Today is an exciting day for me. The cabinets are not finished, but I finally was able to get to see what he has been working on for the past 3 months. LOL. He and 3 of his workers showed up to install the base, middle section and top section. They will have to come back next week to install the left and right panels where the main speakers will go. The cabinets have a "Slate" laminate. I originally wanted a cherry laminate but was encouraged by some of the Klipsch forum members to go with a darker laminate so not to distract during movie time. I'm really glad I went with the slate, I think it looks very nice and isn't just a plain black finish. Gives it some character.
Here are the three pieces installed. The 6 panels were covered with grill cloth. The top three have been screwed in and the bottom three are held against the cabinet with velcro. Since we were bartering services he was trying to keep the cost down as much as possible. Once it is fully installed, I will probably come back and replace the velcro with hindges. I didn't know the top panels were screwed in until he texted me after they left "reminding" me that they were screwed in, not velcro. This will make it a challenge to get the RC-64 installed. I'll probably crawl up there, unscrew it, mount the RC-64, then reattach. That or I could slide it in from the side and have it laying on a towel to keep it from scratching the bottom when I slide it to the middle panel.
Top Left Corner
View of bottom right side, looking across to the left side. As you can see, the sides are open on the bottom cabinet. There only separation is for the middle cabinet. This is where the A/V equipment will go. Subs will go on the left side and eventually one will be added for the right side.
Closeup of slate laminate.
Another closeup of slate laminate
View from left side looking across to the right side through the center. This area will be totally open. I think this will help my RF-83's to breathe. They will not be "enclosed" in a cabinet. The top cabinet has a shelf across the bottom and no separators across the width of it.
View with screen in place (not mounted, just leaning against it) They asked if they could put one screw on the backside to temporarily hold it in place until they could come back and add a shim (I think that's what they called it). I opted not to let them screw into my brand new screen. Can you blame me?
I really like how they turned out so far. I'll post more pics next week when they come and add the side panels.