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Basement Theater Version 2.0

post #1 of 28
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Hi All,
Thought it's about time i shared my recent updates with you all. I had a theater/media room earlier in my finished basement but it was a bit too large and i wasn't getting lot of usable space. So we decided to do some rebuilding and create a smaller room out of it while taking down another wall to open up the area. The link to my older theater thread is this: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1032029

Some photos from the new build. Still remaining to do is add another row of seating at the back and getting some new first reflection panels in Black instead of the off-whites i have currently.


Being Built:




New Setup:





















Screen Caps:







Older Setup: The Wall with the popcorn Machine is gone and we turned the room around. The new wall was built just where the projector is mounted and we used the back part of this room for the new theater.

post #2 of 28
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Equipment


Speakers:

Dali Helicon 400(Fronts)- Bi-amped in Rosenut
Dali Helicon C200(center) in Rosenut
Energy Veritas 2.0R Dipole/Bipole Side Surrounds in Piano Black
Energy C1's(used for back surrounds) in Maple Finish
SVS PB-13 Ultra Subwoofer in Rosenut Finish

Components:

Marantz AV8003 Pre Processor
Gemstone Blue Diamond 7 Channel Amplifier(400 Watts X7 @ 4Ohms)
B&K Reference Stereo Amplifier
Sony PS3 as a Blu-Ray/Gaming Player
Sony 5 Disc DVD/SACD Player
Motorola Dish HDTV Receiver

Video:

Sony VPL-VW40 1080P Projector
Dalite 125" Wide 2.35 High Power Cinema Contour FF Screen
Screen wall made with GOM Fabric so i can put acoustic treatments behind it.

Seating:

Berkline set of 3 power recliners
Auro Pro Bass Shakers(4) with a Subwoofer amp

Other Stuff:

Harmony One Remote
BDI AV Rack
Monster Power Conditioner

Acoustics:

GIK 242 Acoustic Panels (4 on the side walls and one behind center for now)
GIK 244 Acoustic Panels (2 behind the screen wall)

post #3 of 28
All i have to say is WOW!,
You did a good job on that room!. I bet it kicks with that amp,I'm so "Jealous". Question: is that center speaker tilt up at ear level? in the photo it doesn't look it.
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by AvGeek07 View Post

All i have to say is WOW!,
You did a good job on that room!. I bet it kicks with that amp,I'm so "Jealous". Question: is that center speaker tilt up at ear level? in the photo it doesn't look it.

Thanks a bunch It was a month long project and am still sleep deprived but i think the end result was worth the effort. I still have to 'dress up' the room a bit with some marquees and stuff and also the second row seating.

To answer your question about the center, yes it is tilted up(i used a couple of door stoppers from home depot) though its not very visible in the photos.
post #5 of 28
Beautifully redone. It's very simple which draws more attention to the equipment and more importantly...the screen. This is pretty much what I hope to do as soon as I get a house that I can do a dedicated room like this in.
post #6 of 28
Very nice.

I love these seemingly simple setups with the speakers out on display like that. Great work.
post #7 of 28
Your picture on that screen looks STELLAR! I mean... all goodies and gizmos aside, that is where it really counts! Great stuff!
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by bencorn View Post

Beautifully redone. It's very simple which draws more attention to the equipment and more importantly...the screen. This is pretty much what I hope to do as soon as I get a house that I can do a dedicated room like this in.

Thanks a lot! And all the best in your house hunting endeavors. My wife was good enough to put up with all my equipment when we used to live in an apartment. Now that we have this, she absolutely loves it, plus she gets to keep the living room free of my wire and speaker clutter
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Originally Posted by CKWells View Post

Very nice.

I love these seemingly simple setups with the speakers out on display like that. Great work.

Thanks for looking, much appreciated! I was in 2 minds whether to put the speakers behind the screen or not, but in the end i decided that they were too pretty to be hidden behind it
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Originally Posted by LumaMMXII View Post

Your picture on that screen looks STELLAR! I mean... all goodies and gizmos aside, that is where it really counts! Great stuff!

