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Old 07-21-2014, 04:28 PM - Thread Starter
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My "open room" build (with pics)

Hi All,

I posted this thread last year as the house was being constructed, and the theater is finally done! The challenge for this room was that the rear of the room does not have a wall, but is open to the second floor hallway and staircase, which has a window that lets in a lot of light. I just finished the room last month and couldn't be happier with the results - everything turned out perfect! The two windows in the room have been fitted with day/night shades which allow us to blackout these windows for daytime use. Even with the other window letting in light, the room is dark enough to use the projector in the day if we want.

Here is the room as the house was being built:

Here is the room in "daytime" mode with the TV ready for viewing. My main goal for this build was to not have people walk upstairs and see a theater; I wanted everything as hidden as possible:

Here is a close-up of the custom valance. I bought a 16' piece of 1"x8" lumber from a lumberyard, cut it to 12', painted it white and hung it from the ceiling, about a foot from the wall. The crown molding on the wall was carefully removed using a Dremel tool and re-used on the valance:

Here is a close up of the valance that hides the screen and its power cord:

Ceiling-mounted projector:

In-ceiling rear and surround speakers:

"Movie" mode with screen down in front of TV and blackout blinds down. The screen drops about 1" in front of the TV. The Onkyo has two HDMI outputs, so switching between the TV and projector is a breeze:

The Ben-Q W1070 is more than I could hope for in an entry-level projector. Even id daytime and with the projector on eco mode, it is bright enough to produce a great picture:

The only small drawbacks are that I'd like to have the front speakers a little wider, apart, but they looked silly in front of the windows, so we moved them in closer. Also, I would have liked a 100" or 110" screen, but the room just did not provide for it, so we went with the 92" instead, which is a good fit.

LG 55LA6200 55" LED-LCD TV
Elite Screens Cinetension 2 92" 16:9 motorized screen
Onkyo TX-NR 626
LG Blu Ray DVD
Verizon FiOS STB
Klipsch WF-35 Front speakers
Klipsch WC-24 Center channel
Klipsch SUB 10 Subwoofer
Ben-Q W1070 Projector
Russound 6.5" Surround + Rear speakers

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Old 07-25-2014, 12:20 PM
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Nice job - that's a totally " stealth " theater. I love the way you hid the screen and re - used the crown moulding - most excellent ! Enjoy your theater !!

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Old 07-25-2014, 12:29 PM
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I like what you did with the screen and the crown . Looks real good.

I'm confused too.

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