This thread will mainly document upcoming upgrades to our little theater room in the corner of our house. I actually did all the initial work over 6 years ago when I first purchased my home. I spent lots of time here on AVS back then, but never made a thread to show my journey. I figured now would be a good time to start since I'm about to make a major change - upgraded projector (going from 480p to 1080p)! Better late than never I guess.
So I'll start with some history. Ever since I borrowed my office's portable business projector and set it up in my bedroom with a large sheet of paper on the wall, I knew I wanted a dedicated home theater. I was just out of college, living back with my parents, and about to purchase my first home with my savings. I saved up money, and made my first big purchase the day after my home closing - an InFocus Screenplay SP4805 DLP projector. This was in November 2005. This projector was pretty popular here on AVS, and since DVD's are 480 native anyway and there wasn't really much of any 1080p material at that time, the 1080p projectors were still very costly. I wanted to keep costs low, so went with the 4805, which cost me about $900 after rebate in 2005.
At that time, I was still single, so the 3-bedroom 2-bath house I purchased was plenty for me. But being only 1300 s.f. meant the bedrooms were small. I decided to use the bedroom on the front corner of the house, which is about 9.5 x 10.5 feet. Luckily the long direction was also the 2 walls with nothing on them. Other 2 walls had doors and a window.
In addition to the projector, my buddy who worked for Polk Audio got me a smoking deal on a 5.1 setup, and I also purchased an Onkyo 7.1 receiver. This is how it started:
The mount was basically a large shelf, with the projector hanging underneath. The mount board overhangs the projector to allow for 4 threaded rods and hardware, which give front/back and side tilt adjustments. The holes in the top piece are also slotted to allow for slight rotational adjustment.
For color I decided I wanted to go dark red with black trim. For the red I went with Behr paint, which turned out to be a terrible choice. It took 4 coats of paint to get full, even coverage. Later I used a Benjamin-Moore chocolate color in my living room, which only took 2 coats. Ever since then I only used B-M paint - great quality stuff.
The above pics show the area I taped off for the screen. Based on threads here on AVS I had decided to go with the RS-MMMaxx paint mixture for the screen. I didn't want to be painting that over red paint, so I taped it off, based on the image projected by the screen. I got the projector and image perfectly leveled so that no keystone correction would be needed. At about a 9 foot throw I had a 72" diagonal image at maximum zoom.
These last pics are the most recent images of the finished version of the theater room I have, and even these are about 5 years old. The crappy table under the screen has been replaced with shallow, wide storage units with pull-out drawers for DVD storage.
After I *mostly* finished the theater in early 2006, I met my future wife that summer. We were married in August 2007, and our son was born just after Christmas 2009. My wife loves movies and was super-impressed the first time she came over and saw the theater room. I don't think she had ever been in a house with a dedicated theater space before. We have gotten many thousands of hours of entertainment from this room, and now my 2-year old son loves to watch Pixar's Cars or the Chipmunks movies in there.
For the source equipment, it's really just the movie player. We don't game at all and I prefer to watch TV in the living room. We like to save this room for movies only. Anyway, I used to use an LG DVD player with this setup, but it ended up crapping out on me. I replaced it with a Panasonic BD60 BRD player back when the BD60 first came out, knowing full well that we would not be utilizing the 1080p capability of blu-ray discs at that time. But we bought it anyway hoping that an upgraded projector would be in our future.