (might be in my mind).


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The improved sound might not be "in your mind" as if you raised your speakers and brought the tweeter closer to ear level (optimal placement BTW) then you may have actually improved the perceived sound. FYI.

Love how you have transformed your space and gradually made it better and better. Thanks for sharing your HT journey.

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I was going to post in the "once you go black" thread but the big boys put me to shame so to avoid embarrassment I'll post it in my room since the big boys probably don't come down here to this section much.

I just think my going black is a cheap solution for a temporary home and had photos, so....

It has been one year since I made the best decision for my room (besides going to 7.3 sound) and put up a cheap poly 5x6 rug as a test with a few picture nails. The wife and kids came on board and the rugs on the ceiling and wall are still as good as new. I have learned that simple black tacks work as well on the side wall rugs and yield smaller holes to patch. I've hit the rug with a spot light and yard laser (to many planes and kids to use in the yard so at least I found a use for it) to prove it works. Maybe not as good a velvet but better than most dark paints.

So my youngest came home from college a week or so ago to find that I had added poor man lights (with a 5 outlet remote) to light the stairs (fan, lamps) which had become to dangerous when the lights were off (my wife limped around for two weeks after busting her....bottom and didn't find it funny when I accused her of almost breaking the steps - I've got to give her credit with "no tears" since she "shook the house" ) and completely covered my one bare wall with... Amazon "deals/junk". I couldn't find anything safe enough to put over the gas heater until I saw the metal signs. On the plus side, the wife wants to have a dedicated snack area in the next room/house with the signs matching the area.

Back to my daughter coming home, she must have found it interesting since I caught her taking pictures with her phone...but the comments may have been "Look, I told you my 53 year old dad acts like a crazy little kid."

I post secure in the knowledge that my wife doesn't let me touch the two floors above and that everything is easy to remove. Kind of try it before I buy it since I have decided that in a year or so my retirement home...house... will have a large open basement so I can have a Star Wars wall, a horror wall and a wall dedicated to my interest in comics along with displays for almost 4 decades worth of comics. I threw in the towel a few years ago and that most have been boxed for decades so they will be new to me again.

I do have a confession to make from earlier posts all over the forum in which I wrote that I have a larger screen (to many posts to un-ring the bell). I recently found out that I am sadly limited to 151.5 inches since I only have 132 inches in width to work with. I lost about 10 inches as I learned that a couple of years ago when I was on a ladder and asked my college educated wife to take the tape measure to give me the inches from the other side of the wall at the bottom while I held the top, she didn't have a clue how to read it or didn't care. While she remembers doing it, she refuses to take responsibility even when shown the number she wrote down in my notebook. Since the forum has educated me in the last few years, I now know that if I want to figure out the 2.35:1 "scope" image size (143.5 inches) all I need is the width and the number just didn't match when I put the width in the calculator for a 16:9 screen. Oops, but she must be right, it is probably my fault just like her falling on the stairs. I did make the room to dark with the rugs, so it must be my fault.
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I posted in the CIH section and I understand that CIH setups are a thing of beauty and owners are very passionate, but for me 16:9 just works better. For the arguments for scope visit the CIH section.

While my setup is very basic to the point of still having construction paper on my soffit over the screen, I just wanted to share my observations on why I use a 16:9 "screen/wall" on my cheap/simple setup with a standard one row seating distance of 15 feet (sometime the seats are adjusted up to 8 feet or back to 17 feet). Don't get me wrong I love scope but I have to go with the native 16:9 of my cheap Epson since my width is limited to 132 inches.

So I using my "Ben Hur" blu-ray as an example. It starts in 16:9 which on my "setup" gives me 151.5, then goes to 2.76:1 which gives me 140 inches. From the blu-ray:




So next, Thor in 16:9 151.5 inches and next in scope 2.35.1 and 143.45 inches. Some say watching 16:9 "TV" large diminishes 2.35.1. I respectfully disagree because I would much rather watch a scope movie than a 16:9 movie.



So I ran a test (moved a chair as seen in some photos) using two projectors to get a feel for what a scope screen would do to 16:9 content in my room. With current 151.5 and what it would look like in a scope setup and 16:9 in 114.5 inches. (I didn't do it with 4:3 content because I like my old movies big.)






