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post #91 of 366
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I sure am loving this room. Last night I had the guys over for some poker, beer, food, and the World Series. Earlier in the night I had over a family member who hadnt seen the room yet and I received many compliments throughout the night.

I also managed to finally get the door installed and put up some trim work. I still have some trim to put up at the base of the front wall cabinet...I may do that today, but I am moving alittle slow today due to the nature of last nights event...



post #92 of 366
I found this thread after seeing your picture in the "show me your rope light" thread. I really like your soffit design with the stained oak panels and crown. I may try to follow a similar design. Still in framing, but trying to stay 5 steps ahead of the game....

Your theater turned out very nice... really like the woodwork.
post #93 of 366
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Originally Posted by D-Train View Post

I found this thread after seeing your picture in the "show me your rope light" thread. I really like your soffit design with the stained oak panels and crown. I may try to follow a similar design. Still in framing, but trying to stay 5 steps ahead of the game....

Your theater turned out very nice... really like the woodwork.

Thank you.

I know that my design is not acceptable in terms of providing the best acoustical properties in the room, but I must say, it sure does look good.

Have you started a thread on your build?
post #94 of 366
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Thank you.

I know that my design is not acceptable in terms of providing the best acoustical properties in the room, but I must say, it sure does look good.

Have you started a thread on your build?

I've been procrastinating on the build thread, in part because I feel like I haven't actually made much progress on the theater itself. I'm finishing the whole basement as part of this. Between drain tiles, window replacements & egress, HVAC, plumbing, and framing out the rest of the basement, all I've managed to do on the theater is put up the hat track and frame part of it. But I'll get to the build thread soon hopefully.

I hear ya about acoustics. Everything's a tradeoff. How does it sound? You thinking about doing panels or anything?
post #95 of 366
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Originally Posted by D-Train View Post

I've been procrastinating on the build thread, in part because I feel like I haven't actually made much progress on the theater itself. I'm finishing the whole basement as part of this. Between drain tiles, window replacements & egress, HVAC, plumbing, and framing out the rest of the basement, all I've managed to do on the theater is put up the hat track and frame part of it. But I'll get to the build thread soon hopefully.

I hear ya about acoustics. Everything's a tradeoff. How does it sound? You thinking about doing panels or anything?

I do believe that some sound panels will help, but I have to be honest, it sounds pretty good...pretty good!
post #96 of 366
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Well, I just sold my A2 on Ebay with 7 movies for 80.00. I will likely be purchasing a Panny DMP-BD35 to replace it. I sure hope this is an even trade at best. I really liked my A2, but well, no need to explain.

I have not seen any posts of anyone using the BD35 with a PT-AX200u...anyone out there care to share your experience with this pairing?

I also hope that it does just as good a job as the A2 in terms of upconverting too.

No other updates from me.
post #97 of 366
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Well, I just sold my A2 on Ebay with 7 movies for 80.00. I will likely be purchasing a Panny DMP-BD35 to replace it. I sure hope this is an even trade at best. I really liked my A2, but well, no need to explain.

I have not seen any posts of anyone using the BD35 with a PT-AX200u...anyone out there care to share your experience with this pairing?

I also hope that it does just as good a job as the A2 in terms of upconverting too.

No other updates from me.

I have had the BD35K for about three weeks and have been very impressed. Best Buy had a $229 deal this week (so I got a price match refund from Ultimate Electronics), plus you can get two movies for free from Disney. I don't have a Panny AX200, but my setup is like this:

BD35K => HDMI => Denon 1909 => HDMI => Epson 720

The upconverting is good, but anything at 150" that isn't originally in HD can't quite compete with Blu Ray, especially on a 720p/1080i PJ. ;-)
post #98 of 366
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Originally Posted by Audixium View Post

I have had the BD35K for about three weeks and have been very impressed. Best Buy had a $229 deal this week (so I got a price match refund from Ultimate Electronics), plus you can get two movies for free from Disney. I don't have a Panny AX200, but my setup is like this:

BD35K => HDMI => Denon 1909 => HDMI => Epson 720

The upconverting is good, but anything at 150" that isn't originally in HD can't quite compete with Blu Ray, especially on a 720p/1080i PJ. ;-)

Yes, I cant wait for my blu-Ray, especially to see some of the newer titles in HD. The deal on Amazon right now is for 4 movies plus the player all for 204.00. And I will also get the 2 freebies from panasonic as well.
post #99 of 366
wow, very impressive work.
post #100 of 366
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

There are so many more theaters that are so much better than mine. Mine doesn't even come close to theirs.

Actually, I think yours is one of the really good ones. Sure, your theater is not as fancy as some others, but that is OK. Some people like the minimalist approach (especially if they are planning their first build).

You theater has some very nice elements others may consider when planning their builds, such as:
  • Working around obstacles (your solution to the sump pump actually enhances your theater, I think)
  • Hiding the front speakers without building a full false wall (and it even looks like a stage! )
  • Using a consistent element to bring the whole room together (i.e. your stained wood trim/door)

So I just want to +1 on the kudos for a job well done (so far)
post #101 of 366
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

I have been busy building the panel/frames for my front cabinet. I really like how these are turning out. Plus, I found some really good moulding from a Moulding outlet store (for those in Indiana, go to www.houseoffara.com, they even have a moulding outlet/surplus store!) I couldnt find this moulding at the big box stores.

