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post #271 of 302
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Nice work. Great use of a usually unused space (except for maybe hanging a picture on the wall). How does the theater entrance door line up with the bookcase? Don't want any dings in your fine work.

Thanks, I had planned on the bookcase being there in my design and it worked out well. Once the bookcase is finished I'll need to put a clear rubber bumper where the door handle meets the face of the shelf (I've added this to other cabinets before).

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Hard to see it but the handle will smack the front of the case if you let it.

I'm sure I'll need to build another at some point.
post #272 of 302
nice wood look floor tile, where did u get them from?
post #273 of 302
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nice wood look floor tile, where did u get them from?

Thanks, just a basic tile from Lowes
Style Selections 6-in x 24-in Serso Black Walnut Glazed Porcelain Floor Tile
http://www.lowes.com/pd_397692-1813-1095206_0__?productId=3815453&Ntt=wood+tile&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dwood%2Btile&facetInfo=
post #274 of 302
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Finally got around to running Audyssey the other day (only one sample) mostly to fine tune the sub as I wasn’t happy with how it sounded in heavy LFE movies like Thor. I plan on running it again and to get more samples but I was very pleased with the overall better sound quality just from the one sample. And the sub sounds a lot better although I have turned it up a good bit as I like more ummph than Audyssey sets.

The question I have is since I’m really only concerned with the sound quality in my chair do I need to do 6 or 8 samples from around the room? Or perhaps I should run all 6-8 samples just from my chair?

One coat of paint on the shelves and the second will go on tonight. Takes a lot more time than I thought and ended up using a stubby brush as a regular handle brush is too long to get into the small shelves.
post #275 of 302
The samples should be at least one per seat and as many as the system handles, so also inbetween seats if there's room for that.
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Finally got around to running Audyssey the other day (only one sample) mostly to fine tune the sub as I wasn’t happy with how it sounded in heavy LFE movies like Thor. I plan on running it again and to get more samples but I was very pleased with the overall better sound quality just from the one sample. And the sub sounds a lot better although I have turned it up a good bit as I like more ummph than Audyssey sets.

The question I have is since I’m really only concerned with the sound quality in my chair do I need to do 6 or 8 samples from around the room? Or perhaps I should run all 6-8 samples just from my chair?

One coat of paint on the shelves and the second will go on tonight. Takes a lot more time than I thought and ended up using a stubby brush as a regular handle brush is too long to get into the small shelves.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/795421/official-audyssey-thread-faq-in-post-1/5700#post_14456895

http://www.avsforum.com/t/795421/official-audyssey-thread-faq-in-post-1

In short, you should take as many sample as your version of Audyssey support, and take the samples "surround" your main listen area. Most people make the mistake of taking a sample for "each" seat.
post #277 of 302
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Thanks guys. I'll have to set my sub back to where it was and run Audyssey again. Lots of readings to go through in that thread, I think I'll focus on samples in and around the 1st row of seating, thanks Gary.

Finished painting and caulking the media bookcase (caulked the trim above the sideboard as well). Should be able to start loading it up shortly.

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I'll have to get some shots with a real camera as the phone doesn't cut it.
post #278 of 302
Is it still ok to wear my Ed Reed jersey ? Or is that off limits now ?
post #279 of 302
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Is it still ok to wear my Ed Reed jersey ? Or is that off limits now ?

Of course, Reed will always be a Raven, I bet he only has another year or two in the league anyway.
post #280 of 302

Nice job on that trim; the bookcase looks real purdy.  It's amazing how much of a difference it makes once that last piece of unfinished wood is finished.

post #281 of 302
Very nice thread! excellent pictures. Wish I discovered this thread from the beginning, but still loved sharing the adventure.
post #282 of 302
Great work all around dude
post #283 of 302
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Thanks guys. Finally got around to taking some pictures with an actual camera. Turned out darker than I expected.
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Still working on the railing
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post #284 of 302
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Want to know a quick way to use up 150 hours of your projector bulb?

Leave it own when you go on vacation! To say I was a little mad when I came home to find the PJ still on somehow is an understatement.

