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The "What my wife said when she saw the finished screen for the first time" thread.

post #1 of 39
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Disclaimer: The thread title wasn't allowed to be long enough to say wife/husband/spouse/significant other, so I went with the one option that I think applies to the major demographic here.

This thread was born of an idea from this discussion, which was going off-topic in an amusing way. Thanks to beastaudio for the idea.

So here goes... what was the reaction you got from the special person in your life when he/she/it was the finished (or almost) HT set-up?
Was it approval?
Was it ambivalent?
Was it disappointment for not being big enough? (The screen!!)
post #2 of 39
Thread Starter 
I'll go first, I suppose.
A bit of history:
When we were living in our condo, we bought a 56" LED DLP after getting married in 2007. I'd been talking about getting large screen for a couple of years. Only, I was crafty enough to tell her it was the 61" model right off the bat. She thought it was too big, but I thought it wasn't big enough. The retailer had sold me the demo model at full price, and they were going to replace it when a new one came into stock. I paid the difference and got the 61" model when it was in stock.
The wife thought the TV was bigger, but I measured it and told her it was 61" just like the last one. She thought it was too big, until the day we first had people over for a movie - everyone was oohing and ahhing with the TV and new 7.1 sound. She turned to me and whispered,"I don't think it's too big any more!"

The situation now:
Since that day she's been proud of our set up even though she thinks I'm crazy being so into it. The media room in our new house is now an 11.2 system.
In the basement I've been building a new theatre, and it's almost done. It's a 16-speaker, 11.2 system too, with a DIY 120" screen. She thought this was excessive... and that a burgandy and grey paint scheme was never going to work.. until she saw it when we had friends over at the weekend. Now, we sometimes sit in the basement on plastic chairs, and bare concrete floor to watch Tv shows on the Epson 8350 rather than the comfort of the couch and the 61" screen in the media room. She can't wait until the room is completely ready and we can have movie nights for friends.

Conclusion:
I'm one of the lucky ones. When I describe the theatre to her, she thinks it's excessive, unnecessary etc. When she sees it, she's impressed, but still thinks it's unneeded; when she hears other people's impressions, she gets into it 100%! As long as there aren't visible wires everywhere and the project is finally finished to the extent that she can have a hope of using it, I get a thumbs up.
post #3 of 39
Yes!!! What a great idea!! haha, I will hopefully have an excellent answer for this in about a month if all goes well. So far she has yet to comprehend how/why it takes so many different paints to create a grey. "Why dont you just BUY gray paint?" is the mantra Ive heard a few times. That and "Why can you afford all this but you cant afford a RING?" Ha just kidding. That may be coming though, hope it doesnt
post #4 of 39
Me: Feeling like Clark Griswold
Her: "It's about time you got the HT finished"
Me:
post #5 of 39
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Originally Posted by mike 01hawk View Post

Me: Feeling like Clark Griswold
Her: "It's about time you got the HT finished"
Me:

You can do it Sparky
post #6 of 39
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Originally Posted by beastaudio View Post

Yes!!! What a great idea!! haha, I will hopefully have an excellent answer for this in about a month if all goes well. So far she has yet to comprehend how/why it takes so many different paints to create a grey. "Why dont you just BUY gray paint?" is the mantra Ive heard a few times. That and "Why can you afford all this but you cant afford a RING?" Ha just kidding. That may be coming though, hope it doesnt

The engagement ring was the most expensive item I'd ever bought 4 years ago. I bested that with the first HDTV we bought, but that was using wedding gift money. Since then, the work on the new house and the basement conversion to a gym/home theatre has blown everything out of the water.

My wife last week: I know you're spending a lot of money with JP (our contractor) so I've just transferred $12k to our joint account. Use it to pay him and your credit card bills.

What's the opposite of "FML"?

Back on topic: When I tell the wife that the screen is costing about 10% of a comparable quality ready-made one, she's impressed and all for the effort again.
post #7 of 39
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Originally Posted by mike 01hawk View Post

Me: Feeling like Clark Griswold
Her: "It's about time you got the HT finished"
Me:

Come on, Mike! Go for it. You have the WAF it seems.
I'm hardly one to talk though, as all the work has been done by JP, my contractor, except for the brainstorming to solve problems that we've encountered. The brain-work has been a joint effort among him, me and AVSForum (especially MississippiMan, even though he's hardly written a word to me directly).
post #8 of 39
Like I posted in one of the other threads.......

For me THIS was really the 1st time I have ever seen a projector in a house, in a relatively small space ever.... I turned the thing on and just stood there for a good 15 minutes with my jaw on the ground whilte one of the recent college games was on.

To me: THIS POSSIBLY COULD BE THE GREATEST THING I EVER BOUGHT IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

So, i yell up... 'ummmm, hun, come down here a sec I wanna show you something".....

