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What is your favorite theater item that has a wow factor? Currently I like my LED lighting. My theater isn't complete (or even CLOSE) but I find that the riser lights and walkway lights add a little something that people just don't have in their normal TV watching area and makes the theater room seem more "exotic" or special to them. What's yours?
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Right now my favorite item is my light setup with remote controllable dimmer switches for the 3 zones. I have 4 scenes set up, and I control it all with my Harmony Ultimate remote. My harmony ultimate is probably my second favorite item.
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Its hard to narrow it down to a single favorite item. It seems that each new unique feature is my favorite obsession until I dream up some new crazy idea.
Just to name a few:
*HTPC- all movies are stored on a server, no need to ever touch a disc. just pick the movie from the list and it plays. - also fully controllable via iPad.
*Multiple lighting zones controlled by a Lutron Grafik Eye - Scenes are automatically activated by the htpc when media plays and also controllable via my iPad.
*DIY lilmike f-20 subwoofer. - by far the cleanest, loudest bass I have ever had.
*LCD movie poster display. Shows upcoming movie posters with trailers and the poster for the currently playing movie. all automatic. also controllable via iPad. (see link in my signature for more info)
*Aura Bass Shakers in the seats. - when the sub hits, these things really let you feel the bass. They definitely give you that 'Holy **** this is awesome!' type of feeling.
*Automated screen masking
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Probably my posters. I display some cool stone litho posters from the '30s and '40s
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For me it's the HTPC set up and media server. Mine is set up pretty nice and it amazes everyone.

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What is "pretty nice" about it?
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Darbee Darblet is the biggest wow factor by far for the money.

 

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What is "pretty nice" about it?

I've got a huge collection of media. Over 30TB worth. The collection of media itself is impressive. But I also have everything organized well, proper names, resolutions, year etc. My PC hardware is pretty good, better than most I'd say. My front end is set up to look awesome so it gives a bigger wow factor to the collection.

I put a lot of effort into media organization , making sure the cover art is the ones I like, meta data is right, and I have mostly HD material only so it looks and sounds great.

When I show it off it just impresses people. The projector and 7.1 surround are ok but lots have that- it seems like my media server and HTPC just are more impressive paired with it.

Many of my friends and family would love my set up but almost none are technical or geeky enough to pull it off , and certainly none pull it off as well as me.

Even hanging out in the HTPC forum a lot I get the sense even many if those guys don't really get what a "real" HTPC can do. Budget builds are nice - but the extra performance of nice set up pays dividends in the real world WOW factor.

A basic HTPC running everyday XBMC is not the full experience IMO. It's ok for the treadmill LCD, but not a real theater experience.

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I've only just discovered all of this. We just got XMBC running and are playing around with it. I was giddy smile.gif I love that kind of stuff. If you have some pointers to share to get a better HTPC I'd love to hear, we just got our box and will be setting it up soon
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I'm actually using media browser most of the time , but I have XBMC and Plex also set up. I'm anxiously waiting for the media browser 3 release (it's beta testing now)

As far as using XBMC if your insistent on using it you might want to check out an external player that's better than the stock internal XBMC player. Personally I like MPC-HC with MadVr, Reclock and SVP.

I'd check out the advanced set up guides in the HTPC forum.
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Darbee Darblet is the biggest wow factor by far for the money.

Tough choice between that and my ButtKicker Advance.

Fortunately, I didn't have to choose. biggrin.gif

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None of my family or friends has ever had a dedicated room before so the bar for the "Wow factor " is set very low.

1) the 100" screen is the first WOW!
2) the electric reclining seats are the second WOW!
3) the F-20 subwoofer is the third WOW!

Only the tech geeks will WOW the HTPC and the fact that all the equipment is controlled via remote from a different room

Then I get a different wow when they ask how much the room cost… at $7000 I think it’s a bargain, they think it’s an extravagant expense. Of course everyone wants to spend their time in there when they visit though!

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100" Screen is a wow for most normal people. That's always a good one^

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For all my guests its first the concession stand/popcorn machine. Then the theater seats.
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Do you have pics? biggrin.gif I wanna "wow!"
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My 1925 ticket booth. Solid wood. 8' tall. 5' wide. Glass alone weighs over 200 lbs. It was built for a Pennsylvania ballroom.



A guest stands inside the ticket booth ...



Bonnie, the Usherette, is ready with your movie tickets ...

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Sweet! I love that kind of thing!!!!! I don't have room for something like that though frown.gif
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Do you have pics? biggrin.gif I wanna "wow!"
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Oh! I LIKE it!
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Yes, the marquee is homemade. It's 10' wide.

Here is a rough (old) video of one of my Halloween theme entrances to the theater:

http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sacolton/media/LoftEntrance.mp4.html
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Shawn Colton .... WOW! That is awesome

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The 136 inch screen is the first, but after that I'd say the thing that consistently gets a "Wow!" out of people are the custom intros from ivipid.com. I play the Star Wars one and people are like, "Holy crap! How'd you do that?!?"

May be cheating for this subforum but I'd loosely count that as an "accessory".
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Just going over some threads on this side of the forum...

WOW factor outside... Full size dollhouse that functions as a dedicated HT. After you tell people "watch your head" and they go inside first reaction is "NO F***ing WAY". Nothing outstanding but for the average tv lover is awesome. Inside the house -- able to control everything with one remote... and having available 800 movies on two Sony BD mega changers.

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The 136 inch screen is the first, but after that I'd say the thing that consistently gets a "Wow!" out of people are the custom intros from ivipid.com. I play the Star Wars one and people are like, "Holy crap! How'd you do that?!?"

May be cheating for this subforum but I'd loosely count that as an "accessory".

I get a lot of positive comments from my custom intro as well. I used the Fox theme / Blender project. But I gotta say, I looked at ivipid.com and the prices are extremely reasonable. I might have to check that out more. Blender is cool but can be a pain and take a lot of time if you just want to have a cool intro and not put a lot of time in it.
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My screen is my wow factor. Its 120" 2.35 aspect ratio. Most people have never really seen a 2.35 screen in a home. That with my low ceilings and black wall make it look even larger.
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My screen is my wow factor. Its 120" 2.35 aspect ratio. Most people have never really seen a 2.35 screen in a home. That with my low ceilings and black wall make it look even larger.

Imagine how much more wow factor you'd have with non CR killing ceiling tiles. tongue.gif

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