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Thanks Big Worms. Although it doesn't look it...I have 13" on each side for speakers. I am planning on using Ascend CMT-340 SE's on both sides currently but that might change.

Don - Yep. That is why I went ahead and got one. I knew for a fact that I would need it for a prolonged period of time. My wife is always telling me that my time estimates for things are always off by about 5 hours...
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My wife is always telling me that my time estimates for things are always off by about 5 hours...

Hehehehe. Mine has learned to take my time estimates and multiply of five to adjust for "Michael numbers." Nothing ever is as quick as one thinks/hopes.
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So last night I picked up and installed my solid door for the theater. Here is a picture looking at it from the base of the stairs.



and this is what it looks like from inside the room. If you look hard you can also see the insteon dimmers in this picture. I REALLY like the insteon products. They are very nice.



I will have a decision to make in the future. The first option I have is to remove the prefab casing and replace with a nicer casing on the inside that will match the rest of the wood in the room. I will call that Option A.

Option B would be to remove the casing and just blend the door into the rest of the room by adding furing strips to the door and surrounding jam that gets covered with batting/linacoustic/GOM. Then once the door is closed it will disappear...

What do you guys think?

Here is another shot of the new door from the front of the room. You can see in this picture that I have filled a low spot on the ceiling and sanded it. I will re-prime that area this weekend and finally paint the ceiling flat black.


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Option A. I know a lot pf people like the hidden look and it may help the room acoustically, but if you're going to do a lot of stained trim in there anyway, it'll be consistent. I'm partial to the stained, rich feel.

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Well, I did a mix of Option A and B. My door is not paneled but flat. I did this so I could put GOM panels on the door with the insulshield on the bottom and batting on the top. But I did replace the casing with nicer casing and stained it like the rest of the wood in the room. Between the columns, chair rail, crown and floor molding there is plently of wood in the room and the door itself just kind of disappears into the wall as it looks like another GOM section betwen the columns. So I guess I vote for option A in your case.
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Im just now subscribing to your thread and it looks like your doing a great job!

I love the look of the "finnished" theater...its very classy and dignified. I will certainly be adding your thread to my daily routine now.

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Thanks rsberg34! Thanks China and Joe for the feedback. Bud - I might need your contact for getting some stain grade wood trim and crown for the room.

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Jason,

Here is where I got the stain grade stuff.

http://mouldingsunlimited.com/

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Couple of updates on my full basement/HT construction progress...

First, I have only 1 ceiling left to do and I will be over the drywall/mud/tape/sand/prime hump and can get the flooring put in the entire basement. I can't wait. Once this happens, I can dedicate 100% of my time to completing my HT.

Here is an updated shot of the wine cellar. You can see it is primed and ready for painting and then I will put in all of the wood and truely finish this room.



Next the hallway moving from the wine cellar towards the new archways at the end of the stairs. Primed and ready for paint. The bathroom to the right is also primed and ready for paint but I really don't like bathrooms much so I will leave that picture out.



Here is an updated shot of the primed archways moving towards the HT. I am very pleased with how these came out considering it is my first attempt at archway construction.



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and the reverse angle from the HT back towards the hallway to the bathroom and wine cellar.


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Nice job on those arches. Whole project looks like its coming along nicely.
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HT updates...

I finally got my new all black metal trims for my cans in the HT room. These things are great because once you put the ceramic base of the light into the top of the continuous air tight trim - the light is sealed and no painting!! There is a heavy foam ring at the top where the light is clipped into place.



I tested one and am very happy with the way they look.



More pics this weekend - I have finished all of the furring along the top of the HT room and will be painting my ceiling flat black and installing all trims. I will also complete painting the entire HT side of the basement and hope to have my media rack painted and trimmed out too.

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Looking good. I'll try and stop by this weekend...


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Bud - sounds good.

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Great thread Jack. Please post a link to where you got your can trims.
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Nice looking arch. I have a new respect for the amount of time it takes to make one of those. I still need to drywall mine - that should be fun.
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Jason,

When you get ready for a trim run, let me know, I'll take a ride up there with you. Besides, you might want to hang the trim out of the back of my truck versus trailoring it with your Jeep.

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I ordered my speaker interconnect cables yesterday from BlueJean Cables. I was very pleased with the Component Cable I ordered from them a while back and the quality is fantastic so I decided to order the interconnects from them too. Not only do these people have a great product, I wanted to customize my order an they were very happy to oblige, pleasant, and cooporative. They proactively emailed me to check and make sure that I was getting exactly what I wanted and even gave me the option to select my boot colors. I don't know about you but this is the BEST customer service I have received in a very loooong time. Hat's off to BlueJean for such a pleasant online shopping experience. Thanks Alan.

