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My HTPC Not currently connected though


19" monitor that will be mounted outside A/V cabinet

New color i believe it is going to be.

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Opinions? i am building a A/V rack where the black paint is

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Nobody?? Looking for advice also its the best i can do right now without gutting the basement

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I started off my old basement by painting the paneling. In the end I wasnt happy so I ended up gutting it and glad I did. They framed it with 2x2, there was a bunch of leaky rod holes, they installed the vapor barrier wrong. It costs a lot more money but I feel it was worth it. Your paneling looks nicer than what mine was so it will probably tunr out better. Just make sure you prime it with a couple coats first.

Where is the black paint? How far back is your projector? Depending how far back it is I would change it out to something thats 16:9 and 720p at least. Maybe paint the ceiling black as well.
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You lost me with the Max Payne poster

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you dont like max payne the movie??? WHAT?? and the projector works good for now i got it cheap maybe in the next house when i have some more space and can build it myself i will upgrade to a better one. and yeah the ceiling may go black also

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gut it!
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truly wish i had the money to do that and if i even looked like i was gonna start doing that my PREGNANT wife would kill me ha ha

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Well I certainly understand budget constraints and the like. I am more than willing to chime in and give you my two cents. It would help though for you to tell us what you were looking for or give us ideas on what your plans were and ask for guidance based on those plans, but since you have basically just asked for our opinions I'll give you mine. 8-) So here goes.

First you took a space in your home and turned it into a home theater. That is awesome, as most people don't even have the vision to do that.

As you know the space is not ideal but there are several things you can do to improve things that are free or at least a lot cheaper than gutting it and starting for scratch.

1) Declutter, clean up, and for the screen wall remove anything that is distracting. IMO I like a decluttered screen wall. Speakers and screen that is it. Nice clean look.

2) Give you walls a fresh coat of paint, you don't need to go bat cave here. A nice darker shade of blue, green, red, or brown will freshen up the space and give a nicer look than the acres of paneling.

3) Paint that bright white ceiling, this would be ok to paint in black, but you also could go a darker color of the color you pick for the walls.

4) Build a riser for the rear set of seats.

5) If you have a HTPC use it! Hook that bad boy up!

6) Move or as you have indicated build a A/V rack to neatly hold your equipment preferably to the side or rear of your space.

7) Buy plastic channel or modify your baseboards so you can run and hide your wires, so again you have a nice clean look.

8) Buy some window coverings (drapes) for your windows to help dress up the space. It is ok to bring the wife in on this. More than likely she is better at that type of stuff than you are. Or at least that is how it works in my house

9) You may not have the money now, but you will eventually so draw up some plans for the future to have some goals to work towards. This could include just about everything from layout, to furniture, and equipment.

10) Check out the some of the threads here that the OP's have done amazing things on a very limited budget and learn from them.

11) Finally......Get rid of that MAX PAYNE poster! J/K of course.

Good luck and I hope this is what you are looking for.

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Well I certainly understand budget constraints and the like. I am more than willing to chime in and give you my two cents. It would help though for you to tell us what you were looking for or give us ideas on what your plans were and ask for guidance based on those plans, but since you have basically just asked for our opinions I'll give you mine. 8-) So here goes.

First you took a space in your home and turned it into a home theater. That is awesome, as most people don't even have the vision to do that.

As you know the space is not ideal but there are several things you can do to improve things that are free or at least a lot cheaper than gutting it and starting for scratch.

1) Declutter, clean up, and for the screen wall remove anything that is distracting. IMO I like a decluttered screen wall. Speakers and screen that is it. Nice clean look.

2) Give you walls a fresh coat of paint, you don't need to go bat cave here. A nice darker shade of blue, green, red, or brown will freshen up the space and give a nicer look than the acres of paneling.

3) Paint that bright white ceiling, this would be ok to paint in black, but you also could go a darker color of the color you pick for the walls.

4) Build a riser for the rear set of seats.

5) If you have a HTPC use it! Hook that bad boy up!

6) Move or as you have indicated build a A/V rack to neatly hold your equipment preferably to the side or rear of your space.

7) Buy plastic channel or modify your baseboards so you can run and hide your wires, so again you have a nice clean look.

8) Buy some window coverings (drapes) for your windows to help dress up the space. It is ok to bring the wife in on this. More than likely she is better at that type of stuff than you are. Or at least that is how it works in my house

9) You may not have the money now, but you will eventually so draw up some plans for the future to have some goals to work towards. This could include just about everything from layout, to furniture, and equipment.

