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post #1 of 58 Old 03-20-2011, 08:56 AM - Thread Starter
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In the spring of 2011 I upgraded our little family room in the corner of the basement to more of a dedicated home theater. Nothing major; some absorptive sound treatment, built in surround speakers and painted it all black. Between the kids and their video games and the wife and I with movies the room is used daily. The equipment is nothing special, but performs well from a value standpoint.
(Ah, how things change. Fast forward 5 years to 2016. Though the wife and I still use the theater nightly the kids only use it now and then as a post-party crash pad for their drunk friends. I will be glad when these transition years are over.)

Total cost for room modifications and all equipment = approx $5000

Screen: 114"X55" constant area white over black spandex. ($100)
Source: Sony PS3 ($300)
Projector: BenQ W1070 - Great colors but poor blacks. Noisy. ($850)
Receiver: Pioneer 7.1 receiver ($400)
Speakers: As of July 2016 3 X Behringer B215XL across the front ($700) and decent hi-fi speakers I have collected over the years for side and rear surrounds.
Subwoofers: 4 X DIY Infinity 1262W in 6 cuft boxes (4.5 net) tuned to 18 Hz. One in each corner of the room. ($500)
Sub amp: Behringer NU3000DSP as of August 2016 ($400)
Seating: Reclining leather sofa and a couple comfy chairs.


Original screen setup. 16X9 106" diagonal Accuscreen AT recessed about 6" with room on either side for my angled left and right speakers. Aesthetically pleasing but I wanted more screen.


Screen Upgrade: Pulled forward 6" and increased by 18" in width, from 96 to 114". Went with white over black spandex to improve black level for the DLP projector.


A 6 cuft ported sub in each corner of the room. MAJOR upgrade from my original 10" Paradigm DSP3100.


Yes, the light colored couch has been replaced with a dark one.


I need to update this picture with my new trio of Behringer's. Ugly but imposing.


Custom angled cabinets built for side and rear surrounds.


Subs - Four DIY 6.0cuft (4.5cuft net) tuned to 18Hz and loaded with Infinity 1260W 12" drivers.


Maximum output. Gold trace - dead center of room. Green trace - center seat against back wall.



Look what my wonderful wife bought for our main bathroom! (Feb 2015)
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post #2 of 58 Old 03-20-2011, 07:47 PM
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DavidK442,

Your room is looking great! Keep up the awesome work. I too have a small theater build in the works. My room dimentions are 11X13.

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Hey another BC'er, Welcome! I'm really impressed with all the work you have done so far. The progress looks good so far. I can't wait to see the outcome, keep us posted with your progress, thanks for sharing.

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Looks really nice and cozy so far! Saving for the RS-40 should make you really happy, it will be plenty bright on a 106" screen!
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Nice stuff. Great to see a creative approach to a small room with lots of obstacles. Keep at it. Dimensions are similar to the room I bailed on and turned into a gym. Makes me think what could have been. . . .

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Very nice room! It's only slightly larger than mine but I dig the color choices.

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How did you go about blacking out your window?

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Awesome build, I really like the way the woodwork came out and the way you mounted your speakers. Now dump that horrid in-law handme down couch!
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Awesome build, I really like the way the woodwork came out and the way you mounted your speakers. Now dump that horrid in-law handme down couch!
I think the couch looks very comfy, assuming at least the ends recline. And once the lights go out to watch a movie, who notices the color of the couch?

Well done. Looks very nice, IMO.

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Looks great especially for the small space. Really like how you integrated your speakers. B.C. is one of my favorite places. I've spent some time up there, but it has been a while since i have been up there and I'd like to get up there soon.
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The airport in Salt Lake City leaves a lot to be desired. When I was living up there people were always telling me how beautiful Utah was. I was always surprised since to me BC is so beautiful.

There are some really fantastic sights in Utah - but without question the most beautiful place I have ever been is up near Whistler on a hike to Garibaldi Lake. We hiked up to the top of a mountain overlooking Garibaldi Lake and it was an incredible sight.
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Looks really nice - the woodwork turned out great - What projector are you considering?
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Good looking room. Love the color choices and the angled closures for the side and rear speakers....almost done.

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Looks great! I like the timber trim.

How does the surround sound sitting right up against the wall?

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Looking really good, the trim really works well with the black.
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Looking really good, the trim really works well with the black.
My thinking exactly which leads me to ask...what color stain did you use?

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Did you say you could live with the image not fitting the screen?!?! Please tell me your joking... Are you going to build a masking system?? That would drive me crazy.

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Love that old gear!
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Looks fantastic! I'll be referring to this thread as I work on my room in the future.
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AMAZING, especially for what little space you have. Very encouraging
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David, I saw yesterday's post of yours and had to come check out your room. Don't know how I missed it?

I agree with the comments on the trim and black. Looks fantastic.

Daily use! Great to hear!

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Ouch! That's going to leave a mark, eh Tony?!

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Its incredible what you were able to do in such a "small" space. I really like those wood panels, they go pretty darn well with the black. The room just looks so cozy! No wonder why your family spends most of the their time there!

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I'm going to read that as a compliment.

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I'm going to read that as a compliment.

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Great use of a smaller space! It looks very cozy and I bet it sounds terrific!

Great work!
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quite impressive for the size and budget...I am very new to all these but how are you accessing back panels of your gear? I see many people have closets with easy access..looking at your drawings I dont think you have direct easy access...do the trays pull out with equipment on it?

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Thank you for your answer. Your theater proves that when done right, even a modest budget and smaller spaces can be converted into dedicated theater that family would enjoy.
It certainly going to be big factor in our first house (that we plan to buy this summer). Thank you for sharing...

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Building my 2nd theater now and on the same budget as you. It is inspiring to see how professional your theater turned out with a "limited budget". I can only hope...

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