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post #151 of 244
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So I see you are not even including 'Heritage'... Was that even Opeth?? smile.gif Very unique listening experience, and I am desperately wanting to love it, but it's taken too many listens without enough return... I agree with almost everything you say here, although you like Morningrise more and Ghost Reveries less than I do... Also - The Lotus Eater from Watershed is amazing...
Blackwater Park is a great place to start, with The Drapery Falls and others, but I love to play Deliverance's Master's Apprentices, then follow it up with the epic A Fair Judgement to blow people's minds... Lopez's drums are sick during this period...

In the last of that post I said I hated Heritage, that's a bit strong but I sure don't feel the need to listen to it again. Like you I tried many times to like it but I just don't, I find it very boring.

Oh, yeah, Deliverance is amazing and I agree with your comment about Lopez drumming. The outro to the song Deliverance is like nothing else I've ever heard, it messes with your head. And yes, Masters Apprentices... wow. The whole first section gives me the chills, "there is a death I'm awaiting", love that line. So dark and depressing, a guy living with a terminal illness? I assume that's what it's about.

The guitar solo on A Fair Judgement - all time favorite.

I finally got to seem them live here in KC last fall, but it was terrible timing. They didn't do a single song that had any growling vocals at all. I did get to hear A Fair Judgement, Face of Melinda, Hex Omega etc. which were great but I missed the heavier songs. Mikael is one of those people that has perfect pitch, at least he was that night. I'm telling you, not a single note was the least bit flat he was dead on with everything - at least that night. I'm very sensitive to off key vocals, and he was spot on. Amazing talent, my wife (who I dragged to the show) even agreed.
post #152 of 244
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In the last of that post I said I hated Heritage, that's a bit strong but I sure don't feel the need to listen to it again. Like you I tried many times to like it but I just don't, I find it very boring.
Oh, yeah, Deliverance is amazing and I agree with your comment about Lopez drumming. The outro to the song Deliverance is like nothing else I've ever heard, it messes with your head. And yes, Masters Apprentices... wow. The whole first section gives me the chills, "there is a death I'm awaiting", love that line. So dark and depressing, a guy living with a terminal illness? I assume that's what it's about.
The guitar solo on A Fair Judgement - all time favorite.
I finally got to seem them live here in KC last fall, but it was terrible timing. They didn't do a single song that had any growling vocals at all. I did get to hear A Fair Judgement, Face of Melinda, Hex Omega etc. which were great but I missed the heavier songs. Mikael is one of those people that has perfect pitch, at least he was that night. I'm telling you, not a single note was the least bit flat he was dead on with everything - at least that night. I'm very sensitive to off key vocals, and he was spot on. Amazing talent, my wife (who I dragged to the show) even agreed.

That's funny, I was so excited to see an Opeth post I guess I didn't read to the end... smile.gif Disappointing about the setlist, but that must have been right before (or after) Heritage came out, because Mikael was extremely sensitive about that record and the reception he was expecting... Still great but I get it... I listen to Lamentations quite a bit still, and LOVE the juxtaposition between the Damnation set and the second set... Good stuff... BTW - my wife hates my music, but loves Damnation... smile.gif
post #153 of 244
Sorry if this has been asked. I notice you have a very bright room with all that white. How are the reflections and is it a distraction with the projector?

The reason I ask is I will be sheetrocking my basement this winter and starting to pick out what decor and colors I want. I will have complete light control with no ambient light present. My room will be deep, but only 10.5 feet wide with 7 foot ceilings. I'm worried with white/light walls and ceiling, they'll stand out like a sore thumb, yet if I paint them darker, the room will be just too dark during normal tv watching/lounging around.

Or maybe trying to get it dark is just one of those overly picky details that people strive for. I know I will be blown away by the picture and I'm not looking for perfection, so maybe trying to go too dark is something I shouldn't worry about.

Your picture with the lights off doesn't look bad at all. I'm just wondering what it's like in person.

Paul
post #154 of 244
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I actually like the brighter walls. I know it makes the picture quality suffer (still looks great to me though!!), but I use the room for other things other than watching movies in the dark. I almost always have the lights on for watching tv and my wife and I use it as a work out room. For me the trade off is worth it.

Also, I bet if I had all dark side walls and ceiling the black bars would show up more above and below the screen since I am zooming to fit my 2:35:1. With the room being lit up more it probably makes the black bars darker which is why I can only see them in very dark scenes as is.

