I've been asked countless times about my system and what I use. I've never gotten around to taking any pictures but my good friend Shawn McGrath is an amazing photographer so I asked if he could do some shots for me. Room was done completely by the wife and I. Both of us work in acoustics professionally. The room was designed to be a reference for both video and audio playback with as little compromise possible for both. The room is obviously painted black with black velvet curtains made by my wife surrounding the screen and covering the side windows (along with black-out blinds). I also put Protostar flocking paper on the ceiling from the screen to the first reflection panels to cut down any reflections. Everything done in this room short of laying down the carpet and installing four dedicated 20-amp circuits was done by the two of us.
The System (UPDATED March 2015):
JVC X-700 D-ILA Projector (Chief Mount on custom rails for changes to throw)
Lumagen Radiance 2143 Video Processor
Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player (region free playback)
Oppo BDP-103D Blu-ray Player
Stewart Filmscreen Studiotek 100 (120" diagonal)
Carada Masquerade Masking System
Marantz 8802 AV Processor
Emotiva XPR-1 Monoblock Amplifiers (Main L/C/R)
Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 2 Stereo Amp (surrounds and top front/top rear Atmos speakers)
Legacy Audio Focus SE (L/R)
Legacy Audio Marquis HD (C)
Legacy Audio Phantom HD (Surrounds)
Golden Ear Technology HTR-7000 (Ceiling Speakers)
Dual Seaton Sound Submersive HP+ Subwoofers
Dual Seaton Sound F2 Subwoofers
Cabling by Audioquest, Blue Jeans Cable, and Accell
Exact Power EP-15A Voltage Regulator
Exact Power SP-15 Balanced Power Transformer
VTI Equipment Racks
URC RF Lighting Control
Acoustic Treatments by Vicoustic
Riser designed by Auralex
Seating by Berkline and Costco
All calibrations done with Spectracal Calman 5 software and a Klein K-10A tri-stim profiled to a Jeti Specbos spectra.
Recently had the entire room acoustically modeled and treated by the folks at Vicoustic. I will have a feature article about the process soon but here are some wonderful pics that Shawn took of the room after everything was installed.
Thanks to German Sotello for some new pics of the Legacy Audio speakers. I will have some better pics up later that show some other new goodies that are coming soon. The older pictures can be found after.
For the photos Shawn used a variety of lenses and exposures to try and capture the theater. I also took tape off of most of the LEDs on the gear to look nicer but during normal use there are NO lights emitting from any gear that you can see or could compromise the picture.
Front of the room with lights on medium
From the front of the room back at the seating
Shot from the front corner with the equipment lights on and the LED lights in my vinyl shelves on for effect
Equipment Racks in the back
Better look at the VPI, such a gorgeous table. Suspended with a SolidSteel wall shelf and a Gingko platform
Image from Sensaria with Masking System engaged. Exposure is higher and lights are on dim to get a sense of the room around it.
Avatar with the exposure done a little higher
Same but with exposure to mimic the true look to the viewer in the room
The Dark Knight Rises with lights on dim
Me in the photo for a sense of size. I was height limited on the screen overall, but next time I may go with a wider aspect screen (2.1 maybe).