Also had an o-ring in my tankless hot water heater go bad and some water on the floor. It has been leaking so it was shut off for vacation but the remainder leaked out. No real damage done and noting in the theater. Not what you want to deal with after driving 4-5 hours in traffic.
post #285 of 302
Where did you go on your trip ??

My wife leave the projector running all the time. Half the hours are probably unwatched. I feel your pain. My water heater just started leaking too. I also feel your pain. The bottom heating element burnt out. I replaced but it seems to leak a little now.
post #286 of 302
That's an interesting topic on bulb life. What projectors do you guys have? I have the Panny 4K and if there is no signal, the bulb goes off. Does that count against the life of the bulb, if it's not really on?

Maybe I'll try it....take a look at the hours, leave it for an hour or two and then see if it changes.
post #287 of 302
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Where did you go on your trip ??

My wife leave the projector running all the time. Half the hours are probably unwatched. I feel your pain. My water heater just started leaking too. I also feel your pain. The bottom heating element burnt out. I replaced but it seems to leak a little now.
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That's an interesting topic on bulb life. What projectors do you guys have? I have the Panny 4K and if there is no signal, the bulb goes off. Does that count against the life of the bulb, if it's not really on?

Maybe I'll try it....take a look at the hours, leave it for an hour or two and then see if it changes.

Panasonic 4k here as well and I'm almost positive the hours counted up as I have 1500 something now and has 1300 something the last time I checked.

I tried to stripping the spindles on the railing this weekend and that didn't work. The stripping agent worked well on any flat surface but trying to get into all the detail areas was a pain. I'll either replace them with something else or take the existing ones to a place that can better strip them.

The paint has defaulted on all of the railings in the house. The other ones I've had stripped and repainted and they are fine.
post #288 of 302
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Panasonic 4k here as well and I'm almost positive the hours counted up as I have 1500 something now and has 1300 something the last time I checked.

Well that sucks.


But thanks for saving me the trouble!
post #289 of 302
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Originally Posted by tlogan6797 View Post

Well that sucks.


But thanks for saving me the trouble!
In hindsight I guess it's not a big deal, I got a free bulb when I bought the panny anyway. I just hate to waste things. At least you got some benefit out of it smile.gif
post #290 of 302
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I'm going to have to replace the fabric on my sub door. It's acoustical fabric but it can't handle the sub and vibrates/flaps on heavy LFE scenes. I assume I can just buy some speaker grill cloth to replace it. I really liked the chocolate brown cloth but I guess black won't be so bad.

Anyone have any recommendations on speaker cloth? It has to handle a lot of air volume (front ported).
post #291 of 302
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I hope everyone has been doing well, I haven’t been on all that much recently.

We just had our biggest audience this past weekend for my daughters 8th birthday. We squeezed 10 kids and two adults into the theater. The two adults were only in occasionally to make sure the girls didn't destroy the place. smile.gif

I made some masking panels a while ago and while I’m not in love with them they work. The main issue I ran into is my screen half fell off the wall taking the panels off! My screen is now crooked and its driving me nuts.

I really hate the clips holding my screen up and I’m going to make a French cleat for it ASAP. One thing I’m going to look at is adding some sort of threaded bumper on the bottom corners so I can finally make sure the screen is plum. It always angled in a bit at the bottom as the cleats pushed out the top. I added some wood blocks at the bottom but it must not have been enough.

I have some left over 1x6 I am planning on using for the French cleat so I’ll make my 45 degree rip, drill some holes and see how it goes. I just want to be careful screwing into the back of the screen. I have to say I’m a bit nervous changing anything since its’ been working so well so far.
post #292 of 302

I am really glad I found this thread as my space is VERY similar to yours and I love how yours turned out, so I am sure I will be stealing, rather borrowing, some of your ideas!  

