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HT of the Month: The Bigham Theater

Many Home Theaters of the Month are extravagant builds with performance and comfort that far exceeds most commercial cinemas. But the cost for such a room is equally extravagant, often running into six figures. That's all well and good for those who can afford it, and those home theaters are certainly aspirational for the rest of us, which is why I feature them so often on AVS Forum.



But when Dusty Bigham (Bigham16) sent me some photos of his home theater in Lewisville, TX, I saw another side of the hobby, one that closely parallels the approach I took with my own home theater—achieving the highest possible performance without spending exorbitant amounts of money. So I arranged for AVS Forum Associate Editor Mark Henninger and me to visit Dusty while we were in Dallas for the CEDIA Expo and shoot an HT of the Month video in his modest home theater. As you'll see, he has created a minimalist but elegant space in which the audio and video performance are paramount.

Note: There was a problem with the audio recording that we didn't catch until it was too late; the audio in this video has been tweaked after the fact to compensate as best we could. The room sounds much better in person than it does in this recording.


As with most AV enthusiasts, Dusty has bought and sold lots of gear over the last 10 years. Taking that into account, he estimates his total investment during that decade—not counting construction of his current house with its integrated media room—to be less than $20,000. That's not chump change, but it is far less than many aficionados spend on their dedicated home theaters. And from what Mark and I saw and heard, it's money well spent to achieve a level of performance that could easily cost a lot more.

For much more detail about how Dusty's home theater came together, check out the build thread here.

If you'd like your home theater considered for HT of the Month, PM me with the details and a link to your build thread if available.

EQUIPMENT LIST

Sources

Panasonic DMP-UB900 UHD Blu-ray player
Tivo Bolt DVR
Apple TV streamer (4th gen)
Xbox One S game console
Sony PS4 game console
Rega RP6 turntable

AV Electronics

Marantz 8802A preamp/processor
NAD M27 7-channel power amps (2)

Projector

Sony VPL-VW350 (no anamorphic lens)

Screen

Dragonfly Matte White (106" diagonal, 16:9, 1.2 gain, fixed, not acoustically transparent)

Speakers

GoldenEar Triton 1 (front LR)
GoldenEar SuperCenter XXL (center)
GoldenEar MPX (4, side and rear surrounds)
GoldenEar Invisa 7000 (4, overhead)
SVS PB12-Plus powered subwoofers (2)

Acoustic Treatments

ATS Acoustic Panels (27)

AV Cabling

AudioQuest Cinnamon HMDI cables
AudioQuest Cinnamon Ethernet cables
AudioQuest NRG power cords
Nordost Blue Heaven power cords (for NAD amps)
Nordost White Lightning analog interconnects
Monoprice speaker cables
Monoprice Luxe Series CL3 active high-speed HDMI cable (50' for projector)

Control

Logitech Harmony Elite universal remote

Power Conditioning

Furman Elite-15 PFi power conditioner

Seating

Palliser Pacifico 4-chair electric home-theater seating (black leather, middle section is a love seat)

Room Dimensions

13' (W) x 18' (L) x 10' (H)

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Great looking theater.

The dimensions are very similar to what I have, but I would love to have those 10 foot ceilings.

Looks very comfortable.
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looks awesome!! I'm sure it sounds amazing too. its so refreshing to see these theaters that don't cost $$$$$$. We need more modest theaters for home theater of the month IMO.

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Wow very nice. Love the look. Makes me want to get on and start finishing the room I've set aside for my dedicated theater.
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Thank you guys, it really means a lot. Both Scott and Mark are world class and I was super excited (and shocked) when received the email from Scott.

I will be more than happy to answer any question.
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Congrats @Bigham16 . Well deserved and great choices in equipment.
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Thank you guys, it really means a lot. Both Scott and Mark are world class and I was super excited (and shocked) when received the email from Scott.

I will be more than happy to answer any question.

Hey Bigham!!


awesome theater!


- Is there any soundproofing (double drywall etc)? If so, what?
-How do you like the dual SVS PB12 pluses?? Any interest in going with the PB 13s or the new PB16s in the future? Also what kind of eq did you use on them?


Thanks!!

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Thank you Batman!! No, I don't have any double drywall but would love to. The sound bleeds in the rest of the house, BUT the master bed room is in the back of the house so the wife rarely sends me "that" text "It's Too Loud!".

I looked into getting the sealed 13" but couldn't justify it...but I really wanted to try them.

With my room being "moderately" small for a dedicated home theater room, I just think the 16" would be too much. I know that sounds funny to say on this forum, but I'm not going to stop thinking about them

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awesome theater!


- Is there any soundproofing (double drywall etc)? If so, what?
-How do you like the dual SVS PB12 pluses?? Any interest in going with the PB 13s or the new PB16s in the future? Also what kind of eq did you use on them?


