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Location: British Columbia, Canada
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Since my build thread has been bumped anyway I might as well give a brief update.
It has been 5 years since setting the room up for projection and the wife and I, and to a lesser extent our children, have had countless hours of enjoyment. My only regret is that I didn't take a closer look at the space available in my basement at the time so now I am pretty much locked into a room with limited throw distance. This of course limits maximum screen size or projector selection and also means that seating is crammed up against one wall which detracts to some extent from the surround effect.
There have been a few upgrades along the way:
Original Acer 5360 (?) 720p projector replaced with the BenQ 1070. - Better, but not the night and day upgrade one would think. Having accurate colors and more resolution is great, but with mediocre contrast the picture is only going to be so so.
Standard dome tweeter "hi-fi" front L-C-R speakers replaced with Behringer B215XL's. - Again, better, but not the awe inspiring change I was hoping for. I guess the old hi-fi's were decent speakers after all, especially in my small room.
I started with a $500 Paradigm DSP3100 10" ported sub and now have four largish ported DIY subs with 12" drivers powered by a Behringer NU3000DSP amp. - This was definitely a significant upgrade. For roughly $1000 I have deep, powerful bass in every seat in the room. The old Paradigm did surprisingly well, and I still drag it outside for outdoor movie night, but it can't hold a candle to the DIY setup.
For the past two months sadly my little theater has been in shambles. The rest of the basement is undergoing renovation and piles of temporarily displaced "stuff" has spilled over into my sanctuary. Soon all will back to normal, and then likely in the new year it will be time to give the theater a face lift. A new floor and new seating are top on the list.
Thanks for checking in.