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post #91 of 135
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Tile is all finished up, same with the carpet on the stairs



post #92 of 135
That looks really slick Dan!
post #93 of 135
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Mirror is hung in the bathroom, adjusted the vanity light a bit......still not sure what color to paint the non-tile walls in the bathroom.

post #94 of 135
Nice job Dan! Your build looks great. I had to laugh at all the paint test samples on the wall. I think you had me beat by 3 samples but it's really the only way to know for sure and the cost is minimal nowadays. Thanks for posting the pics.
Ric
post #95 of 135
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Some small updates I got done over the holidays....

Got my (new) PS4 hooked up, Apple TV, DirectTV, HDMI Splitter, Darbe, & Wii all wired up....



And my lights installed under the bar

post #96 of 135
I love looking at your updates! The contemporary look is very sexy!
post #97 of 135
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Two small updates....

Somehow my wife managed to sneak this down in my build, although I think its an eye sore.



post #98 of 135
Looking great, as always, Dan. Did you use those LED strips under the bar?



I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I died inside a little bit on your behalf when I realized that your center channel speaker is narrower than a Wii sensor bar. I cried a single tear and then had to go and hug my tower speakers and 25 lb. center.
post #99 of 135
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Yes, those are the LED strips under the bar (bought from Lowes).

I actually thought about upgrading my center speaker, since I have the room to do so.

Any suggestions that you guys have? It must fit in that slot.
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i think so,it looks like you're gaining considerable living space with this basement build. Looking forward to more updates!thanks

GBRzLi

post #101 of 135
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I actually thought about upgrading my center speaker, since I have the room to do so.

Any suggestions that you guys have? It must fit in that slot.
What are the dimensions of that space? Do you prefer a warmer, mellower sound or a brighter, more strident sound?
post #102 of 135
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I'll get dimensions tonight.

I prefer a brighter, more strident sound......I'm doing this just so you can sleep at night Noah smile.gif
post #103 of 135
Don't think I don't appreciate it! wink.gif
post #104 of 135
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The space is 24 x 6
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Is it 6" even? A lot of centers with 5.25" woofers are around 6.5" high. Basically everything I can recommend from firsthand experience won't quite fit in a 6" high space.

In any case, it shouldn't be a huge sacrifice to go with a center with smaller drivers (and, thus, a smaller enclosure), since I would guess that the Bose system's crossover point is fairly high. I would probably opt for an acoustic suspension (sealed) speaker or else one that's ported in front, so as to avoid any additional resonance in your cabinet.

The Klipsch RS-42 II is front-ported and is 5.4" high. I'm normally loathe to recommend Klipsch since I find their speakers to be a bit bright (and fatiguing after a while), but some people prefer that much emphasis in the upper midrange. I'm reading that your Bose system has some kind of auto-calibration, but even with that, I'm not sure that a speaker like the Klipsch would blend particularly well with the other Bose speakers. It might be worth trying out as long as you can buy it from a place with a good return policy. Klipsch speakers tend to be fairly efficient and easy to drive, which will also be significant with your Bose system.

The Def Tech ProCenter 1000 would also fit in that space. It's 14.25" L x 5" D x 5" H.

Personally, I would recommend going with a fairly neutral speaker with a fabric (likely silk) dome tweeter. I haven't heard this exact Fluance center, but I have heard other Fluance systems and I like the brand overall. This model would just fit and has a sealed enclosure.

Anyway, those are a few ideas. The space does limit you a bit, but there are still plenty of options and I think it shouldn't be too difficult to find something to improve upon the Bose center (no offense). What's your budget for this upgrade?
post #106 of 135
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Is it 6" even? A lot of centers with 5.25" woofers are around 6.5" high. Basically everything I can recommend from firsthand experience won't quite fit in a 6" high space.

In any case, it shouldn't be a huge sacrifice to go with a center with smaller drivers (and, thus, a smaller enclosure), since I would guess that the Bose system's crossover point is fairly high. I would probably opt for an acoustic suspension (sealed) speaker or else one that's ported in front, so as to avoid any additional resonance in your cabinet.