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Bingham,

Great looking setup and congrats on HTOM!
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Very nice! Love the GoldenEar's. I had them at one point and they absolutely SING!
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I am working on a room that is 13' x 20-22' depending on the final false-wall dimension and was thinking of squeezing in 2 rows of three seats. But the single row of 4 looks like a very good fit. Can you share your thoughts on the seating and if you considered other seating configurations?


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Awesome room!
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I really wanted to make a second row work but the room is just not big enough. On the other hand it seems that a second row with Atmos takes even more testing.

I have a family of four and we sit comfortlbly on movie night. When family is in town, we bring in bean bags in the front and bar stools behind the chairs if needed. It's not ideal but seems to work.

I'm pretty much the only one that does "critical listening" so no big deal

Thank you very much!!!!!!!

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I am working on a room that is 13' x 20-22' depending on the final false-wall dimension and was thinking of squeezing in 2 rows of three seats. But the single row of 4 looks like a very good fit. Can you share your thoughts on the seating and if you considered other seating configurations?


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We are kicking around bean bags and barstools as well, that seems like a good option for spillover. I was thinking 4 wide was too much for 13', but it actually looks like it fits great in your space. I may rethink the 2 x 3 goal.
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You could sell all those AudioQest and Nordost cables and get the SVS 16 incher

Not often to see AudioQuest and Nordost mixed in with Monoprice--a moment of clarity perhaps?

Like the setup, good to see how to squeeze things in smaller rooms.
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It's so funny because I had all Monoprice cables before the Audioquest. Can I tell a difference? Nope. But I had a ****-ton of Best Buy points and said why the hell not. But, they are there and staying. I have no regrets purchasing the Audioquest and Nordost cables, at the same time, I would not suggest them as I have seen/hear no difference. Other than they are more stylish behind all my equipment

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Like the setup, good to see how to squeeze things in smaller rooms.
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Great room, very nice equipment. Congrats on HTOM.
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It's so funny because I had all Monoprice cables before the Audioquest. Can I tell a difference? Nope. But I had a ****-ton of Best Buy points and said why the hell not. But, they are there and staying. I have no regrets purchasing the Audioquest and Nordost cables, at the same time, I would not suggest them as I have seen/hear no difference. Other than they are more stylish behind all my equipment
Wow that's a lot of reward points.
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Wow thats is a great setup you got there!!
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Room looks GREAT ! Congrats.

Those Triton 1's were on my short list when I was looking for my LCR's. Awesome speaker to say the least.

Count me as another whose room is used as much for music as movies and why I too placed the speakers in the room vs. behind a screen.

Well done!


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Well done! I have the same pj and love it. Cheers! Enjoy your theater for many years to come!
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I guess I should give more detail. Picked up about 1 and half with points then "I had to" match the rest of the system.

The monoprice cables worked just as well. I believe you did an article with foil(?) that proved to be just as good.

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Thrilled to see this theater as a Home Theater of the Month. This is the closest I've ever seen to what I personally have and I think it makes a good point that you don't need to spend $100,000 plus for a nice dedicated space. My guess is that this theater is actually much more like what the vast majority of AVS users have (or hope to have) in their own homes. Great job!
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Great looking HTotM! I have the older version of your Pj and I have enjoyed it for 4 years!


I also like imagic's shirt ha!
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Congrats! How far are you sitting from the screen?
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Thank you!! I sit about 11' back.

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Nice setup.
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Congratulations Dusty! Nice to see the thoughtful, logical evolution in upgrades to get to where you are today. $20,000 isn't chump change, but if you've been in the hobby 10 years and invested a little bit in upgrades each and every year, then it's very easy to build up to the point you are today (and beyond! ).

I especially like your comment above about the theater fitting your entire family for movie nights. The fact your whole family enjoys the room together is worth the cost
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Thank you very much!! I had a sectional in the room but with two growing boys, we really needed our own seats. I miss the sectional but I do love to recline.

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I especially like your comment above about the theater fitting your entire family for movie nights. The fact your whole family enjoys the room together is worth the cost
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Really well done theater. I bet it sounds and looks great. Congratulations!

We all bring our own criteria to evaluating HTs, and from my own my first thought was "All black! Great....soooo close...but paint that door and do the rug darker!"

Given the lengths you've gone for a non-reflective room, do you have plans for a darker rug at some point?

If darker carpet isn't in the cards, or a long way off, you could (if you care to) do what others have done: lay down some black velvet
in front of the screen. If you make it neat, it can actually look nice, even if temporary.

I designed my home theater with a black velvet portion beneath the screen and it creates a nice little stage effect, a black box surrounding the screen, which tends to visually integrate the speakers with the screen area better. FWIW...
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Thank you guys, it really means a lot. Both Scott and Mark are world class and I was super excited (and shocked) when received the email from Scott.

I will be more than happy to answer any question.
Wonderful theater

Do you typically watch movies at or near reference levels?
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