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post #271 of 322
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My custom movie posters came in from Spoonflower.com. They look AMAZING!!! I showed my son the Star Wars Episode V poster... Instead of having it in the theater room, had just had to have it in his room. So, I went ahead and attached it to a frame for him. My acoustic panels wont be here until next week, so the others will have to wait.

I hung it in the theater room and took a picture, what do you guys think??

post #272 of 322
Looks great. I'm eventually going to get a couple posters too. I've seen where member paint the frame black so it doesn't show through the fabric, or maybe it's just the camera flash that makes it show up in your pic.
post #273 of 322
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No... The flash is the reason for that.
post #274 of 322
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In anticipation for my OC703 panels being delivered today, I decided to get the frames hung. The frames near the front cover the first reflection points. The rears, I had the idea of covering the left and right surrounds. I'm thinking about covering the Graphic Eye too.





I used my sons Star Wars poster, hung it in front of the GE, and tested the IR receiving capability. It works if you point the remote directly at it... But not so much when pointing it at the screen. I could run an emitter.

What do you guys think of that??

post #275 of 322
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HAHA!! Go figure. FEDEX FAIL!! Signature required... Thats not my signature!?!? Did the driver even look to verify the names?? CRAP!!!
post #276 of 322
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HAHA!! Go figure. FEDEX FAIL!! Signature required... Thats not my signature!?!? Did the driver even look to verify the names?? CRAP!!!

They actually check signatures? I personally hate fedex, I use ups as much as I can. But that sucks, can't wait to see how those things look once they are finished.

Anyways, neat idea with covering the rears. As long as it doesn't affect sound quality of course.
post #277 of 322
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Well, taking off the original grills should help. IMO, there would be less sound travel through those metal grills than the fabric. Mtbdudex took some samples from Spoonflower and measured the AT properties of the cloth. He came to the conclusion that Spoonflowers cotton cloth works very well. With all the amazing acoustic panels and LFE traps he's designed and built... I trust his judgement.

These posters will make great speaker covers, as well as acoustic panels.

I just freaking hope Fedex makes good out of their stupid mistake. The dispatcher couldn't get a hold of the driver... I hope whoever accidentally received my OC703, doesn't just throw it away.
post #278 of 322
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Fedex redeemed themselves... To bad he just left the package on my door step and took off. I had a couple questions to ask.

Well, I started a couple posters. This one is almost finished, just need to staple the backing on.



Here is my first attempt at the left surround. I'm wondering if I should cut an angled bevel around the speaker cutout in the panel.

post #279 of 322
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I'm almost done with my movie poster acoustic panels. Waiting on some material I bought to finish the one covering the Grafic Eye.



I'm going to attempt to use a 1/4 inch acrylic rod to pass IR signals through the poster. Cutting the rod and polishing the ends should act like a fiber optic extender for the IR receiver on the GE... in theory. I will also attempt to extend the GE buttons using the acrylic rod, scuffing the end so the green lights for each zone will illuminate the end of the rod on the face of the poster. I will intricately cut holes in the poster where the acrylic rods will show. It sounds complicated and far fetched, but its worth a try.
post #280 of 322
what kind of mount are you using for those poster/panel ? thanks
post #281 of 322
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A simple, heavy weight, picture hanger nailed to the poster and used a nail in the wall.
post #282 of 322
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I received the acrylic rods today. Cut one down to the width of the frame, polished the ends with a headlight restore kit (just fixed the lenses on my Jetta) and fed it through a hole in the OC703. IT WORKS!! But not as good as I had hoped. Maybe a thicker rod, say 1/2 inch it would work better... But I'd rather just run an emitter at this point. I may still extend the buttons using the rods, I don't know. But running an emitter to the GE as well as the projector is in the cards.
post #283 of 322
thanks I like simple

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A simple, heavy weight, picture hanger nailed to the poster and used a nail in the wall.
post #284 of 322
I did a job one time where we removed the casing from an IR emitter and embedded it inside the Grafik Eye. It worked great and you couldn't see from the outside that it was installed. I know that you're covering up your GE but still...
post #285 of 322
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Tdong, they are holding up nicely. Plus, with the material wrapped around the back, helps keep them level and in place.

Jdanforth, thanks for the tip. I've thought of doing that. If I were to take down the poster, it would be consealed. I may go that route.
post #286 of 322
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I've decided to run emitters to all my components that seem to give me a problem at times with my remote. It's annoying starting an activity with the Harmony remote, and having my PJ or Xbox not turn on. So, killing two birds with one stone is what I set out to do today...