Thanks Luma! I recently got this screen(Dalite high power) and it absolutely rocks in how bright it is, feels like i am watching a giant plasma rather than a FP setup.
post #9 of 28
Nice setup. What movies are the screen shots from? They look somewhat familiar
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by gingus View Post

Nice setup. What movies are the screen shots from? They look somewhat familiar

Thanks! They are from one of my all time favourites, Kill Bill!
post #11 of 28
wow, nice transformation. That subwoofer is HUGE!
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Daman S View Post

Thanks a lot! And all the best in your house hunting endeavors. My wife was good enough to put up with all my equipment when we used to live in an apartment. Now that we have this, she absolutely loves it, plus she gets to keep the living room free of my wire and speaker clutter

Yea we're still about a year or so away from the house because we just moved to Texas but I'm sure she'll be glad to have the theater in its own room and have light in the living room again. She has been a very good sport about blacking out the windows in the main living area thus far but I'm sure that will end the instant we get a house. It sounds like your wife has a pretty high WAF as well which is amazing when that happens.
post #13 of 28
Nice job. How far apart are your rear back speakers to your rear surrounds? It also looks like you can go higher on your center speaker. Have you put any thought into raising your center. That would give you a more seamless soundstage up front.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by thor von clemson View Post

wow, nice transformation. That subwoofer is HUGE!

Thanks Thor(nice username btw!)

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Originally Posted by bencorn View Post

Yea we're still about a year or so away from the house because we just moved to Texas but I'm sure she'll be glad to have the theater in its own room and have light in the living room again. She has been a very good sport about blacking out the windows in the main living area thus far but I'm sure that will end the instant we get a house. It sounds like your wife has a pretty high WAF as well which is amazing when that happens.

Yes she's been pretty great by putting up with all my hobbies till date! I'm a lucky man Seems like you are in the same boat as we were a few years ago. Have fun house hunting, my priority when we were looking for a house was a finished basement and hers was a nice big kitchen

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Originally Posted by ivanpino View Post

Nice job. How far apart are your rear back speakers to your rear surrounds? It also looks like you can go higher on your center speaker. Have you put any thought into raising your center. That would give you a more seamless soundstage up front.

Rear backs are about a foot or so behind the side rears i think. Yes i can certainly go a bit higher on the center channel, just not sure what i can plop beneath the center that would raise its height by a foot or so.. any ideas are welcome!
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Daman S View Post






Rear backs are about a foot or so behind the side rears i think. Yes i can certainly go a bit higher on the center channel, just not sure what i can plop beneath the center that would raise its height by a foot or so.. any ideas are welcome!

You might want to spread out your left back rear about a foot and your rear surrounds more towards the front about 2-3 feet so you can get a better sonic seperation with your rears. For your centre speker you can always build a small stand or look for a center speaker stand that meets the length you need.

Ivan
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by ivanpino View Post

You might want to spread out your left back rear about a foot and your rear surrounds more towards the front about 2-3 feet so you can get a better sonic seperation with your rears. For your centre speker you can always build a small stand or look for a center speaker stand that meets the length you need.

Ivan

The way the wiring is already done Ivan, its gonna be hard to move the sides to the front.. plus from whatever listening i've done so far the rear sound stage is very seamless. I'll certainly look around and see if i can find any small center channel stands though. Thanks for the suggestion!
post #17 of 28
Room looks great! Good job on that.
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Daman S View Post

The way the wiring is already done Ivan, its gonna be hard to move the sides to the front.. plus from whatever listening i've done so far the rear sound stage is very seamless. I'll certainly look around and see if i can find any small center channel stands though. Thanks for the suggestion!

Your welcome.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Spurrier Sucks View Post

Room looks great! Good job on that.

Thanks a lot, hope to update these pictures with second row seating soon. Also kind of split currently if i want to put any memorabilia/posters up in the room..
post #20 of 28
Very nicely done. I like the look of the dalis. I have never heard them in person but have heard a lot of good things about them.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by g_bartman View Post

Very nicely done. I like the look of the dalis. I have never heard them in person but have heard a lot of good things about them.

Thanks, Dalis absolutely shine in music.. i auditioned a lot of speakers before i zeroed down on them and Dali's still outshone some speakers twice their cost. I've had them for more then 2 years now and never felt the urge to upgrade or even look for something else.
post #22 of 28
Excellent room Daman. Well done!
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by btf1980 View Post

Excellent room Daman. Well done!

Thanks a lot! You have a fantastic setup btw, i checked out your link.. very very nice! Those B&W's are fantastic, i do see we share the same Pre pro
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Daman S View Post

Thanks a lot! You have a fantastic setup btw, i checked out your link.. very very nice! Those B&W's are fantastic, i do see we share the same Pre pro

Thanks! The AV8003 is a fantastic piece.
post #25 of 28
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Updated with new photos(added new acoustic panels)
post #26 of 28
Awesome comes to mind.
post #27 of 28
How do you get the 2:35 aspect ratio? I do not see a lens in place, is it zoom method or what? Looks awesome by the way.
post #28 of 28
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Thanks White Noise and Bruce. Bruce, to answer your question, yes i zoom in for 2.35 aspect ratio. The Sony has a very good remote controlled zoom that helps me fill in. The black bars at the top and bottom aren't visible with all the dark around the screen.
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