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post #181 of 486
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Mcascio... Amazing theater!

Welcome to the thread.

Yours room makes my room seem very basic... Lol. Great Job!
post #182 of 486
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Originally Posted by SOWK View Post

Mcascio... Amazing theater!
Welcome to the thread.
Yours room makes my room seem very basic... Lol. Great Job!

Thanks. And thanks for directing me to this thread! I wasn't aware of it. Great to see locals with similar passions. I'm sure we can learn alot from each other.
post #183 of 486
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Are you going to be keeping the Panasonic or plan on upgrading soon?
post #184 of 486
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Are you going to be keeping the Panasonic or plan on upgrading soon?

The budget got wiped with the build and the newborn. But I'm hoping to add another sub then eventually a new projector.
post #185 of 486
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TedO - You get any word on the Sony yet?

Anyone else doing anything new with their theaters this year?
post #186 of 486
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Milwaukeesk...

Finally took the time to black out the carpet.

About 95% done, small touch ups needed yet.

Look is final though...


post #187 of 486
What a difference. Looks fantastic!
post #188 of 486
that looks very nice. What is the material under the felt? did you cut it to match the curve of the front bevel?

I have dark brown carpet in front of my screen that can light up pretty good reflecting off the HP screen. I've been trying to think of ideas to black it out without ripping up the existing carpet.
post #189 of 486
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Just simple foam padding for exercising.

2' x 2' pads ducked taped to be 4' x 8' then covered in pure black fabric.

Easy to work with, and easy to cut. And yes, I did match the curve of the front stage.
post #190 of 486
great idea! Can you let me know where to get similar fabric? how is it attached? I have a several yards of the black velvet material that Dalite uses on the Cinema Contour frame. I bought it years ago to make masks but never got around to it. It had adhesive on the back for installation, but not sure how hard it is to work with. thx for the tips.
post #191 of 486
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great idea! Can you let me know where to get similar fabric? how is it attached? I have a several yards of the black velvet material that Dalite uses on the Cinema Contour frame. I bought it years ago to make masks but never got around to it. It had adhesive on the back for installation, but not sure how hard it is to work with. thx for the tips.

The fabric is black fleece. I had purchased it at the fabric store in Wisconsin called JoAnn fabrics.

It is physically attached to the foam pads via duct tape on the back. For the best results, fabric spray glue would be the best and duck tape on the back... Lol.

If people were going to walk on it often I would have used fabric glue.

I did that on my top and lower front stage in front of my screen and it is very nice. Also used a clothes iron to get completely flat and wrinkle free.
post #192 of 486
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Finished:

post #193 of 486
WOW! Beautiful HT SOWK! smile.gif Great idea with the foam pads covered in black in front of the screen. I might copy this idea. My floor is all blacked out right now with black velvet, but it is a PITA since it is constantly getting wrinkled from getting walked on. Your ideal would solve that and it would look better as well. Anyway, nice work.
post #194 of 486
I'm an easy hour from Milwaukee and am there all the time.

I own a Sharp XV-Z12000 Mark II, and a DaLite HiPower Roll-up screen (fairly transportable). I throw 106" diagonal 16:9 on it.

Toying with the idea of a BenQ W7000 or a Sony VPL-HW50ES.

My audio is provided via a full Ascend Acoustics 7.1 system (340 SE's LCR, 200's side and rear) and a pair of Hsu STF-2's I picked up ages ago for a song, that produce plenty of thud in their corner positions. The seats are a couple of sofa's embedded with Aura transducers.

I started my room with a DIY screen, an Infocus X1 (after being tempted first by the debut digital goodness that was the Panny PT-AE1000U...I've been on here a while), and a DIY anamorphic lens. I picked up newer equipment over the years, learned a lot, and started the build of the room proper, but then life got in the way.

Having finished a major remodel upstairs, I'm now back to tinkering with the batcave, and hoping to start up the actual room build once again after the holidays.

*shakes off dust*
Edited by Samurai Jack - 11/13/12 at 12:33pm
post #195 of 486
Mcascio, what modeling software are you using for your theater build?
post #196 of 486
SOWK,

There is a specific forum on AVS for this type of thread (just a heads up in case you were not aware wink.gif).

http://www.avsforum.com/f/61/area-home-theater-meets

Jason
post #197 of 486
SOWK,

Very nice looking theater. I've also used the same JoAnn's black fleece fabric in our "man cave" and have had excellent results using it. My other half didn't want me to paint the white walls and white ceiling, so I simply stapled the fleece to the first 6 feet of the ceiling, walls, and floor. The fleece worked so well at absorbing the reflected light, I covered my subs with it. Inexpensive solution and very easy to vacuum.

