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post #31 of 1213
Progress looks good so far! I am just a lurker in everyone's threads as I complile ideas for a new house a few years from now.

My thoughts on your "variation 4" with the narrow columns. I personally like the other look better. I think you should try to get the distance from the screen to the ceiling/floor, and the screen to the columns as equal as possible. I think if you had a nice equal distance/border around the screen it will help frame it better. It's hard to tell from the drawings, but maybe shoot for about 1' all the way around the screen to acheive the look I am talking about.
post #32 of 1213
Of course my vote would be for curtains w/ flat or curved speaker panels. The proportions shown in your mock up look good. Your project is coming along very nice. BTW..someone mentioned that the curtains would probably be expensive...my wife did mine along w/ the swags (using a sewing meaching to treat the edges and stapling the cloth to a mounting board) for ~120...only took a few hours. Operable curtains would almost certainly cost more.
post #33 of 1213
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After a few mockups, I decided on the following setup for the columns. Stage columns will be curved to match the soffit and steps. Outside edges will be 36 inches away from back wall. Inside edge will be 31 inches away from back wall. the inside edge will be 17" from the screen wall. That should allow plenty of room to get speakers behind it without making the screens removable. The columns will extend 36 inches towards center of stage from side walls. That should allow 12-16" of curtain material.

Thanks for all the input. Here is the final Sketchup.



Ronnie
post #34 of 1213
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After finally deciding on the exact layout, I did some work today. I built the stage speaker columns and painted them black. In order to keep the screen material rounded to match the soffit and steps, I cut 1/4 slats of plywood and placed them every 2 feet. Im hoping this will give the GOM a nice rounded look. The top and bottom peices were cut out of a 2x12 using a jigsaw. What a pain. I used 2x3's for the side studs.







Ronnie
post #35 of 1213
Hi Ronnie,

What materials are those black? Is it a wood? If not, what was the reason for choosing that? I'm also in the planning stage and trying to learn so I can do mine properly.
post #36 of 1213
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Originally Posted by v1rtu0s1ty View Post

Hi Ronnie,

What materials are those black? Is it a wood? If not, what was the reason for choosing that? I'm also in the planning stage and trying to learn so I can do mine properly.


Its 2x4's painted black. They will eventually be covered with fabric and the black paint will keep the wood from showing through the fabric.

Ronnie
post #37 of 1213
On your center, why is there a space(top and bottom) on 2x4 painted black wood? Is that space for your center speaker? And on the wood paneling that stretches from wall to wall, is it a veneer? Where did you buy it?
post #38 of 1213
Ronnie, It's looking great. Where in the theater will you be locating your sub(s)?

I noticed that you have some space open behind your soffit...will this be closed in w/ drywal or do you have plans for this space (like a curtain rod or concealed lighting)?
post #39 of 1213
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Originally Posted by v1rtu0s1ty View Post

On your center, why is there a space(top and bottom) on 2x4 painted black wood? Is that space for your center speaker? And on the wood paneling that stretches from wall to wall, is it a veneer? Where did you buy it?

Yes, that space is for the center channel speakers. It gives me the option of putting them above or below the screen.

The wood is 1/4 oak plywood. It was wrapped around the frame and stained.

My website has a lot of the details. The link is below.

Ronnie
post #40 of 1213
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Originally Posted by carmbruster View Post

Ronnie, It's looking great. Where in the theater will you be locating your sub(s)?

I noticed that you have some space open behind your soffit...will this be closed in w/ drywal or do you have plans for this space (like a curtain rod or concealed lighting)?


Chris, Most likely I will be placing them behind the left and right columns.

The space you see behind the soffit will get finished out. I have a couple of ideas. Im thinking about finishing it out with black material. Starting at the front edge of the soffit, I would bring the material towards the back about 12-14 inches. The plan is also to put in 3" can lights. It should look similar to the final Sketchup a few posts back.

