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post #871 of 1093
I've had my JVC X70 since February and a screen since March and I probably won't watch my first movie in the theater before June. Why do we torture ourselves this way?
post #872 of 1093
Contrats stockmonkey! Hope the screen gets there soon!
post #873 of 1093
It was tough to box it back up. I unboxed it just long enough to make sure everything was working and it wasn't damaged in shipping. I might be hosed once I get the room far enough along to start putting equipment in there. Not sure I'll be able to hold off until the room is 99% done.

SM2K - I think you will love your projector choice. Looking forward to seeing the new screen as well along with your thoughts.
post #874 of 1093
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I put my projector purchase off as long as possible. You never know what might come up to delay your build. I didn't want to end up with an older model or expired warranty before I had a chance to use if.
post #875 of 1093
According to my tracking number, I should have the same box in my possession this afternoon!
post #876 of 1093
The hard part is to not watch when you should be working. So far, I've managed to only watch on Fri/Sat nights when I wouldn't be working anyway.

Once you hang it with the screen up, you WON'T be taking it back down!
post #877 of 1093
Do NOT fire up/mount your projector until you are 100% sure you are done working. Or the rest of your room will never happen. It's been a half year since I "finished" my room, and the exterior side of my theater's door is still unpainted. Though I plan to finally remedy that this weekend! Trust me, it will instantly remove all desire to work!
post #878 of 1093
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Originally Posted by stockmonkey2000 View Post

I put my projector purchase off as long as possible. You never know what might come up to delay your build. I didn't want to end up with an older model or expired warranty before I had a chance to use if.

I hear ya. My projector has about 6 hours on it and I've had it since December. 4 of those 6 hours were just me turning it on and showing some demo stuff.

So now I am almost 6 months into my warranty and not feeling to good about that... All because I got a killed pre-order price from AVS.
post #879 of 1093
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Originally Posted by nickbuol View Post

I hear ya. My projector has about 6 hours on it and I've had it since December. 4 of those 6 hours were just me turning it on and showing some demo stuff.

So now I am almost 6 months into my warranty and not feeling to good about that... All because I got a killed pre-order price from AVS.

Ditto...
post #880 of 1093
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Originally Posted by damelon View Post

Do NOT fire up/mount your projector until you are 100% sure you are done working. Or the rest of your room will never happen. It's been a half year since I "finished" my room, and the exterior side of my theater's door is still unpainted. Though I plan to finally remedy that this weekend! Trust me, it will instantly remove all desire to work!

I actually think the same could be said for putting seats and speakers in. Since I got the seats installed I find myself just kicking back and listening to music.
post #881 of 1093
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Originally Posted by nickbuol View Post

I hear ya. My projector has about 6 hours on it and I've had it since December. 4 of those 6 hours were just me turning it on and showing some demo stuff.

So now I am almost 6 months into my warranty and not feeling to good about that... All because I got a killed pre-order price from AVS.

Don't feel too sorry for yourselves.

I bought a Sony VW40 back on 3/13/08 for the theater.
Then that became out dated.
So I bought the Panasonic AE-4000u on 12/22/09.
And still it sits in the box and now out of warranty.

I did break it out though to just get a feel for screen size. So it did serve some purpose.
post #882 of 1093
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Originally Posted by mcascio View Post

Don't feel too sorry for yourselves.

I bought a Sony VW40 back on 3/13/08 for the theater.
Then that became out dated.
So I bought the Panasonic AE-4000u on 12/22/09.
And still it sits in the box and now out of warranty.

I did break it out though to just get a feel for screen size. So it did serve some purpose.

Yes, but your build is amazing.

I find it interesting that some of the best build threads that I am following seem to be done by people following the same other build threads....
post #883 of 1093
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Watched my first movie last night in the theater. I watched some various demo clips while trying to get my Oppo to pass DTS Master Audio to the processor which took me forever to figure out. Then we watched Thor. I still do not have the screen so I was projecting on a wrinkled white sheet. It looked amazing even just projecting on a sheet. I still do not have all the sound dialed in but it sounded amazing anyway.
post #884 of 1093
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Originally Posted by stockmonkey2000 View Post

Watched my first movie last night in the theater. I watched some various demo clips while trying to get my Oppo to pass DTS Master Audio to the processor which took me forever to figure out. Then we watched Thor. I still do not have the screen so I was projecting on a wrinkled white sheet. It looked amazing even just projecting on a sheet. I still do not have all the sound dialed in but it sounded amazing anyway.

Congratulations!
Your theater is awesome, great work!
post #885 of 1093
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Originally Posted by stockmonkey2000 View Post

I have a couple of Aragon amplifiers that are 19 inches wide so they would not fit in the rack in a standard shelf. I decided to cut off the rails at the bottom of the rack and build a shelf that the components could sit on. I had to remove all the shelves and components from the rack so I could remove the rails.

Amplifiers installed in the rack.


Nice work on the amp install, looks great. I would have been scarred to cut the rails!

