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post #31 of 99
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Peter - I changed the thread name for you.... I was feeling left out without the "Downunder" in my thread title.

call it peer group pressure.
post #32 of 99
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I just finalized my fabric choices and ordered the acoustic insulation. The closest thing I found in Australia to OC701/OC703 was Fletcher Insulation semi rigid batts, a combination of 32kg/m3 and 48kg/m3.

Should receive this any day now.

In terms of fabric colors, here's what I've got in mind for the fabric.

I'm using a product called Trilogy 1 from Innovia / RIM Fabrics here in Australia. It's acoustically transparent, so I'm using it as a GOM equivalent. Around $650 of fabric to do the room.

Underside of Soffits - Charcoal


Front Screen wall - Black


Main Wall Panels - Dove


Interior of Columns - Chrome
post #33 of 99
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Originally Posted by dsiroky View Post

Peter - I changed the thread name for you.... I was feeling left out without the "Downunder" in my thread title.

call it peer group pressure.

Good stuff! biggrin.gif

Love the colours, should be sweet
post #34 of 99
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Originally Posted by dsiroky View Post

Peter - I changed the thread name for you.... I was feeling left out without the "Downunder" in my thread title.

call it peer group pressure.

That's better ... LOL !

Cheers,
post #35 of 99
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Originally Posted by dsiroky View Post

I just finalized my fabric choices and ordered the acoustic insulation. The closest thing I found in Australia to OC701/OC703 was Fletcher Insulation semi rigid batts, a combination of 32kg/m3 and 48kg/m3.

Should receive this any day now.

In terms of fabric colors, here's what I've got in mind for the fabric.

I'm using a product called Trilogy 1 from Innovia / RIM Fabrics here in Australia. It's acoustically transparent, so I'm using it as a GOM equivalent. Around $650 of fabric to do the room.

Underside of Soffits - Charcoal


Front Screen wall - Black


Main Wall Panels - Dove


Interior of Columns - Chrome

Yes, nice colours. I found the Trilogy 1 to be fantastic to work with, and the price is very reasonable.

Cheers,
post #36 of 99
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A few updates over the past month.

All four rolls of fabric arrived, and is waiting to be installed. Maybe I'll start on that next weekend.

AppleMark

I also started on wiring the rack up, and have identified that I need to get a 240V 16A PDU to power the amplifiers, as all 7 of those amps risk overloading a normal circuit. The AV receiver in the picture actually runs the surround sound system upstairs. I'm in the market for a new surround sound processor to hook up to the amps.

AppleMark

The insulation arrived, so we've been working on getting that installed. The undersides of the soffits is done, as is the back of the screen wall.

My wife has tried her hands at painting some clouds, so we'll see how that turns out.

AppleMark
AppleMark



Goal next week is to start stretching some of the soffit fabric, and see if I can get the some of the columns installed. Hopefully Claudette will finish painting the ceiling smile.gif
post #37 of 99
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Started hanging the fabric under the soffits.



post #38 of 99
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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.

AppleMark
AppleMark




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.
post #39 of 99
Looks awesome. Where abouts in Australia did you choose to move to?
post #40 of 99
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In the Melbourne area.
post #41 of 99
Looks great !

For pre-amp I'd suggest the Integra 80.3.

Cheers,
post #42 of 99
Or you could use the Onkyo PR-SC5508P, the equivalent of the Integra 80.3, but marketed through different channels. It is essentially identical to the 80.3.
post #43 of 99
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Those pre-amps look great - though I am surprised so few manufacturers include airplay in them.

I know I can buy an AppleTV and plug it in to give me Airplay support, but you'd think with how much you spend on those things they could include it in there like Marantz does.

Anyway, some good news:

My wife and I finally found some Art Deco lamps that we liked - this is a huge achievement as it takes us a long time to agree on certain things.

See pics of the lamps that are going in:




Now that I have the lamps in hand, I can start finishing off the acoustic panels. The lamps are much taller than expected - around 53cm - almost 2''

The other challenge is, these lamps aren't made to be wall lamps, they are table lamps, so we've had to be creative and build a pretty strong bracket/shelf on which the lamps are going to sit, and then bolt the lamps down to the shelf. An electrical box also needs to be added so that it can all be hard wired.


post #44 of 99
Aww man those columns are incredible!! Cheers!!
I really like your color choices too. Can't wait it see it completed. BTW what speakers and subs are you goin with?
post #45 of 99
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I haven't decided on speakers - I've an Oulaw LFM-1 sub, 7 Outlaw Mono Blocks, and an old Adcom 5400 amp I'm using to drive the Clark Synthesis transducers.

I'm going to be using some older NS777 and N333 yamaha speakers in the interim.

To be honest, I've spent all my time focused on room acoustics and construction figuring that equipment was going to be easy to change/supply later. However room construction - you get one shot to get it right.

