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post #31 of 72
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I really like your paint job. I plan on using a blue and black look to darken the room. Looks like you've done it before...

Thanks. It is really easy to do. I have done it once before. If you are going to use glaze in your room I really recommend the Ralph Lauren glaze that is sold at Home Depot. It is really good glaze.
post #32 of 72
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I don't expect to get much done this week. My AWESOME wife came home last night with an XBOX360 and Gears of Wars for me. She really knows a way to a man's heart.

Now I need to order an 25' Component cable from monoprice so I can connect the 360 to my projector. I currently only have VGA ran to the PJ.

I hope to get the armoire painted this week so I can get the clutter out of the HT room.
post #33 of 72
Brian, enjoy! It's prrty cool on the big screen. I just ordered my kids the new Sonic for the 360 for Xmas. Not too man games for the 5-7 year old crowd, so I jumped all over that one. There are a limited number of regular Xbox games you can play on the 360, you just need to install a patch. Info below. We have a few of the older games that the kids play, but they're just not the same as the new games for the 360. I bought a few on ebay pretty cheap.

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/back...ygameslist.htm

Bud
post #34 of 72
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Well I finally got the computer armoire finished and the family computer is now out of my HT room.

I am very happy with the way it turned out. It was first painted white and then antiqued with Ralph Lauren glaze to give it the old world antique look which my wifes loves.

Now I can get back to completing my HT room. Next on my list is installing and painting the chair rail in the room.

When closed it looks like a piece of furniture.



1) Sliding keyboard drawer.
2) Filing cabinet drawer.
3) Sliding printer tray.
4) Power switches for each peripheral.



I salvaged the carved header from an architectural antique store.
post #35 of 72
Wow! You are seriously good on the glazes with your wall leather look and now this computer armoire! Great work!

Victor
post #36 of 72
YO BRian its SHAKA94 from gears live. How do you like the picture on the z1? is it true hd? I currently have a z4 and I am in the process of finishing the garage into a rec-room (wife wants another baby, so I leveraged another room out of the deal)
cAN YA STILL COP ONE OF THOSE Z1s? What am I lookign at spending?
Byt the way nice theater
post #37 of 72
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Wow! You are seriously good on the glazes with your wall leather look and now this computer armoire! Great work!

Victor

Thank Victor.
post #38 of 72
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YO BRian its SHAKA94 from gears live. How do you like the picture on the z1? is it true hd? I currently have a z4 and I am in the process of finishing the garage into a rec-room (wife wants another baby, so I leveraged another room out of the deal)
cAN YA STILL COP ONE OF THOSE Z1s? What am I lookign at spending?
Byt the way nice theater

What's up Shaka. I didn't know FootballDen was you. I have seen you post before but had no clue.

The picture on the Z1 is nice. It is not true HD. The Z1 is 960x540 which is exactly 1/2 of 1080. Because of this it does an awesome job of scaling HD. I think HDTV and XBOX360 looks awesome on it. Z1s are still around. There are still $500. However if I bought a new PJ today I would probably try and spend a little more too get a better PJ since they have come down in price.

PM me or catch me on live I can talk specifics with you.
post #39 of 72
Brian, are those speaker brackets the ones that came with the Athenas? How well do they work?
post #40 of 72
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Brian, are those speaker brackets the ones that came with the Athenas? How well do they work?

Yes they are. They work great. The back of the speakers are molded to accept the brackets. Let me know what you think of the speakers after you get them.
post #41 of 72
I got the Athena Point Fives last Tuesday and I installed them immediately.

I am truly blown away by them. Last night while watching the superbowl, the crowd audio in surround made it feel like I was actually there!

For some reason, with my old KLH $100 Best Buy specials, I never got much audio from the rear speakers. I had to up the volume a ton in the rears and I still didn't get much out of them. Perhaps it was just the horrid range of the speakers or the bad directionality of them (you can't really pinpoint the location of the sound with them).

But these new Athenas have such surround volume and clarity that I may actually have to lower the levels in the surrounds. I probably sit around 6 feet closer to the surrounds than I do the fronts and center channel.

I am using very thin wire for the fronts right now. The rears are using thicker stuff. I am going to upgrade the front wire to thicker stuff tonight to see if it makes a difference. Since I am blown away by the surrounds, and those use thicker wires, I figure maybe it will make a difference in the fronts, too.

Not to say I don't also think that the fronts are amazing. They are. I can now HEAR dialog! It is amazing the difference that a good center channel can make!

Thanks for making this page, Brian. If I didn't see it, I never would have gotten the Athenas. I definitely wouldn't have gone searching for them and found them on EBay for $140!

Brian, do you have the speakers set up as "Large" as the manual says they should be? That seems a bit counter-intuitive to me. I do have a large powered sub woofer.

