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post #331 of 469
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I got the 2nd rack built tonight and filled it with some new gear!  The 78 pound B&K amp and 72 pound Furman UPS were all kinds of fun to rack by myself.  All of the MA custom face plates fit nicely.

 


EDIT:
I forgot to mention a couple of tricks I used. To install the heavy gear I used the blank plates that came with the rack to square it. I mounted plates in the front and back of the rack in the slot below were the amp will go. I put (2) 2x4's on top of the plates. I slid the amp on top of the 2x4's and then used them as levers to move the amp up the 1/4" I needed for the next hole.

Also some of the MA custom plates had a small gap around the gear. I added a piece of electrical tape to the backside of the plate and the gap disappears.

And use the Middle Atlantic screws. I used others screws for the old rack and they were terrible. I replaced them all with MA screws and had no issues.

>I will work on the PJ, screen and speakers tomorrow.

 


Edited by avtexan - 12/21/13 at 9:39am
post #332 of 469
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Originally Posted by avtexan View Post

I got the 2nd rack built tonight and filled it with some new gear!  The 78 pound B&K amp and 72 pound Furman UPS were all kinds of fun to rack by myself.  All of the MA custom face plates fit nicely.

I will work on the PJ, screen and speakers tomorrow.



Looks nice................coming along.

BTW, you're lucky you didn't have to attempt placing an EVO 403 in rack................I tried and lost...... back was sore for weeks! 175 lb amp is now sitting in bedroom closet unused.................
post #333 of 469
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Looks nice................coming along.

BTW, you're lucky you didn't have to attempt placing an EVO 403 in rack................I tried and lost...... back was sore for weeks! 175 lb amp is now sitting in bedroom closet unused.................

175 lbs is a beast!
post #334 of 469
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Well the soft opening was a big hit.  I got everything fired up just before showtime so I did not have time for any calibrations.  I got the PJ framed up and focused and I set some quick levels on the Pre/Pro and away we went.

 

We watched The Hunger Games.  I was really happy with everything knowing it will get even better when properly calibrated.  The big hit of the night was the pair of Seaton HP+'s.  The sub levels were a bit hot and when the cannon would fire it was awesome.  The fire scene in the forest was simply amazing.  A couple of people thought we had butt shakers in the seats.  All of the work in the room really paid off.  The room was really tight and had no issues with rattles.

 

I got a HUGE amount of work in from Friday after work until tonight@ 6:00.  I only got a couple of hours of sleep but I knew I needed to get everything done.  So in 30 hours I got the following done:

 

Hung the PJ (I did not get to the Cineslide)

Built & hung the screen

Set up the Subs

Hooked up the LCR's and made a make shift curtain wall

Installed the rear surround speakers

Terminated everything in the rack

Set up the popcorn machine for its maiden voyage

Had the chairs delivered

 

I had loads of fun getting the subs on the stage by myself.

 

I am going to build some speaker stands but I ran out of time for them today.  I had a 2x12 that was leftover from the room build that worked nicely.  I added a support in the middle and put the LCR's on top of the board. 

 

I draped the black backing that came with the screen over the frame and subs to make a skirt.  It worked surprisingly well. The Roscoe paint also does a great job....it is very dark and flat. I need to stretch the screen a bit more to clean up some wrinkles.  

 

The Palliser Media Chairs were very comfortable.  They came out a little wider that the spec sheet said.  It was tight fit by the steps but it worked out. I was very happy with the width of the aisles. I was worried it would be tight but they were fine. The riser depth was just right. I can extend both rows and I don't touch the 1st row from the 2nd.

 

So I still have a bunch of odds and ends to take care of.  I will tighten up the audio / video calibrations.  I will start working on the quest panels shorty.  I should have the carpet by the end of January.  It sucks that I will have to pull a lot of this stuff out of the room when I finally get my carpet in.

 

I am excited about watching some football in there tomorrow.  Even my lowly Texans.


Edited by avtexan - 12/29/13 at 1:11pm
post #335 of 469
Congrats! Nice to see another Houston theater on the forums! What part of Houston are you located?
post #336 of 469
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Originally Posted by DavidK442 View Post

Congratulations on pulling everything together for the opening. A huge amount of work for one night. Great that everything went well. That much low end fire power mixed with all the wood panels and trim could have been disaster. The construction must be very solid.
Love the aesthetics of the room. Richly stained wood, classic wainscoting, coffered ceilings...very nice.

Thanks! I was really worried on how the room would hold up. It was good to know all those little steps along the way paid off. I still have some tweaks to go but so far so good.
post #337 of 469
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Congrats! Nice to see another Houston theater on the forums! What part of Houston are you located?

