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post #151 of 253
Your racks look GREAT.

720=good for preview. 1080=good for computer.
post #152 of 253
Wow! Mike, that is an oustanding looking pair of equipment racks! Good to see the monitor and keyboard featured in a rack as I plan to do that as well although it won't look as good as yours.

Dale
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Originally Posted by dvmiller View Post

Wow! Mike, that is an oustanding looking pair of equipment racks! Good to see the monitor and keyboard featured in a rack as I plan to do that as well although it won't look as good as yours.
Dale

Thanks!

For the keyboard, I'm using a Middle Atlantic roll-out shelf, with an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and Magic Trackpad. The keyboard and trackpad together just fit in the available space side to side. I may have to stick them down to ensure at they don't move. We'll see.

The only downside is that you have to leave 1U above the shelf for the keyboard, and so I need to dress up that little section of rail on the racks. It also takes 2U total (one for shelf, one for keyboard). I looked at purpose built 1U keyboards and keyboard drawers, but I didn't like any of the ones I found.
post #154 of 253
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By the way, when the racks are all finished, I'll post better, more detailed pix with a description of what everything is.
post #155 of 253
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Holy crap this is cool!!



Would you like to take a walk around my theater room and see what things look like today? Would you like to be able to peer into the bookshelves or look up at the ceiling?

Well, you can, because I've just had a visit from the future. I had a visit from Matterport. It's a wicked cool 3D scanning technology that generates accurate 3D models of a space purely through optical scanning. The technology is currently in development, and I have friends at the company, so they were kind enough to bring one of the scanners over to capture my theater room. Here are a couple of pictures of the scanner as we moved it from place to place within the theater.







You move the scanner a few feet, step out of its field of view (it sweeps the whole room, so we ducked into the kitchenette), and tap a button on the iPad. The scanner does a 360° rotation and builds a point cloud representation of the 3D space, with color imagery captured to map onto the 3D objects. Each successive pass adds more data to the 3D model, and the different vantage points allow you to capture details that were hidden from view in the previous sweeps. No precise positioning of the scanner is required. You just move it from place to place and work your way through the space, and the software figures out the rest as if by magic.

To see the result, you need to visit the URL below. If you don't already have the Unity3D plugin installed, you will need to install it to be able to navigate the room. But once you have it installed, you can walk all around within the space and see the current state of things. I recommend standing on the stage and looking up into the ceiling where you can see the mummified roll-down screen. Or check out ceiling-mount subs, which are also wrapped in plastic to protect them from dust. The bar counter is under the enormous pile of acoustical materials at the back of the room.

When things are a bit farther along, we'll do another scan, and then we'll do one more when the room is completed, and that one will include the kitchenette / snack area and equipment racks.

I hope people like this! Welcome, have a look around! smile.gif

http://matterport.herokuapp.com/model/mqSiSs
post #156 of 253
Isn't phase 2 "???".
post #157 of 253
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Hehe, thanks! I think I'm still in the running for slowest, right? wink.gif

@jetforme: I'm sure as soon as we get enough underpants, Phase 2 will become clearer.
post #158 of 253
That is a very cool program.. thanx for sharing your space.. although I don't remember the in-ceiling subs so I am going to have to go back and re-read your thread for a refresher.. keep pluggin away, you've got a great design going.
post #159 of 253
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Batch 1, complete. I need some practice, it seems, as this came out a smidgen chewy, but still.

post #160 of 253
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Just a quick photo update. The bookshelves are finished. Next steps are getting the grilles installed in the lower doors, and finishing the acoustical treatments surrounding the center speaker. Then we get to move on to the wall acoustics!

Note that the backs of the bookshelves (where the binary diffusers are) will be covered in black fabric.

post #161 of 253
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It's an exciting day! The installation of the acoustical treatments on the walls has begun! smile.gif

post #162 of 253
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I wish I could say that it was going up permanently, but at least we got the bracket mounted today. biggrin.gif

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post #163 of 253
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You know, I don't think Mark Seaton made this thing big enough. Good thing there are three of them...

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post #164 of 253
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You know, I don't think Mark Seaton made this thing big enough. Good thing there are three of them...

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Good to see you finally cracked the seal on those! cool.gif
post #165 of 253
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You know, I don't think Mark Seaton made this thing big enough. Good thing there are three of them...

I didn't know Mark even made them that small smile.gif So jealous of your build, just need more updates !
post #166 of 253
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Good to see you finally cracked the seal on those! cool.gif

It's been killing me! So glad to finally be getting them installed. We'll be doing our first "shake & rattle" test pretty soon, and for sure we needed the SubMersives online for that! biggrin.gif
post #167 of 253
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I didn't know Mark even made them that small smile.gif So jealous of your build, just need more updates !

Yeah, I think that's a slimming angle on the sub. wink.gif

I wish I had more updates to share -- it's been really slow going with all the meticulous woodwork that has been done, and unfortunately some of the stuff I would love to share is wrapped up to protect it, so I can't get pictures quite yet. This includes the woodwork around the exterior window and door, which now has built-in light blocking Lutron roller shades with the tracks inlaid into the casings. Really turned out beautifully.

BUT! I do have some shots to share!

One of the recent big projects was completing the doors on the lower cabinets. These have metal grilles which are laser-cut aluminum, which has been painted with a satin finish oil paint. Two of them are left with just the painted metal, because they're the HVAC air returns, but the rest have speaker cloth behind them to hide the two big subs, and to hide some bass trap treatments. My carpenters, as usual, did a really fine job of mounting the grilles and cloth.