She comes down "Pfffffffffffffffffffffffftttttttttttttt, what an excess."

Me"..."ummmmmmmmmmmm yeah, isn't it beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! "



To her credit, she did say after that "so, this means we can watch movies. With popcor and everything"

uhhh, yeah sure, whatever you say..... You know where you'll find me for the next 40 years though.


One night I was down in the basement working and it was like 10pm and she yelled down " are you STILL down there?"

I yelled up "yeah.....................just wait till it's done."
post #9 of 39
A good Woman is hard to find........especially down in the Basement.

Ask her for a Popcorn Wagon for Christmas. Tell her you want to screen her most favorite Movie "FIRST". Even if it's "Sleepless in Seattle".
post #10 of 39
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Originally Posted by expertmech View Post
Like I posted in one of the other threads.......

For me THIS was really the 1st time I have ever seen a projector in a house, in a relatively small space ever.... I turned the thing on and just stood there for a good 15 minutes with my jaw on the ground whilte one of the recent college games was on.

To me: THIS POSSIBLY COULD BE THE GREATEST THING I EVER BOUGHT IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

So, i yell up... 'ummmm, hun, come down here a sec I wanna show you something".....

She comes down "Pfffffffffffffffffffffffftttttttttttttt, what an excess."

Me"..."ummmmmmmmmmmm yeah, isn't it beautiful!!!!!!!!!!! "



To her credit, she did say after that "so, this means we can watch movies. With popcor and everything"

uhhh, yeah sure, whatever you say..... You know where you'll find me for the next 40 years though.


One night I was down in the basement working and it was like 10pm and she yelled down " are you STILL down there?"

I yelled up "yeah.....................just wait till it's done."
I know what you mean... I feel the pull of it calling me downstairs all the time.
post #11 of 39
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Originally Posted by MississippiMan View Post
A good Woman is hard to find........especially down in the Basement.
Amen/So say we all.
post #12 of 39
The bigger I made the screen, the less she cared about it. Now she doesn't want to go down "there" anymore. It's too big and it makes her uneasy to watch--ah, peace, finally... I'm going 3D now...she thinks I've absolutely lost my mind (you see I'm old, and should be retired, but I'm really still a kid at heart--so I still work so I can buy toys--bills, yah we've got those too, but hey, didn't I say I should be retired).
post #13 of 39
Thread Starter 
Well as long as you get enjoyment out of it and don't neglect her, good for you.
Doubly so that you're a kid at heart - one of the most valuable qualities anyone can retain.
post #14 of 39
My wife thought I was crazy...At first

Then I explained how much an 80 inch Plasma or LCD would cost.
Then she decided she wanted in on the decorating. Now we have curtains hanging on either side of the screen, so we can either close it off (which we have yet to do) or frame it really nicely so it looks like a theater stage. I kind of like it too now

Finally, She went to a friends house the other day who had just done a home theater basement. All the girls were ooing and ahhing about the screen except for my Wife who was able to proudly say "Yeah, we have one like that".

Moral of the story. Get buy in all along the way, and you'll be much happier with the end results. Same 1st rule of Sales as in Marriage.
post #15 of 39
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Originally Posted by paulstefano View Post

Moral of the story. Get buy in all along the way, and you'll be much happier with the end results. Same 1st rule of Sales as in Marriage.

Yeah...but it's that "Buy Out" that'll kill ya!

I just finished a very tasteful HT where the Guy's Wife did in fact get involved with the Decor. Of course, I made all the paint/ light, seating suggestions, stated how those suggestions would result in the best possible end results, and then stepped back to allow her to consider such...determine for herself that they were valid, then come back and say "I've come up with a decision...."

And of course, virtually everything was as originally suggested.

But she WAS involved, and feels as if she "came up with it all.'

Yessir, get 'em involved. When the Ladies are happy...WE are happy.

(...well OK, she did pick out the Theater Curtains...very nice ones too! I guess I had her on a roll, yes? )
post #16 of 39
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I'm resurrecting this thread, because I just re-read it all, and I think the topic will always be valid. Let's hear more stories!
post #17 of 39
My wife's opinion: Its not big enough. The screen, of course. Its 106" now.
Next project will be atleast 135".
post #18 of 39
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Originally Posted by Conspiracy* View Post

My wife's opinion: Its not big enough. The screen, of course. Its 106" now.
Next project will be atleast 135".

Mine's 120". I'd read all these accounts of how 120" would be too big from the front row viewing distances I had planned. Nobody has ever complained. I would have gone a little bigger if I had planned from the start some of the changes I ended up making to the theatre room.

Will you go 1:2.35 or 16:9?
post #19 of 39
I just said, "could you imagine "Dance Moms" with a 120" screen?"