My original plan was to eventually paint the ceiling and walls dark but once I bought the projector I quickly realized I wouldn't have to do that.
post #155 of 244
Carp--you're using the the 8350? If so, how do you like it?
post #156 of 244

Late to the party but nice job bro!

post #157 of 244
Thanks for your reply. Exactly the info I was looking for. I plan on an 8350 or better when I get a projector so I'm sure I'll be fine with lighter walls. I think the trade off will be worth it.
post #158 of 244
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Carp--you're using the the 8350? If so, how do you like it?

It's great when it's working right but people have had a lot of issues with it. I"m on my 3rd unit since I bought one last November. The first one had auto iris issues and a dust blob, the 2nd developed a dust blob, and my current one has one that is starting but will only get worse.

For now I"m not too upset about it, I just call Epson and they send out another one which means I keep getting a new bulb. I use it a ton, so it's nice to keep getting new bulbs. The party will be over when my 2 year warranty is up (over a year from now) but until then I'll just keep getting new units which means new bulbs. Hopefully by then I can replace it with something more reliable.
post #159 of 244
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Late to the party but nice job bro!

Same to you man, I just checked out some of your pics - very nice. Those chairs sure look comfy too.
post #160 of 244
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Thanks for your reply. Exactly the info I was looking for. I plan on an 8350 or better when I get a projector so I'm sure I'll be fine with lighter walls. I think the trade off will be worth it.

Your welcome. I would spend a little more and get something more reliable.
post #161 of 244
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It's great when it's working right but people have had a lot of issues with it. I"m on my 3rd unit since I bought one last November. The first one had auto iris issues and a dust blob, the 2nd developed a dust blob, and my current one has one that is starting but will only get worse.
For now I"m not too upset about it, I just call Epson and they send out another one which means I keep getting a new bulb. I use it a ton, so it's nice to keep getting new bulbs. The party will be over when my 2 year warranty is up (over a year from now) but until then I'll just keep getting new units which means new bulbs. Hopefully by then I can replace it with something more reliable.

Man, that's unfortunate that you've had so many issues with the 8350, but I guess you're not alone. I'm not 100% sure I'll be keeping my current PJ and I'm looking for alternatives. A friend is telling me to look at the Epson 3010.
post #162 of 244
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I finally got around to raising my projector a little bit so I don't bang my head on it. When I had it installed it wasn't a big deal because I had my couch back further so that I wouldn't hit my head when I got up from sitting, but also wouldn't walk into it since the back of the couch was basically right under it. When I moved my couch forward almost 3 feet suddenly the projector was out in the middle of nowhere and in jeopardy of being run into. I have a ceiling fan in between the projector and the screen which is why I can't have it all the way up to the ceiling.

The person who mounted/installed my projector took some shortcuts, first of all he didn't get the projector centered with the screen. I have lens shift so it's not a huge deal, but I switch back and forth a lot when I zoom for 2:35:1 movies. Also, he didn't check to see exactly how high he could mount the projector. He really wanted me to remove the ceiling fan saying that if I kept it it showed that I "just didn't care", whatever that meant. I tried to explain to him that it was also a workout room and even if it wasn't I like having the fan in there. Finally he agreed but clearly he did not try to mount the projector as high as possible. He cut a piece of PVC pipe (which is fine, I think it looks good painted black) and the end result was that the projector was 5'10" from the floor. This weekend I cut some off the pipe making it 6'3" from the ground but I realized I could go a little higher, so I cut off one more inch and now I'm at 6'4" from the ground. It's so nice not to have to worry about that anymore, unless I get someone taller than that in the room.

