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post #1 of 23 Old 06-29-2013, 11:04 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello All,

In my last home I had a movie room which consisted of a cheap 720p projector, 84" screen, a cheap HTIB and 3 kmart theater seats. We recently had our dream home built and I was fortunate to work a 18' L x 14.5' W dedicated theater room into the plans. I wouldnt have been able to achieve my goal without the help from this site. Without further ado, here is my $5,000 home theater.

These are a few pics taken with an iphone of construction.







Here is the room as it sits 99% completed.

















Here is a list of equipment. Everything was purchased brand new.

Epson 3020 3D projector $1299
Elite ER120WH1 120" screen $325
Onkyo NR515 receiver $250
Sony BDP 5100 $90
2 Infinity P363 towers $200
Infinity PC 351 center $225
4 Infinity CS60 in wall surrounds $180
Klipsch RW12D $300
6 Seatcraft Eros seats $1600
Olympus matte grey paint $120
4 sconces $80
Misc (Cables, mounts, surge protectors, etc) $340

TOTAL $5009

I was able to cross everything off my wish list that I've always wanted. Seating for 6, 120" screen, 3D with 7.1 surround all for $5K. Thanks for taking the time to view my thread and thanks for any comments, suggestions, and feedback.
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post #2 of 23 Old 06-30-2013, 06:48 AM
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Nice job and budget! I'd suggest an astragal and threshold on the doors. And once that light leak is blocked, the brass hinges could use a coat of black paint.

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Great theater for awesome Budget!
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Thanks for the kind words. I definitly plan on addressing the light leak. The hinges are brushed nickel although they do appear brass in the pics.
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Thanks. I'm debating whether to do some acoustical panels or not.
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Awesome, I like it alot..

Questions for you

What are the dimensions of the Room?

How is that projector? how is the 3D?

Does the screen feel "small" in anyway or once in the room does it seem huge?

How many "coats" of paint did that take?

What floor in the home is this located on? Does it get very loud from outside the room?

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Awesome, I like it alot..

Questions for you

What are the dimensions of the Room?

How is that projector? how is the 3D?

Does the screen feel "small" in anyway or once in the room does it seem huge?

How many "coats" of paint did that take?

What floor in the home is this located on? Does it get very loud from outside the room?

THANK YOU

Thanks!

The room is 18' Long x 14.5' Wide

This is my 3rd different projector and it's the best I've had. It's throws a great picture and the 3D is the best I've seen. Everyone who's seen it says it's the best 3D they've seen as well.

The 1st row it definitely has a big feel to it. My kids love to sit up front. From the back row I'd say it's just right. Not too big but it doesnt feel small in any way.

It took 2 solid coats of paint.

It is located on the 2nd floor and I can turn it up so that it is still plenty loud without bothering the rest of the house. I can also turn it up so that everyone in the house knows I'm watching a movie.
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looks great! i think you may have saved me about $1200 with those chairs! - are they comfy? do the backs recline back so you are in more of a laying position? are the leg things long enough to be comfortable?

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looks great! i think you may have saved me about $1200 with those chairs! - are they comfy? do the backs recline back so you are in more of a laying position? are the leg things long enough to be comfortable?

thanks!

Thanks. The chairs are a little on the firm side. They are not as comfy as my last chairs but they are not uncomfortable. I believe they may get softer as time goes on. They do recline to a laying position although they are not space saving, which I did know before buying. I'm 6'5" so the leg portion isnt as long as I'd like but I can definitely get into a comfortable postion. They are not bad seats at all but they are one of the cheapest seats for a reason. Hope this helps
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Congrats on building your dream house. When I first read that I rolled my eyes thinking I was about to see another rich guy's play room with super expensive equipment that the average person could never afford. In my opinion 5k is dead on for the average person who wants to build a nice theater. Your results look amazing and just go to show you don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to have a very nice theater room. I love your choice of speakers too smile.gif
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Congrats on building your dream house. When I first read that I rolled my eyes thinking I was about to see another rich guy's play room with super expensive equipment that the average person could never afford. In my opinion 5k is dead on for the average person who wants to build a nice theater. Your results look amazing and just go to show you don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to have a very nice theater room. I love your choice of speakers too smile.gif

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Nice! Living the dream!

I was wondering where you store your equipment. I didn't see a rack or a closet in the room.

You'll really REALLY appreciate the quality increase you get by adding acoustic treatments. It's hard to figure out exactly what to get but the people at Gik Acoustics can help not to mention all the individuals on this forum. The treatments are easy enough to make if you're handy with a staple gun and saw and have sufficient time and patience. They're MUCH cheaper to make yourself than to buy them, too.

What are your sources?
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Nice! Living the dream!

I was wondering where you store your equipment. I didn't see a rack or a closet in the room.

I use this stand that I got from ikea. The compenents fit perfectly and gives me a place to store the 3d glasses & remotes.





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Not sure what you are asking
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So I was hit by the DIY bug and upgraded the sub from the Klipsch sub to 1 Stereo Integrity 15" up front and 2 Infinity 12" subs behind the rear seats. They are powered by a Crown X2000 amp and are a HUGE improvement. I finally have the rumble that I've been looking for. I also built some acoustical panels and they made a big difference as well. Here are a few pics of the sub build and some of the panels.

Infinity 12" vs SI 15"








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Love the Theater! It is unbelievable! I wish I had enough in my budget to get an Epson projector as well. Can't wait to see the neverfinished - finished product.
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Great theater on a reasonable budget, especially considering 6 seats are included.
I have two of those Infinity's for my low end. Sobering to see it stacked up against an SI 15. The 18" would absolutely dwarf it. The extra low end must have been a monumental change.
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Very nice theater and an impressive budget for all new equipment. Kudos.

For the acoustic panels, do you have any build pics? I am curious as to what material you used. Also, how did you determine where to hang them on the wall?
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Very nice theater and an impressive budget for all new equipment. Kudos.

For the acoustic panels, do you have any build pics? I am curious as to what material you used. Also, how did you determine where to hang them on the wall?
Thanks. I'll have to see if I have any build pics. I used 2x4 pine or hardwood & roxul safe and sound.

I used these 2 videos to help



As far as where to put them on the wall, I found out my 1st reflection points and went from there.

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Very nice theater and an impressive budget for all new equipment. Kudos.

For the acoustic panels, do you have any build pics? I am curious as to what material you used. Also, how did you determine where to hang them on the wall?
Here are a couple build pics.



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Thanks for the pics. I hope to start my theater soon and I am starting a catalogue of all the different ways to do things. I like that design for the acoustic panel.
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Added a few more acoustic panels

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I just realized I didnt post a pic of the sub up front (Stereo Integrity 15")

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