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post #211 of 460
Sweet. Great idea. I need to keep that in mind for some things I need to do in the future.
post #212 of 460
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Last night, my wife asked me to turn off all of the equipment after she finished watching her program. She gets confused since I have 5 remotes in the theater room. I told her if I buy the Harmony One remote, it would make it easy for her to be able to control everything. She said she would consider it for Father's Day. Works for me.
post #213 of 460
The Harmony is one of those things that would get WAF points even if purchased without consent (assuming she uses the theater at all). And you don't even need to go all out and get the Harmony One. Any of the models will do (such as the cheap 670). The only benefits to the more expensive models are the fancy displays, rechargeable batteries, and RF capabilities.

We bought my parents and in-laws each a Harmony as well... very well recieved (and used) in both households!

It's that good.
post #214 of 460
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The Harmony is one of those things that would get WAF points even if purchased without consent (assuming she uses the theater at all). And you don't even need to go all out and get the Harmony One. Any of the models will do (such as the cheap 670). The only benefits to the more expensive models are the fancy displays, rechargeable batteries, and RF capabilities.

We bought my parents and in-laws each a Harmony as well... very well recieved (and used) in both households!

It's that good.

Very good point. You may not need to go all the way to harmony one. Doesn't the Yamaha have a programmable remote? Maybe you want to start out and do some Macros with that? Not that programmable remotes aren't cool but you might want to save that father's day gift for something else?
post #215 of 460
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I guess I could try to see how much the Yamaha can control as a start.

One thing that I did not think of was to put a surge protection on my projector. Oops. Being that Florida is the Lightning Capital of the World, it might be a good idea that I install one. We installed a plug in the attic for it. Do I just need a regular power strip surge protector or is their something else that is recommended? Most surge protectors that I have used have 6 or 8 plugs. Should I cover the empty outlets with electrical tape to prevent dust and insulation from getting in their?
post #216 of 460
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I guess I could try to see how much the Yamaha can control as a start.

One thing that I did not think of was to put a surge protection on my projector. Oops. Being that Florida is the Lightning Capital of the World, it might be a good idea that I install one. We installed a plug in the attic for it. Do I just need a regular power strip surge protector or is their something else that is recommended? Most surge protectors that I have used have 6 or 8 plugs. Should I cover the empty outlets with electrical tape to prevent dust and insulation from getting in their?

I with with a very simple unit and stayed away from the multi-strips because of space, open outlets, and I had a EE explain that the technology that protects many of those goes through some type of change - like oxidation - over time and lowers it's effectiveness. The one I picked was like a DC wall wart. I think you can find a variety of them online but your right, PJ's are sensitive and you don't want that problem later. Also might want to make sure you check with your home owners insurance and see that all your stuff is covered for that situation. Never hurts. Looking forward to more pics.
post #217 of 460
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I guess I could try to see how much the Yamaha can control as a start.

One thing that I did not think of was to put a surge protection on my projector. Oops. Being that Florida is the Lightning Capital of the World, it might be a good idea that I install one. We installed a plug in the attic for it. Do I just need a regular power strip surge protector or is their something else that is recommended? Most surge protectors that I have used have 6 or 8 plugs. Should I cover the empty outlets with electrical tape to prevent dust and insulation from getting in their?

If the outlet strip unit has specs, check the peak current and max pulse energy ratings. Might want to compare them with something of better quality like this one from Leviton.

But for my projector I'm going with a UPS backup (with integral surge protection) so that in case the power goes out while in use--the bulb will not be damaged by loss of the cooling fan.
post #218 of 460
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If the outlet strip unit has specs, check the peak current and max pulse energy ratings. Might want to compare them with something of better quality like this one from Leviton.

But for my projector I'm going with a UPS backup (with integral surge protection) so that in case the power goes out while in use--the bulb will not be damaged by loss of the cooling fan.

Thx for the info Roger. Two great suggestions. I would have never thought of a UPS but that make sense for the projector.
post #219 of 460
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Thx for the info Roger. Two great suggestions. I would have never thought of a UPS but that make sense for the projector.

It was one of those great nuggets I picked up here at AVS. I'll also use the same UPS to feed my DVR, as the hard drive hates being turned off and back on before it has come to a complete stop. Those short power glitches are nasty.
post #220 of 460
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Tonight I invited some friends over for Movie Night. We decided on The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor since none of us had seen it yet.

We had a great time tonight. One family brought over chicken lasagna, another brought carrot cake and a chocolate dessert. I fixed fresh corn on the cob, bread and drinks. We had dinner together, then headed to the theater room.

