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QX's diy theater

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So after almost 4 months I have finally finished my room. I started with a unfinished basement in are new home. I had a dedicated room with 84 inch projected screen in my old house but was limited by space. We really enjoyed that room and could not live without a theater. My wife was very understanding when we got our new house and this is what i was able to build. I did everything myself exept for the carpet. The room is 14 wide 7.6 tall and 22.6 long. I really wanted a bar at the back after seeing the ones on this site and at the local ht store.I am so glad I made room for it it works great when we have people over. This puts the front row at 11.5 feet and looks crazy that close the kids love it. The risers is 12inches tall. the built ins at the back are 24x22. The panels on the left cover a window that now serves as storage. the panels are 2inch mineral wool. The screen wall is made of a 2x2 frame and wrapped in grille cloth and micro suade. It is not a false wall because i didnt want the screen 2 feet closer to the first row. The bottom is 2feet deep on the sides an then taper down to 1 foot deep to give me more floor space up front. The pillars on the side of the screen are rounded out towards the wall. I was going to do them squared but thought it looked like it took up too much of the room. The rounded really sucks you into the screen. The screen its self is a 16:9 135inch diag. blackout cloth. The projector is a hc3800. I have yamaha fronts and center, monoprice inwalls for the sides and rears. 7.1 yamaha 567. ed a2 300 sub and and old mtx sub to fill in the rear. For the budget I had I am very pleased with how it turnrd out. We had 13 people over on opening night and the room worked great plenty of room and lots of fun.Iif you have any questions feel free to ask. This site has really helped me along the way and many of the rooms have inspired me.
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post #2 of 24
Very nice and congratulations on a successful setup! Just curious, did you do any soundproofing and how are the results if yes?
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i didnt get too crazy just r-13 in all the walls and r-19 in the ceiling. You can really spend a lot of money and the vents where the weakest link. After talking with my wife we thought that the insulation would have to do. compared to my old room with no insulation i would say it did help a lot.
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Cool. How do you like the blackout cloth screen? I'm still trying to decide what to do for mine with my options being paint the wall, blackout cloth, or Wilsonart Designer White Laminate. I'm currently leaning towards the laminate but woul love to hear your experiences.
post #6 of 24
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The blackout makes a great screen for the money. I am a custom painter and could not get results that I was happy with never as even as the blackout and is a pain. Had blackout in my old room and I'm sold. Got the bigger sheet from carls place.
post #7 of 24
+1 on blackout. Works ok, and very inexpensive.
post #8 of 24
qx56, nice room!!

Question about your acoustical panels and the fabric design on them. Did you DIY or buy?

RPA
post #9 of 24
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Diy. The material might not be the best for sound but i really like how it looks and had no sound treatment in my old room so they seem just fine to me. They are half inch mdf with one inch 8 lbs mineral wool than wrapped with the fabric. I would like to someday do few more but was unable too find enough of that same fabric. They did take some of the harshness out of the sound. I will take some close ups for you.
post #10 of 24
I'm liking your set-up, especially with the bar in back.

On your acoustic panels, did you just glue the mineral wool to the MDF and then wrap it? I just finished my theater and have room for a few acoustic panels so i was just curious.
post #11 of 24
How high is the bottom of your screen from the floor. Can the people in the back row see the whole screen over the heads of the group in front of them?
post #12 of 24
QX, your theater looks very nice and you are a quick worker to get it done in only 4 months! Could you post some close ups of your equipment rack? Do you have access to it from the back? Thanks,

Dale
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How high is the bottom of your screen from the floor. Can the people in the back row see the whole screen over the heads of the group in front of them?

We have no trouble seeing over the front row the riser is a foot tall and the screen bottom is at 23inches. The stools at the bar are 30inch so no trouble there. With the low ceiling i struggled to find a screen size that didn't put me to low to the ground. I wanted to go as big as I could but still have room on the sides for my towers this is what I came up with and I am glad I did not go smaller.
post #14 of 24
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QX, your theater looks very nice and you are a quick worker to get it done in only 4 months! Could you post some close ups of your equipment rack? Do you have access to it from the back? Thanks,

Dale

Thanks, It was a lot of late nights. I will take some of the rack it is really basic. I had plans to put a door on the back side so from the outside of the room I could get behind it. But I scraped the idea due to sound getting through and the extra money. It is a pain to get to the back, but hey once its done you really don't need back there to often.
post #15 of 24
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I'm liking your set-up, especially with the bar in back.

On your acoustic panels, did you just glue the mineral wool to the MDF and then wrap it? I just finished my theater and have room for a few acoustic panels so i was just curious.

The place I got he mineral wool showed me these things, I can take a picture and post it, but they are a nail with a square washer molded to the top. they are cheap and worked great. You are supposed to srew them to the wall and then mount the wool but since I needed a back to the panel so I could wrap it with mayerial I just placed the wool over the mdf and then took them and hammered them throught the wool and into the mdf in an x patern. Saved a lot of time and no glue. I also mounted raw mineral pieces to the screen wall behind and to the sides of my front and centers. But thats all hidden so i just screwed the nail things to the wall and then stabbed the wool through it and then put the lock washers they gave me on the nail to hold them in place. Hard to explain and i didnt take the best pics of the process.
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QX, your theater looks very nice and you are a quick worker to get it done in only 4 months! Could you post some close ups of your equipment rack? Do you have access to it from the back? Thanks,

Dale

this is a terrible pic before i cleaned up the cords but might help you. simple track from home depot and 3/4 inch shelves. thanks
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Thanks QX, that is very helpful. I've been trying to decide whether to do what you did or brackets or drilling holes for posts which I probably would do except they have to be absolutely perfect to look good.

Dale
post #18 of 24
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A couple more pics.
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post #19 of 24
Like that screen shot... mine does have alot of reflection .. crap....
post #20 of 24
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Thanks, that was opening night. We all had fun.
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Edited by SULLY12 - 11/30/12 at 2:33pm
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this is a terrible pic before i cleaned up the cords but might help you. simple track from home depot and 3/4 inch shelves. thanks
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Could you post a link to that shelf hardware? I'm familiar with the slotted track that holds traditional shelf brackets, but yours appears to hold the smaller pegs instead of the larger brackets.
post #23 of 24
Good looking room! I like the curved black panels around the screen. That's a nice touch. I'm interested that you're 11.5 feet from the screen. I have a similar screen size and we're 14 feet from it. I have been thinking lately about moving closer to see if we can get more seating so I might try shoving the sofa up a couple feet.
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Edited by SULLY12 - 11/30/12 at 2:32pm
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