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post #1 of 11
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Well with one storm after another, lack of power at times, and just downright lousy weather, I have decided to hold off building the main theater room until spring. The only problem is I can't handle not having a media room of some sort for that long.

After about 2 minutes of carefull consideration LOL, I decided to turn the smallest bedroom 12x11.5 into my theater/office. As it's just me living in the house I finally have no one to worry about with my excessive volume levels or late night movies.

I've only just begun so please be kind.

The thing that was the absolute most important to me was to keep things clean. I hate seeing wires and equipment laying all over the place. My last condo was a nightmare with so many wires along the walls that the dust became a pretty serious issue. Well no more condo. I can pretty much do anything I like in the new house, and that meant I could finally run wires in the walls, ceiling, etc.

As the room has a decent size closet, I began by wiring everything so that I could utilize it as the computer server area and also it would hold all of the stereo gear. While every guy I've met doesn't mind seeing all the equipment, I've yet to find me a gal that didn't find it annoying having it all out in the main room.

Equipment:
Denon 5803
Denon 3910
Infocus 7210
blue ray and hd dvd
Monitor audio GR 60's (in bedroom soon to be moved to mini theater-using gr10's for now)
Monitor audio GR center
Monitor audio GR 10's in rear
Velodyne dls
Sunfire MK II
Cinemar mainlobby setup controls everything
16tb htpc

Here's a few pics of where I am at now:

View of the front wall:
http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501/DSCN2123.JPG

View of the left side back wall:
http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501/DSCN2124.JPG

View of the right side back wall which is also the 'office' portion of the room:
http://gallery.avsforum.com/data/501/DSCN2125.JPG
post #2 of 11
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The walls are actually a much darker grey than they appear in the pictures. The ceiling is about 80% as dark as the side walls. It's just very hard to get it right using a flash.

The next step for me is to install some corner shelves in the rear of the room to hold the rear speakers. No reason to have one on my desk as it is now, and the fact that the left one is totally covered by the chair is no good.

I did see some 12" corner 'rounded' shelves at hd today, but they didn't say how much weight they could support, nor did the sales manager know. Better to hold off and find out first.

After that I plan on getting matching curtains for the back wall instead of the blanket that is currently there LOL, hey it works....

After that it is definately time for crown molding as I believe it will help tie the room together and help to separate the shades of grey in the room.

In the long run, the desk absolutely has to go. I found a beautiful slab of grey/black granite for a desk top but so far have yet to find anything that could hold it up and act like a desk.

As I said.... it's only a start
post #3 of 11
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One thing I am curious about is how to go about soundtreating such a small space. I thought about using that hard insulation stuff, wrapping it in fabric and putting it below the soon to be installed chair rails.

Do any of the 'experts' here think that would make any difference at all?

While sound quality is VERY high on my list of priorities, it does have to fall below asthetics. While the room looks pretty tacky now, I hope to turn it into a very nice place to sit. Kinda hoping to achieve the New York cigar lounge type of feel. Of course that means all new furniture.
post #4 of 11
Nice little room!

I've got to ask...you mention that you have a 16TB HTPC. What kind of hardware are you using for 16TB?
post #5 of 11
Look good so far. Is that wallpaper on the back wall or a faux finish?
post #6 of 11
Nice room and nice equipment!
Is that a tablet PC or a touch screen display that you have in the picture of your seats?
16 TB HTPC is pretty impressive! Any more details on this?
Thanks,

--curtis
post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Rupert
Nice little room!

I've got to ask...you mention that you have a 16TB HTPC. What kind of hardware are you using for 16TB?
I actually use 2 separate computers, both running a sata raid card with 16 500gb drives in them. If I was smart I would probably use one to mirror the 2nd so that I have backup ability in case of failure, but at the moment one is entirely full and I have already moved onto the second.
It wasn't exactly planned to build something so big, bug a local compusa went out of business and at $69 per drive it was impossible to pass up. The only thing that cost me a ton was the raid cards. They were around 350 each on ebay.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by mbgonzomd
Look good so far. Is that wallpaper on the back wall or a faux finish?
It's wallpaper. I was really struggling trying to figure out what to do with the back wall. The house came with the most horrible blue pinstripe paper on that wall.
I was kind of stuck, as I knew if I removed the paper, I would have to respray on texture onto the back wall which I didn't want to attempt.
Finding wallpaper these days can be a challenge, but I found a store that had literally hundreds of books to choose from. This one really caught my eye so I chose it. I hired a guy to come in and do the job and boy am I glad I did that. I figured it was just a matter of putting paper on top of the old, but there was so much more to it that I am sure I would have messed it up alone. He started by using some kind of putty to fill in the seams and to cover up the top border that was there prior. Then he sanded everything down and applied a primer which had to dry. Finally the paper was installed.
Paper was about $200 and installation was $250, so not to bad for such a nice finished product.
post #9 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by curtisG
Nice room and nice equipment!
Is that a tablet PC or a touch screen display that you have in the picture of your seats?
16 TB HTPC is pretty impressive! Any more details on this?
Thanks,

--curtis
It's a viewsonic touchpanel. I use rdp to connect to the main server for the house, which runs mainlobby from cinemar. Awesome software btw. So far it runs all the equipment in the closet. Lighting control will be added once the painters finish the inside of the house.
I gave some details on the server in a prior post a few mins ago. It's quite handy to have all my dvd's and music avail like that. I use modified xbox's in the other rooms around the house. Those are really nice in that guests or kids only have to turn it on and they have gui access to everything.
I tried so many systems for distributed audio/video that my head spun, and in the end the moded xbox's where hands down the easiest for everyone. They don't do hd as there is nowhere near enough processing power, but for what they do, it's a pretty nice setup.
post #10 of 11
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I am still curious on the best way to tackle the acoustics in the room if anyone has any advice. The soundpressure is pretty decent, though the clarity could be a bit better. I definately have more than a few standing bass waves in this room. It's kinda 'boomy', and my stage isn't as defined as it should be.
post #11 of 11
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Today I spent some more time browsing the forum and came across a few people using or talking about using the area on the ceiling where lights are installed as a bass trap, forget what it's called.
I'm curious if there is a science to it, or if I should just build a box across the back ceiling stuffed with insulation to help out. Actually it would be 2 boxes separated by the projector. Also curious if it should be a solid box with an opening in the front, or if all sides should be open with just fabric over it.

In studying my room, I 'could' potentially build into both rear corners a 'triangle' type of box to fill with insulation, and mount the speakers into the corners. The 'triangle' couldn't be much more than 12-14" away from the wall as it would interfere with the seating. Obviously being such a small room I don't have many options.

The room just sounds way to 'boomy' like the bass only has a couple of notes when it's playing pretty loud. The mid-high sounds decent, though it could be cleaned up. I noticed the same thing when I tried the gr60's instead of the 10's in the front.

Is there some type of program I can purchase where I place a mic in the room, input the exact size and speaker locations, and it would tell me where to install insulation and what type? I tried calling my local 'hifi' store, and they just kinda gave me the hmmmmm over the phone. Sounds like they'd never professionally callibrated a room before. Who knows, maybe someone here knows of a company in the greater seattle area that does room calibration that I don't know about. It's just kinda sad, having spent so much on equipment, I know that now it just comes down to acoustics, which I have no idea where to start with.
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