The Mummy was excellent! Fun plot, several great LFE scenes and smoothe sound effects throughout the movie. It looked and sounded great. I have not seen any of the Mummy movies so I'll have to go back and watch 1 and 2 sometime...then it will give me an excuse to watch 3 again.

One scene I remember, it was a very subtle, quiet scene, then BOOM! Explosion that shook the entire room. Now that's what I'm talking about! Definitely not a kid movie (at least for my 3, 6, 8 and 10 yr old). Probably would give them nightmares. Very little language throughout (which is good).

The disk has a cool feature that I've yet to see called U Control. Very cool interactive. When turned on, a small U icon is down in the right corner. When a scene has interactive content (directors commentary, PIP, Trivia etc), additional icons appear above the U. If you select one, the movie volume reduces and the interactive content happens while the movie continues. There is one scene where the armies arise from the ground and begin to form to attack. One of the U Controls allows you to switch between 4 camera options (Storyboard Drawings, Raw Footage, CGI Renderings and the Finished Composite). Pretty sweet. I'll have to check out the features later tonight or tomorow.

To be honest, I wasn't sure I would like it but I was thoroughly impressed with it. Highly recommend it.

Best part was seeing the smiling faces on my guests as they walked out of the theater room having enjoyed themselves.
post #221 of 460
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I borrowed a nicer camera to take some final pics of the room.

Here are the final details of the Stevens' Home Theater Room:

Room Dimensions: 13' W x 19' L x 10' H
Walls are painted dark burgundy and ceiling is flat black.

Custom Entertainment Center / False Wall contains:
Klipsch RF-83 Floorstanding Speakers (behind far left and right panels)
Klipsch RC-64 Center Channel (behind top center panel)
Velodyne HGS15 Subwoofer (behind bottom left panel)
Yamaha RX-V1800 Receiver (SOLD the unit and am currently debating whether to go with another AVR or the Emotiva UMC-1 Pre/Pro)
Sony PS3 (behind bottom center panel)
Wii (behind bottom center panel)

Front Row is at 11' from screen.
Front Row Theater Seats in black leather - From the Aurora Collection at American Signature. They have electric recline and are plugged into the rear riser.
Back Row Theater Seats in black leather - Manual recline. I'm not sure of the brand or model.

Panasonic AE3000u 1080p Projector
103" Diagonal Elite Cinema235 Scope Screen in white with 1.1 gain (Viewable area is 40.5" H x 95.2" W)

Klipsch RB-35 Rear Speakers

40' HDMI Cable from Monoprice.com
3' HDMI Cable from Monoprice.com

Lutron Maestro Lighting System with remote














post #222 of 460
Great look!! Thanks for the pics. Was wondering when we might see the later phase. So what's next on the block.
post #223 of 460
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Future additions include: Universal Remote, External Multi-Channel Amp, Additional Sub, Lights for steps in riser, Blackout Fabric for windows & DIY Acoustic Panels. For the most part, the theater is finished and fully functional.
post #224 of 460
I came to your Home Theater thread via the Elite Screen thread...

...and got toally engrossed! Glad I didn't have to hang on the edge of my seat while waiting for posts over several months!

VERY nice home theater; I'm glad it turned out as you envisioned it--or maybe even better!

Enjoy,

Will
post #225 of 460
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Originally Posted by willdao View Post

I came to your Home Theater thread via the Elite Screen thread...

...and got toally engrossed! Glad I didn't have to hang on the edge of my seat while waiting for posts over several months!

VERY nice home theater; I'm glad it turned out as you envisioned it--or maybe even better!

Enjoy,

Will

Thanks for the kind words Will. I too am grateful that it did not take too long of a process. I had the benefit of at least starting with a completed room instead of having to convert a basement into a theater room. I'm not very good with construction work so it would have been a HUGE undertaking for me. I'm not a visionary so the theater room actually turned out better than I expected. I'm definitely pleased with it.
post #226 of 460
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I received a PM from a guy that also recommended me painting the AC vents. He recommended Krylon Fusion Satin Black. I picked up a can tonight and began painting away. I'll finish painting them tonight and let them dry overnight. Will post pics of them when I'm finished and they are installed again.
post #227 of 460
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Grills are painted and it looks much better. Thx again to all who recommended painting them.

My wife and kids just left the house so I had a chance to enjoy to crank it up a bit. I decided to bring out my SPL Meter. My room is 13' x 19' with 10' ceilings. I would say this is a fairly large room. I turned the Yamaha to Stereo so it was only playing the Klipsch RF-83's with the Velodyne HGS15 sub.

