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I finally decided to get in on the fun of documenting my HT experience. I wanted to show people that you can have a Killer room even on a tight budget. These forums contain a wealth of knowlege. With research and patience anyone can make it happen. I am trying to complete the room for $2000.

I am going to try and give the room an old Hollywood/Cigar Room look.

Room Size - 10'x12' with 9' ceiling.

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Projector - Sanyo PLV-Z1 $499.00 (I purchased this a year ago. It is a nice little PJ but I think there are better budget PJs out there now.)
Receiver - Onkyo TX-SR503 $189.00
Speakers - Athena Point 5's $200.00
Subwoofer - Athena AS-P4000 $250.00
Screen - 94" DIY Parkland Screen $85.00

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Air2PC HDTV Tuner - $39.00
Chaintech AV710 Sound Card - I think it was $20.00
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TheaterTek - $29.95
FFDSHOW - Free
NVIDIA PureVideo - $20.00
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Couch - (Already had this.)
Ottoman - $100
Rug - (Already had this.)
Projector Shelf - $20
Curtains and Valance - $60

Paint: (I purchased the glaze at Home Deopt and the paint at Lowes.)
Top Color - (Brand:Olympic, Sheen:Flat, Color:Cider Toddy B15-6) - $20.00
Bottom Color - (Brand:Olypmic, Sheen:Flat, Color:Fragrant Cloves B24-6) - $20.00
Glaze - (Brand:Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze, Color:Tobacco) - $20.00

Misc:
Chair Rail Moulding - $30.00
Movie Posters & Frames - $40.00

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Here is the entrance to the room.



Wall 1 - This is where the couch and projector will be.



Wall 2



Wall 3



Wall 4 - This is where the screen will be.



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Here is a picture with the first coat of the top color rolled on. At this point the glaze has not been added.



Here is a picture of the top part completed with the glaze added. It is really hard to get the picture to look like it looks in real life.

Steps taken:

1) Roll glaze on in small areas.
2) Let it set for a few minutes.
3) Then wipe the wall with a rag to rub the glaze in.

This is what gives it a leather look.


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looking good so far. keep up the good work.
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looking good so far. keep up the good work.

Thanks.

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Here is the room painted and glazed. I still have to put the chair rail up. It should seperate the two colors nicely.


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I really like the color and depth of that glaze. Keep up the great work...
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The leather glaze looks great.....nice effect.

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looking forward to the progress here.

I have a small ass room too that I want to create a HT out of.

Looking really good so far!
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Here are a couple of pics of my leather ottoman. I love this thing. Its dual function works great for a small room because you can store dvds and remotes inside it and then kick your feet up on it.




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I had already had my screen built and didn't take any pictures of the build. It is a 94" Parkland screen that I built.

The frame is built out of 1x3s and wrapped in velvet. I glued the Parkland to a 4x8 sheet of pegboard using 3M 90 spray adhesive to make it rigid. I then screwed the screen to the 1x3 frame.

TIP: I used Pocket Screws to join the frames together. This method works great. It makes for a really tight and secure joint. You can make the pocket holes, then wrap the frames in the velvet, and then screw the pieces together. I then used the L brackets to make it even more rigid.

As you can see from the picture I need to get the computer desk out of there and get a credenza for my audio equipment.


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Here is a picture of one of the rear surrounds.


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With my leftover velvet from my screen I decided to build some frames for my movie posters. They turned out awesome.




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looks great. No High Def?
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The frames are really neat. What are you planning to deal with the acoustics in that room it looks like there would be a lot of reflection.

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Good idea using leftover velvet for the movie poster frames. Did you mount the poster to any sort of backing material to bring it flush with the frame? I couldn't tell from the pictures.

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looks great. No High Def?

Funny you ask. Actually last night I got my HD setup. I was blown away by how good HD looked on my Z1. I will try and get some pics of the Giants/Bears game tonight.

