Home Theater of the Month: The Bradley Cinema

Brad Horstkotte likes to build things. As an accomplished woodworker, he enjoys making electric guitars of his own fanciful designs, and he did not hesitate to build an entire home theater in one half of a four-car garage behind his house in Los Angeles, CA. Not only did he finish the room by himself after contractors installed the basic framing, he also built the front speakers and subwoofers. Talk about DIY!

I visited Brad in his home theater to talk about the process and check out the result, which is mighty impressive. Here’s my interview with Brad, along with images from the build and the finished room:

Home Theater of the Month: The Bradley Cinema

Clearly, Brad is a man on a mission to build a high-performance home theater with his own hands, and he has succeeded beautifully. Now, his biggest challenge is tearing himself away to go to work each morning—which is made possible, no doubt, by the knowledge that he will return in the evening to enjoy more movies in his masterpiece build.

For much more detail about how Brad’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

Pioneer Elite BDP-62FD Blu-ray player
Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD player
Dell Dimension 9150 HTPC running XBMC
Microsoft Xbox 360 game console

AV Electronics

Pioneer VSX-1120K AVR
QSC RMX 850 2-channel power amp (for subwoofers)
Behringer FBQ2496 Feedback Destroyer

Processor

Darbee Darblet DVP 5000 video-enhancement processor

Projector

JVC DLA-RS20

Screen

Seymour AV Center Stage XD (136″ wide, 2.125:1, 1.2 gain, woven acoustically transparent)
Jamestown frame

Speakers

DIY LCR (JBL 2226 woofer, DIY Sound Group waveguide/compression tweeter)
Chase Pro-10 surrounds (4)
DIY subwoofers (based on Bill Fitzmaurice THT-LP design with folded horns)

Cables

Monoprice

Control

Harmony 880 universal remote
HotLink Pro XL IR extender
GrafikEye 4-zone lighting controller

Power Conditioning

Belkin PF30

Seating

Berkline 13175 power recliners (7)

Room Dimensions

23′ (L) x 17′ (W) x 9′ (H)