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post #31 of 101
That looks great. Can you refresh my memory on your wall fabric choice? Manufacturer/style?

Regarding the speaker cloth over your LCRs, I think it depends on how acoustically transparent it is. I asked a similar question about using speaker grills for speakers behind an AT screen and it was recommended that I keep them off as having both the grill and the screen would hurt performance.

I would definitely paint the exposed 2x4s.
post #32 of 101
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Can you refresh my memory on your wall fabric choice? Manufacturer/style?.

Not sure who actually manufactures it, but the fabric for the acoustic panels is the Chamois color from the Vienna collection by AcousticSmart.

Here is the information they provided about it:
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post #33 of 101
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Lots more progress yesterday!

Finished the trim around the door, installed chair rail and worked on baseboard moldings.

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Big news is that the electrician wired up the sconces so we finally have some light in the room that isn't makeshift.

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We also worked on running the LED light strips around the soffitt crown molding and hooking up the transformer.
Here's the ceiling with the sconces off and only LED strip lights on:
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Putting reflective aluminum foil tape over the crown molding and then positioning the strip light against the soffit (instead of onto the crown molding), really helped to distribute the light across the ceiling. It took a little experimentation to find the right combination to provide the look I wanted.

We also installed the 2 JBL Synthesis S4S sub woofers in the knee-wall below the screen. You can't see them behind the fabric skin but, trust me, they're there:

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Big items still on the todo list are carpet, chairs, projector porthole, and some electrical (screen wash lights, step lights, install outlets, wire up Grafik-Eye, etc.). Also a lot of work to be done to finish off the AV closet so we can start moving in the rack and hooking up equipment.

Unfortunately, we found out there will be some delay in getting the projector (which Runco currently estimates will ship on the 29th). Also still waiting to here an official availability date for the Denon AVR-4520. It looks like the room may be ready and waiting by the time all the equipment comes in.
post #34 of 101
Beautiful.
post #35 of 101
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Originally Posted by Spaceman View Post

Can you refresh my memory on your wall fabric choice? Manufacturer/style?.

Not sure who actually manufactures it, but the fabric for the acoustic panels is the Chamois color from the Vienna collection by AcousticSmart.

Spaceman,

Just found out from Richard Charschan (President of AcousticSmart) that they manufacture their own acoustic fabrics. Their designer fabrics were awarded a "Best of the Best" award by CE-Pro at CEDIA expo 2010 in the category "Furniture, Seating, and Acoustical Treatments."
post #36 of 101
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More items checked off the todo list:
  • cut-outs for LCR speakers
  • CARPET!!!
  • screen wash lights installed
  • outlets installed in base boards
  • glass for projector portal installed
  • crown molding and chair rail finished around screen wall
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And here's a projector's eye view from outside the room through the portal glass:

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post #37 of 101
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More Great News:

Design Installations worked their magic and instead of waiting for a projector to ship on the 29th and a receiver with an unknown release date, both the Runco LS-12d and Denon AVR-4520 will be delivered to my house tomorrow and installation of all of the equipment will begin.

The electrician will also be here tomorrow to finish up with installation of the Grafik Eye and keypad, step lights and riser outlets, wiring for projector power and some other miscellaneous items.

Delivery of the chairs is scheduled for Friday!

post #38 of 101
That looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it with chairs and a nice screen shot.

I'm assuming it's the flash that is making the duct work reflect inside your HVAC return. If not, you might want to hit that with some black spray paint.
post #39 of 101
Jchasen, that is a beautiful and rich looking room you have there! Nice choice of carpet too. Indeed it looks like everything is coming together...and quick.

Dale
post #40 of 101
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I've got a very busy day today (non-home-theater related), so I don't have time to compose a long post.

I'll fill in some details and more photos later. But for now, here are some quick pics that speak for themselves:

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Edited by jchasen - 10/28/12 at 7:00am
post #41 of 101
WOW, that is stunning, well done, enjoy it.
post #42 of 101
Awesome theater. Love the colors, layout and lighting. Is all the dark brown trim wood? It looks painted, certainly not stained but, I like it. I could use a cheaper species of wood or composite material for my room if I paint instead of stain.
post #43 of 101
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Awesome theater. Love the colors, layout and lighting.

