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post #1 of 17 Old 10-13-2013, 04:47 PM - Thread Starter
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Welcome to the Maddog Theater! I began this project in June 2012 and completed it at the end of July 2013. Well, I say 'completed' but I will still be doing things here and there to finish up but it has come into use as of July 2013. cool.gif I did all the work myself from design, framing, HVAC, electrical, insulation, drywall, paint etc. and had a helping hand here or there with the exception of laying/installing the carpet (had the carpet hired out). This was done while I was also finishing out our family/play room area in the basement and all done with a smaller budget in mind, at least compared to some others I have envied. I feel I got a lot for what I spent. I need to collect all my receipts and what not to tally everything up from construction materials, electronics, furniture, etc. for the theater but rough estimate is approximately $18k – 19k in funds and some of blood, a lot of sweat, and hard work. I got many ideas here from fellow AVS members, which I am extremely thankful. I’m sharing my build a little unconventionally, revealing the completed project and will go back through as I have time to review what I did for certain parts of the theater and give a lessons learned for some of my experiments. Also, I will post as I update/add things to the theater. I really like my room and mainly enjoy watching movies in it with my family and friends and viewing an occasional sports game, particularly NCAA football and basketball.

Front Corner to Back View of Maddog Theater


Theater Dimensions:
Final Post Construction - 19'5" Deep x 16'5" Wide x 7’7” Tall
•Front Row: 11'6" - seat to screen
•Back Row: 17'0" - seat to screen
•Projector: 15’6" - lens to screen
•Riser Platform – 7’0” Deep
•Columns – 6” Deep x 22.5” Wide

Seating:
Seating for 9 Adults and 2 small children
•Back Row: 5 Berkline 12000 (Frampton) Black Leather Motorized Recliners - configuration |O|OO|O|O|
•Front Row: 4 Berkline 12000 (Frampton) Black Leather Motorized Recliners – configuration |O|OO|O|
•2 mini recliners (Costco special… Don’t recall the brand)

Speakers:
11.2 Surround Sound
•Center: BIC Acoustech PL-28
•Front Left/Right: BIC Acoustech PL-89
•Front Wide Left/Right: BIC America Formula FH6-W
•Front High Left/Right: BIC America Formula FH6-W
•Side Surround Left/Right: BIC Acoustech PL-66
•Back Surround Left/Right: BIC Acoustech PL-66
•Subwoofer 1: Acoustic Research PR1212
•Subwoofer 2: Acoustic Research PR1010

Equipment:
•Rack: CPI 7’ 45U two-post w/ smoked plexi-glass door
•Receiver: Denon AVR-4311CI
•Amplifier: Adcom GFA-6000
•Blu-ray Player: Pioneer Elite BDP-62FD
•Media Player: Apple TV – MD199LL/A
•Projector: JVC DLA-RS46
•Projector Surge Protector: Monster FS MP HTS300
•Projector Mount: Peerless PRGUNV
•Screen: Elite Screens 138" 2.35 AT – R138WH1W-A1080
•HTPC: Dell Optiplex 960 – Intel Core2 Quad Q9650 3.00 GHz CPU, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD6450 Graphics Card, 300GB HD, Blu-Ray Drive, DVD Burner Drive, Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 TV Tuner Card
•Power Conditioner: Monster Cable HTS-1650
•Remote: Logitech Harmony One
•Gigabit Ethernet Switch: Zyxel GS1100-16
•NAS: 2TB Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo LS-WV2.0TL/R1-R
•Router: Cisco WRT610N

Lighting:
•Lighting Automation: Insteon Hub (2242-222)
•Main Switch: Insteon KeypadLinc (2487S) with Black button kit (2401BK6)
•LED Tray Switch: Insteon SwitchLinc Dimmer (2477DBK)
•Stair LED Lights: Insteon OutletLinc Dimmer (2472DBK)
•Five Custom Backlit LED Movie Posters (4 inside theater room & 1 outside)
•Ten 4” Round LEDs in soffit tray
•Color changing LED strip lighting in soffit tray

Carpet, Paint, Fabric, Miscellaneous:
•Shaw Floors Carpet – Glen Avon – Nordic Shadow
•Front Wall & Ceiling – Behr Premium Plus Ultra –Flat Matte – Black Onyx
•Side and Back Walls – Behr Premium Plus Ultra –Flat Matte – Starless Night
•Trim – Behr Premium Plus Ultra –Flat Matte – Antique Tin
•Speaker Column Frames – ¾” Aluminum welded frames wrapped in Sew Classic Knits – Black Ponte
•Wiring - Monoprice 12AWG speaker wire, HDMI, CAT6, coaxial, keystones and other misc monoprice items
•Maddog Blu-ray Collection

To Do List (in no order):
Touch up paint here and there
Install stair step LED lights
Tweak LED tray lighting to get more uniform light spread
Upgrade my used subs that are a decade old
Upgrade Blu-ray player
Install baseboard trim
Bass-shakers for seating (pre-wired and ready)
Add small SSD to HTPC
Add more disk space for storing digital rips of my Blu-rays
Ripping all my Blu-rays and integrating my HTPC for selecting / viewing movies
Finish off utility room (opposite wall of screen wall) to help with sound transmission to rest of house




Front to Back view

Back to Front View (high angle) - 138" CinemaScope screen

Back Corner to Front View (high angle) - 138" CinemaScope screen

Custom DIY LED backlit movie posters on rightside of theater: Avengers Inception

Custom DIY LED backlit movie posters on left side of theater: Spiderman 3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1



