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Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Merritt Island FL 32952
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I did not want a "Black BlacK" Theater room as the room is also the adult family room and is the house's central gathering place. My late wife would not stand for black walls so everything is a compromise. The walls/ceiling are white, the floor is carpeted in a beige carpet. There is a 4x4 foot window in the back of the room and a 12X2 clerestory window in one side about 8 feet off the floor. I have thought about doing the walls/ceiling in the neutral gray or a light blue using a non reflective paint if there is such a thing. The room is 16x34 with 10 foot ceilings, and the back 8 feet consisting of a wet bar, exit to the pool, and a bathroom. The 4x4 widow is a full pass through window opening to the pool area. The front 2 feet of the room is the equipment cabinetry with the screen recessed from the 2 foot cabinet front by 1 foot. Speakers are in wall with 2 side speakers on each side, a pair of back speakers and three front speakers Plus the sub in the front cabinetry below the screen.
I built my own shades and the shade control system from scratch. The shades are full opaque. I ordered the roller tubes with the fabric attached from the shade store. the 4x4 was no issue. the 12x2 was expensive to ship (special truck). If I were to do it again I would do three 4x2 shades for the clerestory window with each shade running in its own set of channels. The roller tubes came with a grove running lengthwise into which the motors from Rollertrol precisely fitted with a dog on the motor shaft sitting in the grove for positive contact. The motors are 12 volt units and reasonably quiet. Once again the length of the long shade has a higher noise factor. The control system is a set of IP controlled relays wired to provide dynamic breaking. The PC that controls the theater will start the theater and while the system is warming up it lowers the shades and dims any lights that might be on in the theater. To the right of each shade is a wall mounted toggle switch of the on-off-on type. the computer controls the shade of the switch is in the off position. In the up or down positions, the shades move manually as long as the switch is in that position. The shade motors have built in limit stops. Rollertrol was a tremendous help in designing the system and provide advice and suggestions.