Home Theater of the Month - June 2014
Thread is indexed on post #4
I created a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the building of the Savoy and there is a video by Nyal Mellor from Acoustic Frontiers. Located on post 5
Well I finally started my build thread which is a good thing because I'm not too far a long. The house is new construction and we picked out a house design that would support a decent sized theater. :-) I've read a lot of build threads and some people spend a lot of time documenting every step they take. I appreciate that greatly since I'm using one theater as my model theater which I'm sure most of you are already familiar with: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1208912/th...ruction-thread
. Many things will be similar to this theater but there are still quite a few differences and some I haven't figured out yet. I have also asked Nyal Mellor from Acoustic Frontiers to perform the acoustic analysis on my room which Nyal featured in his April Newsletter:
Here are the layout schematics:
Currently I have a quasi home theater that is half living space and half home theater with Salk HT2-TL's as my towers and a Salk HTC2 as the center channel. Dual JTR S2's play sub duty and old Axiom QS8's are my two surrounds. The new theater will be 9.6 and I'm going all JTR for the speakers for the mains, subs and surrounds. With the help of DesertDome, we built 4 mid-bass modules (MBM's) The LCR will be Noesis 212's and the 6 surrounds will be JTR S8's. For subs I'm going to keep my dual JTR S2's with both of them placed up front behind the screen. To help with the mid-bass I am adding 4 midbass modules that will feature Acoustic Elegance PB18H+ drivers. (The Salks are going upstairs for 2 channel.)
Speaker summary with quantity and possible crossovers. Total of 15 channels including eight 18" drivers.
LCR - JTR Noesis 212's (Qty 3) - 150 Hz & up
Side Surrounds - JTR S8's (Qty 6)
Midbass Modules - DIY featuring 18" Acoustic Elegance PB18H+ drivers (Qty 4) - 40 Hz - 150 Hz
Subs - JTR Captivator S2's (Qty 2) - below 40 Hz
Projector & Display
I currently have a Epson 8350 which has done great over the last two years. I'm still evaluating my options for a projector. I need a projector that can throw 21' and fill up at 12" wide screen. Originally I was going with a Sony 1000ES but have decided to pull back until 4K goes more main stream. With the size of screen I wanted and the throw distance I didn't have too many options. For the screen I'm going with none other than a Seymour Center Stage XD 2:37 AT curved screen. Screen size will be 147.8" wide by 63.2" tall.
12/20/13 Update - I have purchased an Epson 6030 and a Panamorph UH480 anamorphic lens.
4/15/14 Update - Sold the Epson and bought a Sony HW55ES. After a lot of reading on AVS and several reviews became increasingly concerned about the fan noise.
12/6/15 Update - Sold the Sony 55ES and the UH480 anamorphic lens. Bought the JVC RS500!!!
Some of this is still up in the air. I currently have a Denon 4311 but I plan to go with separates. I decided to pick up the Sherbourn PA 7-350 after half the JTR owners purchased one so this will power 7 of the 9 speakers but after continued issues brought to light in other threads about buzzes and hums I decided to sell the Sherbourn and bought Crest Audio and Behringer amps. Lighting will be all Insteon controlled with dimming capability. Everything will be controlled by the amazing iRule home theater remote control system which I currently use on an iPad (thanks Steve!). Still working on the other equipment.
Current equipment list (4/29/14):
HTPC running JRiver Media Center (see more below)
Torus AVR-15 Isolation Transformer
Crest Audio CC4000 Amp (Qty 2) - Power the LCR
Crest Audio CC1800 Amp (Qty 3) - Power the 6 side surrounds
Behringer iNuke 6000 amps to power the four MBMs.
Front Row - 3 Palliser Rhumba home theater chairs
Second Row - 4 Palliser Rhumba home theater chairs
Back rom - dry bar with seating for 4-5 people
Soundproofing & Acoustic Treatments
The room will be isolated acoustically from the rest of the house using most of the best practices from all the other build threads - DD, GG, clips, serenity mat, etc. Although I've done more research on acoustic treatments than anything else it still left me undecided on what exactly to do so I asked Nyal to help me figure it out.The side walls will have 7" of room for acoustic treatments behind GOM fabric. The rear wall will have 8" of space which doesn't include the speaker cubby hole that will be 28" deep. Here is the acoustic treatment plan from Nyal.
I went back and forth numerous times on using a HTPC vs a conventional pre/pro, bluray player, etc. Here are the reasons I went with a HTPC running JRMC. Thanks DesertDome!
Instant playback of Blu-ray from disc with no wading through menus
Automatic ripping of Blu-rays
Instant access to ripped Blu-rays
Highest quality chroma upscaling for Blu-ray
Upscale to 4K using highest quality scaling algorithms
Set playback ranges of videos
Create virtual clips for accessing songs on concert Blu-rays
Convert video to audio for extracting songs from concert Blu-rays for use on portable devices
Create dynamic views of content (new movies, movies not watched ever, movies not watched in the past year, TV shows
Unlimited storage (just keep adding hard drives or NAS)
Remember settings on a per video basis such as subtitles, position, soundtrack, etc.
64-bit processing for all DSP (EQ, level, distance, internal volume)
Decoding of any format - no limitations
Use of internal volume maximizes digital headroom
No clipping on the input of amps when using internal volume
Complete control of all EQ and easily make changes
Dynamic room curve follows equal loudness contours to make all frequencies sound relatively the same regardless of volume
Adjust LFE volume differently than redirected bass below the crossover
Record OTA with as many tuners as you have available
Watch recorded or live TV on other clients
Variety of Settings
Different audio/video setting/EQ for Blu-ray Movies, Blu-ray Concerts, Music, DVD, and TV all set to maximize the audio/video for each type of content. Regardless of what content is chosen, it is automatically routed through the correct settings
Easy User Accounts - Set up user accounts and only show media for that user.
Control the media using iOS, Android, laptops, PCs, or other TVs/hardware using iRule, iRemote, Gizmo, WebGizmo, DLNA, or library server
Stream all content (TV, Movies, Music, home videos, pictures) to other computers or devices anywhere in the world there is internet access
Stream to tablets while on vacation
Choose quality of conversion for streaming
Stream to any computer anywhere using WebGizmo - no software needed on the client
Subscribe to podcasts and have them automatically downloaded, tagged, and ready for streaming or copying to other devices
Performer - subscribe to JRiver's Performer and have access to 8+ million songs for streaming or copying to other devices
Easily update to changing codecs, video improvements, audio improvements, etc. There are others and also some disadvantages but I'm heading this route first.
I'm hoping the house and theater will be completed no later than May 1. I'll keep updating this thread as we go along. If you have any suggestions for anything please let me know. Thanks.