I also thought about doing hidden lighting as you mentioned. Maybe putting the lights about 3-4 inches up into the area behind the soffit. I just need to figure out how I would dress that out to make it look good.

Either way, the curtains and swags will tie directly into the back of the items above. I will have some space above and behind the swags, similar to the issue above, but that should be ok. I dont think you would ever see it unless you were standing against the screen.

I hope all that makes sense. Hard to describe it.

Ronnie
post #41 of 1213
Looks Good Ronnie. Keep up the good work!
post #42 of 1213
Ronnie,

I like the shape and how easy it is to "see" what it will look like once done. Keep those pics coming.
post #43 of 1213
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Thanks guys. I wish I had more time to devote to the build. Seems like weekends are about the only time I can really do anything constructive.

Im going to try to work on the can lighting for the stage this week.

Does anyone know where I can find a couple of very low profile can lights or similar? I need 2 lights that will go above the steps in the soffit to light up the steps and front speaker screens. The issue I have is the existing soffit on the sides. It extends 2 feet out and its preventing me from centering a normal can light. I need a lamp that is 4" or less tall. That would allow me to mount it under the existing soffit, but flush with the new front soffit. I dont really want to cut a hole in the existing sheetrock. If I could just find some very low profile lights, that would work. The rest of the stage lights will be 3" 50watt halogen can lights.

Ronnie
post #44 of 1213
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anyone have any suggestion for my lights above the speaker screens on the left and right of the stage? I would like to keep the look of the can lights i will be placing across the front if possible. My issue is that I need some that have a low profile. 4" or less for the sides. Does that product exist?

Ronnie
post #45 of 1213
Ronnie.

I found these but not sure they will give off enough light for you.

3" Retrofit low Voltage Halogen - 4.25" tall
http://www.lightingfx.com/bmb_recessedlights.html

4 3/8" Tall
http://www.lightinguniverse.com/unde...x?family=17641
post #46 of 1213
You may also come to the Big D and look at Expo off of 635 and the tollway north of the Galleria. I think they also have a website: http://www.expo.com/
post #47 of 1213
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Originally Posted by ronnie_jackson View Post

anyone have any suggestion for my lights above the speaker screens on the left and right of the stage? I would like to keep the look of the can lights i will be placing across the front if possible. My issue is that I need some that have a low profile. 4" or less for the sides. Does that product exist?

Ronnie

When I did my lighting in my theater I needed low profile lights to recess in my 5" light trays. I found a spot locally that stocks a whole bunch of low profile line voltage can lights. Try to stay away from low voltage lighting.

Here is one example, this place is not to far from me as well. I buy veneer from them...
http://216.105.59.114/index.asp?Page...OD&ProdID=1013

These come in Chrome, silver and black as well. Plus if you check their site, they have other styles like that. Plus they are all 120v Allot of people are always looking for these.

Ruben
post #48 of 1213
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Originally Posted by SandmanX View Post

Try to stay away from low voltage lighting.

I'm also preparing things for my future home theater room. However, I would like to know what's wrong with low voltage lighting. I'm not really inclined to this things. If I got attracted to how the light looks like, I will buy it. But I would like to make this home theater as correct as possible.

Thanks,

Neil
post #49 of 1213
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Originally Posted by v1rtu0s1ty View Post

I'm also preparing things for my future home theater room. However, I would like to know what's wrong with low voltage lighting. I'm not really inclined to this things. If I got attracted to how the light looks like, I will buy it. But I would like to make this home theater as correct as possible.

Thanks,

Neil

Low Voltage has the tendency to Hum.

Ruben
post #50 of 1213
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SandmanX View Post

When I did my lighting in my theater I needed low profile lights to recess in my 5" light trays. I found a spot locally that stocks a whole bunch of low profile line voltage can lights. Try to stay away from low voltage lighting.

Here is one example, this place is not to far from me as well. I buy veneer from them...
http://216.105.59.114/index.asp?Page...OD&ProdID=1013

These come in Chrome, silver and black as well. Plus if you check their site, they have other styles like that. Plus they are all 120v Allot of people are always looking for these.

