I didn't take a lot of pictures this week, but hopefully I can take a few more in the next couple of days.
The big news of the week is that the panels on the main walls are DONE!! I still need to make two panels to cover the base traps, two velvet panels to cover the sides of the screen wall and I need to figure out what I am doing with the closets in the back of the room.
The door wall and opposite wall look great. The large panels that curved around the steps weren't as bad as I thought they would be.
Door wall with new knob installed:
I decided to work on the speakers before messing with any more panels. I painted two of the front speakers and two of the surround speakers with black Duratex. I like the look. The speakers won't be seen, so I figured it would be a good finish to use.
I finished soldering up the 3 front crossovers. I tested a couple of them with the drivers sitting out of the cabinets. I was worried that they barely made any noise. I was able to assemble the left and right front speakers and hook them up to try them out. First, here is a photo of the crossover in the speaker cabinet:
When I hooked up the first speaker in the theater, nothing happened. Of course I panicked. Remember to always read the instructions for your equipment. I used XLR cables between the pre-pro and amp. I forgot to switch each input to "balanced". Oooops. With both speakers connected I went in to the pre-pro and selected "no center" and "no surrounds". I changed the left and right speaker size to "large". I didn't change any other settings.
My first impressions:
- The sound is very clear at all volumes. I am very happy.
- The speakers were not nearly as loud as I expected. Even when turning it up with some music from one of the Directv music stations. I may have to play around with this a bit. Don't get me wrong, it is plenty loud, but even my small speakers on my family room TV are much louder at half volume.
- The speakers don't seem to put out as much low frequency sound as I thought they would. I don't know if there is a setting somewhere that I need to change. I thought setting the speakers to large would turn off the sub crossover. I think I have some reading to do.
I watched several movie clips and some bits of various tv shows. I was really happy considering I only have two speakers installed. I also turned up some music to "72" (out of 100) which was pretty loud and I closed the door and went upstairs. I didn't hear anything upstairs, but could hear some sound outside of the theater. I don't have my door bottom seal installed, so that may be part of it.
I started the layout for my surround crossovers. Hopefully I can get them assembled during the week. I would like to get the rest of the speakers finished by next weekend so I can watch some movies labor day weekend.