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My spare bedroom setup

post #1 of 15
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This is for anyone else out there that wants to do a small theater in a spare room, but not sure if you can pull off, you can.

My room is 12'x9'6", with the back part of the room 11" wide and 9' ceilings. The room offers excellent immersion, and being that it is so small it did not break the bank. I have excellent light control and airflow is not an issue. The projector is throwing from about 10', and seating is 8.5'. Screen size is a custom 82.5" and is the perfect distance for my wife and I. A lot of content we watch is 2.35:1 so that cuts the size down a little more, but we like to sit close in the theater so why not in our own home. The only downside to a smaller theater is it can only really hold 2-3 people.






Epson 8350 projector
Carada 82.5" custom cinema white screen
Pioneer 1020k receiver
Energy Take Classics 5.1
Panasonic DMP85k Blu Ray
Row of 2 Eros Home Theater seats
post #2 of 15
This is so cool. What a great use of space! Thumbs up.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by wizzack View Post

This is so cool. What a great use of space! Thumbs up.

+1
Having a small room myself, I can say I really like what you did with the limited space!

Also welcome to the WYSC family!
post #4 of 15
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Thanks guys!! Only a week into having it setup and my wife and I really love it. I was a little worried about that screen size, but 83" is perfect for that room. The immersion is way more greater than I ever thought it would be. The only thing I have left to do is create masking for scope.

Bunga99, what does WYSC represent? Sorry if I should know it.
post #5 of 15
WYSC = What's Your System Configuration
post #6 of 15
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WYSC = What's Your System Configuration



post #7 of 15
nice, this gives me some inspiration. those DIYers in the dedicated construction thread discouraged me a bit, but it looks like this small room setup works well for you!
post #8 of 15
Great room! Excellent use of the horizontal shift on the epson but doe it affect the quality of the image?

Victor

btw more small theaters on my sig. Please add yourself to the collective when you find the time :-)
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Originally Posted by victor-eyd View Post

Great room! Excellent use of the horizontal shift on the epson but doe it affect the quality of the image?

Victor

btw more small theaters on my sig. Please add yourself to the collective when you find the time :-)

No, the image does not seem to be effected at all. My projector seems to be about .5-1 pixel off on the red, but that seems to be the standard on the 8350. Maybe that pixel is from the lens shift, but its not enough to effect or really notice when watching content. The only issue I did have was proper alignment of the projector as the wall the screen is on was not exactly level. When hanging the screen I had to hang it by what looked straight and comfortable to the eye, not the level. In doing this the projected image was skewed and irregular. To offset this I had to skew the projector in the opposite direction. Using the built in focus and alignment pattern in the projector made this is easy.
post #10 of 15
Nice setup despite small room size. Definitely want to know what's the system config here.
post #11 of 15
Excellent use of space. I like the 80's movie genre posters.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by JulienLN View Post

Nice setup despite small room size. Definitely want to know what's the system config here.

Epson 8350 projector
Carada 82.5" custom cinema white screen
Pioneer 1020k receiver
Energy Take Classics 5.1
Panasonic DMP85k Blu Ray
Row of 2 Eros Home Theater seats
Comcast cable

The Energy Take Classics are the perfect system for that size room. The shag carpet, and four acoustic panels really help with treating the sound. I do also have a quad core mac G5 that I use for video editing (FCP) which runs through the projector as well. Makes for great client output monitoring. I can also use the mac for pre show trailers and what not, and have plans to use it for HD file playback. I really want to attack creating a masking system for the screen asap. I plan on going with the 1/2" insolation foam covered in blackout felt method. Using velcro I can just place it on top of the screen as needed, and adjust for all aspect ratios.

The AC vent in this room is directly above my equipment rack. Keeps everything nice and cool. However, if the bedroom door is closed after a couple of hours it can get a little warm in there. By just leaving the bedroom door cracked open a little it seems to vent the warm air out.
post #13 of 15
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I have just completed creating scope masks for my screen and all I can say is WOW!! What a difference it makes. I went with the method mentioned in this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0#post13396880

but instead of cutting the foam to just fit on the inside, I attached velcro to the velvet on the screen border. By doing it this way I can raise or lower the mask for 2.20, 2.35, 2.40 films. Cheap and effective way to mask a 1.85 screen to scope.

Without mask 1.85:1 screen



With mask on 2.35:1 screen



Screen shot masking 2.20:1 (adjusted mask to fit this ratio)

post #14 of 15
Very nice, great inspiration for those of us with small spaces!
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by rmclain73 View Post

This is for anyone else out there that wants to do a small theater in a spare room, but not sure if you can pull off, you can.

My room is 12'x9'6", with the back part of the room 11" wide and 9' ceilings. The room offers excellent immersion, and being that it is so small it did not break the bank. I have excellent light control and airflow is not an issue. The projector is throwing from about 10', and seating is 8.5'. Screen size is a custom 82.5" and is the perfect distance for my wife and I. A lot of content we watch is 2.35:1 so that cuts the size down a little more, but we like to sit close in the theater so why not in our own home. The only downside to a smaller theater is it can only really hold 2-3 people.

What is the exact size of your screen? Length and width.

Thank you.
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