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hey Wazzey, i am a big fan of these remotes. this is only my second one, but that is because the first one, a mx 500 is still going strong after 8 years..

the first "real" remote I bought was the MX 500 (love it). Great little remote and still ticking! Use it in the kitchen to control the DTV Box, LCD, and my source equipment for the Russound whole house audio system. I have another in the family room.



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How much will this whole basement set you back money wise...It is amazing work...Can't wait to see it finished...
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i am scared to look. i just keep stuffing the receipts into a desk drawer. one day i guess i will have to pull them out and tally them up .

like i have mentioned before most of the construction work is beind done by the "professinals." the initial bid to finish the basement was $28K for the 1150 square feet.

this did not include bathroom fixtures ($1600) and carpet ($3600). we have added and changed a few things along the way and i wont really know that number until the contractor is done.

then you have all the wiring and insulation that i did. then you have the furniture, the plasma, the decorations, and what else am i missing...........?.........oh yeah the $10,000 plus in home theater equipment !!

i plan to add it all up when its all said and done AND i have enjoyed several movie nights down there. i think we will manage to come in slightly under the total cash we had to spend. hopefully.

speaking of spending, i just placed my order for the Axioms. two M22's with stands, a VP150 with mounting bracket, and two QS8 surronds.

paint is going up tomorrow. final trim starts next week. carpet is scheduled for next thursday and i am trying to line up delievery of the Black Pearl for next friday.

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oh boy, we got one really dark room.

screen wall and ceiling are the crowd favorite Behr Mickey Mouse Ear Flat Black. three coats so far. it just sucks the light up.


this is the rear wall. it and the sides are covered in Behr Vin Rouge (Wine Red) and i absolutely love it. it is a lot darker then it shows in this pic with the flash. this is two coats of it so far.


one week and counting until movie time.

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looking good. Looks like we have about the same colors.

One week until movie time? Zat mean you getting all of your equipment in or do you plan on being finished?

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i actually borrowed these colors from gnolivos build thread, The Moderno Theater. i might have had other options had you been quicker with your paint work?

the plan is to have the HT room complete and ready by next Friday. this means with all the equipment in and operational. i expect deliever of my speakers early next week. carpet is scheduled for a week from today. so things could change.

the rest of the basement, which includes the playroom, snack bar and bathroom will not be 100% complete. close though, call it 85% complete.

did i mention we are very excited about this?

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painting is pretty much done. that makes me a happy man.

thought i would share this pic.



my layout is open, meaning no doors. there is an doorway at the front and rear. we thought we would have to slap a trim piece on the ceiling for the black to white transition. however, this black paint is so awesome that a straight line is all we needed.

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getting closer.

the rack



rear wall DVD / Nick Nack Display



the count down continues. later.
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all build threads need that classic picture where you basically only see the dust particles flying around. right? .





yeah, that is me stirring up that dust!

carpet thursday. black pearl friday. first movie = The Gladiator.

good times.

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all build threads need that classic picture where you basically only see the dust particles flying around. right? .

Yes, and the "right to passage" photo of the blue tape on the screen wall. You're covered now.

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a delievery? what could it be?



well hello there.





two days and counting!!

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Nice Aham! I'm still in the planning stages (although I think most people on here are in a perpetual planning stage), but I'm looking forward to being at the point you're at now. Looks great - can't wait to see the final product!
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Can't wait to see it all final and done..It will be amazing once you get to finally enjoy that movie without knowing that you still have to do more work...Congrats...
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What height are your sconces mounted?

they are around 5'7''. the soffit really prevents them from going any higher.

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Nice Aham! I'm still in the planning stages (although I think most people on here are in a perpetual planning stage), but I'm looking forward to being at the point you're at now. Looks great - can't wait to see the final product!

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Can't wait to see it all final and done..It will be amazing once you get to finally enjoy that movie without knowing that you still have to do more work...Congrats...

thanks. we are sooo excited. i plan to install some wallplates, my router and modem tonight. then get it real nice and clean for the carpet guys who should be here tomorrow morning.

oh yeah, and upack those speakers

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every movie theater needs some movie posters.



the speakers are still in the boxes. spent the night painting my trim. which is a bit odd, since i am paying a contractor to do that. wait, i said paint, i meant RE PAINT. he did a real crap job and with carpet going in tomorrow it had to get done tonight.

carpet and speakers tomorrow!!