10) Check out the some of the threads here that the OP's have done amazing things on a very limited budget and learn from them.

11) Finally......Get rid of that MAX PAYNE poster! J/K of course.

Good luck and I hope this is what you are looking for.

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11) Finally......Get rid of that MAX PAYNE poster! J/K of course.


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Out of all the things suggested the painting will be the biggest impact and totally change your room.

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Thanks guys that will help me out alot i think i am going to start painting and building my A/V rack soon. I really love this forum and all the great advice i get from the members of it. Thank you

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NEW PICS IN THE REBUILD PROCESS

Everything in disarray


Ceiling color it is called ONYX BLACK


New wall color it is called wild truffle both from GLIDDEN


New A/v "rack" that i built


Inside of a/v rack drilled the holes myself found a nice trick to use peg board


what do you guys think of the progress?

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Looks good. Progress is always nice!

I think the black ceiling will add a lot to the picture quality in the room. Same goes for the flat painted walls.

Not sure what you're planning to do for speakers, and I don't know how deep your room is, but you have some good options for a layout.

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Is that a 4:3 screen?

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This room has GREAT potential.
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You may wanna read up in the forum about how to build your own screen. While you are in the painting mode you might wanna look into that. I think widescreen 16:9 is a must nowadays.
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My projector has a native aspect ratio of 4:3 i dunno how this affects my screen or if i can use a 16:9 it says that 16:9 is supported but would i get a better or worse picture?

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anyone on the question above? should i build my own screen or just use the one i have based on my projector being a Infocus X2

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I've built my two screens. The first was Wilson art Designer white countertop, and the second was an smx acoustically transparent screen. You can build a screen for super cheap, just browse the diy section of this site for ideas. If you're in Metro Detroit i'm about to toss the dw screen I built since I finished my theater this week.
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from back looking at screen wall

A/V rack with new paint

New paint color looks like i need another coat

Backside of A/V rack looking into theater


Thoughts?

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Don't you think that looks much better? Now keep going. Doesnt it suck trying to paint in all those grooves?

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Excellent progress! Now just get that ceiling painted and you will be well on the way. Oh and change out the Max Payne poster!

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yes it looks much better and He** yeah it sucks painting in them! and NO the max payne poster stays what u guys got against max payne anyway? and you can see in one of the pictures the ceiling color.

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what u guys got against max payne anyway?

If you need to ask there is no need for a response It explains alot knowing your a PS3 lover Just messing with ya but I still say dump the MP poster. I could give you a list of about 473 posters I would use before Max Payne.

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Actually i do some gaming on my PS3, Xbox360 and my PC but that is besides the point. I actually liked max payne the movie and game. BUT above all my PS3 is my favorite just way too many features included best bang for the buck and i admit i am a sony fanboy and REPEAT BUT do own a 360 and enjoy it too. Love Halo 3 ODST and Metro 2033. Waiting on alan wake to come out i have it preordered and the 360 is going on the projector!! Keeping the ps3 on my 42" sammy plasma. OK i go back to work now boss sorry boss

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I have no hate for Max Payne, but just harassing you about it is fun so that is why I do it. Relax man and enjoy the ride. You will have a great space when your done. Just put that Max Payne poster in the back so you don't always have to look at it!

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Better idea for the poster. Hang it on the ceiling above your bed. LOL That way Dirk can watch over you while sleeping.

My posts on this poster probably come off more mean than their intended. I just have never seen anyone with a MP poster and never knew it to be a blockbuster. You can rock whatever you want as long as you get that ceiling painted this weekend

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2nd coat looks better

New A/V pic with trim on!!

Shipment from monoprice all of this for around 50 dollars

Close-up of A/V rack and trim


i am a diesel mechanic so i am used to taking some sh*t ha it is all in fun and i know you guys have a good time with it so i am ok with it
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Looking better. The rack looks great. I love monoprice too. Great quality at really good prices. I have gotten a lot of my stuff from them.

Your signature picture my not be showing up for several reasons. I don't know that I have ever seen a picture in a signature. Forum rules just may not allow you to post pictures there due space limitations.

I'm glad you can take the heat, we tend (or at least I do) to heckle a "select few" here and by doing that it just shows how much we care!

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heckle me all you want as long as you can take it also! yeah i love the new look of it i cant wait to finish it but i am kinda stalled at the moment tired of smelling pain fumes and getting ready to build a screen out of drywall and paint

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