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post #31 of 244
Even the masked 16x9 screen looks pretty darn good with the lights dimmed, but the full width presentation is just on another level entirely.
post #32 of 244
Wow i love your room movies must sound immense in there thanks for sharing.
post #33 of 244
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Originally Posted by tezster View Post

Even the masked 16x9 screen looks pretty darn good with the lights dimmed, but the full width presentation is just on another level entirely.

Thanks, I was so surprised at how good the picture looked with all the lights on all the way especially for sports and many tv shows. I had a very large superbowl party and left the lights up all the way and it looked great.

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Wow i love your room movies must sound immense in there thanks for sharing.

Thanks, as much as I love the new screen I still have a hard time dragging myself away from listening to music. It's getting closer but I still think that music is the most impressive part of the system.

I am feeling sleep deprived though, "just one more song" turns into 10 more real quick when I'm listening at night.
post #34 of 244
Nice setup! So tempted to get a big screen.
post #35 of 244
Wow - so, a terrific setup, AND a Dream Theater wall???????? Can we trade houses?!?!?!
post #36 of 244
Are you zooming on 2.35 content? Room looks awesome!
post #37 of 244
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Nice setup! So tempted to get a big screen.

Do it. I thought about it for years, I wish I had done it long ago.
post #38 of 244
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Wow - so, a terrific setup, AND a Dream Theater wall???????? Can we trade houses?!?!?!

Haha, yeah I have a Metallica wall, and a Dream Theater wall. I used to have an Opeth wall but I lost a whole wall since the screen takes up pretty much all of it.

I think I need some movies posters now that i have the big screen.
post #39 of 244
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Are you zooming on 2.35 content? Room looks awesome!

Yes, I'm zooming. In dark scenes you can see the black bars since my projector doesn't have very good black levels. It doesn't bother me much... yet.
post #40 of 244
very nice room.
post #41 of 244
With zooming in, how do you handle a movie like the Dark Knight which has different aspect ratios during the movie? I have thought about getting a 2:35 screen but then I have second thoughts. Yours looks very impressive !!!
post #42 of 244
awesome screen, the proper way to raise a kid on how to watch a movie properly ... not on a little smartphone ; )
post #43 of 244
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With zooming in, how do you handle a movie like the Dark Knight which has different aspect ratios during the movie? I have thought about getting a 2:35 screen but then I have second thoughts. Yours looks very impressive !!!

Those movies are the downside of this size screen. That and Tron are the only movies that I know of, there may be others. I thought MI4 was that way but I recently watched it and it wasn't.

My options with those movies is to either end up with scenes that go off the screen and go from the ceiling to the floor or watch without zooming and then on the blow up scenes I only get a measly 124 inch picture.

It's not that big a deal and I still think people should go with the biggest screen their room/wall can handle. If you are height limited like me then go 2:35:1 if you are width limited go with 16:9.
post #44 of 244
I just got to go to Carp's last month for a movie night with several other KC HT enthusiasts. It really is an awesome room.

We listened to some music first. Many tracks some of which came from the recent WI Speaker GTG, others from the KC Blind Sub Shootout (which I also attended), and then some good ol heavy metal. Proceeded to sample several clips off of a demo disk for heavy bass movies and then watched Hot Fuzz.

First off the ED Cinema 12's were great performers. They delivered with every track/clip and never flinched even at high volume. They filled the space well and had great imaging. I kinda wish I had not already bought my speakers because I think I could have spent less money and been just as happy. I don't say that too often. I would consider these an amazing value.

The dual SubM were spectacular as expected. No big surprise as they were my favorites from the KC Blind GTG. We ran them really hot most of the time and just had some fun switching between various levels and I really did like them run a little hot. We ran some very low Hz tones and tried to see how low we could hear just for fun and somehow in the process I think we ended up only running one SubM for the rest of the night. Well, I mention this because while watching Hot Fuzz I never felt the bass lacking so it is impressive what just one SubM can do in that large space.