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@ flyNavy - Thanks - I special ordered them from Lowes.

@ Steve - You are not kidding. I told the wife that it would only take 1 hour to frame out both of them. LOL 4 hours later - I was done with the first one. Good news is that the second one only took 2 hours.

@ Bud - Will do. I will get your opinion this weekend on some trim ideas I am kicking around. I will even see if we can coordinate with Chris and head over to his shop with the portal and let him drill the holes too. I will call you l8r tonight to let you know.

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How high up does your Lin go on the walls 44"?? You theater is about the same size as mine 30' x 13'. You on the other hand have a better ceiling height mines only 7.5' under the soffits which are each 4' wide the center 5' is 8'.

Also did you use 16 oz batting or double up on 8 oz?

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This weekend I put together my screen:



And hung it up so that I could finalize and adjust my projector.



I really like the look and picture quality of the Carada Screen. The wife was taking pictures and in this shot the screen was a little off to the right. Anyhow, I fixed that and got the projector hung and dialed in. Now as soon as I can get the last room mudded/taped I can get the floor company in to carpet this room and the rest of the basement.

Cool theater! What is the size of your screen? It's because, the area in my basement for the ht is also 12 ft wide. I was hoping for more width but I couldn't find anymore area.
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Hey Don - My Lin goes up 47.5" as I used a 2x4 on its side when origially putting it up. The reason for that was planning for the furring strip to be used on the bottom. I will also be cutting in firring strips through the middle so in the end it will be around 42" high from floor.

I wish I could have done soffits...

I used the 1" thick batting (which I believe is the 16oz.)

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Hey v1rtu0s1ty - I have a Carada 114" diagonal screen.

# Aspect Ratio 1.78 to 1
# Viewing Surface Dimensions 99.4 inches wide by 55.9 inches high
# Outside Frame Dimensions 103.5 inches wide by 60 inches high

I really like it. The picture quality is fantastic! I was blown away by the difference in picture from just shooting on a white wall to shooting onto this screen.

I have around 13" on each side of the screen for speakers and I will be putting my center channel under the screen.

Thanks for the nice words.

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Ascend Speakers Update...

I ordered my speakers this week and received an email from Ascend that says due to popularity of the speakers that they are on back order for a couple of weeks. I fully understand why because these speakers are awesome! I heard them over at Bud's house (Chinadog) and was sold on them.

Here is my speaker order for my HT:

LCR = CMT-340 SE
1st Surround pr = CBM-170 SE
2nd surround pr = CBM-170 SE
Subwoofer = HSU VTF-3 MK2

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Thank you I figured it would be about 42" or so I also plan to put a backer strip for Chair rail not sure I will put some up but you never know. I didn't realize Linacoustic was black that's a bonus.

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Ascend Speakers Update...

I ordered my speakers this week and received an email from Ascend that says due to popularity of the speakers that they are on back order for a couple of weeks. I fully understand why because these speakers are awesome! I heard them over at Bud's house (Chinadog) and was sold on them.

Here is my speaker order for my HT:

LCR = CMT-340 SE
1st Surround pr = CBM-170 SE
2nd surround pr = CBM-170 SE
Subwoofer = HSU VTF-3 MK2

Jason

That's going to be a rock'n setup. You should be very happy with those speakers and that sub is awesome!
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Yup. That's a pretty tough setup to beat for the money IMO. And, the Ascends and the HSU seem to blend together very well.

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Thanks Steve and Bryan. Hey Bryan - As soon as my carpet is installed (hopefully in a couple of weeks now) and the ascends come in - I will be contacting you. I want to make sure the room acoustics are ironed out before putting up the fabric.

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Nice theater, Jack. My dims are similar with me having about 12'8" after drywall and linacoustic go up. I was going to do a proscenium that came out into the room more on the sides than the screen, but I'm already depth challenged for two rows at an even 20', so I think I'll do mine like yours and make it even all the way across. If I give myself about 28" behind the screen for speaks and subs I should be able to do it with the first row at about 11' from the screen and the back row close to the rear columns. Plus, I just like the clean look of that screen wall. Just need to figure out a way to do it in three parts so the side panels can come off for access.

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Sounds good. Give me a shout when you're ready.

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Eddie - I am planning on using industrial strength velcro from the local HD for my panels.

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