Ruben


Perfect Sandman. I knew they were out there somewhere. I found some locally that were 5" tall and will work for most of my needs, but had a little trouble finding any that were 4" or less. Looks like thats a good source. I will check out a few larger specialty lighting stores in my area.

I agree on 12v. I would like to stay with line voltage. Makes everything easier. Using a GRX-3106 to run everything.

Ronnie
post #51 of 1213
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Originally Posted by YldeSyde View Post

You may also come to the Big D and look at Expo off of 635 and the tollway north of the Galleria. I think they also have a website: http://www.expo.com/


Funny you mention that. I was going to stop by there this evening on my way home from work to check out some GOM samples. I hear they have them over there. I will check out the lighting also. Thats a cool place to look around anyway.

Ronnie
post #52 of 1213
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Originally Posted by ronnie_jackson View Post

After a few mockups, I decided on the following setup for the columns. Stage columns will be curved to match the soffit and steps. Outside edges will be 36 inches away from back wall. Inside edge will be 31 inches away from back wall. the inside edge will be 17" from the screen wall. That should allow plenty of room to get speakers behind it without making the screens removable. The columns will extend 36 inches towards center of stage from side walls. That should allow 12-16" of curtain material.

Thanks for all the input. Here is the final Sketchup.



Ronnie

This is gonna sound funny, but I just noticed your Prosceniums look like my other Martin Logan CLS's

post #53 of 1213
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Originally Posted by SandmanX View Post

This is gonna sound funny, but I just noticed your Prosceniums look like my other Martin Logan CLS's

Since I cant afford the real Martin Logans, I thought I would create the next best thing........ Replica's

I can always tell the uninformed they are real


What a coincidence you bring this up, because I just got done listening so some Martin Logans about an hour ago at "Tweeter". Very nice.

Ronnie
post #54 of 1213
Thread Starter 
I picked up some supplies today.

Linacoustics RC
Commando Cloth
Speaker Fabric

This should allow me to provide you guys with some more progress pics this weekend on the proscenium.



Ronnie
post #55 of 1213
Were you able to find GOM swatches at Expo??
post #56 of 1213
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Originally Posted by barhoram View Post

Were you able to find GOM swatches at Expo??

No. They have 5 billion other fabric products, but the lady I was dealing with had never heard of it. I wil probably just order the samples.

Ronnie
post #57 of 1213
Thread Starter 
Today I finished up the Linacoustic behind the stage. I plan on working on the can lighting, Speaker fabric covers and Commando for screen wall tomorrow.






Ronnie
post #58 of 1213
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Originally Posted by ronnie_jackson View Post

Today I finished up the Linacoustic behind the stage. I plan on working on the can lighting, Speaker fabric covers and Commando for screen wall tomorrow.






Ronnie

Looking awesome Ronnie! Your moving at warp Speed over there. Keep the good work up. The screen wall was the last phase in my build so I was so looking forward to it going up in the end. I still need to get my Prosceniums in, but I am waiting on carpet first.

Looking Sweet!

Ruben
post #59 of 1213
Thread Starter 
Thanks Ruben. Hopefully it will turn out at least 1/2 as nice as your project. I still feel like I cant see the end of the tunnel

Ronnie
post #60 of 1213
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I wasnt able to get as much done as I had planned this weekend. I had some company over and I also spent most of today cleaning up the room. Its amazing how much waste you build up.

I did finish up the Linacoustic as you saw above. I also finished putting the grille cloth on the front two proscenium columns. The curves turned out nice and clean. You can barely see the framework for them under direct flash photography, but under regular room lighting, they look nice and smooth. Im pretty satisfied with the way they turned out.

With all the black material and insulation, its getting harder to take good clear pics.


Right Side Column Left Side Column

Side Profile of the Curvature

Ronnie
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