Cj in Madison

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post #198 of 486
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Tell us a little about the setup and I'll put you in the front post.
post #199 of 486
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Location: Kenosha
Projector: Panasonic AE-4000u
Screen: Seymour AV - Center Stage XD 136" wide 2.35:1
Speakers: M&K S-5000 THX (LCR), M&K SS-150 THX (Highs, Wides, Rears, Sides)
Subs: M&K MX-350 (Need to add one more)
Electronics: Onkyo TX-NR 3008 (RECEIVER), Emotiva XPA-5 (AMP), Cinemar MLD-4000 16 TB (Storage), Cinemar Software Suite (Movie Selection User Interface)
Build Thread: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1208912/the-cinemar-home-theater-construction-thread
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That's amazing, what app is that on your ipad? I need that one, also what is that on the wall outside the theater is that just a tv on the wall?
post #200 of 486
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That's amazing, what app is that on your ipad? I need that one, also what is that on the wall outside the theater is that just a tv on the wall?

Thanks dmoneyman2323.

I'm running our Cinemar home automation and media management software on the iPad.

The LED TV is used to display the currently playing movie poster and metadata along with start and end times. I was able to easily build a customized screen for the movie poster TV using MainLobby.
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There's more details in my build thread on both pieces if you'd like more info. My build thread link is in my signature.
post #201 of 486
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Mario can I ask how much your d-box setup was?

Also just got done with my HT meet with TedO!

Wonderful AVSer, and a pleasure to have over.

His Sony HW50 is a golden sample...

Colors were dead on accurate after a quick greyscale calibration.

Best I have ever seen!!!

Shadow detail was top notch, motion was near perfect, focus was 98% perfect.

All I have to say is the new JVC better blow me away, or I'll be the owner of a Sony HW50.
post #202 of 486
Hi SOWK,

I bought my DBOX about 6 years ago used. The model I have is no longer available. They have a variety of different options now so I'm not sure what they go for these days. They do have a dealer locator though on their website that you could give a call and get some official prices.

I'm guessing you may be spending $10 -15k or so. Less for a single chair option.

You'll have to keep us posted on how the JVC compares to the Sony HW50.
post #203 of 486
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Originally Posted by SOWK View Post

Mario can I ask how much your d-box setup was?
Also just got done with my HT meet with TedO!
Wonderful AVSer, and a pleasure to have over.
His Sony HW50 is a golden sample...
Colors were dead on accurate after a quick greyscale calibration.
Best I have ever seen!!!
Shadow detail was top notch, motion was near perfect, focus was 98% perfect.
All I have to say is the new JVC better blow me away, or I'll be the owner of a Sony HW50.

where did you set the gamma? The last one I calibrated, I set it to 2.2 and it was very close across the board, much better than any of the Epson presets.

what did you think of the RC?
post #204 of 486
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Gamma at 2.22

Average 2.21 even with the auto iris on.

I personally disliked the RC (even on min) on everything but "soft" blu-ray titles. Way too digital looking *update (I did not get a chance to set mpeg to low though.) read that after he left. So I was getting way to much noise in the image.

Soft titles like Star Wars episode 1 looked way better with it on.

Tron legacy and extremely loud and incredibly close, looked much too "digital" then I would ever like. And Noise Filtering was so subtle.

It's amazing to see the difference though. Like the camera is out of focus with it off... When using demo mode or turning on/off.
Edited by SOWK - 11/23/12 at 2:39pm
post #205 of 486
thx for the info. I'm curious to see the e-shift2 in comparison to the RC which I would sometimes tweak based on what kind of content I was watching. The early claims stated that it would keep the background out of focus (no noise) yet still sharpen other areas. we'll both find out soon.

@ mcascio - wow that is a fantastic theater setup.. very nice.
post #206 of 486
I just wanted to publicly thank SOWK for helping me with test my Sony HW50. The pictures of his HT do not do it justice, very nice setup and the man himself is very knowledgeable in both the video and audio sides of this hobby.

I couldn’t be happier with the results of the testing. My HW50 looks to be a good projector for my needs and performed well. Now all I have to do is finish my room to start enjoying it at home. Lots of work ahead of me.

Thanks Tony.
post #207 of 486
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Tell us your schedule, and well see what we can fit in...

I'm back in the thread from a fairly long break! Just been busy with kid activities for many months and have now got some time to visit the forums again.

Anyway I'd love to have Sowk and Milwaukeesk over for a calibration/visit/hangout.

I still have all of the same gear from my post #61
Edited by Midwest User1 - 11/25/12 at 9:36am
post #208 of 486
Mcascio,

In the pictures the recessed ceiling goes from star field, to red accent then to blue. Do you have all three and just switch to whichever one fits the mood? I really like the star feild but from what I've seen those are a lot of work to build.
post #209 of 486
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Milwaukeesk...
Finally took the time to black out the carpet.
About 95% done, small touch ups needed yet.
Look is final though...


What's up SOWK. Nice move on the carpet. Looks great. Did it make a big difference.

BTW great to see the thread going so strong. Some great setups!
post #210 of 486
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Mcascio, what modeling software are you using for your theater build?

Hi Samurai Jack,

I used Netwek's Lightwave 3D for the design and layout of my theater.
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