I'm only just at the stage that I'm doing the equipment selection, and I've prioritizing the gaps (don't have a projector, or a pre-amp).

I'm leaning toward a JVC projector with lens memory, since most of what i watch is 2D. I read somewhere that the JVC projector with an Anamorphic lens was only 9% brighter, so I'm probably going to skip the anamorphic lens approach and instead put the money toward a better projector. Maybe the new RS4910 or the RS57 that's just been announced.

For the pre-amp I'm leaning toward the Marantz pre, or the new Yamaha CX-A5000. On paper the emotiva XMC-1 looks interesting, but I'm not betting on it shipping before xmas.

I just brought in some carpet samples.... I am leaning toward the one with the blue flowers for the room

post #46 of 99
I just dont know why Art Deco went out of style, to me its just so beautiful and this really helps because one day when I get the chance to build my dedicated home theater I want to do an Art Deco theme too and this has given me some great ideas. smile.gif

oh and by the way your column design looks similar to what I have been working on but then again Art Deco does have a certain look to it ^_^


Edited by Daniel Chaves - 10/31/13 at 2:47am
post #47 of 99
I like the more plain carpet, but thats just me. Whats in the rest of the house?

I reckon the Marantz is the way to go as well, if I was buying today that'd be at the top of my list. Seems very well regarded.

What's the budget for the speakers?
post #48 of 99
please tell me you're screen will be visible through that window from the spa!
post #49 of 99
Hey there all. Also ashamed I have not found this thread earlier. House is looking great. Theatre room even better. Going to be a very nice space. Good to see another Aussie build..... even if youre not a real Aussie just yet. It means Peter the Greek has another poor bunny to vicariously live out his HT construction dreams smile.gif

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post #50 of 99
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It means Peter the Greek has another poor bunny to vicariously live out his HT construction dreams smile.gif

Oih! not that I want to jinx myself, but what this space Dec/Jan. Where did you drywall lift end up?
post #51 of 99
Just subscribed. Great looking house! I love the architecture and layout. Can't wait to see the theater pics.
post #52 of 99
That house is absolutely beautiful, and the theater is looking great as well!

My kinda place.
post #53 of 99
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Daniel - I like your columns.... Art Deco does have a certain look to it.

I actually didn't set out to build an Art Deco themed room..... It all started out with me thinking the columns looked boring, so I explored with different designs, and eventually stumbled across that sketch that I posted earlier.

Something about that sketch resonated, so I built a mockup out of 1/8 inch plywood, and really liked that - so proceeded down that direction.

Once I knew I was doing that column design, it just made sense to use mouldings that also had similar profiles.

The bronze lamps should come out good too - really wanted something that would add some pop.

Tomorrow I'm going to work on covering those acoustic panels, and trying to finish up the ceiling paintwork.
post #54 of 99
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Oh - and happy halloween

post #55 of 99
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Originally Posted by dsiroky View Post

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.

I'm another Aussie build in the past 12 months. I have an 8801, think its a great option, clef Hifi will ship and did me a great deal. I have an Epson TW 9000 distance is 5m to a 140" AT have over 1000 hours and is still bright enough, though I added an LPE filter which lets you run in dynamic which has helped when the bulb dulls.

I would zoom for now as I think you'll step up to 4k in the next 2years, so save your cash for when they come mainstream.

Theatre is looking great btw
post #56 of 99
Subscribed. A fellow Aussie here just starting to contemplate a build.
post #57 of 99
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Ordered the ae8000 today - following the advice of Dennis and others here. Will zoom for now and then upgrade to 4k when 4k stabilizes

Also ordered an onkyo pr-sc 5509 for the processor, though I am having some buyers remorse already and wondering if I should have ordered the newer Yamaha cx-a5000 instead. I could probably still call the shop and change.
post #58 of 99
If the Onkyo does everything you want, I see no reason to worry. smile.gif

The speakers and room treatments will have 100 times more effect on what you hear.

Cheers,
post #59 of 99
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Onkyo does everything I want......(except Airplay which can be remedied for $99)

The new yamaha has those nice saber DACs though.

Also, the onkyo didn't have many firmware updates in the past, and is probably nearing end of life.

The Yamaha is quite new, and I'm hopeful they might do a better job keeping the firmware up to date and adding new features. The web based configuration screens look pretty handy on the Yamaha.
post #60 of 99
What new features do you think they might add through firmware ? I'm genuinely interested as the only Processors that seem to get significant new features through updates are the mega buck ones. The main changes that seem to be coming are 4K, HDMI 2.0 and more channels (heights etc), and I don't think any of these can be added with firmware updates.

And I truly believe that speakers, room treatments and proper professional calibration will have 100 times more effect than the DACs. I've just had my room calibrated and the improvements are not subtle !! biggrin.gif

Cheers,
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