I've been an AVS Forums member for over a decade, and have gone through a bunch of iterations of gear. Now that I own my own place, I finally went ahead and did a "proper" setup (with the help of a great local installer) in my loft.
The ceilings are 16.5 feet, with windows that are over 11 feet. I had a dual shade system installed to handle privacy and light. The front shades, visible in the photos, are solar shades. Behind those are a second set of shades which are full blackout and slide in side tracks for full light control for the projector (and sleeping, it's all one open space to the bedroom in the upstairs area). As you can imagine, with windows this big the cost was absurd. I had wanted to do a motorized shade system, but the cost was an additional $6000 and I had to say "Umm, no thanks, I can pull the cords"
Additionally, DJ'ing is my passion, so up on the ceiling are mounted 4 moving yoke lights and an LED array. I had switched outlets installed for all the lighting at the same time I had the projector power and signal cables installed, all in conduit to match the existing aesthetic. The entire lighting rig is fully DMX and is all programmed with Martin's LightJockey 2 club lighting software (controllable via my iPad, of course!). The last installation I had done was having the pendant ball lighting, for regular ambient lighting installed.
During the install process I decide to forgo the installation of a motorized screen, as it would have been impossible to hide the box for the screen, and the nice looking screen box units were far too expensive. We went with a high contrast screen paint, and the result is quite good. The screen is a bit "high up", but it's actually very comfortable to watch, given you are either lying on the couch, or sitting in the chaise which is angled up nicely. It's very comfy. I wanted to retain the LCD TV for daytime viewing (when I don't want to close the shades and sit in the dark).
The home theater cabinet pictured is jam packed with gear. It's made by BDI, and houses my AV gear as well as my home networking gear, and some of the gear for the lighting, as well as a Mac Mini for various purposes.
Equipment Used is as follows:
- Denon 3808 Receiver
- Orb Audio Speakers - 2 spheres per main speaker and surround speaker, 4 spheres for the center (hidden in the cabinet), 10" subwoofer
- Epson 8700 UB Projector, 2 HDMI runs over cat6-e using HDMI to IP over Ethernet Baluns, plus an IR control run.
- Samsung 46" LED TV
- Tivo Premier XL
- URC MX-880 Universal Remote with RF base station and IR flashers to every device
- Sony PS3 for games and blue ray
- Apple Mac Mini Home Theater PC
- Apple TV 3
- Various Insteon devices controlled by an ISY-99 box
View of the Living Area with screen:
Looking back from screen:
Setup in the bedroom loft area, 26" Samsung TV, Bose Cinemate GS for audio. The system works well for a bedroom, I have plenty of screen downstairs
Inside the walk-in closet, Tivo and HDMI switch, along with a Mac Mini and Apple TV, all in here to hide everything from site:
The projector connections. There was no room to store and hide any of the gear, so neatness was paramount.
2 HDMI over Cat-6 (IP based) baluns, and IR flasher.
Inside the BDI, left side. Receiver, Tivo, and URC remote base station:
In the BDI, right side. Mac Mini, Apple TV, a Blueray burner (for ripping, burning as needed), the drobo for about 5TB of whole house server storage, my cordless phone, and a PS3 on the bottom:
In the center of the BDI. The cable modem, router, ISY 99, 2 Ethernet Switches, some DMX conversion gear (I use ArtNet for lighting for the DJ gear), PS3 IR to bluetooth converter.