And yes the screen is HUGE! The worst part is that now the plans I have for a 9 ft wide screen seem positively microscopic. Oh well. I have a smaller room and will try to make the best of it.

Thanks for hosting Carp. It was fun to see the pictures of the progression of the room since I had never seen it in years past.
post #45 of 244
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Thanks Grant, I'm looking forward to when you get your room done. An Orbit Shifter is going to be amazing.

I'm cringing every time I read an Ed thread now days, I wish I could recommend my eD speakers since I love them so much but I hate to do that since it looks like they are having so many issues with getting out orders in a timely fashion.

I thought I had all the rattles tamed in my room but Underworld Evolution was rattling my doors again. I already have them all weather stripped and they shut very tight/snug now but the doorknobs themselves are doing all the rattling on a couple of the doors. Not sure what to do about that....
post #46 of 244
looking good bud,

even without the captivators! wink.gif
post #47 of 244
Nice room! Question about those bass traps, did they make any difference in your room? I just got 2 HSU 15's to replace my single PB12-NSD and the bass is phenomenal in my large room. I was just wondering if bass traps are even really useful.

I did read about what they "technically" do, but how do you feel about them? Do you think they made a huge difference? Would you buy them again?


Ray
post #48 of 244
Nice setup Carp (whoops gotta be careful typing that)!
post #49 of 244
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Nice room! Question about those bass traps, did they make any difference in your room? I just got 2 HSU 15's to replace my single PB12-NSD and the bass is phenomenal in my large room. I was just wondering if bass traps are even really useful.
I did read about what they "technically" do, but how do you feel about them? Do you think they made a huge difference? Would you buy them again?
Ray

Good question, in terms of measuring I haven't measured with and without traps so I can't say exactly what the difference is technically speaking. I do know that my bass freq response is pretty good even without eq in this room, and i would think the traps have something to do with it in the mid-upper bass range. Subjectively I feel that I can run the subs even hotter (I like to run the subs hot) without them sounding boomy so that's a plus. How much of that impression is real and how much is placebo I don't know. I do think they also help to deaden the room a bit so that the highs are smoother, I tried acoustic panels on the side walls on the 1st and 2nd reflection points back when I had Magnepan speakers and I though they made the room sound too dead so I returned them to GIK. I kind of wish I had kept them though so I could try them with my new eD speakers.

I like my tri traps, in fact even if they didn't make any acoustical difference (which I think they do) I prefer the look in my room. The corners don't look right to me now withouth them there. One thing that bugged me a bit was I gave GIK the exact measurements of what i want and the height I got was 3 inches short of that so they don't go all the way up to the ceiling. I guess GIK does that because it's better to have some breathing room than not be able to fit them, but I don't like the look of that gap on both sides.

To sum up my opinion, they weren't the "night and day" change you read about (at least in my room they weren't) but I do like them and am glad I have them.
post #50 of 244
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Thanks Brad, ha, yeah you wouldn't have been the first to switch those 2 letters. smile.gif
post #51 of 244
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looking good bud,
even without the captivators! wink.gif

As you know I got to see my Captivators again yesterday, I miss how those subs look!! So mean looking, and of course they sound great too.
post #52 of 244
Hola Carp:

Room looks fantastic. You've mentioned cleaning up the wires again in the front, if I may, I'd also suggest painting the switch plates below the screen the color of the wall? You can also get black/grey receptacles if you really want to go the whole 9 yards. I just noticed how clean the front of the room can/does look and I think that would be a nice finishing touch,

Real nice though.

EDIT: DOH! Just was reading through the thread and noticed this was already mentioned, sorry.

