All right - I'm back for my one post every 6 weeks with no pictures! It's hard because my pics are on a different computer than the one I usually use.
First, I want to say many thanks to Tedd, who back in July 2012 helped me really think hard about where I wanted my equipment in the room, and helped me open up the back. He came up with many great ideas. Some better than what I actually ended up with, but what I ended up with was the most feasible for my situation and I really like it so I'm very happy.
Now the drywall is done, and I have primed the walls white, and I can stare at the room and get really excited about the future ahead.
I'll be painting over the week of Thanksgiving - taking the whole week off. I have picked some Benjamin Moore colors (I love their paint by the way) and will be picking up the paint in a couple days.
Here's the colors I picked for the theater room:
Ceiling: Tudor Brown
- LRV of ??? - Flat sheen
Walls: Arroyo Red
- LRV of 6.04 - Eggshell/Matte Sheen
Trim: Black Ink
- LRV of 4.22, Eggshell/Matte Sheen
Of course the computer screen doesn't do them justice. BMoore website says that The Tudor Brown has a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 0.0. I think that's bogus. But Deep Taupe has 6.34 LRV and the Tudor Brown is definitely darker so I think I'm good.
I'm also researching speakers.
I really like the sound of Bowers and Wilkins. Thinking of getting 600 series. I'm thinking of auditioning a couple internet direct brands too - Arx (A5 and matching speakers) and Home Theater Direct Level 3. I also want to audition a couple other brands locally, like KEF and Monitor Audio. Budget is about $2500 to $3000 for 7.1 setup. I'm okay with surrounds costing less and not matching the fronts - I want my money in the front speakers and sub.
- I am thinking of Marantz, Denon, maybe Onkyo or Yamaha 7.x or 9.x receivers.
I am pretty sure I'm getting the Epson 6030UB Pro Cinema projector
. Local place that will give me a good price and come to my place and calibrate for free.
I think I want a 1.1 gain screen so I can operate the projector in ECO mode and get good brightness for trying out 3-D, which I'm not sure if I'd like or not - not so much for bulb life but because at high altitude the fan can get pretty loud in regular mode. Any recommendations on a good 1.1 gain screen under $1000?
I REALLY like the Screen Innovations Black Diamond screens - saw these locally - but I can't afford $3K for one of those. Yikes!
Thinking of getting an Oppo for CDs/DVD/BluRay/BluRay 3D and Netflix
. But I want something that I can pause/step/zoom with. I really enjoy "inspecting" some scenes, so I'll zoom and pan and step in some movies. My DVD player does it now and I want my BluRay player to do it also.
Any opinions or thoughts on any of these items are MORE than welcome! My thread has been so quiet after my last few posts...
Some pictures soon I promise!!! Now is the FUN part with the drywall up and paint almost up!