I call it the Utilitarian Theater because it's very basic decor, but designed to function well as a place to watch movies for friends and family and hold up to the challenge of kids.
I've tinkered with A/V and electronics for as long as I can remember and have dreamed of having a dedicated home theater for a long time. When we decided to build a new house 3 years ago, having a place for a dedicated home theater was a real driving force behind a lot of our decisions.
In addition to the theater, I've had several other Automated House' projects going on at the same time, not to mention a job and a small business, so the original time line was stretched quite a bit. I also undid' some of the original construction choices as I gained more knowledge.
Some of my general design goals for the theater were:
Having now completed everything (with the exception of a small amount of paint on the front wall), I have a couple of what would I have done differently'.
a) Large theater - able to seat 12-15
b) To have it isolated such that I can watch something at preferred levels and not have to worry about disturbing the rest of the house
c) Large 2.35 setup with Acoustically Transparent screen
d) Very quiet electronics and room (I'm anal about noise)
e) Moderate budget for equipment
f) 7.1 setup
g) Single point control system with guest and wife friendly functionality
h) Very dark
i) Have front/rear access to equipment
j) Calibrated sound and video
Some other remaining items:
a) I would have inverted the room so that the entrance was in the rear and not on the side and not worried about the front/rear access to the equipment rack
b) Probably spent a little more and gotten motorized seats (although the seats are comfortable)
c) Figured out a way to do 4-way masking (rob bank)
d) Would have done a better job with the lighting and the decor
a) Replace Mirage sub with another MFW-15.
b) I'm going to get a Sony Mega Blu Ray changer. I have 3 of the DVP-CX777ES with a couple of Escient controllers for the whole house setup and now miss this functionality for the theater
c) HTPC - working on a Win7 Windows Media Center PC running My Movies to serve up various items
d) Cleanup and replace rack with a more attractive Middle Atlantic rack
e) I have a little painting to do on the front wall where the original place for the color didn't work
Theater location - In basement, under garage
Size - 31x21, 15 Seats
Lighting – Grafik Eye 6 Zone
Processor – Onkyo Pro PR-885C
Amplifier – Outlaw 7700 (7x200w)
Speakers – JBL Studio L 890 x 3 (LCR), JBL Studio L 820 x 2 (SR/L), Speaker Company Dipole x 2 for Rear Channels
Subwoofers – AV123 MFW-15 x 2, Mirage 12” x 1
BluRay – Sony BD460
Projector – Benq W6000
Lens – Panamorph 480 with Sled
Screen – Seymour CenterStage XD AT 2.35 screen @ 162” wide
Room Treatment – Full Room Treatment designed by Bryan Pape, OC703 with an Acousti-suede covering
Control System – Crestron (controls everything including HVAC)
HVAC – Dedicated Mitsubishi Mr Slim heat pump
Power – 2 x30AMP dedicated circuits – all A/V components on same circuit (subs and projector feed back to closet for power)
Isolation – Room within a room – Only ¼ of the rooms perimeter adjoins living space – door seals where appropriate
This is the newer entrance setup
Rear of room - I missed the insulation part as the builder moved a little faster than me
Boring Entrance - I want to dress this up as some point
Rear Access to equipment
Columns - These ended getting filled with heavy insulation
Note the build out for the OC703
We had already moved into the house and some extra furniture and other stuff found its way into my room
This was all torn down later
Good choice on the house vac outlet
Getting some initial room baseline parameters
This turned out okay, but it may be a safety challenge one day
Make some GOM frame for the front - these were also scrapped
The is the circuit in the equipment closet...the bottom plugs go to the subs, projector and riser outlets
AC Unit - this works very well and runs at about 22db (about 35-40 on really high)
Whole house audio and paging/doorbell
Side wall and columns
Rear wall - this is how I got mostly 4" of OC703 on the back wall
Front column bass traps (12x12) - Note the front has changed
Front wall completed and covered with black speaker grille cloth
Rough idea of speaker placement
Temporary Screen to get placement down - I'm getting really good at making cloth covered frames
Testing the positioning of the projector
Finally got my amp in
Final projector location with lens and sled in place - this was tough to get in place
Here's at least one image picture - minor setup/cal - I used Art's numbers and recommended settings. I've found it difficult to get a nice screen shot so far.
That's another one of those things I would have done differently. I would have made the risers a little bit shorter.
The room height is 10 feet and the top riser is at 31 inches tall. I should have done 12" for the second and 24" for the top instead of 15" and 31"...I miscalculated the seat/head heights.
The other thing I would have done is to shorten the middle riser from 7' to 6'.... that would have put the front row in a little better visual position and I think there is a null near the first row also.
I ran up against some time issues (with the upholstery guy) and frustration with the FSK, so I opted to go without it. Prior to doing so, I ran some curves with RT4 and I was satisfied with the results, so I opted to go without it. I also have left off the rear bass traps per the spec. I may go back and put a trap of some sort in those corners.
There are from Dave at hometheatersupplies.com (i think that's the URL). I am happy with them, the price was very good and I needed it to be given the number of seats.
I will post some of the outside, it's not bad.
I am serious...and don't call me Shirley.
I ended up going with the brand acousti-suede.
I also added an Escient Vision to contol it - I know, they are going away. It's really sad for me as the other esicents I own have been the best additions to my AV setups of anything I've ever purchased. Still have to wait a short time until they release the update to support this changer.
I don't have a pic yet, couldn't wait to get it in the rack.