More progress over the past couple of weekends.
I've managed to get all the columns installed into the room. I'm quite happy with how the proportions came out - I used a lot of blue tape to mark everything up and make sure I was happy with how everything was placed.
See the following pictures to see how it came out.
Originally I was planning on hanging many of the fabric frames - similar to how others have done on this forum, however, with the lights that are going to come out of the center of the panel, I decided it would be better to have these fixed to the wall so that there's no danger of the panel coming off the wall and disturbing the electrical.
We've built a frame on the wall - we plan to put the insulation in, and then staple the fabric around the frame.
After that, we're going to cover the stapled fabric in the room with these mouldings we had custom made in an art deco style to match the columns. Lots of work ahead of us to spray paint all these trim pieces before we nail them in place.
I'm starting to think now about purchasing some much needed equipment.
I need a projector. I've been thinking about the panasonic AE8000 and the JVC X35. Both are in the price range and have motorized zooms. I think going for an anamorphic sled is going to blow my budget. My throw distance is 5.5M (18 feet) and screen width is about 130". Do you think the projectors will be bright enough?
Perhaps not in 3D - so would looking for a projector that was straight up 2D open up some options in the projector space, or am I self selected to those 2 models by opting for motorized zoom lenses?
Second question is really around the choice of a pre-amp.
My Outlaw Monoblocks all have XLR inputs, so I'd like to stick to a pre-amp that has XLR's out.... unfortunately in that space there's not a lot to pick from. If the Emotiva XMC-1 was shipping today, I'd order it.
That said it's not shipping and I really want the theater finished by xmas. Another option is the AV7701 - is that current, or due to be replaced soon.
I go a long time between upgrades - so don't want to buy something right before it's about to be replaced.... was sort of hoping a successor for the AE8000 would be out by now.