James
Edited by mastermaybe - 6/11/12 at 10:15am
post #53 of 244
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Hola Carp:
Room looks fantastic. You've mentioned cleaning up the wires again in the front, if I may, I'd also suggest painting the switch plates below the screen the color of the wall? You can also get black/grey receptacles if you really want to go the whole 9 yards. I just noticed how clean the front of the room can/does look and I think that would be a nice finishing touch,
Real nice though.
EDIT: DOH! Just was reading through the thread and noticed this was already mentioned, sorry.
James

Thanks James. No worries, I really do need to do that and it's summer break so I really have no excuses. I also want to paint the side and back walls and I'm contemplating going to 7.2, but I don't really want to spend money right now - summer gets expensive with so much free time, a good problem to have though. smile.gif
post #54 of 244
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Good question, in terms of measuring I haven't measured with and without traps so I can't say exactly what the difference is technically speaking. I do know that my bass freq response is pretty good even without eq in this room, and i would think the traps have something to do with it in the mid-upper bass range. Subjectively I feel that I can run the subs even hotter (I like to run the subs hot) without them sounding boomy so that's a plus. How much of that impression is real and how much is placebo I don't know. I do think they also help to deaden the room a bit so that the highs are smoother, I tried acoustic panels on the side walls on the 1st and 2nd reflection points back when I had Magnepan speakers and I though they made the room sound too dead so I returned them to GIK. I kind of wish I had kept them though so I could try them with my new eD speakers.
I like my tri traps, in fact even if they didn't make any acoustical difference (which I think they do) I prefer the look in my room. The corners don't look right to me now withouth them there. One thing that bugged me a bit was I gave GIK the exact measurements of what i want and the height I got was 3 inches short of that so they don't go all the way up to the ceiling. I guess GIK does that because it's better to have some breathing room than not be able to fit them, but I don't like the look of that gap on both sides.
To sum up my opinion, they weren't the "night and day" change you read about (at least in my room they weren't) but I do like them and am glad I have them.

Thank you for the honest answer Carpster!

Ray
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Haha, yeah I have a Metallica wall, and a Dream Theater wall. I used to have an Opeth wall but I lost a whole wall since the screen takes up pretty much all of it.


I think I need some movies posters now that i have the big screen.

LOL - wow, an Opeth wall as well... Add a Fates Warning wall and it could be my house! smile.gif
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LOL - wow, an Opeth wall as well... Add a Fates Warning wall and it could be my house! smile.gif

Hmmm I think I need to check out Fates Warning. One of those bands I've heard of for a long time but just never listened to any of their stuff as far as I know.
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Hmmm I think I need to check out Fates Warning. One of those bands I've heard of for a long time but just never listened to any of their stuff as far as I know.

Sorry - I've taken this WAY off topic... smile.gif But last post - if you want to start somewhere... They've had 2 singers and very different styles in those eras... I'd go with "A Pleasant Shade of Grey" for Ray Alder, and the most recent Arch/Matheos CD called "Sympathetic Resonance". Okay - I'm done. smile.gif
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Sorry - I've taken this WAY off topic... smile.gif But last post - if you want to start somewhere... They've had 2 singers and very different styles in those eras... I'd go with "A Pleasant Shade of Grey" for Ray Alder, and the most recent Arch/Matheos CD called "Sympathetic Resonance". Okay - I'm done. smile.gif

No worries about the off topic. You and I have very similar tastes!! I've been listening to that very Arch/Matheos album a lot the last few weeks. I heard one of the songs from it on my Jango radio station (either that or Liquid Metal in the car, I can't remember which) and I liked it enough to check out the whole album on Grooveshark. I know I should buy it and support the artist, but haven't gotten around to it yet. It is a very good album that's for sure. Ok, that's it, I'll have ot check out your other recommendation and some more of their stuff. Thanks. smile.gif
post #59 of 244
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By the way, you've probably heard Katatonia but I wanted to suggest them just in case. If you haven't heard them let me know and I'll suggest a couple of albums. I saw them with Opeth and was very impressed.
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By the way, you've probably heard Katatonia but I wanted to suggest them just in case. If you haven't heard them let me know and I'll suggest a couple of albums. I saw them with Opeth and was very impressed.

Hi - I've heard of them, but not listened to much if anything from them... Thanks for the tip! And btw - Arch/Matheos basically IS fates warning, since it's a mixture of their early and more recent line-up... so you've listened to them and didn't even know it... smile.gif
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