Sorry about the delay - post moderation and all.
Once the cables were in the wall, the builder got to work on the rest of the house;
Unfortunately the photos are sporadic as I can only get to the site after work hours due to actually having a job also (boo) and so I am sometimes locked out, and/or find myself seeing something go from step 1 the previous day, to step 8 the next day and miss everything inbetween. Not going to complain about the house going up fast though
Thats pretty much where the room is at at the moment - Once I get a set of keys to the house things will move in the right direction. The whole room will be repainted in a much darker colour - unsure on specifics at this point as I haven't really decided on a theme as such.
The windows are going to be completely covered with a double layer of thick dark curtains to act as both an absorber/diffuser and also for light and sound-proofing purposes. this room will never see daylight, and I wanted to make the windows much much smaller but the WAF kicked in and mentioned that the front of the house may look unbalanced with odd windows on one side... doh!
The idea is for a front stage and screen and a rear seat riser to accomodate 2 rows of seating for an 8-seat theatre. I have ordered these chairs, but in a darker "raisin" colour, which is more charcoal;
I jumped the gun a bit on chairs, but then found there is a 12week lead time so I probably make a good choice.
The equipment is the exciting part. partly inspired by almost every local commercial cinema, and partly due to how blown away I was in a local demo room, I decided on KRIX speakers.
The bonus is they are locally made in Adelaide, South Australia, so not only are they brilliant looking, brilliant performing and reasonable value, but also I am supporting local business.
I went for a 7.1 speaker configuration featuring the Krix range of:
Neuphonix (fronts) http://www.krix.com/Product/Detail.aspx?p=44&id=1
Epicentrix (centre) http://www.krix.com/Product/Detail.aspx?p=44&id=20
Dynamix (surrounds) http://www.krix.com/Product/Detail.aspx?p=44&id=84
Volcanix (subwoofer) http://www.krix.com/Product/Detail.aspx?p=44&id=80
I had the Neuphonix special ordered in a front ported version, knowing I would be using them close to the front wall.
The Volcanix was the only item I did not have the chance to hear prior as most local demo rooms only had the smaller Seismix3 on display, and even that was "enough" however after running these speakers in my lounge room for 2 months (I couldn't wait for the house to be finished haha) I am very satisfied with the bass output, but would consider adding another Volcanix simply to add to the floor shaking factor. Notice that the menu buttons and LCD display for the subwoofer settings are on the front of the sub box making it very easy to set up and adjust the settings, even when the subwoofer is installed.
For amplification I decided on Marantz, and went with the
pre/power amp setup, as well as a Marantz UD5007 3D Bluray player. http://www.qualifi.com.au/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_genx_SR.tpl&product_id=13650&category_id=141&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=226
Due to the "couldn't wait" factor, within 5 minutes of the speakers being delivered to the HiFi shop, I was there ready to pick them up... never mind whether they would fit in the car or not...
For scale - that's a 60" TV in the background. Note that it is a Sharp Aquos 3D LEDTV. This was given to us by the builder for free, and I would like to go on record and state that I would NEVER pay even $1 for one of these horrid TV's. From the smooth motion 'soap-opera' effect that cant be turned off completely, to the insane amount of backlight bleeding and the horrendous 3D crosstalk that actually renders the 3D useless given that 1 eye always sees both images (regardless of the glasses used). I'm hoping they will warranty replace it due to excessive backlight bleed then I will sell it and by an LG.
The TV in this image is my original JVC 70" HD RPTV that served me well for a number of years.
The KRIX Dynamix rears
The whole thing in a temporary setup in our current place. terrible room acoustics, but this will all change in the theatre build.
Anyway - for the new room, this sorts the Audio out. But what about the video???
I am planning to run a CIH setup. I will be using a JVC X-90R or X-95R depending on price/availability come January/February, and will be mating this to a Panamorph UH480.
I will be grabbing an SMX ProCurve screen, but unsure on size... depending on what I can get away with in terms of throw ratio I want to get a 140" wide screen, but may end up with a 130" wide screen.
And lastly - for the Americans here - I was holidaying in the states last year and became addicted to this stuff... just so happens to be one of the hardest beers to get in Australia and we pay a LOT more for it here than you do at home... I'm very jealous of that.