As a person who watches TV content a lot and likes "big", I have to go with a 16:9 setup for 16:9 content in 151.5 inches, 2.35.1 content in 143.45 inches and 4:3 content in 123.5 inches vs. a 2.35:1 with 2.35:1 content in 143.45 inches, 16:9 content in 114.5 inches and 4:3 content in 93.62. Now if I had 150 inches plus of width to work with scope would make more sense because the other aspect ratios would be too much at my seating distance.
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When I hear cheap, it usually means quality is thrown out of the window. This gives me hope in my build. I'm an Inifity man myself.
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Problems I see with 16:9.........zilch, zip, zero, nein, none, nada, niet! Looks good to me, coming from another 16:9 fan.

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Hello Steve,
Really enjoyed reading your posts for the growing up of a HT. I understand the budget constraints you had in mind and how you gave up to your urge sometimes (we all do right...that's why we earn to make ourselves and our family little happy). However being part of this forum I feel your hasty decisions did cost you some money going waste.From what i learned in past few months here is to go in the following manner (just my 2 cents).
1) Remove all the junk / noise causing stuff apart from couches and HT stuff and make room empty to visualize the big picture / plan.
2) Do a sound proofing..it can be done on budget, the way you did using foams. Make sure they give a visual appeal as well when lights are on (else you shall be answerable to your wife.) Use curtains so that you can hide stuff when starting a movie`to cover all the open spaces like the one on left side of your projector screen. This shall prevent sound to escape and give you filling the room feeling unless you have a permanent room for HT. Cover all glass windows and objects as they are worst echo creators.
3) Now decide the best position of speakers based on whether you have 5.1 or 7.1 and then place them.Search for forums here or youtube. Get the best what you can afford and wait for at least 1.5 years before going for any upgrade. Many times a properly positioned speaker has more power than poorly placed costly ones.
4) Get an avr that should make you feel happy for next 2 years -- like denon x3200 (or any other) at frys for $3xx or search avsforum classifieds for good deals.Get an amp (good ones starting at $250) so that to properly drive the front towers and get better sound as well as making ur receiver happy.
5) Get a proper cabling done along with proper racks for av equipment. If not placed properly ..they are not only an eyesore but heat build up etc may fry them.
These are just my observations based on my learning in this forum here. I am sure others would have some better ideas as well. I also learned a lot from your posts on practical mistakes to avoid that you clearly mentioned.

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Hello Steve,
Really enjoyed reading your posts for the growing up of a HT. I understand the budget constraints you had in mind and how you gave up to your urge sometimes (we all do right...that's why we earn to make ourselves and our family little happy). However being part of this forum I feel your hasty decisions did cost you some money going waste.From what i learned in past few months here is to go in the following manner (just my 2 cents).
1) Remove all the junk / noise causing stuff apart from couches and HT stuff and make room empty to visualize the big picture / plan.
2) Do a sound proofing..it can be done on budget, the way you did using foams. Make sure they give a visual appeal as well when lights are on (else you shall be answerable to your wife.) Use curtains so that you can hide stuff when starting a movie`to cover all the open spaces like the one on left side of your projector screen. This shall prevent sound to escape and give you filling the room feeling unless you have a permanent room for HT. Cover all glass windows and objects as they are worst echo creators.
3) Now decide the best position of speakers based on whether you have 5.1 or 7.1 and then place them.Search for forums here or youtube. Get the best what you can afford and wait for at least 1.5 years before going for any upgrade. Many times a properly positioned speaker has more power than poorly placed costly ones.
4) Get an avr that should make you feel happy for next 2 years -- like denon x3200 (or any other) at frys for $3xx or search avsforum classifieds for good deals.Get an amp (good ones starting at $250) so that to properly drive the front towers and get better sound as well as making ur receiver happy.
5) Get a proper cabling done along with proper racks for av equipment. If not placed properly ..they are not only an eyesore but heat build up etc may fry them.
These are just my observations based on my learning in this forum here. I am sure others would have some better ideas as well. I also learned a lot from your posts on practical mistakes to avoid that you clearly mentioned.
Thanks for the thoughtful post. Many of your suggestions are the plan for the next "retirement" house and my number one issue from day one is this is a "temporary" home. Once we both retire in the next year the for sale sign will go up, so everything must be easy to take down and return to original. I'm not going to spend anymore on a house I'm selling fairly soon and much of the junk is to bug the wife/daughters who get the upper two floors and the view (thumb1). Like my most recent addition (thumb2) there is a method to my madness. The foam I stuck up and even the seat cushion I thumb-tacked to the wall was just to see what the girls would say. It does serve the purpose of making the room seem darker by covering the bright walls, so I left them up.