Basically, I built the frames using 3/4" oak plywood and connected using a biscuit joiner.


Here is a dry fit assembly


Trimmed out with moulding


Dry Fit for the cabinet


I also built the base frame for my AV Rack. This is about 19" wide (interior) and about 20" deep




I am now considering recessing a shelf below this rack for DVDs.


Spectacular carpentry work my friend and looks great so far. Fellow Hoosier here as well. North central Indiana. Thanks for the moulding place I am looking for bar rail moulding close to our area so I dont have to pay for s/h. Maybe they carry it.
post #102 of 366
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

Spectacular carpentry work my friend and looks great so far. Fellow Hoosier here as well. North central Indiana. Thanks for the moulding place I am looking for bar rail moulding close to our area so I dont have to pay for s/h. Maybe they carry it.


I am starting to see lots of Hoosiers around here lately! Awesome.

Steve, house of fara (the moulding outlet store) is really a good place to check out if you can. They do have a web site - House of Fara as well. Check it out:
post #103 of 366
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So, while I wait for my Blu-ray to arrive, I was in the "theater" with the room lights on and noticed that my DIY BOC screen is now beginning to sag on the outer sides. When the lights are down/low and the projector is on, it is not noticable, but it is kind of looking bad when the lights are full on with no image being displayed.

I am a bit disappointed that this happened, especially so soon. I am not sure why as I did follow the canvas stretch method in terms of where to staple.

I am not sure how much worse it will get or if this is some sort of affect from the change in weather....hopeing that someone can give some input on this if they have experienced or heard anything like this.

I am really dreading the thought of having to take down the screen and pull all of those staples to restretch.
post #104 of 366
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

So, while I wait for my Blu-ray to arrive, I was in the "theater" with the room lights on and noticed that my DIY BOC screen is now beginning to sag on the outer sides. When the lights are down/low and the projector is on, it is not noticable, but it is kind of looking bad when the lights are full on with no image being displayed.

I am a bit disappointed that this happened, especially so soon. I am not sure why as I did follow the canvas stretch method in terms of where to staple.

I am not sure how much worse it will get or if this is some sort of affect from the change in weather....hopeing that someone can give some input on this if they have experienced or heard anything like this.

I am really dreading the thought of having to take down the screen and pull all of those staples to restretch.

Thanks for the moulding company. Where are they located exactly. Closer to me or you? ( I am just out of South Bend) Also if you pm me I found a guy off oa forum here that makes screen and sells on Ebay that you can adjust the tension rather than being stapled and being permanent. If this is an option I am not sure but figured I'd add my $.02. His prices are spectacular compared to naem brand screens, probably not much more than you spent on materials for your screen. PM me if interested, otherwise looking real good when do I get the invite for game night and a beer?
post #105 of 366
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

Thanks for the moulding company. Where are they located exactly.

House of Fara and its moulding outlet store are located in LaPorte. Thats about smack dab in the middle of both of us.

I will keep that in mind about about the screen and let you know how it goes. Right now, I am not going to do anything until it impacts that actual image when the projector is on. For now, its lights off on the screen wall!
post #106 of 366
Beautiful woodwork. I really like the stain color you used.

About your screen, what kind of staples did you use to tack on the BOC and the velvet?
post #107 of 366
I like how it turned out. The wood color looks rich. The casual seating arrangement is much better than having "rows". People can more easily turn toward each other to converse when the movie is not on. Don't worry about the wall color. If it doesn't reflect onto the screen, no need to change it. I am trying to decide what to do with the walls surrounding my screen. The Photoshop idea posted in my thread is anything but black! Please comment if you want, as no one else has posted there yet. Thanks.
post #108 of 366
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Originally Posted by Amazing DJ View Post

I like how it turned out. The wood color looks rich. The casual seating arrangement is much better than having "rows". People can more easily turn toward each other to converse when the movie is not on.


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Originally Posted by pmfilion View Post

Beautiful woodwork. I really like the stain color you used.

About your screen, what kind of staples did you use to tack on the BOC and the velvet?


Thanks for the compliments.
I used 1/2" depth staples.
post #109 of 366
^Hoosiers rule!
post #110 of 366
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I have a couple of new projects
1. Painting the rest of the basement
2. Planning for a really cool flat panel display center in lieu of boring bi-fold doors...to cover up a closet. (I wil post plans of this soon). But basically I dont want to do the boring bifold doors. So I thought what if I hung my flat panel display where the doors would be but also be able to have access to that closet space. Look for designs soon. This one is going to be fun.
post #111 of 366
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Well, I just sold my A2 on Ebay with 7 movies for 80.00. I will likely be purchasing a Panny DMP-BD35 to replace it. I sure hope this is an even trade at best. I really liked my A2, but well, no need to explain.

I have not seen any posts of anyone using the BD35 with a PT-AX200u...anyone out there care to share your experience with this pairing?

I also hope that it does just as good a job as the A2 in terms of upconverting too.

