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WOW!!!......I cannot believe this is finally happening but my dream of putting together a home theater has commenced!
I researched and followed this forum for quite some time and finally flipped the switch.
I sought the guidance and advice of many here and began working on the build at the start of Sep, most recently with the assistance of Bob (Dark_Wizard). What a great guy, a quick note of thanks and props to you Bob for your help, patience and dedication of working with me......truly a master with construction and simply a great, honest guy.....I'm glad I found you!

Ok, here's my equipment/seats list to start off:
- JVC RS15
- DIY Anamorphic Lens
- Denon 3310CI
- Paradigm AMS-350 (LCR)
- Paradigm ADP-390 (SS)
- Paradigm AMS-150R-SM (RS)
- Velodyne DEQ-15R
- 124" SMX AT Proline 2.37 Screen
- Belkin PureAV FP60
- DirecTV HD-DVR HR22
- Xbox 360
- Control4 HC300 with 5 light dimmers & 1 fan dimmer
- Netgear EVA9150 (media player)
- Netgear ReadyNas Pro Pioneer 12tb
- Lacie Big5 Nas 7.5tb
- Berkline Seats 090 in Bomber Leather, 2 rows - 3 front, 3 rear
- 4 ceiling can lights, 3 puck lights over screen, 4 sconce on side walls, 2 puck lights in rear, 1 sconce in hallway

Room dimensions are 21'4" wide x 17'6" deep x 9'7" high
Front row of seats is 9'6" from screen wall, rear seats are 15'6" from screen wall
Color Scheme is black matte ceiling, med brown matte walls, dark brown semi-gloss trim/doors.
Screen Wall/Prosceniums with 408 Black fabric
2 Side Wall Columns with 423 Pumice fabric
6 - 1" Acoustic Panels wrapped in 423 Pumice fabric for side walls and rear wall.

HT plan is to convert the 3rd floor bonus room (kids room) into partial HT dedicated room/home office.......daytime office/nighttime HT room.
To do this we removed ALL toys, side wall shelving unit, finished half wall in rear of room, added exterior door for better sound insulation, added 14" seating platform, 30"x40" component open area hidden in rear of room and in progress with Bob on the front wall which includes two prosceniums, built in cabinets with doors under screen and black out removable inserts for left/right windows

The following are some photos in chronological order starting with.
PLEASE be forewarned the room is messy but one day soon will be finished, organized, clean and looking like an HT room......thanks for looking.

Screen wall plan:


Prepping half wall to finished full wall:


Studs going up:


14" riser:


Finished Dry wall:

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Here are some additional photos:

Left wall with toys/file cabinet


Right wall with shelving unit now removed


Rear wall finished prior to painting


Finished component closet


Carpet being removed prior to 18" base

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18" base completed


Cutouts for wall sconce boxes:


Left proscenium and half of top frame over screen wall:


L/R prosceniums and framing over the screen wall completed


L/R prosceniums painted in matte black today

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Lookin Good! I'm jealous, I cant wait to get my new house to start mine too!

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Looks like fun!

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Looks like you have a good start. You're in good hands with Bob!

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Thanks everyone for the kind words, it is a great pleasure working with John as well. John and his family have been great through all this and the hospitality has been top notch.

Today I start working on John's DIY Anamorphic Lens which will be made of 2-5x7 Crystal Prism Wedges from Precision Crystal. The material for the lens enclosure will be made with the same material used for his cabinets which is black melamine in matte finish.

Wednesday and Thursday will include the installation of electrical, speaker wires and cabinets (made by New Image Designs) and then the screen wall, columns and fabric.

If all goes well the following week everything should be complete, pj/anamorphic lens mounting, speaker and screen installation and finally calibration.

This is definitely a fast moving project and John's excitement is the driving force.
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If all goes well the following week everything should be complete, pj/anamorphic lens mounting, speaker and screen installation and finally calibration.

Hey Bob......after I saw your note above I decided to schedule a BIG christening party of the NEW WAXHAW HT for next Saturday night.....any thoughts??
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Hey Bob......after I saw your note above I decided to schedule a BIG christening party of the NEW WAXHAW HT for next Saturday night.....any thoughts??

Smartass....
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Another local build. Sweet!

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We started and just about completed the speaker columns for each wall.......framed with mdf, speaker cutout in the front complete.
Remaining side cutouts for dipoles and columns wrapped in 423 Fabric Pumice will be done Tues along with framing completion for screen wall.
Tomorrow (Thurs) the screen wall cabinets will be installed and 408 Fabric wrapped on counter top......photos to follow tomorrow.

