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After at least 3 years of researching, dreaming, waiting, spending, building and reading AVS Forum posts, I've finally finished my theater.
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:

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

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) 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

Some other remaining items:

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

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View of the room from front



Other side


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Completed Specs

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

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Framing

This is facing the screen wall



Rear Wall


Entrance


Risers - These had to be 'redone' slightly to allow for insulation to be packed into them


Original Front Wall and Entrance - This was all removed and redone
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Drywall

This is the newer entrance setup


Rear of room - I missed the insulation part as the builder moved a little faster than me


Front


Boring Entrance - I want to dress this up as some point


Rear Access to equipment


Columns - These ended getting filled with heavy insulation


Final Dryall
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Starting some of the finishes

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
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Finishing the systems

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)


Outdoor part


Grafik Eye


Whole house audio and paging/doorbell
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Room Treatment

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
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Wall Covering

This is the accoustical suede going up - I hired somebody to do this


Side wall - a little dark on the photo
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Wow! What a thread.

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I really like the suede! It looks great!

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Screen and Projector

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.
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Wow, very impressive. Congrats on a great room and space.
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Sweet space. There are some DIY masking solutions out there if you haven't seen them.
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Awesome! Very classy and understated... and HUGE.


Out of curiosity, what is the ceiling height in the back row? In the finished pic it looks pretty high, but in the shot with the guy crouching, it looks REALLY low.
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The back row ceiling height is just below 7.5 ft.

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.

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Very nice, great work!

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Now a Certified Carpet Counselor and Plumbing Counselor (Self given titles - pay no attention).
Enjoying my "almost done" theater.
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Now that's a theater!
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If thats "utilitarian" I might just have to name my space "The Gulag", or maybe "Small crappy room with a projector"
Nice work! Keep posting the pics.
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Very nice, I wish I had half that much space. In the drawing it calls out for faced OC703 and for rear corner base traps, but it doesn't look like you went that route. Was there a reason for the change?

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sweet!!
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very nicely done. what seats are those? looks a lot like my plans
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Very nice, I wish I had half that much space. In the drawing it calls out for faced OC703 and for rear corner base traps, but it doesn't look like you went that route. Was there a reason for the change?

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.
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very nicely done. what seats are those? looks a lot like my plans

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.
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Man that was a awesome space to work with. You need to get us some more pics of the outside of the theater as I'm sure you have a awesome outside game room area too.

I will post some of the outside, it's not bad.

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Nicely done Warren. Hope you're enjoying it.

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Very nice. You might consider charging admission. With 15 seats, you'll be out of the red in no time

Which suede did you end up using? I have quite a few samples from different companies but none jump out as "the" one.
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Very nice. You might consider charging admission. With 15 seats, you'll be out of the red in no time

Which suede did you end up using? I have quite a few samples from different companies but none jump out as "the" one.

I ended up going with the brand acousti-suede.

http://www.acousticalsurfaces.com/ac...usti_suede.htm

Graphite color.

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Just adding the Sony ES Blu Ray changer - I'm loving it!

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.

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