On the overall AV quality, I actually have Yamaha AVR/7.3 sound now that I'm happy with (raising the fronts and adding a sub did it or maybe the seat cushion did it) and don't mind the projector's entry level blacks as much after replacing a lamp on one of my Epsons, it is hard to beat Epson's $99 lamp/assemble for peace of mind. Also, while I don't have a budget (I'm just cheap), I like the peace of mind that comes from knowing everything is inexpensive to replace. I can have two projectors die and still have no downtime since I'm up to three projectors. As you said I wasted a little money, but it gives me another projector room with 5.1 sound and a travel projector with 2.1 sound.

My bragging point when friends/family come over is how cheap/easy the room was, and as to how it looks, well beauty is in the eye of the beholder and my eyesight isn't what it once was. Young kids seem to like it and the adults are too nice to say anything bad.
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Got your point steve. We wish to see you soon in the new house with a new build thread.
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...well beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and my eyesight isn't what it once was.
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Keeping in mind that this was a finished basement and the plan was to sell quickly and take down/fix everything.

I kept meaning to replace the grey construction paper I put on my soffit a year ago, and finally used an old black towel and eight thumb tacks. Now why didn't I do that simple fix back in May of 2015. The wife even noticed and paid me a compliment during Batman V Superman. (I must be off but I really liked the movie since I am at 4 viewings 2 in 3D so far.)





Now that I am actually retiring (paperwork is in if I don't chicken out) I think the final project will be to open up the soffit and run the cables and speaker wires in it.

So once again the important facts are 143.5 inches of 2.35:1 and/or 151.5 inches of 16:9 with inexpensive 7.3 sound with little effort or cost.



Picture of the room with the lights on for the panoramic and rear.


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Hey Steve - followed your signature link after you posted in my thread (thanks BTW), and I like the evolution. You kept at it, even with plenty of reason not to improve given the upcoming move.

Quick question - what did you use for screen paint on the wall? I spent some time reading through several screen paint threads and am trying to decide whether to go with a flat grey or a metallic mix. My penchant for easy might rule out the mix, but you never know...

Thanks again for the thread, I like it.
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Someone was asking about an Epson projector for nighttime outdoor use and I made these photos using my projector on eco with a 1000 plus hours on the lamp for a 151.5" 16:9 image.

This one shows my lights on and with the camera pointing at the lights it tends to wash out the photo and is not what I actually see. I just took it as an example of what 5 hundred watt lights on looks like in my basement.


Now this one is closer to what I actually see with the lights on. I stepped closer to the screen and pointed the camera down.


Lights off:


Back to what I mentioned in post 44 of this thread about 16:9 vs a 2.35:1 screen with a screen limited by width (132"). So I binge watched Netflix's "Stranger Things" for 440 minutes in one day a few days ago with my soon to leave for college daughter and once again I was further sold on having an overall 16:9 canvass (wall/screen) to work with. Stranger Things was shot in 4K in a 2:1 aspect ratio which translates to 147.625" on my 151.5" screen vs the 125.5" I would be stuck with using a scope screen. Same thing with last night's classic "The Mummy" from 1932 which we watched in 123.5" vs a scope limited 93.61".

Someone asked about using a projector in the shade during the day so I did a simple test after mowing the other day using my ViewSonic at 5pm on a bright sunny afternoon. (thumb 1-3). I run into this same thing every Halloween using projectors for ghosts. It is always around 6pm before I can use the projector on the side of the house that gets the fall sun.