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Beautiful home theater on a pretty reasonable budget. Kudos to you, looks great!
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That is a nice looking room you have there. Looking forward to seeing some construction pics. Did you follow similar builds on here for the lighted movie posters?
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Thanks guys. Vanice, as far as the movie posters go, I came up with my own design that I haven't seen on the forum (or at least I don't think is here). I'm compiling some pictures and instructions/steps of how and why I did what I did with the posters. I was able to basically get all 5 done for around $100 a piece, which includes the poster, frames, lighting, etc. with the design I went with. I'll try to get that on here first soon.
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Great job, Maddog! I like the space-saver soffit design.
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Picked up a Pioneer Elite BDP-62FD blu-ray player on open-box closeout at Best Buy over the Thanksgiving break to replace the old, crappy, really slow Sharp one I had. Going to put it in my rack and get some good use out of it this weekend. smile.gif
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Nice set up man.

One question, does the light leaking under the door distract you when watching? Being in my line of sight when watching a movie would drive me bonkers.
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Nice set up man.

One question, does the light leaking under the door distract you when watching? Being in my line of sight when watching a movie would drive me bonkers.

Thanks kopkiwi. There is no like leakage though. What looks like light leakage at the bottom of the door in some of the pics is actually the threshold. The door is an exterior door with a metal threshold w/ a wood lip where the door 'sits' when closed. That wood lip is painted white to match the outside of the theater which is what you are seeing as light leakage in the photos. With the rubber skirt on the bottom of the door, its a tight seal. I can have the sound all the way up and when you shut the door, you hear next to nothing outside the theater.

Here are a couple quick pics I took with my iPhone of the door/threshold:

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Ahhhh, fantastic.

I am no longer mentally distracted when looking at your pics lol
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So I had a request to show what I did with my false wall. Well I don't actually have a false wall. I went my own creative DIY route - the front wall where my screen is just has some recessed enclosures that fit my LCRs. The room behind that wall is my oversized utility room that is about 18' x 5.5'. So the the recessed enclosures take up a little part of the utility room while not taking up a good chunk of it. The enclosures were sized to fit my BIC Acoustechs with some room to spare and are lined with a soft felt like material so I don't worry about dinging up the speaker boxes taking them in or out (hadn't had to really take them out ever yet...)

Recessed enclosures in the dry walling phase:


Speakers in enclosures near theater completion (sorry not the best as taken in my dark room with my phone):


I will try and get a better pic now from the inside of the theater and one from the backside in my utility room this week.
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i like your setup. How do u like the all the electronics to be next to your screeen. I am designing my room and want the electronics to be in front next to screen like your setup.

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How do you find the BIC speakers in your size room?
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i like your setup. How do u like the all the electronics to be next to your screeen. I am designing my room and want the electronics to be in front next to screen like your setup.

thesamaria,

I like it. The door I have on my rack (which I am glad I found at killer deal through local classifieds) makes it. It's a smoked plexi-glass and helps dim any lights on the components. The lights are still there but the door helps and to me the lights are not distracting. A lot of my friends have commented on the looks and they really like it. The equipment rack is right there when I enter the room so easy & quick to access and really it was the only spot in the room that did eat up any room space in the theater or outside the theater. It just occupies some utlitly room space but I have easy access to the back of the rack and it is out of the way - not many people going into my utility room (not even my wife). The other side of the front wall wasn't an option as my HVAC unit was on the back side of the right from wall. Also, for IR equipment where I happen to be using an IR remote to set stuff up, it is natural to point towards the viewing wall. If I had to do it again, it would be in the same spot it is now.
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How do you find the BIC speakers in your size room?

Yukichon,

I really like my BICs. I was hesitant on picking them up but after reading enough good reviews here on AVS, I went for them. They were a great price to pick up my 11 channel setup and really fill the room nicely. I can crank it up and they are loud and clear. I have received so many comments by family/friends/neighbors on how impressed the sound is in my room and that they have never experienced anything like it. I'm sure that there are plenty speakers out there that will out-perform my BICs but when factoring in what money I paid, I doubt it.

And while this doesn't factor much in why I got them and how I use them, they look great. Take off the grill and they are stunning. All of them are hidden in my room so this isn't so much a factor but when I have moved a speaker column cover or my bottom screen cover to show a friend they are like, "awesome".
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That's good to hear, I've been at odds to go the specialist (expensive) route or the package route like the BIC or HSU which seem good value for money
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thank u for the reply. Again great looking setup.

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Per P007s request, I took some pictures of the backside of my screen wall that has the recessed enclosures. My utility room on that side is nowhere near complete (still have work & tidying up to to do there) but these pics show how I have it setup. The L/R enclosures are friction fit so I can pull them out, but I made them a really tight fit (I'd probably have to kick them to budge them lose...). I mainly did this with the thought in mind that if I had a HVAC problem and needed to remove the unit, my enclosure could easily and cleanly be removed without cutting, damaging the wall etc. since my front right speaker enclosure is fairly close to the HVAC unit.

Utility room showing backside of speaker enclosures


Front Right Enclosure near HVAC unit


Front Right Enclosure inside the theater. Speaker is hidden by a cover that extends the length of the projector screen down to the floor


Close up attempt showing I lined the inside of the enclosure with a felt like material

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