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Here is the shelf I bought at Lowes. I think it goes well with the room. I already have the VGA cable ran through the attic. I still need to install a power receptable next to it. Currently I just let the PJ power cord hang down the wall. The ship is just there to hide the VGA receptacle.


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The frames are really neat. What are you planning to deal with the acoustics in that room it looks like there would be a lot of reflection.

That is a good question. I do have a rug for the floor which will help a little. I was holding off on thinking about all of that until I get the computer out of the room and build an audio credenza that will hold my equipment and I will set the speakers on top of it. I am currently building a computer armoire for the computer so I can get it out of there. It will be in the entry hall. Once that is done I can start on the credenza.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. First refelction points is about all I know when it comes to room acoustics. Just remember it has to be cheap. I was thinking about looking into Room EQ Wizard(I think that is what it is called) because it is free.

Here is a picture of my current mess! This is my current hold up as far as getting the room done.


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Good idea using leftover velvet for the movie poster frames. Did you mount the poster to any sort of backing material to bring it flush with the frame? I couldn't tell from the pictures.

I originally purchased the el cheapo plastic movie frames from GardenRidge which came with the backing and the clear plastic that looks like glass. I threw the frames out and bought some 1x3 pre primed mdf at Lowes and routed a channel in the back which the picture and backing sits in. Then I wrapped them in velvet and screwed them together using pocket screws. Here is a picture of moulding material already routed.

This is the back side. The part that is not primed is the area I routed. The picture sits inside this channel. I hope this helps. This is a scrap piece so the angle is incorrect. I would actually cut it 45 degrees the other way if I was going to use it.


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Here is a few HD Pics of the Giants/Bears game.






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Looking real nice BoomerBrian!

I was going to go with those Athena speakers until I stumbled on my speaker deal that I could not refuse. I have heard those Athena speakers are incredible.

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Looking real nice BoomerBrian!

I was going to go with those Athena speakers until I stumbled on my speaker deal that I could not refuse. I have heard those Athena speakers are incredible.

They are awesome. For $200 they are hard to beat unless you run across a deal like you did.

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haha, nice!! poor Eli, the bears put the hurting on NY last night.

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Looking good man! I love the paint job it really does look like leather. Good luck with getting the room finished since the projector is working

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Here is a few HD Pics of the Giants/Bears game.







Room is coming along great, but have you calibrated the projector yet? Collinsworth's and Eli's faces have a good deal of greenish yellow coloring. Not criticizing at all, but to get the theater it's best, you should look into getting at least an Avia disk.
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Room is coming along great, but have you calibrated the projector yet? Collinsworth's and Eli's faces have a good deal of greenish yellow coloring. Not criticizing at all, but to get the theater it's best, you should look into getting at least an Avia disk.

davdav, Don't sweat it. Constructive critisim is much needed. I have calibrated using Avia but I also noticed the colors seemed off when watching HDTV. When I watch movies via DVD colors looks great. How can I calibrate for when watching HDTV?

I did swith to NVIDIA PureVideo this weekend and have not watched a movie since switching. I was using DScaler and everything looked great. I wonder if I should take a look at it again since I switched Video Decoders. Any thoughts?

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I am almost done with the computer armoire so I can get the family computer out of my theatre room and get the room finished.

Here is a picture in progress.



Here is what it will look like when completed. It will probably be a different color but you get the idea.





I would like to try and finish it this weekend but my friend emailed me earlier and told me he ordered a Z5. Looks like I will be going to his house to play Gears of War.

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Picked TheaterTek software for $29.95. That is a heck of a deal. It is usually $69.95. I like the interface better than ZoomPlayer. I also like the look of the picture better with TT without ffdshow. I still have some playing around to do.

I also gave XLOBBY a spin today. I am trying to use a single front-end. The only issue is that it is not integrated with GB-PVR. They have a Media Portal plugin but I heard Media Portal is not that good. Has anyone tried this plugin with Xlobby.

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I really like your paint job. I plan on using a blue and black look to darken the room. Looks like you've done it before...
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