Well after a long time enjoying my current theater it is time to start a new thread to document the creation of my new one. My original theater was chronicled in this thread: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=718621
While I enjoyed creating my HT and then enjoyed using it immensely, an opportunity has arisen that was too good to pass up. In my original theater I had a 10 x 12 space to work with. Within the last 5 days I have gained access to a new space that is 11 x 15!
The major changes for the new theater include:
1-Dramatically increased screen size. I'll be going from 89" diagonal to somewhere between 120" and 140"!
2-New projector! I need something that can throw that big of an image from about 14-15 feet and maintain good brightness. I really want to go 1080p but as always the budget has other ideas. So I may opt for the Panasonic PT-AX200U which I know to be a very bright and excellent 720p projector.
3. Adding more seating and changing from leather to microfiber. In the original RIDKAHT I had seating for 2, in this room there is space to add another row. The front row would be fairly close to the screen so it is not ideal, but at least I could seat more than 2.
4. Paint! I left the walls the color they were in the first RIDKAHT.
5. Popcorn machine!
There are many other changes to come, but those are the major differences compared to the original room.
Here are some photos of the new space and my HT gear scattered about
The new screen wall. The green outline is for a 120" screen. The smaller green marks beyond that represent a 135" screen, probably too big-I am going with the 120". I am going to put blackout cloth over that blind so that light is not an issue behind the screen. From the outside of the house the window will still look normal, just like a closed blind. A major benefit of this is that it is totally reversible for the future.
Here is a shot with the old 89" screen visible on the left. You can really see the increase in size, this is going to be major, 89" ---->120"!
All my gear from the original HT. I am going to reuse all of the audio gear but my sub croaked recently so it needs to be replaced. The projector and of course the screen are history! I am going for a manufactured screen, probably the Elite EZ Frame 120", unless someone has a better suggestion.
In this shot you can see all of the furniture from the old HT. It's all history! I'm putting it all on Craig's List. I want a totally new look for the new desk and rack and I am going with microfiber seating (4 seats this time!). You can also see the rear of the room in this shot with double sliding doors on a closet and the room entry on the right.
Just picked this up on clearance at Blockbuster yesterday for $9.99. What a bargain-a framed (and nicely) piece of movie art. This is not a regular generic poster, these framed pieces at Blockbuster feel and look like paintings, they are super nice. I am going to pick up a bunch more over the next week or two.
So that's it for now, there will be regular updates to this thread as I make changes and things start to happen. I am looking forward to your suggestions and comments.