REPLIES TO COMMENTS SO FAR
Originally Posted by Joelc
It looks great, looking forward to more pictures...
Regarding the pain and sleepless nights I can relate as I am going through those myself...it is good to know that they eventually end..
Wonderful to see a fellow Torontonian posting here...I do not know where in the city you but I am near Yonge and 401 so, when my theatre is done, you are invited over for a test drive...
Have a good weekend..
Thanks for the invite. Careful, I may well take you up on it. It's how I met AVS forum member "mrlittlejeans" as well.
I was crazy about details on this project. You wouldn't believe even how many sofa materials I researched, everything figured out to the inch. It was like a grotesque, surreal Rubik's cube of renovation horror. Every time I tweaked an inch there, other things would be affected.
I have a pal who is in to music and 2 channel stereo and who has a nice little projection system as well. It's an old Panasonic AE700 720p projector and a smallish graywolf screen. It's all he needs and he's very happy (I like his set up too - I watch a lot of stuff over at his house).
Sometimes I thought it would be wiser to be more easily satisfied rather than sweat every detail. But I think one element of wisdom when doing these projects and soliciting advice is "know thyself." I know that ultimately all the little things, the things I didn't do when I had the chance, would bug me...even if they wouldn't bug someone like my pal.
That's why it can be hard taking advice from some people who don't share the same characteristics; solutions for their temperament may not be solutions for mine.
In the end of course I'm glad I sweated the details. Everytime I use my room I feel like everything, every detail, is "just right" and just as I desire, so it's extremely satisfying. I use the room constantly.
So...take that FWIW. May your "pain" end soon and the movie watching begin.
Originally Posted by CDLehner
Nice build (so far). But sorry, it seems a bit like pushing a square peg into a round hole; a beautiful, round hole.
Curious what you think of the end results. If you don't like it no problem, I understand.
Originally Posted by scubasteve2365
If you don't mind could you PM the price you paid for the Masking system and where you purchased it from? I'm thinking it may be the next thing I do in my theater.
Originally Posted by Audixium
LOVE those LEDs!
So do I. I'm all about flexibility and being able to alter the mood of the room via lighting adds to the fun. And they are cheap!
Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte
Great looking room Rich! Congrats, and thanks for putting in all the time to document your build to share with us, must have taken many hours.
Curious - were you missing some bulbs on the ceiling when you took the pics? At first I thought it had a very assymetric light layout, but then noticed 3 of the fixtures were dark. I like the ceiling look, any closer pics of it available? Looking for ideas, and liked the molding treatment up there to break up the wide expanse of my otherwise undecorated ceiling (no soffit - yet anyway).
You spotted it, you wily dog you.
Yeah, a few of the lights aren't working at the moment. It might be the bulbs which I have to check out, but I couldn't be bothered waiting any longer to take photos (my friend, a photographer, took a bunch of the "finished room" photos for me).
Originally Posted by AndreasMergner
Rich, your theater looks great! I'll be taking at least a couple of your ideas for my HT. Yours looks very cozy and inviting. The front speakers are hidden very well even though they are not behind the front wall. It was a successful compromise.
Thanks. Another benefit of having the speakers "disappear" during a movie is that when you don't see the sound source your brain tends to "map" the sound to the picture better. It may not go all the way to an Acoustic Transfer screen effect, but it gets closer.
I find it pays off to pay attention to what might seem "little" or "subtle" details when designing the viewing experience. It makes the difference between "good" and getting to the "next level." A number of forum members have made awesome theaters and clearly understand this.
(Some of the builds here blow my mind in the scope of the work...they make me actually think I'm the sane one!).
Originally Posted by Kelvin1965S
Rich, thanks for putting up this thread. Having followed your posts in the projectors section it's great to finally see the finished article. I think you've achieved a great room without spoiling for day to use, which is my aim too. I'll probably be taking away some ideas myself when I revamp my living room later this year (just finishing a major kitchen reno so I need a break for a while
), so I hope that's a compliment.
Nice to hear from you Kelvin and I appreciate the props. Steal away
Since I described some of my earlier ideas and reno stages on the UK AV forum, I figure I'll get around to posting some of this stuff on that forum as well.
Originally Posted by fotto
What a great room Rich, congrats! I especially like your idea on the proj solution.
It's really convenient too; if I have to get at the projector for any reason, clean it, change the bulb or whatever, it's easy to just lift it up to work on.
Another benefit is that it can go both high enough to work with an angular-reflective screen like my Stewart ST-130, or it could go only as high as needed to work with a retro-reflective screen like the Da Lite High Power screen (which needs the projector lower, closer to the viewer's head height).
Turned out I didn't go with the High Power screen, but it's nice to know the flexibility is there.
Originally Posted by Dixon
Wow Rich--You have come a long way since our days of debating Fujitsu and Panny 42" plasmas over at the plasma forum
Rogo would be proud!!
In my view, this room is a "reference room" for how to combine a home theater experience with an everyday, main floor living space. This is worthy of an article in Electronic House etc. Can't wait to see the video.
I especially love the ceiling (are those high velocity air vents up there?).
The room is all around amazing and you should be proud of what you achieved with your careful planning.
Great work, and thanks for sharing it.
Dixon, so nice to hear from you. Look at our join dates, huh? Remember when we had one foot into the future with our spanking new flat screens?
Thank you for the compliments regarding the room. I mean to post a few photos on my old "Goodbye Panasonic Plasma" thread. I don't know if anyone I know is still around in the plasma forum.
Originally Posted by oman321
All I can say is OUTSTANDING!!!
I love your flexibility of being able to do different screen sizes. The only thing that may bug me is the projector zoom but it seems like you have that down to a science. Very, very, very, nice. Thanks for sharing.
I actually really enjoy the process of changing the picture size. It's fun and looks cool.
Over 'n out.