The SPL Meter was averaging 110 - 112 dB.from the middle seat in my back row. I was just curious and took the meter to about 1 - 2 feet in front of the Velodyne sub. It was at 120 dB. I'm not sure about you but 110 - 120dB was pretty loud. Absolutely no breakup of the vocals or bass. Tight, crisp and solid.

Just for kicks, I turned off the Velodyne Sub. Same settings, still HUGE amounts of clear bass from the six 8" drivers in the Klipsch RF-83's and still was at 110 - 112 dB. The volume was at - 8dB on the Yamaha. Normally, I don't go above - 20dB.

I am once again amazed at these speakers and how well they produce accurately and loudly music reproduction. Now if I could only get this ringing in my ears to stop.

post #228 of 460
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Here are a few pics of the newly painted grills. Looks like I've decided that I will need to paint the trim on the can lights too.





post #229 of 460
MUCH better!
post #230 of 460
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MUCH better!

I agree Jason. I was hesitant to do it at first but after much encouragement from everyone to do it (peer pressure), I decided why not and am very glad I did. After we get back from vacation, I'll pull the can lights down and paint them as well. Then the ceiling will be nothing but a black void.
post #231 of 460
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MUCH better!

Totally agree!! Very nice....
post #232 of 460
The black turned out great. You can stick your screws in a cardboard box and paint the heads as well so they don't stand out. I was surprised that they would stand up to a screwdriver when I put them back in but none of the paint chipped off. That Krylon Fusion is AWESOME stuff. I use it all the time. I especially like that I can skip the primer on most things (just make sure your surface is clean first of course).

Well done and sweet report on the sound test while the family was away

Mike
post #233 of 460
The theater looks great youthman, I'm glad you are enjoying it now! Your screen wall looks great, much better than I anticipated when I first started reading your thread.

I may have missed it, but did you end up with 7.1, or are you still at 5.1?
post #234 of 460
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Thanks Mike. I tried to paint it with the wall paint that I used to paint the ceiling with. Didn't work so well. LOL. I just haven't taken the time to take them down again to spray paint. I too thought it might be difficult to screw them in once painted. I'll give it a shot.

Thanks for the compliments Todd. Yeah, I myself wasn't exactly sure what it was going to look like.

Currently, I'm running a 5.1 system but wired for 7.1. I want to purchase a pair of Klipsch RS-62's but it will take me a bit to save up for them since they are around $1000 retail.
post #235 of 460
Just read the entire thread for the first time. Great looking room! I love the cabinets.

Noticed that at one point you were using the Velo F1500. That's the sub I have currently. Had it for 8-9 years now and have been happy. However, my room is about twice the size as my first one and the Velo struggles to fill it. I'm also adding the Klipsch KL650's for my front 3. Do you have any comments about how the F1500 matched with your RF83's ? Was it completely overmatched? or did it do a reasonable job? Sounds like you are far happier with your new sub. I will be upgrading subs at some point, but hoping that the F1500 might buy me some time?

Keep up the good work.
post #236 of 460
Hey Steven, I like the colors you chose, they contrast well.
post #237 of 460
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Thx for the comments bobijean.

Tony, the Velodyne 1500 was no slouch but the RF-83's put out a ton of bass on their own since they have three 8" woofers in each speaker. I sold my F1500 and was able to purchase the HGS15.  It was a nice upgrade and now I have a sub that has tons more headroom, has a piano black finish, XLR inputs and has a smaller profile. It was a no brainer. I actually would love to find a second HGS15 or maybe a HGS12 or HGS18 to match with it. One day, I want to unhook my RF-83's and see how the Velo does by itself, just out of curiosity. Might be a fun experiment this week. I'll let you know what I find out.

I've owned the Velodyne CT-100, then the F1500 and now the HGS15. I've always been pleased with their performance and low distortion output. They are expensive if you buy them new, look for great used deals.


Edited by youthman - 3/25/13 at 3:03pm
post #238 of 460
Thanks for the comments. I keep my eye open for deals, but rarely find them...
post #239 of 460
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I have found almost all of my deals on Craigslist.
post #240 of 460
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I had a friend over tonight to listen to some music together. I decided to do some comparison listening with some of the Yamaha's settings. I switched to Yamaha's Pure Direct mode and we both liked it better than standard 2ch. Apparently it does turn off the sub though but the RF-83's still provided plenty of punch without the Velodyne sub. I then got the hunch to peek through the Equalizer area of the Sound Menu. It was set to "Auto PEQ". The other options were GEQ and Off. I switched it to GEQ, wow, vocal definition improved as did separation of music instruments. It definitely brought a huge smile to mine and my friend's face. Guess it helps to really play around with the settings as they can make a huge difference in the sound quality that is produced.
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