Finally my $9 purchase of a man cave sign. While I was tempted by a more adult themed sign, I wanted to keep it kid friendly like the rest of the room and that limited me to this:
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Update 10/1/16: I decided to replace the window covering with a simple black blackout curtain. I am hoping if the the rain ever stops that the curtain will be as good as the Doctor Who covering detailed below. (I still want to make a frame with a light in it for the Doctor Who effect.)




Not that most care but I wanted to explain this photo since sometimes my "mess" has meaning. (The wife has given up as long as I don't decrease the value of the home when it comes time to sell.)



A while back I wanted to experiment with something to stop the light I was getting through my sliding glass door even with the layer of blinds and the blackout curtain (it said blackout when I bought it) over the blinds. The morning sun directly hits the door and even with the layers I still got this.

So I finally had enough of the sun one morning at around 7 am and looked for a temporary solution of throw blankets which is what I did in the first photo. (I sewed a black pillow case to the back of the blackout curtain on the small window.) The plan was to get a better blackout curtain, but to my surprise the throw created a nice Doctor Who effect and I left it up with the plan to buy a new Dr. Who throw and a black throw to cut in half. Once I free up some time/energy, I'll sew the black panels on each side and make a curtain out of it to keep the effect intact, as well as dropping it some to get the Police Box lettering to light up.


Simple trick to convert 123.75" of 4:3 to 16:9 151.5 using the zoom feature on the DVR when viewing old movies or shows that are being shown in HD. Removes grey bars, ads and makes Captain Kirk's women bigger. (While checking IMDB to see who is alive and who is dead, I learned that the young lady in the silver costume went into adult films and then to Star Trek conventions since she could earn an easier living that way. Then she died.



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Since I can only seat 5 in my main room, during the holidays when we have more than five around we do an indoor "outdoor" setup and can seat many more for old Christmas holiday specials and old movies. The room is only usable with a projector after 4 pm in the fall and winter, but it gives us approximately 180 inches of 4:3, 165" 16:9 and 156" of scope to work with. The sound is limited to 2.1 or 2.0 with wireless headphones.

From the day I first received a projector from Amazon and projected it on the wall over the TV, I've wanted the family room....remove the fireplace, cover the windows and extend the walkway around the top of the room with a glass rail for a balcony feel for night time viewing and 16 feet of width and 18 feet of height to work with, but the boss said no...well, NO!

To me it would have a more classic theater feel like the old Alabama Theater that we used to go to for school trips more than 4 decades ago while not impacting the value of the home...much.

The last two thumbs were taken at 12:15 in the afternoon of a bright but cloudy day. The image gets better as the day progresses and is worse in the pictures than what the eye sees.
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After looking at $90 and $300 Captain America shields, I found this $20 one at Target. Easy to mount and I think it looks good for the price. I added the Target skeleton as well, as a place holder for the family member who is off at college while raiding our Goodwill pile of girl's clothing.



With only 9 working days left, I took off early to watch Independence Day Resurgence since the blu-ray arrived at lunch today. I thought it was good for the most part, but I am a big fan of the original and usually get sucked in every time I run across it while channel surfing. Now to watch it again with the family this weekend.

On screen size, I often see beautiful rooms with really small screens (recent HToM) in rooms that would allow for a bigger screens. I really don't get it. Why not go big as you can? Even Speed Racer is okay in 151.5" when you stumble across it while channel surfing.

There really should be a poll: "Are you happy with your screen size?"
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On screen size, I often see beautiful rooms with really small screens (recent HToM) in rooms that would allow for a bigger screens. I really don't get it. Why not go big as you can? Even Speed Racer is okay in 151.5" when you stumble across it while channel surfing.

There really should be a poll: "Are you happy with your screen size?"
I have to agree...after making my screen pretty much as big as possible, I can't believe I thought of staying smaller. I truly think the wall-painted screen is such a good idea precisely because you can go as big as the wall and your space will allow. After watching football all weekend on my 145" screen wall, I can't imagine now going down even to 120", and I just came from having a 100" screen.
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Really enjoyed this thread. I laughed, I cried.

