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Old 10-05-2009, 06:47 PM - Thread Starter
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UPDATED PICS AT THE BOTTOM

Hi everyone, great forum! Just starting to peruse around at all the different sub-forums. TONS of info in here!

Anyway, here's my "theater" build. Nothing too exotic, as I am a slave to the 'man' and had to maintain some sort of a budget. A little background, I started construction last winter. I didn't want to build the room to be strictly a dedicated theater room. I also wanted to be able lounge out, listen to music, entertain, read, watch football with the boys, etc., etc.....just wanted a very welcoming room for myself and my fiance and our guests.

-Samsung PN58B550
-Salamandar Designs Synergy A/V rack/TV stand
-Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HDC HD-DVR box
-Yamaha RX-V665
-Oppo BDP-83 blu-ray player
-PS2
-Emotiva XPA-3
-Boston VR970 fronts/subs
-Boston VR910 center
-Boston DSi 450 in-walls for side and rear surround
**Will be adding 2 extra subs in the near future. Probably 10" or 12" with sealed enclosure.

I think the room came out real nice, and sounds very good. I can attach pics and dimensions if anyone would care to see them. The room is more rectangular than square with a 7' ceiling.

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Welcome to the forum, KSE!

Yeah, we most definitely need pictures! It doesn't count otherwise...

Cheers!
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Pics or you're a big fat liar. No, just kidding. Kinda, give us the pics.

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Ask and ye shall recieve! About the room, this was an unfinished basement. The dimensions are 14' (w) x 18'6" (d) x 7' (ceiling). The side and rear walls are below grade. The wall to the left (if looking at the TV) is boxed in at the top due to a return duct. I added the flush mount swivel lights on dimmers to the underside to give ambiance to the room and creativity to the wall. The narrow shelf was done to create visual modern/contemporary feel. The home is a flat-roof Frank Lloyd Wright'esq style home, and felt the long horizontal plane fit nicely. The ceiling in an Armstrong 2x2 tile with a 90% noise reduction. The open wall at the rear was originally solid. I wanted to open it up to add openess to the room, and added the bar top with stools on the back side to give additional seating while having people over for say, the Super Bowl. As well as a place to rest drinks, etc.

The 'look' I had imagined in my mind while desiging the room was one of clean lines and very uncluttered. I also wanted it to be cozy, thus the colors chosen for carpet and walls. I went with the white trim to add sharpness to the architecture and to eccentuate the modern look.

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STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont know what else to say.
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STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!! I dont know what else to say.

Thanks my man, appreciate it. Not too over the top, but I really wanted to keep it clean and sharp.......no wires and no piles of tech-gear. Been there done that.

BTW, the grilles for the side/rear in-walls are missing because they are currently being painted to match the wall color.
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Thanks my man, appreciate it. Not too over the top, but I really wanted to keep it clean and sharp.......no wires and no piles of tech-gear. Been there done that.

BTW, the grilles for the side/rear in-walls are missing because they are currently being painted to match the wall color.

Also I will be adding PS3 and/or a blue-ray player in the near future.

I dont know what I love so much about it! first the room looks perfect for a home theatre music listening type of room like you said, also the speakers and tv are very good choices, add to that the speakers on every corner inside the wall, modern great looking furniture and the very cozy choice of colors and you got the perfect home theatre. really great job man!
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Nice! It really looks clean and welcoming. Do you happen to know the paint color on the wall? I have been thinking of something similar to that color for my living room.
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Nice! It really looks clean and welcoming. Do you happen to know the paint color on the wall? I have been thinking of something similar to that color for my living room.

Thaks for the compliment. The color is actually less green than the pictures represent. The color is an Olympic Paints color called 'Eiffel Tower', the paint code is D17-4.
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I really like it, KSE. It is an awesome room. Enjoy!
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wow that's nice and clean.. but almost a little too clean you know what i'm saying?
it feels like the walls are a little too bare.. maybe some pictures and/or acoustic treatments in the future?

regardless, i could picture spending an entire weekend there watching football with my buddies and "beer drinkin'" haha, awesome job!
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wow that's nice and clean.. but almost a little too clean you know what i'm saying?
it feels like the walls are a little too bare.. maybe some pictures and/or acoustic treatments in the future?

regardless, i could picture spending an entire weekend there watching football with my buddies and "beer drinkin'" haha, awesome job!

We just finished it, thus the bare walls. Will add touches here and there moving foward. Thanks.
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KSE, pictures please when you finish it.
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love the setup, very classy
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Any plans to wall mount the TV?

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Any plans to wall mount the TV?

Not right now. I have a 42" Samsung and a 32" Samsung wall mounted in other rooms of the house with componants hidden in closets. I wanted to use my Boston towers with this set-up, and really like the way the Salamander A/V piece ties eveything together. True, I could still wall mount, snaking wires up inside the wall would be cake, but the height the panel is at now is ideal.
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Great looking room! How far is the room length wise from the screen wall to pony wall?
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Great looking room! How far is the room length wise from the screen wall to pony wall?

Thanks. Not sure what "pony wall" is? If that's the wall with the bar top/opening, then from back wall to wall with opening is 18'6". So, from the screen, subtract a foot....17'6".
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looks great. who makes the couch/coffe table? i need something for my other room. tia
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looks great. who makes the couch/coffe table? i need something for my other room. tia

Couch is from Crate and Barrel, the table and bench are from West Elm.
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Hey folks,

Since I started this thread I've added an Oppo BDP-83 and an Emotive XPA-3. I have also spread my front Boston towers quite a bit, and I raised and angled the center speaker toward the viewer position to help raise the dialog. The Boston VR970s put out tons of bass, but I'd still like to add a couple sealed enclosure subs in the future.

Here are some updated pics. I am no photographer as you can tell...haha. And the colors are nothing like the room actually looks. Carpet and wall color look much darker and a lot better then represented in these photos.

Open for comments/suggestions/etc. Thanks.








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I'm thinking about investing in an amp. Did you notice a large difference when you added the Emotive XPA-3?
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Very nice, elegant & clean HT, KSE. I'd have a beer with you there anytime.

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I'm thinking about investing in an amp. Did you notice a large difference when you added the Emotive XPA-3?

I noticed much improvement in my center channel, and a big improvement in mid-bass punch. A more noticable improvement in loud listening of blu-ray concerts vs. movies. My speakers are relitively efficient, however my Yamaha 665 just fell on it's face when I demanded reference+ volume levels. That is no longer an issue.

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Very nice, elegant & clean HT, KSE. I'd have a beer with you there anytime.

Thanks, Wabo. You're set-up is lights-out!!!
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I'd say your setup is mighty nice looking. I like the clean black look. Well except for the cable box lol.
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Those are great pictures. You have a great system.
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Hello KSE.

OK, I'm reading your thread and I'm thinking, I've seen these photos before and I know I've posted comments about the setup previously, but I don't see my comments. So evidence would suggest that I did not post comments and for that, I apologize for missing such a nice system.

Now, about the system. Man, you've done good! Clean is an understatement. Your system looks as if it was configured with surgical precision. The Oppo BDP-83 and the Emotiva XPA-3 are strong additions to the ensemble.

Now, about the Boston tower positioning......

Moving the towers out some was a good move. Your soundstage (wider) and imaging (accuracy) in theory, should have improved.



Judging by the photo below, showing the listening position, if you haven't already, try moving them forward amybe 5 to 6 inches and pointing the towers in approximately 5 to 7 degrees. See if you can detect a change in the imaging.

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Anyway, the room looks great and the system is impressive.

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I too would like to get some more information on your choice of the Emotiva amp. What made you decide to get one? Do you think it is a noticeable and well deserved upgrade?

I have a Denon AVR-2808 which does descent, but I've been trying to figure out if my next purchase should be better speakers, or an amp to get a better sound out of my existing equipment. The link in my signature (Blood,Sweat,Tears) is a link to my thread which posts all equipment and a few quick shots.
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