 

I did have one question that I did not see answered....How is the sound throughout the house?  Just like you, my space is in the basement and I would like to close my space in as well, but I was just wondering how much bleed you get.  Does it keep the kids up at night?  Does your wife yell that it is too loud?   I don't think I will be able to afford the treatments that the soundproofingcompany recommends, so I was wondering what it is like without doing all of the green glue and doubling the sheet rock, etc....  Thanks!

post #293 of 302
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Steal away, it's a good reason to document the build, I've gotten inspiration and help from many AVS builds/members. The only thing you hear anywhere else in the house is the sub and unless you decouple the walls and soundproof as many builds on here have done you won't contain even a moderate sub.

One caveat to that is the HVAC, if I could have afforded some sort of isolation for the HVAC it would be worth it. If you put your head near the vents you can hear the sound travel faintly. My family doesn't seem to mind unless my daughter is trying to fall asleep at the start of an action movie; the head of her bed is right by a vent. My kids have described it like distant thunder.
post #294 of 302
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Screen has been re-hung. It went pretty smoothly. I made a french cleat out of some left over FJ pine I had and I also made some leveling blocks which in the end I didn't end up using (well I used the blocks but not the threaded feet). I guess the addition of the blocks the chair leveling feet were in was enough to get the bottom of the screen leveled with the top.

It's now centered perfectly, level and a couple inches higher which I wanted. Took a little bit go get my 2.35:1 and 16:9 presets updated but they are all good now.

Some blurry shots of the cleat/blocks:
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Back of the screen with the old hangers. Spent $40 or maybe $60 on those stupid things. French cleat is much better and cheaper.
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You can also see the ductliner I added to the screen. I don't have any on the screen wall so this at least helps somewhat.
post #295 of 302
I may have missed it, but can you explain what you did to the windows ro plug them?

Also what size screen o you have in there?
post #296 of 302
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I may have missed it, but can you explain what you did to the windows ro plug them?

Also what size screen o you have in there?

Screen size is 120”.

The windows are merely covered with the wall treatments and filled with duct liner. I have “removeable” soffit pieces in case of emergency if there would be a need to escape the basement. I needed that plus the ability to vent the basement to the outside as there is no walk out. Otherwise I would have just filled them in with a window plug.
post #297 of 302
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Originally Posted by design1stcode2nd View Post

Steal away, it's a good reason to document the build, I've gotten inspiration and help from many AVS builds/members. The only thing you hear anywhere else in the house is the sub and unless you decouple the walls and soundproof as many builds on here have done you won't contain even a moderate sub.

One caveat to that is the HVAC, if I could have afforded some sort of isolation for the HVAC it would be worth it. If you put your head near the vents you can hear the sound travel faintly. My family doesn't seem to mind unless my daughter is trying to fall asleep at the start of an action movie; the head of her bed is right by a vent. My kids have described it like distant thunder.

Did you do anything other than use the linacoustic treatments for sound treating your space?
Edited by Claybe - 12/20/13 at 5:06pm
post #298 of 302
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Just the linacoustic. I didn't have space for bass traps or thicker treatments. It's amazing what just 1" of linacoustic did compared to a bare room.
post #299 of 302
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They come in threes not fours and fives right?

In the span of about a month I’ve replaced my computer (I got 6.5 years out of it so it had a good run), my tankless hot water heater has two leaks and now the engine on my car is going up. Sheesh. I was looking forward to putting some of that disposable income to use for some new components and so forth for the theater and new speakers for my family room.

I hope the PJ keeps on working, the bulb has about 1900 hours on eco mode so hopefully I’ll get another 500-1000 hours before I have to put a new bulb in.
post #300 of 302
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Anyone just have their UPS shut off without any warning? It happened to me last night, everything plugged into the UPS went dead and the alarm went off like we lost power except we didn’t and there was no power hit that I could tell. I unplugged everything from the ups and looked it over and then plugged things back in and they powered up. I then shut them down.

Really annoying that the thing I bought to protect the PJ bulb did the opposite. The unit is 2-3 years old so I don’t think the battery is gone yet. It’s an APC ES 750.

Any ideas? I’m going to buy a good power strip and move everything except the PJ off the UPS and see how It does. Unless someone here has some good advice.
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