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Bacon Dome Bar and Theater

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EDIT:  new pictures added.

 

 

 

 

 

Well after six years of waiting, some extended family has moved out and I get my basement back.

We have a geodesic dome house so the footprint is a little unusual, but I am determined to have a theater / play room for the family. The daylight basement is already finished with two bedrooms, bathroom, living area and an unfinished kitchen space. Check out the crude sketchup drawing below.

The plan is:

120" DIY screen painted on the wall - CHECK!!
BenQ W6000 projector
Unknown Pre/Pro with balanced outputs (Probably Marantz, Outlaw or the new Emo coming out)
Mackie HR824 L&R self amplified speakers
Mackie HR626 C
Mackie HR624 surrounds
Sub will probably be a Spendor (free from my brother) or a Mackie HRS120

The layout is definitely difficult to work with and I'm sure I'll need some acoustical treatment on the wall with the couch for sound reflections. Seating distance to the corner of the sectional is 13-14'.

I'm currently running the speaker cable and balanced audio cable in the wall and into the closet under the stairs. I'll get some pictures soon.

Jeff


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Edited by Bacon13 - 1/19/14 at 9:51pm
post #2 of 23
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Here are some pictures of the room. My son and I painted on one coat of Behr Silverscreen then a top coat of the Silverscreen mixed with some Minwax Polycrylic Satin. It sounds as though this is a good starting point for color.

I plan on building a rack into the wall of the closet under the stairs near where the step stool is in the pic. The room is a weird shape. From right to left is the closet, bedroom, bathroom and out of frame is another bedroom. I kind of feel like its Let's Make a Deal in there.
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post #3 of 23
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More pictures

I cut out the drywall behind the baseboards and pulled some wire this week. The plan is to use the Mackies, but I wanted to be able to use passive speakers down the road so I wired it with standard speaker wire and balanced twisted shielded pair. I pulled in some Monoprice 12AWG speaker wire to the L, C and R plus Monoprice RG6 for the sub. I also pulled some Belden 8451 22 AWG XLR connectors for the L,C,R and sub.

Since the Mackies are powered, I had to install electrical outlets at all of the speaker locations. Right now I'm just wiring for 3.1 to get going, then I'll add the outlets and wire for the surrounds later.


Here's some shots that show the sub outlets and the soon to be media closet under the stairs.
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post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by Bacon13 View Post

More pictures

I cut out the drywall behind the baseboards and pulled some wire this week. The plan is to use the Mackies, but I wanted to be able to use passive speakers down the road so I wired it with standard speaker wire and balanced twisted shielded pair. I pulled in some Monoprice 12AWG speaker wire to the L, C and R plus Monoprice RG6 for the sub. I also pulled some Belden 8451 22 AWG XLR connectors for the L,C,R and sub.

Since the Mackies are powered, I had to install electrical outlets at all of the speaker locations. Right now I'm just wiring for 3.1 to get going, then I'll add the outlets and wire for the surrounds later.

Here's some shots that show the sub outlets and the soon to be media closet under the stairs.

How did this work out? Pix of the completed project, please. You have done well with an unusual space. I have the BenQ W6000, you will love it.
post #5 of 23
Interesting space you've got here. I cant wait to see how it all turns out. Good luck.
post #6 of 23
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Over the last few weeks I painted the Mouse Ears black around the screen, then built the screen surround framing. It's just 2x3s and will be faced with 4/4 African Mahogany. Hopefully I can get the wood this next week and try out my woodworking skills.

I also finished the wiring for the center channel speaker with the binding posts, XLR and power.
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post #7 of 23
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Finished installing the screen frame over the weekend. I ended up using 4/4 Sapele and finished with Danish Oil. Not bad for my first woodworking project. Also picked up the sectional which you can see in the pic.





post #8 of 23
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Thanks... the space is definitely challenging, but figuring it all out is part of the fun. I'm currently trying to decide where to put the wiring for the surrounds and figure out how to convince to wife we need to paint the ceiling and walls near the screen a dark color.
post #9 of 23
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Hello,

After a long, long time sitting in the basement staring at a blank screen, I finally got my room up and running.

Denon AVR-3313CI
Old Yamaha speakers from storage (temporary... will be replaced with Emotiva Airmotiv6 for the fronts and Airmotiv5 for the surrounds.)
Sony BDP-S5100
BenQ W1080ST projector
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" tablet loaded with iRule






post #10 of 23
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Still have some drywall patching from running the HDMI and RS232 cable from the closet to the projector.
post #11 of 23
The room is looking good, Bacon. Like that you have a closet for the equipment. What rack do you use? The size of yours looks exactly like what I need, though would prefer glass doors because mine is at the front of the room.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by cripes View Post

The room is looking good, Bacon. Like that you have a closet for the equipment. What rack do you use? The size of yours looks exactly like what I need, though would prefer glass doors because mine is at the front of the room.

The rack is just an Ikea cabinet with two extra shelves and I drilled some holes in the back for wires. They have a few different styles of glass doors that you can add on to it.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10102135/
post #13 of 23

Looks good,, well thought out for any changes in the future! 

post #14 of 23
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Finally got around to take some new pictures of all the work we've been doing over the past few months. Got rid of the old nasty green carpet and now it feels much more comfortable down there. Also finished off the bar area with vinyl plank flooring that looks like old weathered wood.

Had the bar, table and barn door built out of recycled wood from an old barn.





post #15 of 23

Man your bar looks awesome! That wood contrast really makes it standout,, nice job!

post #16 of 23

Man,, I miss basements.. being from the Midwest I originally grew up in them.. But now in Vegas we don't have any!! Glad you finally fired up the system,, like you said a lot of the fun is building it.. I know you intend to upgrade a few components,, but honestly you have done all the bull work,, and the rest will come in time..

post #17 of 23

BACON,, I keep looking at your pics,,I know you have been putting a lot of time and thought into this project!! I'll be the first to tell you its BAD-ASS! Curious though what does the door in the Bar lead to.. It looks like a fridge,, which would be really cool,, or just for look,, either way it's cool...Well done..

post #18 of 23
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The barn door leads to a second laundry room. The bar room used to be closed off with just a door for entry. I put the pass through window where the door was, opened up the wall for the new doorway and closed off the washer and dryer to make a separate room. The laundry room is where I store pellets for the pellet stove; there is also a wine fridge in there. Also the house / generator electrical panels are in there. The fridge will go between the back bar and the laundry room.
post #19 of 23

Cool,, well thought out and multi functional... I don't know what part of the country you live in,, but assuming you have good sumps right? Alot of effort and money in that space,, Very Nice!!

post #20 of 23
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I'm in WA. It's a daylight (walkout) basement so no sump and no moisture issues.
post #21 of 23
Awesome room man! I am super jealous!
post #22 of 23

Cool,, that's good news!

post #23 of 23
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Made some acoustical posters using the tips in the DIY thread on here. Went with some classics that never go out of style.


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