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post #31 of 50
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Couple of questions as I prepare for drywall. I've decided to install the riser and the Soffit after the drywall. I'm planning to run a dedicated 14/2 romex in to the riser, and I'll use this to provide outlets for the front row of chairs (back row will be powered from outlets in back wall) as well as step lights. This is straightforward to me.

What I'm a little unclear on is what I'll need to run up in to the Soffit. I plan to have rope lighting in the Soffit...I'm guessing that's ran like any other light? Powered off a switch? Also, my star ceiling. Is that the same way...just needing a 14/2 powered off a switch? Or dues the unit plug in to an outlet? I'm still guessing I'd put a switch the outlet if that's the case.

I know I need to run power for the two circuits that will be can lights. It's just the power/writing for the star ceiling and rope lights I'm uncertain on.

Thanks in advance!
post #32 of 50
I can't help directly with the star ceiling and rope lights - I think there are different ways to do it, depending on the hardware system you want to implement, but I wanted to remind you that if you wire the outlets and step lights together, you won't be able to dim the step lights. You'll be limiting yourself to changing bulb wattage in the event they are too bright or hot. This may turn out to be totally useless information - but there it is.
post #33 of 50
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Been a while since I updated this thread. Need some better pics too. Going to build the vision shroud to cover this projector this week. ta8u9a5y.jpgnererede.jpgna2yrahe.jpga5eqy2ud.jpgha6ezy5y.jpgyhana5u5.jpg

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post #34 of 50
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*custom shroud, not vision shroud.

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post #35 of 50
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Just ordered my seats. Went with one row of 4 and one row of 5. I got the Octane Boost XL700.

They can't get here soon enough!
post #36 of 50
I'm really liking your colors and the wood. Now I need to go look up those chairs since I'm not familiar with those. Looks great!
post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by 7channelfreak View Post

I'm really liking your colors and the wood. Now I need to go look up those chairs since I'm not familiar with those. Looks great!

Thanks! My wife gets credit for the colors, although it was me that decided to do the stain grade trim in that room. I'll post some nice photos once the seats are installed (hopefully in about a week).

Go check out the seats... I'm really excited about them. Apparently they're exactly like the Lane 103 Matinee.
post #38 of 50

Dan, did your order your seats from an online vendor (if so who)?  or did you buy them local?

post #39 of 50
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Originally Posted by panino View Post

Dan, did your order your seats from an online vendor (if so who)?  or did you buy them local?


I bought from www.theaterseatstore.com.

Tried to buy local, but nobody had stock and everybody needed 6-8 weeks. These guys said they'd have them to me 7 days and the pricing was great plus no sales tax.

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post #40 of 50
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Seats installed today. Now I just need to hook up the subs and calibrate the audio, then I can install the speaker grills and call it complete for a while.

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post #41 of 50
Nice! You can have a pretty good crowd in there.

Looks like someone has already claimed the first seat.
post #42 of 50
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Nice! You can have a pretty good crowd in there.

Looks like someone has already claimed the first seat.

The kids treat it like a damn jungle gym, LOL. That's why I didn't go all out on seats this round. With the kids being able to double up, we should be able to get a good body count in there. First movie night with company is next weekend. We're stoked.

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post #43 of 50
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Today is the day when I'll install the projector cover that I built, and finally hookup my two 12" subs.

Once those two items are done, then I'll calibrate the projector for PQ and the receiver audio.

Pics to come later.
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by W00lly View Post

Man your room is screaming for a 2.35 screen.

Would my projector even be able to handle that?

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post #45 of 50
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I'll play with it later this week.

I'm assuming pretty much any Bluray is going to be 2.35:1?

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post #46 of 50
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Originally Posted by W00lly View Post

Yep. What size is your screen now. When I'm watching 16:9 material my screen is a 120 diagnal I do not mask the sides as it does not bother me.


By the way Dan your theater turned out pretty sweet.

Thanks! Screen is 110" 16:9 Acoustically Transparent Dragonfly. I'm really happy with it. Just finished watching Captain Phillips.

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post #47 of 50
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Finally got to a few finishing touches, like the PJ cover. That is sweet. I routed it at all out MDF, making sure to leave huge holes for the intake and exhaust, then wrapped it with some black AT cloth. Only thing that would make it better is if the cloth was brown.

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We've been using the room like crazy and love it. My cousin is just getting in the A/V business and is going to have done photos professionally taken for his brochure. I'll post those when I get them.

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post #48 of 50
Theater looks great! I wish I could fit 5 seats in the back row of my theater but my door is in the back so I have to leave room for a walkway.

Did you install the mini split system?
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by nichol1997 View Post

Theater looks great! I wish I could fit 5 seats in the back row of my theater but my door is in the back so I have to leave room for a walkway.

Did you install the mini split system?

I didn't go with the mini split. I ended up replacing all the duct work in the entire home, the furnace and the A/C as I was finishing the basement. The HVAC contractor ran two 7" ducts (flex duct) and a cold air return (also does duct) to the theater and so far it works great. We did do the duct work in such a way that I want to go the route of the mini split later, we could easily do so.

Thanks for the compliments. I'm excited about the 9 seats, though we've only used all of them once so far. I'll pack it full for some spring events though... Looking forward to that.

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post #50 of 50
Looks nice! I too envy your 9 seats!

-Sean
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