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Vary nice cant wait to see it all finished

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we got some serious work done today. only pictures, not too many thoughts, yet. well, 1080 at 24 on 119" screen is simply amazing. straight out of the box amazing!!! i kid you NOT.

i still have much to do. wire management, center channel stand/ bracket,













continued...............
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for reference i am 6'3'' and this is my basement with a normal 8' poor.

AND yes i know hd dvd is dead, duh, but if death was you first thought then you have not seen the Matix in HD DVD.

the rest of it.










the snack bar with mini frig will be below the plasma. this was going to be my workout nook, but it quickly became the snack bar nook. ?

for the record, the HT is totally dark. the pics and the flash will fool you. i kid you not. these two colors are the perfect HT colors.

really amature and BAD screen shots to follow.

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congratulations. Place looks great. Everybody loves those speakers. They sound pretty good? Movie isn't much without ka sound

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You did an excellent job on your Theater. I know you will enjoy. I am looking forward to your screen pics and your thoughts on how you did (compared to your expectations)after a couple of weeks of watching.

Great job!! Thanks for the progress pictures throughout your build.

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aham,

Congrats!! I have been traveling and have not checked your progress in awhile.
Can't believe you are finished already > Looks Fantastic.

I just started my screen wall - need to get some photos posted this weekend

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I'm jealous. Looks fantastic.

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thank you for all the kind words.

first, i can not believe how great 1080p (hd dvd and/or blu ray) looks. it is awesome. i have not even gotten into any tweaking of the PJ yet, so i can only imagine it gets better.

second, how cool are the menus on these dvds!! i love the overlay. it is pure brilliance and the most obvious thing that was wrong with regular dvds. changing audio and skipping around to your favorite scenes while the movie still plays is so very cool .

third, i love the sound the axioms are providing. however, i am a bit underwhelmed by my eD a3-300 sub. i am sure i just need to spend some time with it and the settings.

fourth, all the insulation work i personally did paid off. the r25 and the duct wrapping prevents 99% of the sound from leaking out, even with the two openings. my daughters room is straight up on the second floor from the theater. he duct work runs in the HT. yet i was up until 1am last night watching movies VERY VERY loudly.

finially, we still have some odds and ends to get done. but its movie time so who knows when those will happen.





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Thank you for the great thread, really enjoyed seeing it from day one until now. Wonderful set-up, now enjoy it!
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thanks again everyone. we are really enjoying the space. it is very open which allows the kid and the dog to run around like their heads are cut off .

still have a few things to knock out.

1. The snack bar counter goes in this week then we can decorate that area.
2. Move my DSL modem and install router in basement.
3. Touch up Paint.
4. Proper set up my Denon 2808ci and Axiom Speakers.
5. Get my mx810 remote up and running.

oh yeah, and watch movies. already have 20 hours on the PJ!!!
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Did you get a chance to set up the axioms yet? With a few minor exceptions you and I bought similar axiom setups. Curious on your thoughts since mine will be installed probably next week.

Room looks great. Keep up the good work and enjoy what you have done .

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Did you get a chance to set up the axioms yet? With a few minor exceptions you and I bought similar axiom setups. Curious on your thoughts since mine will be installed probably next week.

Room looks great. Keep up the good work and enjoy what you have done .

work has got me swamped, which is killing my home theater quality time .

i have done the basic settings, such as set speakers to small, crossover at 80and so on.

with just this they sound awesome. i am no audiophile or audio expert. however, for me the m22's will do a most excellent job as front mains, despite being bookshelves. the vp150 is a massive center that is equally impressive. dialoge is crystal clear. i have not exeprienced any off center issues that some have mentioned.

AND dont get me started on the surrounds. they are amazing. you cant tell where the sound is coming from, it just comes. very cool. from the price, to the quality, to the shipping, to the packaging, i am so far very impressed with Axiom.

what setup are you going to run?

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Good to hear some positive first impressions with the axioms. I am going to be running a 7.1 setup with:

M60's front towers
VP150 Center
QS8's for surrounds
SVS 20-39 PCi cylinder sub

Got them from the outlet and can't find anything wrong with 5 out of the 7 of them. One had a broken peg on the speaker grill and the other has a scratch on the wood veneer behind the speaker grill.

For the money vs quality I think we made a good choice.

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Great theater! Did you do anything acoustical with the walls? I didn't see any pics.

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