I feel like the KEF line might be the way to go. They are only an inch & a half thick and they look very nice. The 301c would fit in that space, and the look of these could even convince your wife to let you upgrade your LR speakers, too... smile.gif

http://www.kef.com/html/us/showroom/home_theatre_speakers/tseries/fact_sheets/systems/t305/index.html
post #107 of 135
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The space is exactly 6" high, so 6 1/4" would not fit.

I'd like to keep it under 300 for this center speaker, and not sure how well any speaker will "blend" with my bose system since it does have an auto-calibration (that actually works quite well), so buying from a place that has a good return policy is a must (such as amazon).
post #108 of 135
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That Kef looks nice, would fill the space nicely too.....thoughts on how it would work with my bose system?
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That Kef looks nice, would fill the space nicely too.....thoughts on how it would work with my bose system?

I've no experience with a Bose system, so I don't know. Do they use proprietary connections, etc. like Bang & Olufsen? I have had many Bose speakers, but never the systems like that, I've had 901s, currently using 201s for my turntable.
post #110 of 135
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Nope, no proprietary connections...just standard speaker wire terminals.
post #111 of 135
Then I would give it a shot. Like I said, they look gorgeous, very low-profile and contemporary. You could potentially parlay this into new LR, too. smile.gif
post #112 of 135
I like KEF, but I would prefer a speaker with a traditional enclosure in this situation. You'll generally get higher sensitivity and more full-range frequency response with a more traditional speaker as compared to a very flat one designed to be wall-mounted.

If you think you can convince your better half to spring for the whole system (and wall mount it, as it was designed for), that would be a great upgrade, but I don't know about just dropping one of the speakers into your system and then putting it in your component stand.
post #113 of 135
Dan you seem like you are very good at building things, so why not DIY your speakers to make them any size, color, and finish you want?
post #114 of 135
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I like KEF, but I would prefer a speaker with a traditional enclosure in this situation. You'll generally get higher sensitivity and more full-range frequency response with a more traditional speaker as compared to a very flat one designed to be wall-mounted.

If you think you can convince your better half to spring for the whole system (and wall mount it, as it was designed for), that would be a great upgrade, but I don't know about just dropping one of the speakers into your system and then putting it in your component stand.

That's a valid point, but if you purchase from a dealer with a good return policy, it's worth a try.
post #115 of 135
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Got a klipsh kc-42 on the way, and with a snow storm currently ripping thru pittsburgh, i had some time to decorate.

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post #116 of 135
Dan,

Your build log and basement build is awesome. When you get a chance take some updated pictures of the entire room. You have done an awesome job with your setup and finishes.

One question about your speakers and sound setup. Why dont you install in wall speakers like

http://www.polkaudio.com/products/whole-house-audio/in-wall

If you install and paint the covers they are flush and barely noticeable.

My wife fought me about a 5.1 sound system for years and then I finally got a really good deal on Polk 5.1 with towers, bookshelfs, center and sub. Now she doesn't want to watch movies or tvs on any other sound setup.

anyway! great work and take more updated pictures when you get a chance!
post #117 of 135
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Thanks!

In-wall are not realistic at this point. Thanks for the thought tho!

Im in the basement right now doing detail work, heres a quick pano.

Once my build is "done" ill take some nice high-res pics and post them.
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post #118 of 135
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LOL @ Noah - you're too much!

Anyways, after 3 long years of going for my MBA in Finance I am finally done! Took my last final tonight, and so glad that chapter of my life is over with.....I wont know what to do with all my free time once this basement build is done!

Anyways, here is a small update to the fireplace/family area.....I'd like to have 4 Barcelona style chairs, w/ some sort of drop light, white accent rug, and a coffee table......I have no idea yet on what colors I want to choose....something def w/ a lot of color though to lighten the area up.


I love this wood paneling style! Where did you get the panels? And how hard were they to install?

post #119 of 135
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Are you talking about the floor or wall tile?
post #120 of 135

Sorry, the wood wall tiles. They have that black wood look to them. Looks nice.

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