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Your Experiences with a ceiling fan (8' ceiling)

I'm really wanting to install a ceiling fan into my 'theatre room'. Not 100% committed, but seriously romanced by the idea of having a ceiling fan. I just think they are really cool (arr arrr arrr). I don't have AC and the room does get stuffy. Especially in the summertime with the 60" Panasonic Plasma contributing to the heat in the room as well.


Matthews Fan Co. 52 inch diameter. 10 inches from ceiling to bottom of blades.

The room will be approx 13.5' front to back. Front wall will be 14' across and back wall will be approx 17' across. The ceiling will be finished drywall 8' high. The fan would be positioned in the middle of the room. Not sure yet exactly how I will be orienting the 60" tv at the front wall (on a stand). Centred or to one side.

Front speaker setup is the Golden Ears Technology soundbar.

I've heard some people describe a 'wop wop wop' modulation while using their fans. I wonder though if these are being used at high speeds. I'd probably be using the lower settings out of the 6 available speeds.

I'm going to go with the 3 blade variant vs 5 blade thinking less surface area could help minimize audio distortions.

Can anyone out there with ceiling fans tell me about their experiences with them? Please describe the type of fan you have. Number of blades, width, speed used.

I'm also going to be doing some room treatments. Bass traps at the back corners with built in shelf for the surround speakers. 2 possibly 3 home made acoustic absorbers for the front and back walls. Some for the ceiling as well maybe.

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I have lived with ceiling fans all my life, so perhaps I am used to them. I have a 5 blade 60" in a room that is about 12 x 15. It runs on medium all summer long. In reverse all winter usually on low. I don't even notice it.
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I have lived with ceiling fans all my life, so perhaps I am used to them. I have a 5 blade 60" in a room that is about 12 x 15. It runs on medium all summer long. In reverse all winter usually on low. I don't even notice it.
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Is it pretty much halfway from your listening area and speakers?
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Have a 3 blade in my bedroom that about that size. On low its quiet, a slight bit of chop on medium (just measured +2dB) but the fan noise is a whop whopin a bit more on high (+6dB). Its a hugger at only 8" down from the ceiling, blades measure 20". Being a hugger on high it doesn't move as much are as you would think, haging down further from the ceiling would help if you plan to run it on high all the time.
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dI wouldn't run it any louder than a whisper. I'm mostly wondering what effect it would have on the sound coming from the speakers. Should I be bothering to add bass traps and other room treatments if I'm going to introduce a sound blender to the ceiling?
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I have never noticed it chopping the audio la la la la Luuuke!
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that is a sweet looking fan!
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Pretty much center front and rear, little off, less than a foot, left to right.

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that is a sweet looking fan!
Isn't it?

I've been eyeing up 'Big Ass Fan' but at a stomach churning $1000 it definitely won't be happening.

Why do ceiling fans have to be either fuddy duddy or or designed to be fitted on the Enterprise?
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Those big ass fan's dont spin fast but are great in warehouses. Btw that is a nice looking fan, is it actual wood?
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Walnut is what it says in the specs. Check out their full line of fans. Most are very handsome and would look good anywhere. I'm pondering installing one of these on the back wall to blow onto the back of the TV and A/V system.



However, such a small fan will definitely be obtrusively noisy.
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I've never noticed ceiling fans making weird noises.

It does help to get a quality one, and definitely balance it afterwards. Have you ever seen somebody with a clothespin on their fan?
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I don't really like the idea of the smaller one. And definitely not blowing on stuff. Will get things really dirty fast
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I'm pondering installing one of these on the back wall to blow onto the back of the TV and A/V system.
Why?

Ceiling fans are to move air around people (provide comfort). If your equipment is getting too hot, you need a different solution...

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Why?

Ceiling fans are to move air around people (provide comfort). If your equipment is getting too hot, you need a different solution...
I probably won't do it, but the back of the TV (60 inch Panasonic vt60 Plasma) is quite hot. Even though there are fans in the back of the set itself they are quite small and don't move alot of air. With heat being the enemy of electronics my thinking is improved airflow across the entire backside of the set should improve longevity.

I've looked at USB plug in fans but they are all too rinky dinky.

I've even played with the idea of attaching passive vRAM heatsinks across the hotspots to assist in heat dissipation.

I think the entire set should have been designed a half inch thicker with better heat dissipation engineered into it. But everybody wants these things to be impossibly thin thereby compromising on picture quality and solid engineering. They forget a decent 32 inch screen TV used to be about two feet deep and weigh over a hundred pounds.

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I've never noticed ceiling fans making weird noises.

It does help to get a quality one, and definitely balance it afterwards. Have you ever seen somebody with a clothespin on their fan?
Can't say that I have. I see how that would work, but it would be a shame to stick a clothes pin on the Matthews fan. I think a wad of chewing gum on the top of the fin should be just as effective.

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Can't say that I have. I see how that would work, but it would be a shame to stick a clothes pin on the Matthews fan. I think a wad of chewing gum on the top of the fin should be just as effective.
Yeah I've always heard use the clothespin to calibrate, but then tape a coin or something on top of the blade.
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Living in S FL fans here are a must. I have them in every room. I also have one in our room with projector. It's right in the center if the room and the projector shoots just below it, 8 ft ceilings.

You can see the fan spinning away.

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Living in S FL fans here are a must. I have them in every room. I also have one in our room with projector. It's right in the center if the room and the projector shoots just below it, 8 ft ceilings.

You can see the fan spinning away.
Aside from fan noise there aren't severe adverse effects to the audio coming from speakers?

I like your setup. Is that centre seat about 7 feet away from the screen?

I'm going to go ahead and order the fan now!
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Aside from fan noise there aren't severe adverse effects to the audio coming from speakers?

I like your setup. Is that centre seat about 7 feet away from the screen?

I'm going to go ahead and order the fan now!
None that I'm aware of. I can hear my Projector fan on quite scenes over the ceiling fan.

I'm between 8-9 feet from eyes to screen laid back. Here is my whole entertainment console and valance build.

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