Over 4 years ago I started this thread. A little less than 3 years ago I started construction. And finally:
Should have gone one shade darker on the carpet, but honestly you can't see most of it because of the chairs anyway. It still looks pretty good.
I don't have more pictures because it isn't done yet. What's left:
- Countertop & cabinet hardware
- Proper routing of power into cabinet
- Final routing of HDMI cable
- Crown molding
- Final configuration if Insteon (what a pain in the ass! I might get the Insteon Hub just to make it easier and so I can control the lights from my phone).
- Removing unnecessary wires
- Under step lighting (LED string lights hooked up to Insteon Lamp module)
1. I used the wrong wire for the subwoofer, so I ran a coax under the baseboard.
2. The right speaker wire is in the wrong spot since I went with a wider screen. I ran the wire to the speaker under the baseboard and I will remove this wire as well.
3. The front speaker wires were installed too high (was planning on doing a stage, but decided not to).
So in retrospect there was no reason to run wires to the front speakers and subwoofer. I only used the wire run for the left side.
I also didn't run an ethernet or coax into the room...I am going to use a powerline ethernet to get the ethernet in from the next room over. Should work ok. I am using a Tivo Mini so I don't need coax either, but I may need coax at some point (or at the very least for the next homeowner). I have a couple of good options to run it over. Running ethernet sucks so I am going to stick with the powerline ethernet.
The noise from the vent isn't a big deal...you don't notice when watching movies.
I bought a nice cabinet instead of a server rack. I'm glad I did, it will look very nice next to the cabinets and countertop.
I got an amazing deal on some exotic granite remnant for the countertop. Pics will be coming when that is installed next week!!
I got a great deal on a used SVS sub. It's amazing, although I can hear it a little bit when standing in the room above the theater. I can't hear anything else but I don't know if my neighbors will hear the sub since I live in a townhouse (may just turn it down at night). Overall I am impressed with the sound isolation.
The LED bulbs don't get dim enough with the insteon dimmer. The hum isn't an issue now that the carpet is installed, but I have heard the Philips LEDs can get very dim so I might try those. I may end up just turning the lights off and relying on the under step lighting.
I don't think the white trim is an issue either.
Finding movies with Atmos soundtracks is tough!!! Most of the time you have to buy a special edition or the movie itself isn't very good. John Wick is going to be the first movie I use to test the Atmos.
I can barely hear the surrounds when sitting in the front row. I don't know if it is just due to what I have tried out so far, or if I screwed up the Audyssey setup. I think it's the latter.
I don't know why I put the outlets for the riser above the first step. Should have put them on the bottom next to the floor.
Overall I'm very pleased with the way it is looking. A long road, but almost at the finish!