Thanks! I am in the Clear Lake area. How about you?
post #338 of 469
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Thanks! I am in the Clear Lake area. How about you?
I'm in katy. Seems like everybody is so far away from me on here. I would love to see some of the theaters on here but houston metropolitan size is stupid big and would take over an hour just to get somewhere without traffic.
post #339 of 469
looks good can't wait for the clean up so to speak
post #340 of 469
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Originally Posted by avtexan View Post

Well the soft opening was a big hit.  I got everything fired up just before showtime so I did not have time for any calibrations.  I got the PJ framed up and focused and I set some quick levels on the Pre/Pro and away we went.

 

We watched The Hunger Games.  I was really happy with everything knowing it will get even better when properly calibrated.  The big hit of the night was the pair of Seaton HP+'s.  The sub levels were a bit hot and when the cannon would fire it was awesome.  The fire scene in the forest was simply amazing.  A couple of people thought we had butt shakers in the seats.  All of the work in the room really paid off.  The room was really tight and had no issues with rattles.


Welcome to the world of floating floors! Buttkickers need not apply!

There is a great thread in the sub/bass forum on ULF along with tactile enhancement........with your room having essential a trampoline to accommodate waves 42 ft long it's a "God Send!"

Do you have a mic, SPL meter, and REV downloaded? If not, try to do so for your own good...........the science behind all this theater business is amazing! When you finally measure the room, I'm sure you'll be finding ways to locate more subs! wink.gif

In Spring, I'll have my Trinnov TEQ-12 and pass along my thoughts.........seems your room would benefit....ie. world class eq!

Room is looking great......and you know I love all that wood! cool.gif
post #341 of 469
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Welcome to the world of floating floors! Buttkickers need not apply!

There is a great thread in the sub/bass forum on ULF along with tactile enhancement........with your room having essential a trampoline to accommodate waves 42 ft long it's a "God Send!"

Do you have a mic, SPL meter, and REV downloaded? If not, try to do so for your own good...........the science behind all this theater business is amazing! When you finally measure the room, I'm sure you'll be finding ways to locate more subs! wink.gif

In Spring, I'll have my Trinnov TEQ-12 and pass along my thoughts.........seems your room would benefit....ie. world class eq!

Room is looking great......and you know I love all that wood! cool.gif

I got my mic & boom mic stand for Christmas and Amazon should deliver my SPL meter today. I am going to run Audyssey on Saturday. I also need to install the Cineslide and lens and knock out a misc list of things on Sunday.

Then I will download REW, decide to take the red pill and see how far down the rabbit-hole goes. Should be fun!!
post #342 of 469
Sounds fun
post #343 of 469
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I am now part of the CIH world!!!  I got the Lumis dialed in and I installed the Cineslide and the ISCO III L lens this weekend.  I also have the Lumagen Radiance Mini 3D in the loop as well.  So far all I can say is WOW!!

 

We watched all of the NFL playoff games this weekend.  They looked great.  The motion was perfect.  We watched the Sunday games in 2:37 using the Lumagen's Non-Linear Stretch mode and it was pretty awesome.  I am not sure what the downside is when using this.  It looked pretty sweet to my novice eyes.

 

We watched a couple of episodes of Mad Men on BR and they were excellent as well.

 

I tried some 3D to make sure I had everything hooked up correctly.  It looked really good.  Much better than I had seen before.  I have not been a big 3D fan but I could see myself watching it more going forward.

 

The final demo was Seabiscuit.  I was a little nervous to watch this one.  I used it for almost all of my PJ demo's and was worried that I would only see the flaws.  I was very pleased.  The issues that I had in my notes from other PJ's were not to be found.  The color and detail were great and the motion was awesome.  I can't wait to see the Lumis after it is calibrated.  So far I have only done the basics with the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark Disc.

 

The installation of the Cineslide was fairly straight forward and well documented in the instructions.  I had some questions along the way that were quickly answered by GetGray.  The Cineslide is an amazing piece of hardware.  It's construction is heavy duty but eloquent at the same time.  I was impressed at how fast, quiet and accurate that it is.

 

I need to give a BIG shout out and thanks to GetGray for all of his help and assistance.  He has been instrumental in helping me get to this point.  His advise and guidance with my equipment selections has been spot on.  I can't say enough about his customer service before during and especially after the sale.  We have had many conversations along the way and he has always been available and patient with me.  I can't recommend Scott enough if anybody is looking for someone to help design & equip their Home Theater.    Thanks Scott!

 

The Sim2 Lumis 3D-S UNO with Cineslide and ISCO III L lens

 

 

 

I am still debating a hush box but I hate to do it because I think this looks awesome!!!!

