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Ok all. After years of research on AVS forum and HT as my hobby. I finally finished our home theater. It was done as part of a 100% custom home construction that was finished a few months ago. The design and hook ups and much of the wiring was done 100% by myself. Anyhow take a look and tell me what ya think. Just click below.

http://home.pacbell.net/rajeek/theater.html

Special thanks to all of you here. It would never have been done w/o AVS Forum.

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Ok all. After years of research on AVS forum and HT as my hobby. I finally finished our home theater. It was done as part of a 100% custom home construction that was finished a few months ago. The design and hook ups and much of the wiring was done 100% by myself. Anyhow take a look and tell me what ya think. Just click below.

http://home.pacbell.net/rajeek/theater.html

Special thanks to all of you here. It would never have been done w/o AVS Forum.

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Holy cow! (chokes on his ham and cheese cracker sandwhiches...)

Big thumbs up on the woodwork!

That solid core mahogany door is unreal! :-)


So how does it sound? And oh yeah... how often do you break out the baby einstien DVDs in the theater? :P
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That is awesome. The woodworking and door are incredible.

Really a beautiful job.

Enjoy.

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WOW!! doesn't even give it justice. The room is beautiful!! The wood word is just unreal. You have to share some details their. I am designing my room and I plan on doing lots of woodwork, I'm good but not that good. How did you get that finish, or was THAT part professionally done?

Would you mind giving me some measurements. My room will also have three row and will be using Berklins 086 (only diff from 090 is 4" wide arms instead of 7.25"). What are you seating distances from the screen and how are you getting those distances (from your eyes to the screen or from the seat front to the screen or from the seat back to the screen)? how is the front row seat, too close for you or still acceptable?

thank you soo much for posting. please be prepared for lots of questions.

truly impressive work.. Any construction pictures?

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One heck of a theater! Looks like a lot of planning and brainstorming turned into a great space. Like others have said, the woodworking details are fabulous and I bet that 500lb door really helps keep the sound in!

Good job and enjoy! Congratulations.

Bet the house is nice as well.
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Very, very nice. Congratulations!

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I keep telling people anything can be done given time and money....

So I guess you'll be charging $8.75 for tickets (like the commerical theaters) to help pay for it?? :D

Very nice job in the design.
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Very nice. Did you do the work yourself or contract it out? I'm trying to track down a source for curved crown molding like you have over your screen, any pointers?

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Thanks for all the kind words. Stuck at work for most of the day, will try to answer all the questions ASAP.

Woodworking however was professionally done. I am in the medical field, so there is NO WAY I would have the skill to do something like that.
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WOW, Have fun.
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Very nice, I love the door!!
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Very nice! How many people did it take to put that door in?
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Beautiful!
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Your theater is lovely. I particularly like your choice of speakers - those Triads sound amazing. How long ago did you upgrade from your B&Ws?

Could I trouble you to add a shot or two of your ceiling? I see that you have the controllers for setting lighting scenes, but I'm wondering what lights the Lutrons would be controlling.
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Good job Rajeek. May I put link to your page in my website as a sample of good work?
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Whoever did your woodworking does amazing work. that door is beyond description.
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Now thats a home theater! Excellent detailed work. Everything appears to fit together really well.

That door looks fantastic. What is the total cost (excluding equipment) for building such a stunning theater?
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Ok finally finished my 14 hour shift....onto some questions!!!!!

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So how does it sound? And oh yeah... how often do you break out the baby einstien DVDs in the theater?
It sounds stunning to say the least and with an action movie and the buttkickers going your really feel like you are in disneyland. Oh ya and about the Baby Einstein DVD's we have the complete collection for our 1 and 3 year old. Needless to say they love them.

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Would you mind giving me some measurements. My room will also have three row and will be using Berklins 086 (only diff from 090 is 4" wide arms instead of 7.25"). What are you seating distances from the screen and how are you getting those distances (from your eyes to the screen or from the seat front to the screen or from the seat back to the screen)? how is the front row seat, too close for you or still acceptable?
Room is 16.5' wide and about 25 feet deep. The first row is 11' from the screen and the 2nd row is 18 feet from the screen (that is our primary seating row). I like the 3 rows, because it allows a row for everyone, people who like to sit close, far or right in the middle. When people come over, they sit all over the place depending on their preference. Kids usually love the front row and the older generation usually takes the rear.