Thanks for the kind words. Now I just need to find some time to enjoy it.

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Is all the dark brown trim wood?

All the "wood" is MDF. Not sure exactly what the finish is. It was not finished on-site but pre-finished in AcousticSmart's factory, then installed. To me it seems a little nicer than what I would expect if it were just painted normally, but I'm no expert.
post #44 of 101
I kind of thought it was mdf. When I sat painted I'm talking about a spray application not brushing. I'm sure it's done that way from their factory. I may invest in a hvlp sprayer at some point. The base boards, crown molding and casing that was some composite material and not wood correct? The wall panels are mdf. Thanks.
post #45 of 101
Looks Great!! I'm considering some lighter colors for the upper portions of my walls as well. Do you get any reflections from the lighter fabric when the lights are off and it's movie time, or does it stay pretty dark?
post #46 of 101
Beautiful room and love those LCRs. Can you post a cost breakdown not including or separate the equipment list?
post #47 of 101
Wow, I am jealous. Im just getting started and I am still clueless. I will be taking pictures and posting them this w/e to get some feed back on where and how to start. I was thinking about submitting my dimensions to Dennis Erskines, to help me form some ideas for my space. Thanks for sharing.
post #48 of 101
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I'm considering some lighter colors for the upper portions of my walls as well. Do you get any reflections from the lighter fabric when the lights are off and it's movie time, or does it stay pretty dark?

I find that there aren't really any reflections off of the fabric. In fact, the pilasters, front soffit, moldings and the leather of the chairs seem to be responsible for what little reflections there are. Definitely not a bat cave, but it doesn't bother me at all.

This picture is a fairly accurate representation of what the room looks like with a movie playing:

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post #49 of 101
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Beautiful room and love those LCRs. Can you post a cost breakdown not including or separate the equipment list?

Thanks for the complement. Unfortunately, the parties I have worked with have requested that I not give out cost information, and I will be honoring their request.
post #50 of 101
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I find that there aren't really any reflections off of the fabric. In fact, the pilasters, front soffit, moldings and the leather of the chairs seem to be responsible for what little reflections there are. Definitely not a bat cave, but it doesn't bother me at all.
This picture is a fairly accurate representation of what the room looks like with a movie playing:
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That is EXACTLY the kind of feedback I was hoping for! Thanks!!!
post #51 of 101
How much leg room is there for the back row (from the front of the back seats to the back of the front seats)?




I ask, because it looks like there's quite a bit room up there. Maybe the back seats should be moved forward a bit...?

Btw, I love the room. smile.gif
post #52 of 101
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I ask, because it looks like there's quite a bit room up there. Maybe the back seats should be moved forward a bit...?
Btw, I love the room. smile.gif

I'm guessing that is an illusion caused by the wide angle lens that was used to take the picture. His original drawing says the room is only 20' long, so there probably is only enough room for the second row to recline and maybe have someone squeeze by.
post #53 of 101
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His original drawing says the room is only 20' long
20' 8"

Anyway, looking at the step depth, the floor right behind it looks much bigger (somewhere between 2.5 to 3 times the depth of the step). A tread usually has a 7" rise with a 11" run. That would suggest a space of around 28"-33" to the front of the chair. I'm guessing there is a space of around 18"-20" once the chair is fully extended...? Moving the chairs forward 2-3 inches would still give enough space to get by. (we have way less than that when we go to a regular theater) biggrin.gif
post #54 of 101
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How much leg room is there for the back row (from the front of the back seats to the back of the front seats)?




I ask, because it looks like there's quite a bit room up there. Maybe the back seats should be moved forward a bit...?

Btw, I love the room. smile.gif

As Ngiovas already said, it's probably an optical illusion due to the angle of the photo.

Here's a better shot:

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The actual distance between the extended foot rest and the head rest of the front row is only 9.75".
When the seats are not reclined the distance from the front of the rear seat to the back of the front seat is 42".