Dale
post #886 of 1093
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Originally Posted by dvmiller View Post

Nice work on the amp install, looks great. I would have been scarred to cut the rails!

Dale

No big deal really, I removed all the shelving and took the rails off and they were easy to cut. I figured If I need to go back I can buy new full length rails. My rack does not have rear rails, so I am using the piece I cut off to run some lacing strips behind my processor to help clean up the wiring.
post #887 of 1093
You are on the final stretch... It is looking good... Can not wait to see the final shots. Congrats on the new projector and rack install....

Jim
post #888 of 1093
If i recall correctly don't those aragon amps run stinking hot ? Maybe not a great idea to stack them ?
post #889 of 1093
Thread Starter 
I've been checking temperatures with an IR thermometer see how the airflow for the rack is working. The Aragons are running very cool (only 10-15 degrees above ambient) The Sierra Audio amp and the Integra processor are quite a bit hotter than the Aragon amps. I ran the Aragon's stacked in my last theater and they were never more than mildly warm. My basement is pretty cold - the rack thermostat reads 66 or 67 all the time when nothing is on. The fans kick on at 71 degrees and I've never seen the temperature read higher than 75 on the rack thermostat. The Sierra amp was at 95 degrees after running for 3 hours last night at a pretty high volume.
post #890 of 1093
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Originally Posted by stockmonkey2000 View Post

I've been checking temperatures with an IR thermometer see how the airflow for the rack is working. The Aragons are running very cool (only 10-15 degrees above ambient) The Sierra Audio amp and the Integra processor are quite a bit hotter than the Aragon amps. I ran the Aragon's stacked in my last theater and they were never more than mildly warm. My basement is pretty cold - the rack thermostat reads 66 or 67 all the time when nothing is on. The fans kick on at 71 degrees and I've never seen the temperature read higher than 75 on the rack thermostat. The Sierra amp was at 95 degrees after running for 3 hours last night at a pretty high volume.

Good luck man, heat is the biggest underestimation I made. Also remember once you get it out the rack and blow into the room you have to deal with it there too....... Unless your venting your rack to another room.

95 is warm but not screaming hot, but I would understand wanting it cooler. We spend all this money on components, it is nice to extend their lifespan as much as possible.
post #891 of 1093
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Originally Posted by NicksHitachi View Post


Good luck man, heat is the biggest underestimation I made. Also remember once you get it out the rack and blow into the room you have to deal with it there too....... Unless your venting your rack to another room.

95 is warm but not screaming hot, but I would understand wanting it cooler. We spend all this money on components, it is nice to extend their lifespan as much as possible.

My equipment rack is outside the theater room so I do not need to worry about it heating the room. The Sierra amp runs cooler in the rack than it did in open air. The air circulation helps a lot.
post #892 of 1093
I ended up getting the same rope light as you have and I have to ask... how the heck did you wrestle this thing into a straight line AND get the LEDs pointing down?

It's like fighting a snake.
post #893 of 1093
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I used these clips spaced about every 2 feet or so to hold the rope in place. It is a bit tough to twist the entire rope but you just have to work it a few feet at a time.



In my columns I used these for the rope light. These would work great in the soffit also. I would have used these but since I had the curve at the front just went with the clips.



The clips and channels are available from 1000 bulbs. Home depot also sells the channels next to the rope lighting.
post #894 of 1093
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Replacement screen still has not arrived yet. This is what I'm currently using.

post #895 of 1093
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Originally Posted by stockmonkey2000 View Post

Replacement screen still has not arrived yet. This is what I'm currently using.


If you close your eyes it'll look great
post #896 of 1093
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If you close your eyes it'll look great

Surprisingly the picture still looks really good.
post #897 of 1093
That reminds me of your very first mockup. Sorry to hear about your screen woes.
post #898 of 1093
Dr. Earl Geddes swears by bed sheet screens,...no kidding.

Fwiw;
Here it is. If anyone hasn't had the opportunity to explore What's Best Forum, it's certainly worthwhile.


Thanks
post #899 of 1093
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Originally Posted by FOH View Post

Dr. Earl Geddes swears by bed sheet screens,...no kidding.

Fwiw;
Here it is. If anyone hasn't had the opportunity to explore What's Best Forum, it's certainly worthwhile.


Thanks

I checked out the page you referenced. I agree that the white sheet looks pretty good - even not stretched. The big problem is finding a sheet big enough. If the sheet were bigger I would be enjoying it a lot more.
post #900 of 1093
We used a huge king sized white bed sheet for nearly a year with our first projector in the first theater.......I was very impressed with the PQ even with a DARK brown wall behind the fairly transparent sheet it was great. I never stretched it whatsoever just tucked it into the drop ceiling in that room and voila. The only drawback with not stretching it was that near the bottom the sheet was "wavy" and motion scenes or crawlers like the bottom of ESPN would roll up and over the waves lol. You get used to it though.
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