And the Epson 5020 was born.... This weekend we are going to look at paint colors to darken the living room..... hee hee, all I see is big **** blowing up in my living room!!!

Oh And the "you know this can move to the backyard for summer movie nights under the stars". There will not be a star that twinkles as bright as her eyes did with that thought. Future game plan, wireless surround in the backyard!!! Hahahahaha!!!!
Edited by Bradical - 3/2/13 at 1:32am
post #20 of 39
Choose wisely....this is your big chance.
post #21 of 39
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Originally Posted by Bradical View Post

I just said, "could you imagine "Dance Moms" with a 120" screen?"

And the Epson 5020 was born.... This weekend we are going to look at paint colors to darken the living room..... hee hee, all I see is big **** blowing up in my living room!!!

Oh And the "you know this can move to the backyard for summer movie nights under the stars". There will not be a star that twinkles as bright as her eyes did with that thought. Future game plan, wireless surround in the backyard!!! Hahahahaha!!!!

What kind of screen did you get/make? What will you project on outdoors?

Do you do any gaming on the 5020?
post #22 of 39
I think your inquiry is a bit premature......but absolutely, inquiring minds would like to know what bradical has, might be determined to use.
post #23 of 39
Getting 120" Grandview Tab tensioned motorized screen for the living room. White with 1.0 gain. it's going to drop down in front of my 60" LG plasma.

The out door screen is still TBD. Will be a DIY. Thoughts are 200" May go with actual projector screen material or not. Depends
on cost. Haven't looked that far into it yet. The Outdoor part of this deal is still a twinkle in my eye. smile.gif
post #24 of 39
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Originally Posted by Bradical View Post

Getting 120" Grandview Tab tensioned motorized screen for the living room. White with 1.0 gain. it's going to drop down in front of my 60" LG plasma.

That's sad to hear...leastwise as far as the cost for just a 1.0 gain "TT" screen that will not be very watchable with any higher degree of ambient light present. Now you could salvage that decision by doing something like this.....
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1432177/painting-onto-a-106-tab-tensioned-screen-with-silver-fire-v2-5-4-0

You cannot even find a Tab Tensioned Mfg with anything "BUT" a matte White surface. Go figure....?
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The out door screen is still TBD. Will be a DIY. Thoughts are 200" May go with actual projector screen material or not. Depends
on cost. Haven't looked that far into it yet. The Outdoor part of this deal is still a twinkle in my eye. smile.gif

Well, with what has already transpired, it seems your more likely to spend your way to your goal than hold to true DIY ideals. But hey! That works too....usually.

Not all the time though, especially when afterward one can look to DIY and find / see something that can do it as good or better. Let's hope you can avoid that.... wink.gif
post #25 of 39
I've solved my ambient light problems with blackout blinds. And the now small amount of ambient light actually comes from behind the screen and to the left. The screen will be sunk into a 3'5" alcove further blocking it from the ambient light that will exist. Therefore the decision was made to stick with white as it will always give the best picture with ambient light controlled.

As far as the DIY outdoor. I will do it myself. The decision will be to buy projector screen material or some other material.

Best news since last post is my screen is in!!! Will ship tomorrow and will be here by end of the week. Hoping for a Monday install!!
post #26 of 39
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Originally Posted by Bradical View Post

Therefore the decision was made to stick with white as it will always give the best picture with ambient light controlled.

Really? From what I understood grey is better than white in terms of PQ with no ambient light.

Good luck with your 200" DIY build in the back yard. I'd definitely be interested in something like that.
post #27 of 39
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Originally Posted by Conspiracy* View Post

Really? From what I understood grey is better than white in terms of PQ with no ambient light.

That holds true when:

The surrounding room surfaces are bright white or close enough so that they easily reflect projected light back at the screen.

The PJ itself is deficient in Contrast (ie: respectably Black "Blacks")

Bradical
's situation and choice of projector as described addresses many, if not all such contingencies.

With a 5020 that is operating under ideally non-reflective conditions in total darkness...yeah, White is alright.

Anything else, and a White surface will detract from the highest possible level of performance the PJ can deliver.
post #28 of 39
She was a bit skeptical about getting a projector, but once she watched a movie on the 120" screen, she was hooked. Her words "this is awesome".
post #29 of 39
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Originally Posted by BigSlade View Post

She was a bit skeptical about getting a projector, but once she watched a movie on the 120" screen, she was hooked. Her words "this is awesome".

That happens all the time. The trick is getting to that point without being served papers. biggrin.gif
post #30 of 39
My wife acts all nonchalant about it when it's just the two of us. But when guests come over, it's the highlight of the tour and she really likes to show it off. If that's what floats her boat and allows me to keep evolving my theater, then I'm all over it.
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