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Having viewed a few Home Theatres in my past.
I've always wanted to have my own. Who doesn't.
I wanted it my way. Not the ways I've seen.
And I wanted to do it as best as I could.
So I could just do upgrades going forward.
On Projectors, Screen Material, Speakers...equipment.
I've only done very small handy man things through life.
And only took a a few wood working courses in school.

BUT...I'm really good at being picky.

And trusting my own personal tastes.
So...I thought I'd share my
journey into my first Home Theatre Build.
Cost including all equipment
came in at around $5,000 - $6,000 dollars.

I hope you enjoy it!
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Wow this is a one post theater build thread. Why is everyone else taking so long?

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I don't know what is more impressive...your HT room or your documentation of the process smile.gif
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Great job. You certainly got a lot of bang for your buck. I like your DIY cup holder modules between the seats.
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Great build thread. I have to say, you got a lot for your money. It certainly helps if you can do that much of the work yourself.
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wow...man, that's a wonderful way to spend 6K! awesome job...bravo!!!
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Thanks you very much! smile.gif
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Very very impressive project. Great idea on the cup holders. what is the approx distance between the inner edge of the screen frame on the sides and the side wall?
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Very very impressive project. Great idea on the cup holders. what is the approx distance between the inner edge of the screen frame on the sides and the side wall?


Thanks.
It's about 27 inches. And there's a hinge on them So I can access the machines, Speakers, or screen if needed. and 3 FT. behind. To walk around. Again to access Speakers, Subwoofer..etc..
Also the corners behind the screen, And centre, and above have bass traps.
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Thank you and Bravo from Belgium

Very good style, simple, I appreciate a lot the cup holder idea.

Good work:)
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Thank you. Sometimes the simple. Has a lot of thought. The viewing of a movie in this room is incredible. Your not far from the screen,
and with the sound. Your fully immersed in the experience. Especially in 3D.
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Nice build Mike, really liking it!
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$6K? Did you already have all the equipment?
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How wide is that screen and how far is the first row?
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WOW!!!

I am about to build a house and i'm planning on putting in an 11ft by 22ft theater. The amount of things you have to think about is VERY daunting. Almost makes me want to give up before i start, lol. What i REALLY like about your build is that it is simple yet VERY attractive. No over the top crap like popcorn machines and fibre optic ceilings etc, yet still very stylish.

Question though: How is your soundproofing? I notice you didn't do the room within a room thing. When you turn the sound up is it disturbing to people outside even without the 'room within a room'?

Oh, and what projector are you using?
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$6K? Did you already have all the equipment?

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How wide is that screen and how far is the first row?


I had already had the Surround Sound Speakers, Playstation 3, Western Digital Media Centre and 4TB Hard Drives. But since then I've ungraded the Projector.
I made crazy deals. So give and take it was definitely way under $7000. Everything. Chairs, Subwoofer, Surround System...etc.

Front row SEAT CUSHION is about 5.5 ft. From the screen. Screen is 120 inches diagonal.

Online a found a calculator for THX home theatre set up. And noticed it definitely fit the new
HD Home Theatre specs. (Certain degree of head movement for comfort viewing) For all seats.

iMIKE THEATRE
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Nice build Mike, really liking it!

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WOW!!!

I am about to build a house and i'm planning on putting in an 11ft by 22ft theater. The amount of things you have to think about is VERY daunting. Almost makes me want to give up before i start, lol. What i REALLY like about your build is that it is simple yet VERY attractive. No over the top crap like popcorn machines and fibre optic ceilings etc, yet still very stylish.

Question though: How is your soundproofing? I notice you didn't do the room within a room thing. When you turn the sound up is it disturbing to people outside even without the 'room within a room'?

Oh, and what projector are you using?

Thank you very much!

I like the fancy designs of many home theatres, but what always bothered me was the fact that they are so far from viewing the screen.
I felt it took away from the feeling of LARGER then life view we get at the Movie Theatres. So I will save the posters, and popcorn machine for the next room. (The Lobby)
The soundproofing is pretty good. It's not the ROOM Within a ROOM. (Don't forget ventilation).
But this is in the basement of a three level home. And the second floor above is a grand room which is open to the third floor. Where the bedrooms are.
I can play this as loud as I want. And they might hear the odd BASS, or sound. Sometimes thru the vents of the house. But not enough to wake anyone
if i'm doing a double bill feature till 3 o'clock in the morning.

Right now after MUCH testing. I'm using the new EPSON 3020 3D Projector. And although I have had issues which would make
some run from them. The price, and the service of support from EPSON is amazing. So far...so good.

I've tried the OPTOMA HD 33 (RGB/RAINBOW effect drove me nuts)
(Never a DLP for me) (If you can see it, you'll never not see it)
(And if you can't see it. Maybe your guest will)
I tried the Panasonic AE7000 (Brightness and Ghosting Doesn't compare to the EPSON 3020.
For the price of the 3020, and even some that are $1000 more. It's an incredible machine!

Which ever machine you decide. My advice is to make sure the return policy is understood. Some policies require a restocking fee. Cause after so many reviews on the net. Seeing for yourself is believing. And I can totally talk against some reviews.
BUT...BUT...I truly believe that with the new 3D technology, and trying to keep prices down. Some of the quality control, might be suffering. I've exchanged about 4 machines to make sure I get the 100% flawless machine. Over night delivery right to my door.
But I have to drop off the bad unit. But all shipping is paid for. BOTTOM LINE WITH ANYTHING. You pay. Make sure you get what you deserve. (Oh and I'm a nice complainer. I've always gotten farther with being nice when dealing with customer service, then yelling or getting mad. But I make sure I let them know, not to take my calmness as a mistake for someone who isn't extremely upset.)

DON'T GIVE UP. I wanted this project done so fast. But I was patient. And it paid off. Just upgrades from here on in.
Everyone who has a demo in the room. Says pictures sure don't do it justice. The viewing experience is really key.
And everyone enjoys it.

Sorry for the long read, but I just want to make sure I tell you everything I know. smile.gif

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