Bob cutting speaker cutout:


Speaker column up:

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I gotta say, the build is amazing so far but the picture quality is unbelievable. What camera are you using.
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I gotta say, the build is amazing so far but the picture quality is unbelievable. What camera are you using.

Thx Mark

I use the Canon 1dM3 & 24-70 2.8L lens.

Hoping the photos will only get better as the progress comes to completion.
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Nice job so far. You guys are really moving along. Not sure I have enough bandaids to move that fast with power tools.

Good luck.

Clearly, I'm a man of action - just give me a few minutes to think about it.
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Nice job so far. You guys are really moving along. Not sure I have enough bandaids to move that fast with power tools.

Good luck.

Thank you! Yes, this is moving fast but I am an ex-carpenter so this helps alot.
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Thx Mark

I use the Canon 1dM3 & 24-70 2.8L lens.

Hoping the photos will only get better as the progress comes to completion.

And a fellow Canon shooter too!

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Cabinets went in today courtesy of New Image Designs (Denver, NC).
Charlie did a PHENOMENAL job and thanks again to Bob for connecting us.
The entire top shelf will be painted flat black and wrapped in 408 Black Fabric.
The doors, cabinets and shelves are all finished in Black melamine with european, slow close hinges.
Round knobs on each door in flat black finish.
Photos dont do a justice as they came out beautiful but here are a couple from today:

Cutting the counter top to notch into the L/R windows:


Finished cabinets and top shelf prior to painting and fabric:

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You might want to stuff the riser and columns with insulation (loosely, don't compress) to avoid having them resonate like a drum.
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You might want to stuff the riser and columns with insulation (loosely, don't compress) to avoid having them resonate like a drum.

Columns are planned to get the insulation but as far as the riser this was built by others and I do not know if they insulated it.
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It might not be a problem, it will depend on the resonance point (you see anecdotal reports each way). I'd bring in the audio equipment for a trail run before carpet goes in. Crank the LFE. Did they nail or screw down the decking?
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It might not be a problem, it will depend on the resonance point (you see anecdotal reports each way). I'd bring in the audio equipment for a trail run before carpet goes in. Crank the LFE. Did they nail or screw down the decking?

Hi Dave......the seating platform was screwed, no insulation and a slight gap left by the rear wall.
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Painted counter top over the cabinets this morning.......eventually once the screen wall is framed the counter top will be wrapped in 408 Black Fabric.

Here's the halfway painted top:


Here's the completed top:

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Well if you decide to retro fit screws will be easier. You can then decide if you want to try to use it as a bass trap, CJO has the Dennis Erskine article in this post:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...4&postcount=14

And a bunch more links for riser as bass trap in his extremely informative first post.
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Well if you decide to retro fit screws will be easier. You can then decide if you want to try to use it as a bass trap, CJO has the Dennis Erskine article in this post:

Dave.....great stuff......TY!
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Oops didn't realize I was too late. Looked at the pics again and saw carpet is already down. Judgement call. You guys move fast.
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Oops didn't realize I was too late. Looked at the pics again and saw carpet is already down. Judgement call. You guys move fast.

No worries......the construction part of this build went in two steps......the rear half wall and seating riser happened first a few weeks back than I got in touch with Bob on the forum and he was kind enough to help me with the rest.
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The 4 white ceramic wall sconces came in and I painted each to match the trim color (flat vs semi-gloss).
The sconces are open ended on top and bottom to project light up and down.

Here are the final painted sconces:

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The six acoustic panels wrapped in 423 Pumice arrived via UPS Freight so I thought I'd hang one temporarily just to get a feel against the wall color.......came out perfect IMHO and as I intended, blended nicely for a stealth look which I was trying to achieve.
The speaker columns in between each panel will be wrapped in the same 423 Pumice so will match nicely.
The remaining two panels will be hung on the rear wall behind the seats along with two 27x40 posters framed......which two posters I'm still undecided on

Here's a quick pic:

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It might not be a problem, it will depend on the resonance point (you see anecdotal reports each way). I'd bring in the audio equipment for a trail run before carpet goes in. Crank the LFE. Did they nail or screw down the decking?

Agreed. Personally I like to insulate and isolate the platform from the floor. I am going to test everything running the sub hot. The prosceniums will have bass traps as well.

Worst case scenario I told John we can make cuts in the carpet and make 2" holes and add blown-in insulation if the resonance is found to exist. Time will tell.....
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