Well folks, the day is finally here!!!
I now have a working theater!!!!
The road has been long and hard, broke my back in the process, literally, and my wallet as well. And to be fair, I still have lots to do, trim, the upholstered panels, all the shelving in the library and the bathroom. But I have a room to relax in again at least.
As of Christmas Eve we had our first movie night in the theater with family. Finished up a scant 1 hr before people arrived.
I am still working out all the bugs in the AV side of things.
Found my XLR cable for my front right main is buggered up. was getting static when powering on the amps that would dissipate after a few mins, did my tone tests and the sound was nearly inaudible. Traced it back to a dead XLR, just thankful it is not the speaker run to the front.
Had another issue with one of my height speakers, one of my SM55s is DOA. I grabbed one from NewEgg as an open box return and the other from AudioGon back in May and this is the first time I have tested them.
No clue which is which, but when I try to pass any sound through it, it trips the amps protection fault circuit and cuts audio to it.
Tested it 7 ways from Sunday and it is 100% the speaker, just not sure what is up.
I have an email out to Def Tech to see if it is under warranty, and if so hopefully I have a local repair place, if not under warranty I will be buying a new one asap.
Spent the day tinkering with InsteoON and iRule to get the lights working. Took forever to remember how to do it (lesson learned, take notes!!)
I did purchase the ISY Automation module for iRule which is really slick. Adds sliders for dimmers, and scene control. Very nice.
Still need to do a full rebuild on the iRule remote to include al lthe new gear, but I am limping it along right now with some success.
Have yet to try out the oppo-103. Heck, I haven't even powered it up yet, tomorrow hopefully.
Concession is in as well, fired up the slurpee machine for the first time. It is out of this world!!! Made my first test concoction, cherry kool-aid (came with the machine) and diet Pepsi. Made awesome diet cherry Pepsi slurpee!!!!
There is a slight downside though, it is bloody loud. The augers are very quiet, it is the chiller that is way too loud though. It takes just about an hr to get to full ice from room temp, and at that point you can turn off the chiller and it will take a few hours to go back to liquid. So we just need to power it up long before a movie.
Now for the progress pics:
Got the butt
All the painiting done this weekend.
Bulkhead in the theater is in Bittersweet Chocolate, looks almost black from a far, but a deep deep brown up close.
The rest is Ashley Grey from Bengamin Moore.
Padding around the buttkickers.
This design worked wonderfully, better than I could have hoped. Took a bit to calibrate it to a comfortable level. I have it cut at below 40hz now, and it engages on most explosions and such in Call of Duty and movies. Still needs a little tweaking, but the rumble is big when needed.
Concession cabinets in and the home theater sign is up and powered on.
And here it is finished.
Movie poster frame came out better than I hoped for. I have yet to get the PC working that will display the posters, but it is all wired in and works. pretty happy with the finished product.
Did have one small snag, the Samsung TV we grabbed does not have a vga connection. I completely forgot to check, so I had to grab a VGA to HDMI active converter. Not a big deal, just was a bit of a shock.
Console and source central.
PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, WiiU, Oppo-103 all hooked up to a Monster power center.
On the bottom is the APC ups I have, projector plugged in there and the monster power center as well.
Plan to add one fo my server power supply connections as well, just need to grab a cable extender first.
Only had time to get the PS4 and PS3 configured on the Marantz 8801, hopegfully tomorrow with luck.
Also still need to move my HTPC from the bedroom down to the AV room, need a USB A Male to A Male cable first though to connect the keystone to the the pop up. Though I ordered one from Monoprice, but can;t find it if so.
Shots around the room.
Little snag here as well. I plopped down on the back row to take the last shot and found that the bottom part of the screen is obscured. Not bad in 2:35:1 viewing as the image is much higher, but if anything is 16:9, back row is gonna be screwed.
Now at the ned of the day, not a major concern. We rarely entertain, and if we had proper theater seating back there it would be fine. Issue is the couch is so soft you really sink in, this puts you way too low.
My wife loves the couch though, and it is more for her naps than guest seating to be honest.
All in all I am very satisfied with the final product here.
Things are sounding great in here even with the unfinished room treatments.
I plan to run the Audessy config this weekend or Monday at the latest to get things dialed in properly.
Next up is the trim and the shelving, then I will continue on the room treatments. If all goes well maybe the end of January / Early Feb I should be 100% done.