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Not much progress to show on the theater, but I did get a new toy. This replaces my old Aragon Soundstage processor. It is the Integra DTC 9.8 processor.

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Processor looks cool. You like it as well as the Aragon?
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Love your soffits, your theater is coming together really nicely.

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Lovely build...watching it closely

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Processor looks cool. You like it as well as the Aragon?

I have not spent any time critically listening to the Integra but I suspect it will not be as good as the Aragon in terms of analog performance or 2 channel. The Aragon was really a great sounding processor but of course lacks many features found in today's processors. The Aragon stopped accepting remote commands and I could not access any of the menus so it was time for a change.

The Integra is a few generations old but processors change so quickly I have a problem dropping $2500 on a processor that is outdated in a year. I want to eventually get a newer Integra with Audyssey XT32, but will probably wait a bit for that.

One nice thing with the integra over the Aragon is I can eliminate a bunch of cables and an external switcher. I used the analog inputs on the Aragon and an external 5.1 switcher because I had 3 5.1 sources, a blu ray, HDDVD and SACD/DVD-Audio player. Now I can replace 24 RCA cables and a switcher with 3 HDMI cables.
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I'm nearly finished with the panels in the soffit. I have 2 more I need to install but am waiting for a cable to arrive tomorrow that I want to run to the stage before putting up the rest.









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That is all coming together very nicely!
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Have you started using the velcro yet or are you still friction fitting them? Just curious how the velcro is working out if you have had a chance to try it. Everything is looking great!

Also, did your FOSI kit have different size fibers or were they all the same diameter?
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Have you started using the velcro yet or are you still friction fitting them? Just curious how the velcro is working out if you have had a chance to try it. Everything is looking great!

Also, did your FOSI kit have different size fibers or were they all the same diameter?

Yes they are all attached with the velcro. The velcro seems to be working fine. One morning I came down and found a panel on the ground but it was because I forgot to staple the velcro to the soffit. It was just being held by the self adhesive sticker on the velcro. I also had one panel that had a bit of a bow in it. I tried using a bunch of weights to get the bow out but its still there. I ended up using finish nails on each corner of that panel to keep it straight. The panels on both sides of it can be removed so I can still feed wire through the soffit if I need to.

The FOSI system uses all 1mm fiber. The illuminator handles the dimming so there is a lot of variation in the star sizes. I have an extra roll of fiber if you want a good deal on one.
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I would love a deal but I am so far away from that step that it probably wouldn't make sense for me to spend the money. Also haven't convinced myself 100% that I want to do a star ceiling. Most likely will design for it so that it could be added later. Thanks for the offer though.
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It's really coming together nicely. Keep up the great work!
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Do you plan to run that blue LED rope that bright ?
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Do you plan to run that blue LED rope that bright ?

I can can dim the rope light to any level - it is connected to the Grafik eye. It will be off when watching a movie. My camera makes everything look lighter than they are in person. The room is generally much darker in person including the rope light. When I get the room finished I'll get some good photos taken with something other than a point and shoot camera.
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I finally finished with the panels for the soffit. Really glad to have that done as it takes a major item off my to do list. It also gives the room a more finished look. I took some photos in lower light this time. I think with the light dimmed it gives a more accurate picture of what the colors are like. The darker photos lack the detail of the photos taken with more light.



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Here is a shot of the soffit with the lights on full.

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OK now I want stars.

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I realized that I never put up any pictures showing what is underneath the panels. I put in 2" of Knauff Sonic XP (linacoustic equivalent) between the panels and the HVAC in the side soffit. The panels on the sides of the room are solid panels not frames like the back. I wanted to do what I can to minimize any potential HVAC noise. The back of the room will have the entire soffit stuffed with insulation. I'll use Roxul Acoustical Fire Batts for that since I have some left over. I hope to get the rear bass trap done tonight. I also hid a doorbell ringer in the back soffit so I can hear if someone is at the door.




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The room's looking great. To put in a door bell ringer did you just connect it to the other one in the house or did you wire a new one? I was thinking of doing the same thing.

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The doorbell is wired in the soffit but I have not hooked it up the other end yet. My transformer is in the room right next to the theater so I will hook it up directly to the transformer.
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The room's looking great. To put in a door bell ringer did you just connect it to the other one in the house or did you wire a new one? I was thinking of doing the same thing.

One of my greatest pleasures is that I have no clue when the doorbell rings...so very rarely is it anyone at all I care to talk to. If I know someone is coming over I greet them, otherwise...I am not buying it, and no I won't convert. The idea of making your doorbell more useful to you while in your theatre room is a cool challenge. Not for me though. hahaha My wife calls me a Nerd Hermit!

Fantastic work on your theatre!!! It has come so far, very impressive!!!
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I didn't even put a doorbell in my house. Best thing was when I inadvertently disconnected the phone. We didn't get any calls for three days until I figured it out.
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One of my greatest pleasures is that I have no clue when the doorbell rings...so very rarely is it anyone at all I care to talk to. If I know someone is coming over I greet them, otherwise...I am not buying it, and no I won't convert. The idea of making your doorbell more useful to you while in your theatre room is a cool challenge. Not for me though. hahaha My wife calls me a Nerd Hermit!

Fantastic work on your theatre!!! It has come so far, very impressive!!!

I get that and had the same thought. I think most of the time I'd rather not hear it. However If I'm having a movie night with friends coming over I would rather be able to wait in the theater listening to music or something than waiting upstairs for everyone to arrive.
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I also have family, friends and neighbours randomly stop by every now and again. I may hook up a camera at the door as well so if the doorbell goes I can see who it is without having to leave the theater.

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I think I'm a few weeks away from the point where I can have carpet installed and am inclined to go with the carpet in the photo below. I am wondering if the pattern will be too distracting if I have it go up on the stage. I was wondering if it would be a better idea to do the stage in a black carpet and have the rest of the theater with the patterned carpet. Any thoughts on this?

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Just my $0.02 but I really like the look of black carpet on the stage- it just sets the whole front wall off and says "hey look at me." You have a really nice carpet choice there and I think it will make a very cool contrast.

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The carpet sample looks green on my screen but I am not sure that it is accurate. If I am seeing it correctly then I vote for stage and all to be the same. I have seen several builds on here where they use black for the stage and I personally don't care for it. The only time I think it looks ok is when the main carpet area is dark as well (shades of gray and black). I think you will be just fine doing it all the same.
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you have a really nice carpet choice there and i think it will make a very cool contrast.

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The carpet does have a green hue to it but is pretty dark and does match the colors of the walls and fabric I've chosen. One concern I have with continuing the carpet up the stage is the pattern will be impossible to line up on the curve of the stage. Sometimes this is not an issue but on some patterns that can be distracting.
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Damelon has a small pattern on his carpet and I don't think it is distracting on the stage portion.
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One concern I have with continuing the carpet up the stage is the pattern will be impossible to line up on the curve of the stage. Sometimes this is not an issue but on some patterns that can be distracting.

A buddy I work with used to install carpet and he says anyone worth anything can make the patterns work around the curve. He says there all kinds of things that they can do like making little cuts and inserting pieces to extend or sometimes cutting out little sections and piecing it together to make it smaller. If they match up the floor and the top of the stage/steps, they can make the curve work.

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