At first I cringed at the thought of those little energy speakers. Then, I reset myself to your intentions, and I can identify with it completely. in any case, glad you found a happy place with the much more capable Infinity speakers.

This really helps me curb my upgrade-itis. I don't have a dedicated space, and won't likely anytime soon. What you've achieved on a very small budget is quite awesome. I have more money into a 3.1 setup in a shared living area (and a "tiny" 70incher..lol). I have no doubt that your setup brings far more enjoyment!

It's great perspective to see a reasonable person, enjoying this hobby without getting caught up in it and spending gobs of cash. You've followed the typical pattern of starting small and upgrading as you go, just like so many do here, but you've done it within scale of your intentions. Spending time on AVS can make me a bit jaded, I see these amazing builds, even the current Ht of the month, while considered modest, is to me quite luxurious. Feasible but luxurious.

Congrats on sticking to the budget minded build and achieving enjoyable results. All you need now is twice the budget spent put into subs and you'll be in nirvana (I kid).

And a hearty congrats to your pending retirement!
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Really enjoyed this thread. I laughed, I cried.

At first I cringed at the thought of those little energy speakers. Then, I reset myself to your intentions, and I can identify with it completely. in any case, glad you found a happy place with the much more capable Infinity speakers.

This really helps me curb my upgrade-itis. I don't have a dedicated space, and won't likely anytime soon. What you've achieved on a very small budget is quite awesome. I have more money into a 3.1 setup in a shared living area (and a "tiny" 70incher..lol). I have no doubt that your setup brings far more enjoyment!

It's great perspective to see a reasonable person, enjoying this hobby without getting caught up in it and spending gobs of cash. You've followed the typical pattern of starting small and upgrading as you go, just like so many do here, but you've done it within scale of your intentions. Spending time on AVS can make me a bit jaded, I see these amazing builds, even the current Ht of the month, while considered modest, is to me quite luxurious. Feasible but luxurious.

Congrats on sticking to the budget minded build and achieving enjoyable results. All you need now is twice the budget spent put into subs and you'll be in nirvana (I kid).

And a hearty congrats to your pending retirement!
Thanks for the post and the retirement congrats. (Retirement is both exciting and frightening at the same time.)

In regards to my basement HT, I think my wife laughs and cries as well, but she cried more back when I had a new vehicle of the year addiction.

The Energy Classic speakers were an awful purchase for a room my size. I blame all the great reviews for leading me down that path, and .... my cheapness.

On the current HToM, I notice that some members have caught on that the cost is closer to $40K than $20K. Ouch. I think he could still do a larger screen in the room, but it sounds like he is more into the audio than the video.

Oh, I am caught up in it (AV), but what really keeps me from upgrading, aside from the retiring early and paying for kids in college, is the fear that I'll look at the new projector or speakers or sub, and think I should've kept what I had. Will I see/hear enough improvement to justify the cost? Would I lose the cool factor of "anyone could have what I have cheaply and in a few hours?"

The really sad truth is if I liked my room any better, I would never leave the basement. Already, the wife has taken to calling it "my precious".

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Oh, I am caught up in it (AV), but what really keeps me from upgrading, aside from the retiring early and paying for kids in college, is the fear that I'll look at the new projector or speakers or sub, and think I should've kept what I had. Will I see/hear enough improvement to justify the cost? Would I lose the cool factor of "anyone could have what I have cheaply and in a few hours?"
This is why I waited 12 years to upgrade my HT. I had to be the last guy around with a 4:3 screen...but 100 inches of InFocus X1 glory was still better than the 50" LED. I only made two upgrades to this in 12 years - the original Denon DVD player I bought went bad, so I replaced it with an open box Yamaha DVD from BestBuy. Later, when BluRay became the thing, I had to hunt on eBay for a used Sony that still output 1080 over component, since "modern" BluRay players that even had component output would limit to 480. Anyone remember the term analog sunset? I still have that Sony and it still works great, btw. I am glad I replaced the old X1 with the new HT2050, but I will say that my old Denon AVR was probably better sounding than my new Onkyo.

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This made me laugh. Even more sad is the fact that most anyone that reads these words knows of which you speak

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