Oddly, unless I am in very certain modes on my SONY receiver, I have found that I can end up with very tinny audio out of the Athenas. Putting the speakers in Large mode helps. And using one of the Sony Cinema modes also helps. But it is just odd. When it is right, though, wow.
post #42 of 72
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Brian, do you have the speakers set up as "Large" as the manual says they should be? That seems a bit counter-intuitive to me. I do have a large powered sub woofer.


Shape, Glad you like them. $140 was a steal. I have mine set as "small". In the Athena speakers thread that is what they said to set them at if you have a sub. On my Onkyo I turn on the CinemaFilter. It seems to make them a little less bright. I would say play around with the settings and use what you like best. If you have a Speaker Pressure Level meter be sure and calibrate them. You can get them at Radio Shak for around $30. That will definitely help with balancing them out.
post #43 of 72
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Well I finally got motivated to work on the room this weekend. Here are a few pics of the progress.

Installed a power outlet for the projector. I had already ran the VGA previously.


Installed the chair rail.


Hung a few more movie items that my wife picked up for me.
post #44 of 72
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To do list:

1) Mount front speakers on the wall.
2) Make stained glass transom.
3) Build A/V cabinet for equipment. (Done. I purchased one at Target)
4) Make theater logo that will go above the screen.
5) Build OC703 Accoustic panels and corner bass traps.

This should keep me busy for a while.
post #45 of 72
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I found an A/V credenza at Target for $129 that matches my ottoman so I pulled the trigger. I think it looks good in my room and it is the perfect size. I am pretty happy because now I don't have to build one.



I think I will get a couple of fake plants to fill in the wall space and cover up the wall plates.

post #46 of 72
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You've seen velvet Elvis.

You've seen velvet Jesus.

But have you ever seen velvet Clint?

We went to a local antique market this weekend and I found this bad boy. It was sooo cheezy I had to have it.

post #47 of 72
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You've seen velvet Elvis.

You've seen velvet Jesus.

But have you ever seen velvet Clint?

We went to a local antique market this weekend and I found this bad boy. It was sooo cheezy I had to have it.


Looks more like a Velvet Popeye.
post #48 of 72
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Looks more like a Velvet Popeye.

LOL!

Your room looks great! I will have to keep my wife from looking at it or I will be glazing and painting everything
post #49 of 72
Nice job!
post #50 of 72
nice work boomer
post #51 of 72
Boomer, the room looks amazin, love the colors.

XBL Gamertag - polygonkilla
post #52 of 72
I love the room especially the walls. Really cool looking.

But a pink door for the entrance to the theater?? Definitely not my style there
post #53 of 72
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I love the room especially the walls. Really cool looking.

But a pink door for the entrance to the theater?? Definitely not my style there

Must be the picture. The doors are white. No way I would have pink doors gracing my man room.
post #54 of 72
That room looks great! I'm glad I took a peek - trying to figure out how to "dress up" my small HT (11.5x11.5) I love the paint job & likely will copy it....and I would kill to find a Velvet Clint - and any other "velvet" stars instead of movie posters - nice touch. OOOHHHHH - a velvet "Sopranos" would send me over the edge


BTW - my daughter a big Sooners fan - she goes to SWOSU in Weatherford....
all I can say is War Damn Eagle!!! (we was screwed in '04 )
post #55 of 72
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Thanks everyone for the compliments. If you like the walls in the picture and are thinking about trying something like that I can tell you the pictures don't do them justice. They look even better in person.

I am going to try and get motivated to work on the room in the next few weeks. An almost completed HT room is like a curse. I am enjoying it way too much to get motivated to complete it.

runmonkey - A velvet Sopranos would be pretty cool.
post #56 of 72
BB, is the texture I see on the walls part of the finish or is that just a visual effect of the glaze? It almost looks like you had the walls plastered in a rough manner.

Regardless, it looks outstanding. I am thinking of doing something similar but with a wine-red theme to it.

Ephraim
post #57 of 72
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BB, is the texture I see on the walls part of the finish or is that just a visual effect of the glaze? It almost looks like you had the walls plastered in a rough manner.

Regardless, it looks outstanding. I am thinking of doing something similar but with a wine-red theme to it.

Ephraim

The walls are textured. That is what makes the glaze looks so cool. It sticks in the lows spots. In Oklahoma most walls are textured. They hand trowel a very thin layer of drywall compound over drywall to give it the textured look.
post #58 of 72
Thats a great HT room for the money. Any plans on getting HDDVD or Blu-Ray?
post #59 of 72
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Thats a great HT room for the money. Any plans on getting HDDVD or Blu-Ray?

Thanks.

Probably HDDVD since I have an XBOX360. What I would really like is a dual HD/BluRay player.
post #60 of 72
Or just get a PS3. I really like having both.

Room looks great Brian!
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