1 full load for the dump and another load that I am sure the garbage men are going to be happy about on a Friday.
Under construction: the Larch theater
I have been working on the HT with every last spare minute over the last couple of weeks to get ready for Master's Weekend. I had some family come in town to watch the Master's and everybody really enjoyed the space. I am not sure what cameras CBS use but the visuals were stunning. You could see every blade of grass. I also played some of the demo disks and the room sounds much different with the panels. I still need to do some tweeks and will dial everything in further when I get it calibrated on the 23rd.
I have made some good progress and I am down to some misc odds and ends. I finished all of the track and fabric up front. I did not cut the fabric for the piece under the screen yet. I will do that after calibration. I wanted to leave the bottom support off in case we need to get back there for anything. I put up a piece of scrap GOM for a temporary solution.
I will take a couple of days off and then get back to work and finish everything up.
Thanks for all of the help and support over the last month!
Screen Wall track is done
I am very happy with the FR701 fabric. It looks like Burlap in the sample but looks much better when stretched and there is not any light behind it..
Thanks. Good thought on the gaffers tape. I have that on the list to do before I install the bottom support and fabric.
To get everything running I installed a box with banana plug connectors with screw terminals on the back of the plate. I used some heavy duty cables from a prior setup to go from the box to the LCR's.
I am not happy with the added connectors so I will want to get rid of the box. I was going to order some extra wire and soldier a splice with the old wire to extend it. Is this what you guys would do or something else? Do you recommend terminating the ends or using bare copper to connect to the a Triads?
Also, I should have some extra black FR701 and will cover the treatments behind the screen. I can't see anything now but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.
I had a chance to re-run a full Audyssey analysis post Quest panels tonight. I also ran some fresh REW graphs.
I am really glad I spent a fair amount of time in the room without treatments. I was able to tell that it is a night and day difference with the Quest panels!! I am VERY excited about how the room sounds now. I played a bunch of my favorite songs through my NAD DAC and was enjoying it immensely. The room sounds much bigger and the soundstage is WIDE.
Before on tracks that had a bunch of instruments playing at the same time (Dave Matthews) it was all smeared together. Now you can hear each one. I was running 2.1 but had to keep checking the pre/pro to make sure it was in stereo because it sounded like the side and rear speakers were on, they were not.
The bass is really tight and accurate It was much boomier before. I have to give another thumbs up to my Seaton Subs. You really cant drive those things to hard. I am running them fairly hot but it sounds great to me.
I can't wait for next week when I will add a miniDSP and have Jeff Meier calibrate the room. I know he can make it sound even better.
Thanks Scott for all of your help with the Quest products!
You are very welcome. It's amazing what that stuff does to a room when it's engineered by the HAA Master. I've enjoyed working on your whole project, nice to see in come out so incredible. Send your friends, I've got an open slot for another theater
OK, now when is the next Houston GT?
There are a couple of new HT rooms that WE have to test.
Now comes the easy part ~ enjoying it
Thanks for the inspiration
I need to start a new thread for the next GT. I will try and start one next week.
How is that even a question????
I received my miniDSP over the weekend. I went with the OpenDRC-AN.
I also received the second amp for my Seaton HP+'s. I may turn the slave into active if Jeff thinks he needs the flexibility. Should be fun!!!
Sounds fun! So, is Jeff coming over to your house to tune your submersives?
Yes, on Wednesday.
We finished the electrical trim tonight. I had to replace one of the step lights and replaced an outlet that had stain on the face.
We also got all of the sconces installed. They make a HUGE difference on how the room looks. It is a much warmer feel. The back of the room was too dark and now looks much better. The textured ceiling and coffer are much more visable as well. I put the front sconces on a separate zone and can have the back (4) on low and not wash the screen.
I was worried that they would rattle but I played some demo material tonight with lots of bass and I did not hear a peep from them. I will run a bass sweep tomorrow to see if they need a bead of silicone between the glass and frame.
The original plan had a larger sconce in the middle section. That one had to go back because it was a head knocker. I think the spacing turned out OK.
The video and audio calibration is done. Jeff Meier did an excellent job. He was a pleasure to work with and he really knows his stuff. I have not been able to spend much time in the room post calibration as I pulled the screen down as soon as it was done to try and finish things up this weekend.
I thought the PJ was looking good before but now my Lumis is really looking awesome. The test disk I used for the intial setup had the contrast all wrong but now everything is much improved. We watched some scences form Casino Royale and it looked pretty sweet.
Post Calibration Numbers:
He bypassed Audyssey and manually setup the graphic EQ in the Marantz and miniDSP. He set up for reference but gave me a memory in the DSP to adjust to my preference. I know I will probably run the bass a little hotter but it sounds great now.
We did run into some phase issues. It turns out that the Marantz and my 2ch B & K amp use different pinouts for the XLR's. But all is fine now. I look forward to some extended listening. We did play some Dark Side of the Moon on SACD. I am going to have to get that one, it sounded awesome.
Jeff was very complimentary on the room acoustics. He gave Quest a thumbs up for their plan.
Pre Calibration Graph:
Post Calibration Graph: