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post #31 of 53 Old 02-07-2012, 03:35 PM
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Wow nice, clean HT with big screen. Well done.
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For anyone interested in a "peek under the hood"...

I found this one on my phone. I only put the OC triangles up to that point because I have hanging corner bass traps at the ceiling. They are 48" long 24" wide and 4" thick with open backs. I also have pink fluffy behind that in the corner. I hung the corner bass traps up before I decided to go AT on the screen because the L/R mains were outside the uprights under the traps, so I couldn't use the floor real estate for OC triangles. This pic is after covering the wall with OC, as well as moving the speakers, but before I raised up the cross member to the higher spot for the new screen.

I would, at some point entertain changing out my LCR for either 4Pis or JBL 3677s to get rid of the soft dome tweeters, but not sure when that will be as I really enjoy the sound right now.

Edit: I just realized that there was one more change that isn't in picture... I put the subs up on flat 4" high retaining wall blocks and plopped a 16"x16", 2" thick paver block (39lbs) on top of each one to firmly plant them and tighten up the bass. Worked like a charm.


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looks really good bro, the eros look good too! think i may have made my decision. thanks man.
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just bookmarked this thread...i love your home theater. i love the super classy, clean, professional look to it. well done!
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Thanks for the compliment. Most of the bones of it were already in place when we bought the house. You can see what I've changed. Most of all I just wanted to keep it as dark as possible and non-distracting from the chairs forward. Nothing on the walls. Just a big ass screen with an amazing picture and awesome sound. Btw, my Panny 4000u is on the bay since I'm stepping up to the 7000u. Any takers? Its got a bid at $1,200 now. Gently used by an enthusiast. Only a year and change old... still under warranty through Sept.
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Thanks for the compliment. Most of the bones of it were already in place when we bought the house. You can see what I've changed. Most of all I just wanted to keep it as dark as possible and non-distracting from the chairs forward. Nothing on the walls. Just a big ass screen with an amazing picture and awesome sound. Btw, my Panny 4000u is on the bay since I'm stepping up to the 7000u. Any takers? Its got a bid at $1,200 now. Gently used by an enthusiast. Only a year and change old... still under warranty through Sept.

Yeah i love all the changes youve done so far...adding the false black wall in the front made it for me..it looks amazing with that addition.
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Chris Seymour was kind enough to swap out my brand new screen for an exact replacement that would accept the magnetic Scope masks... These are the AT masks that have the woven material on them, and just the leading edge has the black velvet to absorb overscan. The woven material looks lighter under light, but does not when the lights are down and the movie up!

Thanks Chris!

Here is the result.

I also contemplated building a second level riser for the back. My couch and first row are on floor level. Not really a problem as the couch has a really low back. However, I thought about chopping down and moving the current 7" riser from the back to the front row, and building a new 10" riser for the back. In the end, I just whipped out the circular saw and chopped 2 1/2" off the legs on the couch. What would have taken the better part of a weekend, ended with the same result and only took 30 minutes!


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Your room looks amazing. Love the really wide screen. I was initially concerned when I saw your first row distance, but then I saw your post where you typically sit in the second row.

Did you ever decide on a power conditioning solution?
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Thanks! The chair in the last picture is the one I sit in mostly.

I had the couch from another house, and didn't have a real place for it, so since the back was so low, I threw it in front. It is pretty cool for going down to take a nap on. Sometimes I put on the tv or a movie and it is *really* immersive until you fall asleep. Or I'll put on the LED strip lighting that I have on the speakers behind for just a soft glow with music.

Haven't moved forward on any power conditioning, as I never really got a response, and don't know how much improvement it would be. I would put a surge protector on the whole house if that was the only reason. We have two 200a panels, so plenty of juice coming in. (We live in a muni electric area where power is dirt cheap, like 3.5 cents/kwh.)
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Looking for some weekend project ideas... any good ones you've done lately?
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Finally got around to completing the remainder of the area directly outside the theater with a new wetbar. The entire basement is *finished*, but was a little sparse. I wanted to bring things together a little better. In the area in the photos, there *was* a freestanding wine rack, a freestanding kegerator, a chest of drawers for some storage, and the popcorn machine. Nothing really flowed well together.

Anyway, here is the progression in photos.

What was done:

Replace three old flourescent lights for can lights
New wall to wall (15') wetbar in maple, with a dark cherry to old mahogany finish.
Zodiaq countertops (Corian)
Built in wine storage (2) to hold 50 bottles each
30" Marvel undercounter fridge/wine storage
Undercounter clear-cube ice maker (50#/day)
Remote controlled, LED lighting in crown, undercabinet, and in-cabinet

I reused (for now) the freestanding kegerator, in lieu of buying a new undercabinet built in.

The door to the theater is to the left of the chair in the pictures.





















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That looks really good and I love the new screen as well! Thanks for sharing.

MY THEATER......The Thompson Theater 11.9 channels

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Nice setup,been following the progress. Any reason why you didn't go with a curve screen? not enough room? either way looks awesome!
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Thanks! I really like the way the bar turned out. The guys that I had do it were not very busy, so I was able to really tweak everything the way I wanted it.

As far as the screen, it's a 16:9 so there isn't any reason to do curved, and I don't use an A-lens. The last pic on this page of the screen is with the new 2.35 masking in place.

The only other thing that has changed is that I was forced to upgrade the center channel this weekend. Something didn't sound quite right, and it turned out that the tweeter in the center was toast. They have been discontinued since 2004. Ended up picking up a KEF R500 tower that was a pretty darn good match for the L/R existing. It was the only R-series model the local stereo shop had in stock this weekend, and I was under the gun, as I had out of town guests coming in. Considering ordering the one of the bigger models in the same line. Anyone have any experience with any of the R-series KEF speakers?
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The bar area looks great! I have a couple of questions on the addition if you don't mind -

Do you have a full 8' ceiling in that area? And how much of a gap do you have between the cabinet top crown and the ceiling?

Thanks!

The Esquire Theater Construction Thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1289590
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I like the way the room looks. Never knew KEF made THX cert speakers!

No subwoofer I've heard has been able to produce the bass I've experienced in the Corps!

Must..stop...buying...every bluray release...
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The drop tile ceiling is higher than 8ft if my memory serves... I can check when I get home. The space from the crown to the drop tiles is about 1.75".
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Ceiling tiles are at 8'... other drywalled parts are at 100".

Why do you ask?
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Had some spring upgrade-itis... And had some new carpet installed yesterday.

The old was a light colored Berber.

New one is black with gray pattern. Looks really sharp in person, in my opinion.

It really darkens up the already dark room. And it's really, really soft!

Just waiting to install all the furniture again.


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Nice carpet. We considered something similar for ours.

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Carpet is sweet. Nice job on the wet bar.
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Furniture returned and LED lighting installed under bullnose of riser.



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Update to speaker configuration...

Located on eBay a set of the hard to find KEF TDM 34DS THX certified dipole surround speakers to match the set I already have. They were located in the UK, and I just received them. Thankfully, they appear to be in pristine shape. Hopefully they sound as good as they look when I dial them into the room this weekend.

I have had a set of Boston TRS Pro Surround Speakers playing side surrounds so far, but they are only bipole, not dipole, so I'm really looking forward to the change by having all matching dipoles.
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