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Before new to me projector and room update

During the Day the room looked like this.



At night it looked like this. Screen was masked at 80" out of the full 110"



After

During the day it looks like this:




At night it looks like this: Wall treatment is held in place by magnets taped to the back of the velvet. Screen is full 110"

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We moved to a new house with unfinished basement recently so we had to start from scratch...

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I have a brewery in the room behind the bar:

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airscapes, I like the drop-down masking. If you showed the "during the night" picture before the "during the day", I would never think there was a doorway and staircase behind it smile.gif

Kal, looking through your pictures I saw the bar and was reading your list of IPA's on tap and thought "man this guy really likes craft beer"... and then I saw the pictures of the brewery, lol. Looks fantastic man. For what it's worth I'm a pretty frugal/low budget/DIY guy and am usually not impressed with the higher-end rooms. But you are clearly very passionate about your build, did tons of research and work, upgraded over time, etc. and now have one of IMO the nicest basements on this site. You put a lot of love into this space and it shows. You can't buy that or contract it out. Simply amazing.
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Kal, looking through your pictures I saw the bar and was reading your list of IPA's on tap and thought "man this guy really likes craft beer"... and then I saw the pictures of the brewery, lol. Looks fantastic man.

I do love craft beers - especially hoppy American style IPAs. Problem is, up here in Canada we can't get much of anything (not nearly as much as in the US) so that's one of the big reasons that pushed me to simply make my own. A lot of the brewers are very homebrewer friendly and have provided complete recipes and other hints so you can make something extremely similar if you're careful. Some of my favourites include Bell's Two Hearted & Hopslam, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Green Flash West Coast IPA, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. I've got recipes for all on my brewing site here if anyone's curious to try them out! (My Green Flash recently won first place at a local brewing competition which I was happy to see!) wink.gif

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I do love craft beers - especially hoppy American style IPAs. Problem is, up here in Canada we can't get much of anything (not nearly as much as in the US) so that's one of the big reasons that pushed me to simply make my own. A lot of the brewers are very homebrewer friendly and have provided complete recipes and other hints so you can make something extremely similar if you're careful. Some of my favourites include Bell's Two Hearted & Hopslam, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Green Flash West Coast IPA, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA. I've got recipes for all on my brewing site here if anyone's curious to try them out! (My Green Flash recently won first place at a local brewing competition which I was happy to see!) wink.gif

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How times have changed.
30 years ago I would drive to Canada from Detroit and literally fill my car with boxes of beer from the Brewers Retail because Canada had great beers and the US had nothing but rubbish.

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Your basement is the coolest space(s) I have ever seen!
How in the world do you mange to decide which space to use when you enter?

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How in the world do you mange to decide which space to use when you enter?

Simple: The bar is always the first stop. wink.gif

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Simple: The bar is always the first stop. wink.gif

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Of course!

Unless the brewery were in action I think my next stop would be a Barcelona chair in the lounge.

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Build my livingroom cinema

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Not much longer & I'll be able to post my before & after shots.
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Nice work! What's on the screen wall surface and on the floor around the speakers? It looks interesting!

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I think the glowing white areas on the floor in front of the screen may be a bad ides.. Black yes, White NOOOOOOOOO
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I think that saying "me thinks" is a bad idea. biggrin.gif

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I still need to run electric in my attic for the projector, purchase a longer HDMI cable to run from the amp and up to the projector, add a border and find a way to prevent it from getting waves.


Anyone know of a way to have the option for my sound system to work with both the TV & pj? It only has one output.
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I think that saying "me thinks" is a bad idea. biggrin.gif

Just googled it.. didn't know that.. fixed..
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Anyone know of a way to have the option for my sound system to work with both the TV & pj? It only has one output.

An hdmi splitter. I purchased mine from Monoprice, model MP-SP08
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Just googled it.. didn't know that.. fixed..

LOL. I was just messing with you. tongue.gif

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LOL. I was just messing with you. tongue.gif

Well I did not realize;

A really pretentious and annoying way to say "I think."

And I was not trying to be pretentious.. so thanks for messin with me!
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ok relax now. It was all fun and games joking around. No reason to be sensitive about anything. You were critiquing what somebody likes and has in their house and I critiqued your words. So instead of me saying "why are you raining on this guys parade" I took a playful stab at your sentence. That's it. I never tell somebody there setup is a bad idea unless they ask and it is a bad idea. I never say anything negative about somebody's setup or make fun for no reason. I will keep that to myself. I know that I do not have the best theater out there, but I am happy with it. If somebody said something negative about it, it would bother me because it is all I can afford and I like it. Now do you get it?

