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post #181 of 290
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All, I'm not ready for it yet but thinking I might need to take advantage of the July 4th "deals". I don't know my exact color scheme yet but I'm thinking my walls will be some shade of burgundy and my ceiling will either be gray or black. My question is should I go ahead and get a 5 gallon bucket of grey tinted primer at least as I know I'll need that? Also, has anyone out there used the CREE LR6 LEDs and painted them? The housing/trim ring is all made into the LED driver so it will be a pain to paint but I'm thinking it should be possible. Reason I ask is I already have those I plan on using and can't return them. Also, if I go black or dark grey should I paint only the inside section of the soffit on the vertical side and the part of the ceiling inside of the soffit the darker color and paint the bottom of the soffit the wall color? I know it's all in what looks good but I have a tough time visualizing some of this. I'm debating about going ahead and buying my drywall during the "sale" also.
post #182 of 290
Check with the local drywall supply houses before buying at a big box store. They typically deliver inside for free or a minimum charge, and are cheaper than big box stores at the same time.

re the LED's Mario used the Home depot Cree LEDs with built in trim ring. I looked at them, they ahve good color temperature, possibly the best of any LED I tested. However they have a 180 degree diffuse beam pattern, I didn' tliek it for home theater. personally I wanted more defined beam spread to keep light focused and off the screen.
post #183 of 290
I would also be careful using ProjectorCentral to see if a projector is bright enough for the size screen you want. Some projectors loose almost half their brightness when calibrated for accurate colors. There was a shootout thread in the $3k projector section that showed one of the 2,000 lumen BenQ projectors at ~1150 lumens post calibration and that was with something like 50 (low) hours on the bulb. Some projectors will loose half their brightness from bulb aging (rs55 I think was bad at that). So if you're targeting 24ftL then maybe no big deal, but if you're trying to eek out 12ftL using manufacturer rated lumens (which is what PJ Central uses) then you could end up with a dim picture.

Maybe I'm preaching to the choir, but thought I should mention.
post #184 of 290
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That's a good point. I don't want to blow a ton of cash on the first projector for this room as I think in 2-3 yrs i'll be ready to replace it with a 4k most likely.
Edited by wraunch - 7/3/13 at 6:02am
post #185 of 290
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That's a good point. I don't want to blow a ton of cash on the first projector for this room as I think witching 2-3 yrs ill be ready to replace it with a 4k most likely.

I said that about my first Infocus X1 (600x800 VGA )

And also my 720p that followed.

Now you saying it about a 1080p wink.gif
post #186 of 290
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Oh I'll always be looking to upgrade.
post #187 of 290
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I plan on using the Centerstage XD AT screen material from Seymour. They state a gain of 1.2 so with that in mind do you see a flaw in my plan of getting the Epson 8350 or something similar and mounting it at 17' with a 130" screen resulting in 11fL? Or would I be better served to do a 120" screen, mount the projector at 18'6" which would give me 13 fL?

You want to try and use your projector in best image mode. With the 8350 and a 130" diagonal 16:9 screen, expect a little under 10FL in low lamp and a little under 13FL in high lamp. In other words, that projector is not bright enough for that size screen. These numbers are with a new lamp.
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post #188 of 290
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So what should I be looking at in that price range? Or is that unrealistic?
post #189 of 290
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So what should I be looking at in that price range? Or is that unrealistic?

Optoma HD25 is 865 lumens in cinema mode and 6500k on ECO low lamp mode.

It's under $1000. 3D and 1080p.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/optoma_hd25_home_theater_projector_review.htm
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. Our test sample measured 6400K across the board with no adjustment at all and an average gamma of 2.2. At over 1100 calibrated lumens, the picture is bright enough for living room use, if desired. In a darkened theater environment, the Eco lamp setting's roughly 850 lumens is still quite bright and extends lamp life to 6,000 hours. On a 120" diagonal 1.3 gain screen, the HD25 produces an on-screen brightness of 26 foot-Lamberts in this mode.
post #190 of 290
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I haven't looked much at the Optomas. This review looks great though.
post #191 of 290
Aww man, so glad I found this thread. I just hope it's not too late for you and your new home theater build. wink.gif

http://www.avsforum.com/t/36999/ac-wall-outlet-plates

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post #192 of 290
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Did Brian tell you about that?
post #193 of 290
Wooden outlet covers that improve sound........ I'm speechless!?! eek.gif
post #194 of 290
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Pretty funny stuff. Small update. I went and bought a 5 gallon bucket of grey tinted primer at HD on their 4th of July sale. Also bought a few gallons of Behr "Wine Tasting" in Eggshell for our main theater color. It's a Merlot type of color. I wanted maroon or something a little redder but the wife wanted something more wine colored to go with the black furniture and black ceiling. I was going to get some Mouse Ears for the ceiling but they had a gallon of mistint Glidden in Black - Flat for $5 that I couldn't pass up. We'll see how it goes, worst case it will be a first coat paint. Waiting on building a ladder to my attic above the room and then inspection time!
post #195 of 290
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Listened to some speakers today. Here a few sets of MK, Atlantic Tech and Def Tech. Up next psb, paradigm, and klipsch
post #196 of 290
Which AT? Where? I've got a customer who wants to hear some before getting a full 7.x set. I don't have them in my demo room, trying to find someone who does.

Thanks!
post #197 of 290
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Which AT? Where? I've got a customer who wants to hear some before getting a full 7.x set. I don't have them in my demo room, trying to find someone who does.

Thanks!

AT 8200 at Intelligent Electronics in Cary Nc.
post #198 of 290
Got my AT 4400 system from there, great folks to work with!
post #199 of 290
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You have the 4400? The guy there was telling me he thought I could use the 6200. Seems pricey. Scheduled my rough-in inspection for tomorrow!!!
post #200 of 290
Awesome! Moving closer!
Yes, for me, too at the time (I see the 6200's are more, but a maybe a bit better for a larger room), and I got the SB642e sub from them, too (oh how I'd love two!). Up until then I thought $700 was an exorbitant price for my Bose Acoustimas cubes! You can also check out Audiogon. com, it's kind of an eBay for audio equipment, but higher end. I was also very interested in the Def Tech's they had at the time, but the AT's won out for my personal listening preferences.

Good luck, but don't scrimp on the speakers! And keep auditioning. Some places will let you take a demo set home to try out, but don't know if Int. Elect. will.
post #201 of 290
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Just realized I just hit 200 posts in my thread!
post #202 of 290
Nice ! now it's 202 biggrin.gif
post #203 of 290
You're welcome! smile.gif
post #204 of 290
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Big update! Passed my rough-in inspection today!!!! Insulation goes in Friday!
post #205 of 290
".......stay on target......"
post #206 of 290
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Oh I am Nick. I am really looking hard at whether or not I want to go DIY for my speakers or buy the Ascend or Chase speakers.
post #207 of 290
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Time for a big update! We have drywall ladies and gents!
post #208 of 290
That's a big step. Congrats! Room looks and feels a lot different now, doesn't it?
post #209 of 290
Yeah.... Yeah.... That's a big step! I don't know about you, but it made my room feel much smaller!
post #210 of 290
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It makes a huge difference. Also the WAF just shot through the roof!
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