I had a football (soccer) game last night and ended up rolling over on my ankle so decided to stay home and rest it today. On the bright side it gave me some time to update my theater plan with changes that were made during construction and hang out with my daughter. Here's the new plan:
There aren't many changes, the soffits reflect what was built as do the speaker locations. I have also added a more complete lighting plan and changed the screen to a curved version.
I had quite a struggle with the projector location. When I started looking at them I was getting huge differences between throw distances for 16:9 and 2.40:1. Eventually I figured that the throw distances given for 2.40:1 were as if you were just moving the projector back and not using the zoom function. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I am 80% sure I will be going with a JVC-x30 so decided just to design based on that. I ahve a throw distance of 15' which seems to be good for a few different projectors and if I cant get the 2.40:1 by zooming I will get a lens.
The different colours represent the zones I'm thinking of doing. The R is for the pot lights and the S is for the sconces.
Originally Posted by Moggie
James, nice progress!
Since you have a bar, I'd dedicate one zone to pot lights above the bar. I use this separation of zones in my theater a lot. Does your star ceiling dim? If it is just on/off you could separate that to a separate IR controlled switch and free up one zone. If dimmable you could combine the rope with the star ceiling and free up a zone that way. Yet another way is to use RGB rope lights you mention and have a completely separate control for those. The ones I have seen have are IR controlled.
I never thought about breaking off the star ceiling by itself. Here is what I'm now thinking for zones.
Zone 1 - Green- Perimeter - 12 50W 3" halogen lights
Zone 2 - Yellow - Stage - 5 50W 3" halogen lights
Zone 3 - Red - Sconces - 8 75-100w Sconces
Zone 4 - Cyan - Bar - 1 50W 3" halogen lights
Zone 5 - Rope Lighting - RGB LED lighting - 1 run for each section of ceiling
Zone 6 - Step Lighting - 2 step lights
Separate switch for Star Ceiling.
I haven't quite decided which zone the sconces at the bar will go on but I'm leaning toward leaving them where they are.
If you are centralizing IR for control then the QS series of GrafikEye controllers have direct wired IR control avoiding RS232 although they carry a price premium.
Are there any other advantages to the QS system? I am thinking of using a Harmony remote to control everything. From what I understand I would then need something to blast IR everywhere. Which brings me to another point. Originally I was going to have the Grafik Eye main panel just as you walked in the door. I'm now thinking of moving the main control panel to the equipment room and putting one of the grafik eye key pads at the door location.
I don't have a game controller or play games (although I'm tempted to try a wii) but aren't they all wireless controllers now? If not, wiring a conduit to the front stage or behind the front row seats would be a good idea.
I've done some more reading into this since I posted the queston. The XBox remotes are all RF wireless so that isn't a problem. The problem is more if I want to incorporate a Kinect. The Kinect connects to the XBox through USB. Either way I try to incorporate it (stage or through the riser behind the front row) I will have a USB run of over 20'. I was reading somewhere that there was a thread on one of the XBox forums dealing with this. I just havent had time to track the thread down and read it. I have a Wii and they are controlled by IR. I may leave that for the plasma.