I installed "feed through" wall plates below the screen, and behind the screen near the Kinect. So now the wire for the Kinect is hidden, also allowing access to run the CAT5e wire I will be running for the emitters...



Here is the after shot of the hidden Kinect wire setup...

post #287 of 322
Did you ever make a decision on 5.1 vs 7.1?
post #288 of 322
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ATM, my room has been finished as a 5.1 setup.
post #289 of 322
How do you like those in-wall speakers? I noticed they look like the monoprice ones I have seen in some other build and they look perfectly priced.
post #290 of 322
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Yes. They are the Monoprice ones (8" woofer 3 way). They sound very nice in my small theater. I'd like to one day add backer boxes to them, but for now they are fine. The mounting brackets work, but are designed to be used once. I took out my center channel to run CAT5e to my GE and PJ, and it seems as though getting the speaker back in securely is going to be a little difficult. I'd use them again... But think there are better speakers out there. For the money, you can't find a better speaker.
post #291 of 322
HI Xzener,

You've spent alot of time on the room's aesthetics, what about the toys, can you share some pictures with us? I'd like to know what receiver or amps you will be using to run those beautiful speakers and which subwoofer, and bass shakers if any...

post #292 of 322
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Well, I have a rather modest setup.

My receiver is an Onkyo TX-SR608. It has plenty of power (100watt per channel) for the 8" woofer 3 way speakers from Monoprice which run 100watt nominal. The receiver is capable of 7.2 so if I ever decide to run more speakers, I can. But the output of these suits my room nicely. Plus, it supports DTS-HD and TrueHD not to mention HDMI 1.4 (3D ready whenever I am). I'm running an older subwoofer, its a Kenwood KS-303HT. I believe its an 80watt. Has very sharp, deep bass output, I can actually feel it, so no bass shakers needed. But tends to be left behind with movies like Inception, some of the LFE in that movie is WAY more than this thing can handle. But for my normal listening volume... its perfect. This is a lower-budget theater build, not nearly as extravagant as some builds found here in the forums. Just a nice place to hang out, watch a movie, play a game or just sit back and gaze at the stars.
post #293 of 322
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My custom movie posters came in from Spoonflower.com. They look AMAZING!!! I showed my son the Star Wars Episode V poster... Instead of having it in the theater room, had just had to have it in his room. So, I went ahead and attached it to a frame for him. My acoustic panels wont be here until next week, so the others will have to wait.

I hung it in the theater room and took a picture, what do you guys think??


That looks really good! What size is this? Did you use the 3320x5000 download for this? Some of the posters I want are just 2000x3000 and I question if they will look good at 24x36 size?

Edit - now I see it, the image you used is the 1000x1500 res one?
post #294 of 322
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Here is my new HTPC build...



Installing the components was a breeze. From unboxing to Windows 7 Professional complete install, it only took me 3 hours. Here is an aerial view of the motherboard



As you can see, using the Intel i3 2105, there is so much space in my case for expansion.



As promised, here is a picture of the power supply Assassin. I really like the clean look, no unused bundles of wires cluttering up the inside of the case.



I still can't get over the fact that no PCI cards are required anymore... I feel like I forgot to install something.



Here is the front of the case. I've always liked Silverstone cases, very solid with plenty of HDD space.



Last but not least, here is the final resting place inside my credenza in the theater room. Its hard to believe I only installed Media Browser and Total Media Theater. Full HD audio and video, this was too easy.

post #295 of 322
Xzener great looking HT room! also big congrats on the House as well!!!
post #296 of 322
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Thanks MoNkLorD!
post #297 of 322
Sweet looking HTPC setup!
post #298 of 322
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Thanks jdanforth. I enjoy using it daily. This was the easiest build I've ever done. Only installed Windows 7, Media Browser and TMT3 and 5. Its 3D ready whenever I am. Can't wait to buy a 3D projector. This year sometime for sure.
post #299 of 322
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Thanks jdanforth. I enjoy using it daily. This was the easiest build I've ever done. Only installed Windows 7, Media Browser and TMT3 and 5. Its 3D ready whenever I am. Can't wait to buy a 3D projector. This year sometime for sure.

Man I read all your posts through the pages. What a journey and I must say you did a awesome job on everything. Thanks for sharing!
post #300 of 322
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Hey guys!

My theater room has been featured on INSANEHTPC. Head on over and check it out.

Xzener
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