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An hdmi splitter. I purchased mine from Monoprice, model MP-SP08
Awesome.

Now, stupid question; since my cable, Xbox, etc will be going through my amp, will I be able to have the option of video on the PJ or TV?

I basically want to have all sound go thru the amp, and have it be played on my TV or the projector.
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Awesome.

Now, stupid question; since my cable, Xbox, etc will be going through my amp, will I be able to have the option of video on the PJ or TV?

I basically want to have all sound go thru the amp, and have it be played on my TV or the projector.

Yes indeedy.
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My TV room.

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We've been in our house for two years, and although it had a finished basement when we moved in, it was mostly a dull and empty space. We've replaced the 10yo DLP with a projector, added a dry bar, and brought in lots of touches like acoustic panel posters and lots of paint.

Our children are 10/8/4 and we often have lots of neighbor kids visiting too, so this theater job needed to be fairly cheap, non-fragile and maintain plenty of open space for playing.

Projector is BenQ1070 and the screen is just a quart of Sherwin Williams 8.5 gray on the drywall. So if the kids throw something at it (which will happen) we can repair and repaint it, instead of sweating over an expensive fabric screen. The picture looks good when the basement is lit, and amazing when it's dark.

The AVR is an ancient Harmon Kardon AVR-435 which still works great. It's powering two JBL ES80s, an EC35 center, and E10 surrounds. The sub is an SVS SB-12NSD. HDMI for video is routed through a passive switch behind the screen wall, and audio is through optical connections since that's as good as the old HK can manage.

Found the bar stools on Craigslist and then looked online to find the matching dry bar. All in, we did the entire basement for less money than we bought a TV/loveseat/armoire in our upstairs living room.












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I decided to make an account of my progress of building yet another home theater in our new home. So this time I have a full finished basement to work with (ROUND OF APPLAUSE IS IN ORDER). The basement is perfect for light and sound control and the space although limited is more than enough for my idea. 

This time around I wanted to take risks in color schemes and actually create a theme that exudes a feeling of elegance and relaxation. Hence, the Velvet Lounge Theater concept was born. I wanted to create a relaxing, elegant, and inviting atmosphere. So I decided to go with a very bright yet beautiful red color as a base. 

 

Epson 8350 projector

Onkyo Receiver

Xbox 360

custom built media center with fourth gen i7 and Nvidia GTX 780 video card for gaming w/XBMC frodo

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Very motivational thread! Makes me want to hurry up and buy a house! My brother and I successfully enclosed a porch using into a closet using only a drill and skillsaw having 0 experience in construction.. So I think I could manage some minor home renovation biggrin.gif
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That's why I started this thread, to see everyone's definition of a home theater and the different shapes, sizes, ideas, creativity, budgets, etc... I'm loving the brewery in the basement (those crazy Canadians and their beer smile.gif) and will probably steal, I mean, borrow some of his ideas. I can't wait to break ground on my second home theater in the basement of my current home, I have soooo many ideas that aren't in the budget. I still drive by my old house when visiting friends from the old neighborhood and I'm tempted to ring the door bell and ask if I can check it out my precious one more time.

A lot of these ideas "can" be diy jobs. Do what you can and then hire out the jobs you can't. Only things i hired out was carpet, mudding/sanding, and some plumbing, but other than that I designed and built mine over a 2 year period before it was finally complete. Always ask a million questions, always look up you local building codes, and always use common sense. I trust my research and knowledge from this site and others vs. some guy making $10/hr...
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don't have before pics. Ill have to find them.

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That looks like it'd hurt when you turn it on!
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don't have before pics. Ill have to find them.


I came across images of your room several times over the last couple days googling elemental Designs Cinema Series, as I was contemplating picking up a full array of cabinets as a project --- unfortunately the LCRs won't fit behind my screen, so I had to pass.

Great deal here if anyone in Iowa is interested.

I love my iPhone, but it will never replace my turntable.

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I came across images of your room several times over the last couple days googling elemental Designs Cinema Series, as I was contemplating picking up a full array of cabinets as a project --- unfortunately the LCRs won't fit behind my screen, so I had to pass.

Great deal here if anyone in Iowa is interested.

I love em. Your screen wall wasn't deep enough?
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I love em. Your screen wall wasn't deep enough?

No, unfortunately the door is on the wall perpendicular to my screen, and there's not enough clearance. I've already got my LCRs using the extra space from window soffits behind the wall.

I love my iPhone, but it will never replace my turntable.

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