First, here's a shot with the grilles in place, but no cloth behind them yet. You can also see in this picture the speaker cloth covering the location of the Aerial CC5 center speaker:

stage_and_grilles.jpg

And here's a detail shot from the back, showing how they're mounted. There's a rubber gasket around them to ensure no rattles:

grille_detail.jpg

Also, we have the surround speakers in place! The rear surrounds were white, so we had to paint them. We may still have to de-shine the ring around the woofer to keep it from glinting through the fabric:

rear_surround.jpg

And, here's one of the side surrounds, temporarily peeking out from behind its protective cardboard:

side_surround.jpg

Sorry it's a smallish update, but it's something!
post #168 of 253
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A quick micro update. I didn't want the projector's pole mount to be visible, so I designed this cover, which my carpenters built. The gap between the wood and the soffit is filled with the same type of wood, recessed slightly to make a nice reveal. Once the fabric is up on the ceiling, there will be a similar reveal up there too.

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post #169 of 253
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Okay, one more quick update. The former fireplace is now home to a Seaton SubMersive HP. We've covered the cables with a foam tape to prevent rattles.

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post #170 of 253
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Here's a shot of a mockup of the stretched fabric, done by the fabric specialist. It's a very cool mockup -- behind the fabric there is black-painted wood at various distances from the fabric, to mimic the acoustics. This allowed us to ensure that the fabric hides such detail when it's lit as it will be in the finished room.

In this photo, the mockup is perched on top of one of the wooden mounting rails to which the fabric clips will be attached. You can see that there's a horizontal strip of the Sapele wood, which matches the baseboards and door trim, etc. The fabric clips will be mounted so that a portion of that wood is visible as a detail strip around the room, with fabric panels above and below it. A similar reveal will be maintained all around the edges of where the fabric meets the door frames, baseboard, light fixtures and ceiling.

Also visible in this photo, just to the left of the fabric sample, is the circular temperature sensor. This feeds a remote thermostat, so that we don't have to have the thermostat in the room. The fabric is porous enough that it should get a good reading of the room's temperature.

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Edited by JustMike - 7/22/13 at 9:10am
post #171 of 253
Going to look and sound amazing - looking forward to seeing it buttoned up
post #172 of 253
"I see you like to cut corners", said no one ever.
post #173 of 253
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Going to look and sound amazing - looking forward to seeing it buttoned up

Thanks! Me, too! Good news on that front: final paint starts this week, which means that carpet goes in next week, and then it's time to do the initial audio checkout and install the fabric.

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"I see you like to cut corners", said no one ever.

ROFLMAO!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif Thanks, that made me really laugh. It's true -- it has taken forever, because I'm a bit of a nut for detail.
post #174 of 253
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Howdy!

Things are moving along at a faster pace now. I'm scheduled to have one of the folks from KYDG come to do the initial test of the theater's sound system and acoustical treatments a week from Friday, so we've been pushing towards getting the remaining critical work done. Part of that is getting the carpet installed. I decided to use FLOR carpet tiles. They have a very nice taupe colored wool tile called "Dorset Brown", and we're installing it in a parquet pattern. I think my crew would have finished it today except that I ordered slightly too few tiles, so it will get finished early next week when a second shipment arrives. In the meantime, you can get an idea how it looks here. The colors are a bit darker and richer than they appear in this photo. That's the camera's auto exposure at work.

carpet.jpg

Meanwhile, we also had the Lutron specialist out today to program the shade motors. There are a total of 9 Lutron motors in the theater:
  • Screen
  • Screen top mask
  • Screen left side mask
  • Screen right side mask
  • Shade to conceal left side of bookcase
  • Shade to conceal right side of bookcase
  • Blackout shade for window
  • Blackout shade for door
  • Motor to move side masks in and out

Here you can see the screen wall at a few approximate aspect ratios. These were all done by eye and are probably off (except for the 1.78), but you get an idea how the masking system will work. The side masks drop from the ceiling, but are able to move side to side. This mechanism is still in development, so I moved these by hand today. The top masking is built into the Screen Research screen. Pardon the dangling wires.

Here's 1.78:1 at the full native size of the screen. This will be primarily used for IMAX or similar content.

masks_178.jpg

Here's approximately 2.35:1. Note that the bottom of the screen doesn't move, just the top masking curtain drops. The image will be shifted by the video processor.

masks_235.jpg

And finally, here's a full-height 1.33:1 image. I would probably actually shrink this image slightly for most films, and the masking system can accommodate a smaller 1.33:1 by moving the side masks in further and lowering the top mask more.

masks_133.jpg
post #175 of 253
Boy that's going to be a sweet theater
post #176 of 253
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The furniture has arrived! smile.gif

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post #177 of 253
Ekornes ?
post #178 of 253
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Ekornes ?

Yup!
post #179 of 253
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As part of preparing to bring the Aerials out of storage for the sound check, we uncovered the stage. I figured it'd be a good time to take a quick pic.

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post #180 of 253
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I thought folks might enjoy a couple of pictures from this weekend, where my project was to get the projector and the front main speakers connected and working. Everything is still very rough and uncalibrated, but it already looks and sounds great. I sat up until 2am just watching clips from movies, songs from concerts, etc.

By the way, in the second photo below, you can see the Lutron blackout shade lowered over the window in the back of the theater. These work great -- total blackout of the room, and very quiet operation.

speakers_screen.jpg

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