 

 

I transferred the measurments from the CAD drawing supplied by GetGray to a foam board.  It made the layout on the ceiling much easier.  With the adjustability of the Cineslide everything went together as planned.

 


Edited by avtexan - 1/13/14 at 8:10am
post #344 of 469
Simply awesome job! LOVE that projector. As close to perfection as it gets for 1080p and with exceptional brightness. The Lumis would easily be my go-to projector if it was in budget.

When do the Quest panels arrive? Did your carpet backorder come through?
post #345 of 469
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Simply awesome job! LOVE that projector. As close to perfection as it gets for 1080p and with exceptional brightness. The Lumis would easily be my go-to projector if it was in budget.

When do the Quest panels arrive? Did your carpet backorder come through?

Thanks! We watched some more Mad Men on BR last night and we really enjoyed it. I hope to finish up some odds and ends on the list this weekend. I then need to clean out my garage from the HT build to make room for the Quest panels. I will order them next week. While I am waiting on the delivery I will do some REW measurements. That should be fun!

I hope that the carpet is still on by the end of the month.
post #346 of 469
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The niche for the popcorn machine is done.  We have had the machine for some time but I have been waiting on the doors to come in.  We have used the machine several times and have really enjoyed the popcorn.

 

The Machine is a Paragon Contempo 8oz.  I ordered it from Stargate Cinema and had an excellent experience.

 

There is a frig and bar to the left.  The niche for the popcorn machine was cut out of a void in the wall that I discovered when we demoed the home theater.  I added doors to the bottom for storage.  I still need to add the knobs and a pull.

 

 

I put the machine on an industrial pull out shelf.  This is handy for cleaning or getting access to the back if needed.  I lined the inside of the cavity with fire resistant Hardiboard.  I left plenty room above the machine for ventilation.  So far it has worked out fine.

 


Edited by avtexan - 1/27/14 at 9:01pm
post #347 of 469
Looks great avtexan! I like the pull-out shelf a lot.
post #348 of 469
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I put the machine on an industrial pull out shelf

Looks good. Can you tell me where your got the shelf? I need something like that
post #349 of 469
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Looks good. Can you tell me where your got the shelf? I need something like that

Thanks guys! We built the shelf onsite. I will get a pic of the structure and post it here.
post #350 of 469
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Thanks guys! We built the shelf onsite. I will get a pic of the structure and post it here.

Thanks.
post #351 of 469
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The niche for the popcorn machine is done.  We have had the machine for some time but I have been waiting on the doors to come in.  We have used the machine several times and have really enjoyed the popcorn.

 

The Machine is a Paragon Contempo 8oz.  I ordered it from Stargate Cinema and had an excellent experience.

 

There is a frig and bar to the left.  The niche for the popcorn machine was cut out of a void in the wall that I discovered when we demoed the home theater.  I added doors to the bottom for storage.  I still need to add the knobs and a pull.

 

 

I put the machine on an industrial pull out shelf.  This is handy for cleaning or getting access to the back if needed.  I lined the inside of the cavity with fire resistant Hardiboard.  I left plenty room above the machine for ventilation.  So far it has worked out fine.

 


I really like this idea. I may have to aaaah "barrow" this.
post #352 of 469
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I really like this idea. I may have to aaaah "barrow" this.

Barrow away!
post #353 of 469
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Here is a couple of pics of the shelf.

 

 

Shelf Bracket

 

post #354 of 469
I think you're going to have to host the next meet. It's time to share that room with your friends on here.
post #355 of 469
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I think you're going to have to host the next meet. It's time to share that room with your friends on here.

I would love to. I wanted to host this one but I wanted to get my acoustics and automation done first. Next time.
post #356 of 469
Are there carpet pics that just haven't been posted? wink.gif
post #357 of 469
Great build thread! My favorite part is your coffered ceilings and the rope light in your crown!

Thanks for the great documentation of the journey
post #358 of 469
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No carpet yet......It should be here in a couple of weeks. With all of the weather in Georgia they are behind.

I should have the Quest panels in a couple of weeks as well. I plan to take a week off of work an knock it all out!!

I did dip my toe in the REW waters this weekend. Pretty interesting.

It did get the faux finish on the ceilings done today and I will post some pics this weekend.
post #359 of 469
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Great build thread! My favorite part is your coffered ceilings and the rope light in your crown!

Thanks for the great documentation of the journey

Thanks for checking out my build. The ceiling looks even better now with the faux work completed.
post #360 of 469
What were you measuring with REW? I have a calibrated mic if you want to use it.
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