No other updates from me.

Hey,

A fellow Hoosier chiming in. I like how you dealt with the sump pump issue for sure changed a negative into a positive. I quickly went through your thread nice work. Can you still hear the sump running? Just curious how you dealt with the noise issue.

I think I may have bid on that auction, I know I had watched if for sure. I still have my A2 and an A20 great DVD players but alas the format is dead, but still great upconverters none the less.

Good work and I hope your SB party goes without a hitch.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #112 of 366
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Hey,

A fellow Hoosier chiming in. I like how you dealt with the sump pump issue for sure changed a negative into a positive. I quickly went through your thread nice work. Can you still hear the sump running? Just curious how you dealt with the noise issue.

I think I may have bid on that auction, I know I had watched if for sure. I still have my A2 and an A20 great DVD players but alas the format is dead, but still great upconverters none the less.

Good work and I hope your SB party goes without a hitch.

Regards,

RTROSE

Thanks RTROSE.

Yes, I still hear the sump pump, but honestly, its not an issue for me. I am just so happy that I dont have to look at it anymore!
post #113 of 366
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Originally Posted by kezug View Post

Thanks RTROSE.

Yes, I still hear the sump pump, but honestly, its not an issue for me. I am just so happy that I dont have to look at it anymore!

I am fortunate that the builder put my sumps under the stairway so I'm hoping when all is said and done they will be much quieter when I am finished with drywall and insulation. I am used to them and the noise doesn't bother me but it is still in the background.

I think I saw a battery back up too. What did you use? I ended up going with "The Basement Watchdog". So far 4+ years it has performed very well, even saving me a couple of times when I have had pump failures. Once a double pump failure! Gasp!!!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #114 of 366
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

I am fortunate that the builder put my sumps under the stairway so I'm hoping when all is said and done they will be much quieter when I am finished with drywall and insulation. I am used to them and the noise doesn't bother me but it is still in the background.

I think I saw a battery back up too. What did you use? I ended up going with "The Basement Watchdog". So far 4+ years it has performed very well, even saving me a couple of times when I have had pump failures. Once a double pump failure! Gasp!!!

Regards,

RTROSE


I went with Ace in the Hole. At the time, I didnt do any research, it was on sale and I picked it up and installed it. If I had to do it again, I would probably go with a different setup...cast iron pump and a watch dog for backup or something comparable.
post #115 of 366
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A shameless post/bump to avoid getting thrown into the archives.

The only thing I have to say is that I am sick and tired of this long winter we have encountered this year.

Oh, and stuff I still have yet to complete:
- fill in the nail holes with wood putty
- better wire management
- trim out the rest of my basement
- complete the design on my next cool idea to turn a closet into a secondary media center...hopefully have updates soon


So far I am just enjoying my room!
post #116 of 366
all i can say is that winter hasn't been long enough, haven't gotten enough miles on my snowmobile this year!

As always theater/wood work looks awesome!

- Josh
post #117 of 366
Doug,

your room looks great! Is it basically complete now?
post #118 of 366
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all i can say is that winter hasn't been long enough, haven't gotten enough miles on my snowmobile this year!

As always theater/wood work looks awesome!

- Josh

Josh, I am just not a winter person. I dont know HOW in the world I continue to live in this area, but I can not wait until the snow goes away and it starts to warm up. We are getting another 5"+ today!
post #119 of 366
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Originally Posted by Krisen Type-S View Post

Doug,

your room looks great! Is it basically complete now?

The room for which you see is nearly complete. I have some baseboard trim to finish up on the bottom of the front speaker cabinets. Then I have more doors/trim/bathroom and my special closet/media center project to work on. Then there is the bar and bathroom.

So, I still have some work to do on the other parts of the basement, but for now, when I walk into this room, it feels complete. So while I take a break from the other projects, I can enjoy this room!
post #120 of 366
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Ok, I have officially moved onto phase 2. A while ago I mentioned something about taking on a new project to do something with the close in basement. This closet is in the back of the "theater" (I still dont really like calling it that, because its not a theater, but I have no other name for it yet).

IN the back of this area, I consider it multi purpose.
- kids can watch TV (I have a CRT TV in the left corner of the closet. I just forgot to sketch it in )
- dad can have the guys over for poker night
- extra seating area for when we have the big screen is on (super bowl, birthday parties, multi guest movie night, etc..)

So, while I could do this: (BORING!)


I am thinking of doing this....screw the closet! After all, its just loaded with crap anyway.
But read on...as its just more than a wall unit.


Ok, so I can't just get rid of all the crap...but what I am thinking is...how can I hinge the panels on this wall unit so that I can "open" it up and access the storage space behind.

I have some ideas to build this in 3 units. The top section, the middle, then the bottom. The top will be hinged to raise horizontally (up/down like a hatch back window) and the middle will be on the left sided hinge to open like a door (need a heavy hinge). And the bottom unit will simply sit, but yet be moveable. Perhaps on casters.

What do you think? I still have closet functionality but the use of space is so much cleaner than putting a big CRT in the corner (I have a 36" Sony Trinitron) and now I have space to put up a flat panel LCD.
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