The reason I didn't mount the projector myself is because I wanted someone who knew what they were doing to paint my screen for me and he said as part of the job he would make the frame and masking panels for the screen and mount the projector and run all the wires to it. I am very happy with the frame and panels, but I wish I would have done the mounting myself as well as painting the screen (since I had to re-do that myself anyway, I think I've already posted about that in this thread).
post #163 of 244
Great room how big is your screen?
post #164 of 244
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Thanks. It's 158 inches and it's a painted wall.
post #165 of 244
Are you manually zooming and focusing the lens on the projector when you do widescreen movies and then zooming it back out for 16x9? Or are you projecting a larger image than the overall screen size and then selecting different zoom levels to make it fit? I have the 8100 and would love to be able to do a wider format screen.
post #166 of 244
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I'm zooming out for 2:35:1 so that the black bars are off of the screen. My projector is almost 17 feet from the wall which is about as close as I can go and still fit the 158" 2:35:1 image on the screen. The black bars are a bit annoying but only on very dark scenes, other than that I don't notice them and there is no way I'm going to spend the money for an anamorphic lense.
post #167 of 244
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post #168 of 244
you going to sit on that HSU?
post #169 of 244
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Haha, I posted that for a guy wanting to buy it and he couldn't get the pictures I emailed him to open, so I put them here and sent him the link. BTW, just got back from Grant's to give him back the first season of Walking Dead. I know you've seen the pictures, but it's brutal seeing in person what the water did to his basement.
post #170 of 244
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Just picked this up. New addition to the room, pushing it further to the "multi-purpose room" end of the spectrum instead of a pure HT room. Nice and very solid incline/decline leg curl/extensions for 120 bucks on Craigslist. I need to figure out a way to configure everything so that the powerblock dumbbells are next to it but I don't know if that's going to work.
post #171 of 244
Not bad I've been looking at a multi purpose bench. I need more room though. Guess I'll be using the clubhouse until I can move and get a spare bedroom to put one in. Good stuff, now we should expect weekly muscle updates. tongue.gif
post #172 of 244
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I wanted to try the Submersives stacked in one corner to see how much more headroom I would get thinking I would move it back after the little experiment. Well, what I found was that liked the sound of the bass for music just as much as having them separated, and I indeed did get more headroom for bass intense scenes (which is to be expected). Then I decided just to leave them stacked in the corner since the bass still sounds great in my LP... other seating positions be damned. I've posted before that I would always recommend 2 subs to smooth the frequency response, but hey, I'm allowed to change my mind. tongue.gif

So, my next problem was that I didn't have speaker stands. I tried to find some online but I couldn't find ANYTHING for speakers this size (50 pounds, 14 wide, 13 deep, and 25 tall). So, I decided to make some. Off to Lowes. I suffer from an extreme lack of tools, no table saw, chop saw, jig saw, etc. so I bought some pre-cut circle peices of wood and some 3" pvc. Took me a minute scratching my head at the store to figure out how to attach the pvc to the wood until I finally figured it out.

Here is part way through my project.

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Looks like I'm working in the middle of the night with mood lighting on, not sure why the pic came out that way.

Here is the finished products and new placement for the Submersives.

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I also pulled up the carpet (AGAIN mad.gif) and buried the subwoofer cable and drilled a small hole in the carpet to run the speaker wire to the main speakers.

NO WIRES SHOWING!! cool.gifsmile.gif

Love it, looks really nice without seeing a single wire anywhere... except for the Submersive power cords on the side wall going into the outlet but they hardly show.

I filled the pvc with sand to make the stands more sturdy. They are functional but I'm not crazy about their looks. They don't look bad at all, but I would prefer square/rectangle bases. Oh well, not bad for me since I have no skills. smile.gif
post #173 of 244
Looks Excellent!!!!

Who says you have no handyman skills?

Now for two more submersives in the left corner... wink.gif
post #174 of 244
I think the DIY stands look kinda cool-nice job. Any thoughts on painting those switch plates under the screen?
post #175 of 244
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Looks Excellent!!!!
Who says you have no handyman skills?
Now for two more submersives in the left corner... wink.gif

I know you know that I've been thinking that! biggrin.gif That was part of why I was so interested in the subs that were supposed to be like Terraforms - I wanted the symmetry and not have to spend a ton of money. BTW I talked to Jeff and he says that each sub would be more like the equivalent of half of a Terraform.
post #176 of 244
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I think the DIY stands look kinda cool-nice job. Any thoughts on painting those switch plates under the screen?

Thanks holt, yep I've been thinking about doing that for a long time. I don't really notice them much but it does need to be done.
post #177 of 244
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I have to say. The mains sound better after getting them further out from the corner. I've been listening to a lot of 2 channel the last couple of days and it sounds fantastic. I usually listen in pro logic IIx, but I'm getting addicted to the 2 channel sound right now.

I don't know if it was getting them out of the corner or the fact that the speakers are now lower and the CD is level with my ears. Either way I'm loving it.
post #178 of 244
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Thanks holt, yep I've been thinking about doing that for a long time. I don't really notice them much but it does need to be done.

My bad for not realizing that it's probably a non-factor when the room is dimmed down--in full light I see a million things that bother me in my room. I've heard that strip clubs are intentionally darkened for similar reasons rolleyes.gif.

Anyway, your room is looking killer and I agree with Archaea that the room would be better balanced with another pair of stacked Submersives smile.gif.
post #179 of 244
Those stands look good. I'm glad you were able to optimize the speaker placement a little more. If you want a square top, I think Lowes sells cutting boards that would work or you could order these from Grizzly.

If you want to try another color scheme, here is a suggestion: biggrin.gif

post #180 of 244
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Hey, I knew I the shape reminded me of something... I have created sit and spins!!
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