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Forum: 2.35:1 Constant Image Height Chat   10-03-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 851
Posted By helmsman
Your room dimensions are similar to mine and I...

Your room dimensions are similar to mine and I also went with a single row - in my case, five seats, a triple in the center and a single on each side toed in at an angle. I oriented this by putting...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   10-03-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 15
  Carpet
Views: 428
Posted By helmsman
Not quite finished theater but here's what my...

Not quite finished theater but here's what my carpet looks like. I also went with a commercial pattern. I think many of those themed carpets look tacky and dated, and are way too distracting. By...
Forum: Speakers   09-04-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 85
Posted By helmsman
Honestly I would try both setups and see which...

Honestly I would try both setups and see which sounds better to your own ears rather than follow anyone's recommendation. Of course, that's just another recommendation. Be sure to test plenty of...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   09-01-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 1,468
Views: 331,793
Posted By helmsman
Yes, sort of. It's inside a framed enclosure on...

Yes, sort of. It's inside a framed enclosure on my screen wall for my left and right speakers. The reason for this was to make it (and the low voltage transformer) accessible. They're right next...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   08-21-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 1,468
Views: 331,793
Posted By helmsman
I have a mix of halogens and...

I have a mix of halogens and programmable-multi-color LEDs controlled by my GRX-3104 and have no problems. HOWEVER - when I was installing them I read that you need a switching module for the LEDs,...
Forum: Display Calibration   08-06-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,074
Posted By helmsman
Perfect, then this is exactly what I'm looking...

Perfect, then this is exactly what I'm looking for. Just wish it would run on my Macbook. Will have to use my wife's HP laptop (groan!).
Forum: 2.35:1 Constant Image Height Chat   08-05-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 933
Posted By helmsman
Is this what you're looking for? If so and...

Is this what you're looking for? If so and you're still looking send me a PM. I had a spare one of these in my closet, brand new - had to cut open the packing bag to pull it out to take a picture.
Forum: Display Calibration   08-04-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,074
Posted By helmsman
Looks promising. I went to the website bit I...

Looks promising. I went to the website bit I couldn't determine if the C3 will support advanced color adjustments for temperature (red, green and blue gain and offset). Can you advise? Also is...
Forum: DIY Screen Section   07-31-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 761
Posted By helmsman
I built a frame for my DIY screen and used 4.5...

I built a frame for my DIY screen and used 4.5 inch black velvet border tape that I purchased from eBay. Don't go for the cheapest, the stuff I bought was great quality and easy to work with, and...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-30-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By helmsman
Thanks. Sent him a PM.

Thanks. Sent him a PM.
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-30-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By helmsman
Source for replacement cover for Lutron Grafik Eye

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good source for Grafik Eye replacement covers? I''m looking for a translucent black/black faceplate for my 3104 to go better with my color scheme - replacing...
Forum: Display Calibration   07-30-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,074
Posted By helmsman
I looked at the Spyder4 which conceptually looks...

I looked at the Spyder4 which conceptually looks exactly like what I was looking for but from what I could tell it doesn't support advanced color adjustments for temperature (red, green and blue gain...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-29-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 8
  Paint
Views: 284
Posted By helmsman
Fixed my typo and yes, I meant that FLAT black...

Fixed my typo and yes, I meant that FLAT black scuffs easily.

I took a look at your build and noticed that you're using what appears to be 6 inch cans for your recessed lights. I also had 6 inch...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-29-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
  Paint
Views: 284
Posted By helmsman
I used flat black on my ceiling and screen wall,...

I used flat black on my ceiling and screen wall, a different color in satin for walls. The problem with flat black is that it will show scuffs whenever you touch or rub up against it, but not an...
Forum: Display Calibration   07-29-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,074
Posted By helmsman
Help with Vizio Color Calibration - what tools to use?

I recently added a Vizio LED television to our home's collection and I'm having difficulty calibrating the color. I have Kane's Digital Video Essentials which I've used to calibrate my projectors...
Forum: Speakers   07-28-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 691
Posted By helmsman
Interesting discussion on monopoles vs....

Interesting discussion on monopoles vs. bipole/dipoles for surrounds that I hadn't really thought about before. My 7.1 setup uses the latter. The one point I would make is that the vast majority of...
Forum: 2.35:1 Constant Image Height Chat   07-26-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,781
Posted By helmsman
My 2 cents: first, definitely go with an ...

My 2 cents: first, definitely go with an anamorphic lens. I saved a ton of money going fixed lens and no masking, and I really don't miss either. Sure, if money wasn't an option I'd add those...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-24-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 406
Posted By helmsman
I never realized that I was actually getting HVAC...

I never realized that I was actually getting HVAC noise until I was doing an Audyssey calibration and I kept getting a error message about too much noise in the room. Turns out the AC was running...
Forum: 2.35:1 Constant Image Height Chat   07-21-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,462
Posted By helmsman
vachief - I have a fixed lens and can honestly...

vachief - I have a fixed lens and can honestly say that I don't see any decrease in image quality when I'm watching 16:9 content. I'm not suggesting there technically isn't a degradation, I just...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-20-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,519
Posted By helmsman
As Sgt. Hulka said in the movie Stripes: ...

As Sgt. Hulka said in the movie Stripes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syV2LkGpQB0
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-19-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,519
Posted By helmsman
Actually it should be zero for everybody until...

Actually it should be zero for everybody until January 2017!
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-19-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,519
Posted By helmsman
Recommended home theater investment = WP√(fV/10) ...

Recommended home theater investment = WP√(fV/10)

where

f = Frequency or number of movies watched per year
W = Wife Factor (1 if she monitors finances closely, 5 if she doesn't)
P =...
Forum: 2.35:1 Constant Image Height Chat   07-18-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 648
Posted By helmsman
Likewise. Which can be a while as you skip...

Likewise. Which can be a while as you skip through all those BS previews! How I wish they would just go to the movie launch screen. Or better yet, just start the movie. I have a few BR titles...
Forum: Dedicated Theater Design & Construction   07-18-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 519
Posted By helmsman
Just curious, have you determined that you have...

Just curious, have you determined that you have acoustic issues you are specifically treating? If so I would think that would be driving your bass trap specifications, and you should be tailoring...
Forum: 2-Channel Audio   07-16-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,167
Posted By helmsman
My son (who's studying performance music and...

My son (who's studying performance music and recording science at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins) is getting into vinyl, playing from my old collection and buying some of his own (mostly...
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