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Did you do the work yourself or contract it out? I'm trying to track down a source for curved crown molding like you have over your screen, any pointers?
Well it was designed from day 1 as part of a custom home construction, so all that was done by the subcontractors, such as the electrical, HVAC, drywall, etc. I however supervised everything for the theater and did all the audio / video portion along with much of the final fabric, curtains and other esthetic details. If you see an outlet there or a vent there, I said it goes there. There is nothing that went in w/o my approval first. As far as the curved crown goes it is acutally a rubbery material that they use and then prime and paint. Any moulding store should know about it

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How many people did it take to put that door in?
Three carpenters all at once.

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Yes, will have to organize those soon and post.

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Your theater is lovely. I particularly like your choice of speakers - those Triads sound amazing. How long ago did you upgrade from your B&Ws?

Could I trouble you to add a shot or two of your ceiling? I see that you have the controllers for setting lighting scenes, but I'm wondering what lights the Lutrons would be controlling.
Hey WOW, great memory. You remember my modest system before with the CDM series of B&W's. I ebayed those about 1 1/2 years ago.

Will get a shot of the ceiling for ya. The Grafik eyes actually have the ability to control 12 zones. Presently they are set up for 10. There are 6 can lights on the ceiling and each row has two lights directly over it. One grafik eye unit controls just those lights alone, so each light is considered a single zone. That way if some one wants to eat, drink, read, or whatever, that light can be turned on to any dim setting, so it doesn't bother the others in the room. The other 4 zones are the sconces, rope lighting hidden in the crown, Stage lighting on the front curved soffit and stair lighting.

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Good job Rajeek. May I put link to your page in my website as a sample of good work?
Absolutely, what is your web site, would love to check it out.

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Impossible to tell really, since it was done along with the entire house, all the bids included the cost of the theater. If I were to guestimate, I would say in the low end of 6 figures (NOT including equipment/seating/projector/screen.....). Remember, that includes everything from digging the trenches, foundation, framing, lumber, etc, etc...... The door has received lots of attention though, I know that door alone was just about $4,000. It was made by this company www.designerdoorsdirect.com and they were wonderful. The first door they shipped was damaged in shipping, so rather than repair it they had a whole new door made for me. Excellent service.
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Stunning! What beautiful attention to detail. Enjoy your new theater!
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GOTOMIGHTY!!!!!


Man, I just finished mine and after seeing this I dont even want to post my pics.
#@*%, I should have went to medical school!
Hey,great theater man, looove that woodwork, top notch, Enjoy

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Nice!!!......I've been working a year on my theater I used to think it looked good, now I think I should rip it out and start over. I'll get over it... Anyways NICE job.

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It's really a shame that you "cheaped out" on the finishing details in your theater - NOT!!!

Seriously, that has got to be one of the finest, classiest examples of the "old time movie house" look and feel I've encountered in a long, long time.

What will you be naming this masterpiece?

Congratulations,

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mother fu<k. that's amazing.

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I keep telling people anything can be done given time and money....

So I guess you'll be charging $8.75 for tickets (like the commerical theaters) to help pay for it?? :D

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umm, more like $87.50, and i think i'd pay it just to experience it.
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This is why this forum has clearly, and undeniably, weaned me off reading magazines like Home Theater and all other a/v home theater-related.

When someone can clearly make theaters as beautiful as this, and freely talk to others about creating their own or tips on improvements, I no longer have to bother buying magazines that only gloss about the look but never focus on other details, like budget, resources used/save on, etc.

Did I mention that your theater was beautiful?

Victor

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Dang... NICE! It'd be neat to see the wiring for those two Grafik Eyes.

What's the ceiling height? Is this a "wing" (for lack of a better word) off your house, or is it somehow integrated into the rest of the house?

I LOVE that red Sim2! Always great to find another Sim2 owner in here!

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