It's sufficient, but definitely not excessive.
post #55 of 101
Great room! Your build thread started and ended so fast I didn't even see it until now. I had a question for you and I am also hoping you can post a picture - Did you go with a professional projector viewport or is that finish work done with painted molding? It appears to me that it may be one of the professional projector portals available through Stewart Filmscreen. Would you mind posting a close picture of your projector view port? Thanks and congratulations to you again!!
Edited by TMcG - 10/11/12 at 3:04am
post #56 of 101
Thanks for the referral to this thread Tim!

Nice theater Jchasen! I love the carpet design and the ceiling.

I was shown/told by an AV installer here in my town about the LED strip lighting and crown moulding trick so I planned to do the same thing. You executed that extremely well. I will have to steal the reflective tape thing that you mentioned if you dont mind ofcourse. LOVE the way that turned out!

I like the sconces you chose as well. Questions below...

I have a very similarly sized room (20'6x10'6x9) so I'm hoping to be able to do some of the same things you did with the riser and seating. I would end up going 4 in the rear and 3 in the front but with a very similar layout (step on one side and riser extending from one side of the room to the other.

I did have a few questions for you:

Sconces... where did you find them and approx how much did they run? I might snipe the design from you some day wink.gif

How big did your screen end up being? what format is it set up in?

If you were going to put columns on the ends of the screen why did you decide not to install the L and R speakers in them? Dont you find the distance between the L, C, R, to be too close together?
post #57 of 101
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Nice theater Jchasen! I love the carpet design and the ceiling.

Thanks.

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Sconces... where did you find them and approx how much did they run? I might snipe the design from you some day wink.gif

The sconces are Murray Feiss WB1220ORB and I got them for about $96 from 1stoplighting.com. The main reasons we chose them were for their low profile (so you're not likely to whack your head on them as you walk by in our narrow room) and because they throw a fair amount of light outward, as well as upward (important because they're the only real source for significant lighting in the room.) They take up to a 100 watt regular bulb.

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How big did your screen end up being? what format is it set up in?

Screen is 120" diagonal, 16:9 aspect ratio.

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If you were going to put columns on the ends of the screen why did you decide not to install the L and R speakers in them? Dont you find the distance between the L, C, R, to be too close together?

The distance between the LCR's seems/sounds fine to me. If we put the L and R's in the pilasters, I think they would be too close to the side walls which might cause some issues. Also, the speakers are pretty big so it would have required a significant re-design of the front pilasters and they wouldn't match up with the rest of the room.
post #58 of 101
Wow... and the sconces are at a great price too... definitely going to try to get those. The low profile is of utmost importance for me as well.

Screen size is awesome... just what I had in mind for my theater. Size and ratio.
post #59 of 101
Very nice theater, it looks great.
post #60 of 101
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A few people PM'ed me with questions about the seating, so I'm just gonna try to address them all here.

The seats were custom manufactured by AcousticSmart. They have several different lines/styles of seating, which can be seen here:
http://www.acousticsmart.com/theater_seating.asp

When we were choosing our seats, AcousticSmart brought demos of our top 4 choices to our house so we could try them out.
We found the Metropolitan style the most comfortable so we chose that.

The dimensions of our seats/rows are shown here:

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Their "normal" chairs would be a little wider but, since they are custom made, AcousticSmart was able to slightly reduce the width of both the seat and the arm rest in order to allow us to fit the number of seats that we wanted. I still find the seat size to be more than adequate (and I am not small). Overall, I find these seats to be SUPER comfy.

In our seating layout, we had to cut down on the number of arm rests in order to fit the desired number of seats - hence all the loveseats.
But since AcousticSmart came out with this new accessory, I think we get the best of both worlds:

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The removable arm rests easily pop into place when you want some separation from your neighbor or a place to rest your arm, and pop right out when you want the love seat to be more "lovey".
With the arm rest in place, the available tush space is slightly reduced, but still more than adequate and comfortable.

The motorized chair controls are very smooth and fairly quiet. We opted for the single motor - so one set of buttons control the leg rest and recline. They also offer dual motors so the leg rest and recline can be independently controlled, but we didn't get them so I can't comment on how useful it would be.

AcousticSmart offers a lifetime warranty on all frames, springs, and moving parts; and a 5 year warranty on the leather.

Bottom Line: A big thumbs up to AcousticSmart Theatre Seating! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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