My theater is officially operational!!
I can't say it is fully complete yet, but I have all 7 speakers and 2 subs installed and we watched a couple of movies this weekend. I am loving it. I can't believe how great it sounds and I haven't really spent much time tuning anything yet.
I also got 4 of the shakers installed in the front row. I have them grouped in pairs. I ran one pair in series and the other in parallel just to compare. The shakers that are run in series are ok, but with them turned up all the way, I didn't really feel a lot (but it was noticeable). I had to bump the subs up on the pre-pro to get them close to where I wanted them, but then the subs were a bit to high.
I had the opposite problem with the pair that was run in parallel. They were up too high and they were bottoming out. I played the tank seen at the beginning of Captain America and the shaking was distracting. Easy fix though - turn the bass back down and turn the gain on the amp back down if necessary. I'm sure I will be doing lots of tweaking.
Most of the clips I have been watching for testing were without the lens. I finally watched a full movie - Captain America. I watched in full anamorphic with the lens and loved it. My son asked if him and his friends could watch a movie this afternoon while I was working on some other stuff. I couldn't wait for them to experience the theater. Typical teens - would pick an action movie (which would be great with the subs and shakers) . Of course not. They picked Monty Python's Holy Grail. Oh well, they really enjoyed it.
Both of my sons asked if I would watch a movie with them this evening - ok, finally a chance to show off the theater. My wife wasn't home, so we could watch anything. They brought a couple of the neighbors over and started looking through the movies. Planes, Trains and Automobiles????? Love the movie, but we have a 140" anamorphic screen with 7.2 surround!! Oh well. I am definitely picking the movie for the premier.
As I mentioned, the project isn't officially done. I still have a few tasks left:
- Cover base traps
- Make velvet panels for screen wall
- Cover closets
- wire smoke detector at panel
- Finish HVAC (thermostat and cover cold air return)
- wire zwave switches.
- Wire last 4 shakers
Phase 2 will be automating everything. I want to use irule to make a remote for the theater that controls everything including lighting. I quickly realized how many remotes it takes to start up a movie. This is something I look forward to.