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My DIY theater and Dance club

post #1 of 11
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Well Quick background.

I have a $0 budget and wanted a home theater so almost everything in my theater was at some
Point someone's trash. I think of myself as frugal



The projector is a Sony VPH 1001Q I have (4) of these units and (4) VPH 1042Q's and one
Zenith Ultra Vision 2000 CRT projectors. All of them where from someone's trash. the Zenith
Would only work on its side haha. Found a crack on the power supply board ( the transformer
weight was causing the intermittent problem) After about 20 solder jumpers it works good as
new. But has no convergence...At all! haha Just XY for Blue and red. Sad part is the tubes
Only have (best guess) 20~100 hours.




NOTE: The wire mess is awaiting the large crown molding I will be installing this winter.


The Sony's came from my work they where in a theater of ours that upgraded to LCD and the
Cost to have the old units removed (about 25 feet up in the air) was huge and when I offered
To take them down and get rid of them they where so happy! .. I smiled the whole time haha.



The screen is a silvered CRT screen fabric (as I was told) but when exposed to Black light
The fluorescing material has all but warn off but you can still see the MFG's logo.

It is 7' diagonal and has a 1X2 frame behind it.

The large projection TV was also from the trash. A local friend of mine had a friend who had
There house struck by lightning. The TV was deemed dead. (Would not turn on) After re
Assembly (they took it apart with a sledge hammer ...eek) it worked fine... I found after a
Quick google search the Hitachi Ultravision 60" projection TV will go into a safe mode after
A power surge and only needed unplugged for 4 hours to reset.... Well mine now

The rack to the left was from an old exhibit we had at work. I hinged a clear acrylic door
For the front and the knob on the door is the top of an old Pot lid!

Most of the stuff in the rack is also from the trash. The EQ just had a dog chewed cord the
CD player just had a dirty lenses the Mixer just had a blown fuse and needed cleaned. The
Best part is the SUB amp It would blow a fuse the second you turned it on., After about 1
hour of troubleshooting I found it had one bad power transistor. I removed it and it now
Works fine (one channel down of coarse) but it still has plenty of power for my Dual 15's

That reminds me the speaker cabinets are from the local trash days they all had blown
Drivers in them so a coat of black paint and some driver swapping later they look and sound
Brand new!

The center couch in the front.. you guessed it trash as well! Simply needed the recliner
Mechanism oiled haha The coffee table is 2 parts from 2 different units. I have installed
(2) 15amp outlets and phone/data jacks into it for the new HTPC going in soon to control
Everything.



The touch screen display on the table is going to control the room Via IR and X-10 devices
and Serial RF adapter. The touch screen was yet again from the trash the backlight Cold
cathode failed so I replaced the driver and tubes from another unit I had with cracked
glass. and it is good as new now!

The Computer is also run through a Converter to run as S-VID..



Not bad for 4X down scaling haha.




I could not afford speaker mounts so I had (2) old IBM LCD monitor stands laying around so I
turned them upside down and mounted them to the ceiling and Bam rear speaker mounts!



They threw away 2 old popcorn popper units from our theater at work. One had a bad pot
heater and one had a bad agitator... I combined the too and now have a working pop corn
popper that can feed the whole neighbor hood haha. The scary part I can fill the unit 1
foot deep with popcorn for $4 lol What a markup they charge. and boy does it smell soooo
good.
post #2 of 11
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That is the current Theater control station (2) 20" monitors (also from the trash) They
where dim from allot of use and simply needed re adjusted to correct for age.

you can see my sub in the picture (dual 15") ported with a common compression chamber. The
subs I won on ebay with a $15 bid!! haha the box's where free with blown drivers.





Those are the plans I made for the new enclosure I am building.









...Now I did mention Dance room!

I am into Techno and Hard rock so I wanted to bring the fun home,

here is and old picture with my old 32"



Best way to describe it is with a Video haha,



http://media.putfile.com/New-dance-room-TV

Here is the old Setup,

http://media.putfile.com/Dance-Room-90

The laser is controlled by a mirror mounted on a Modified computer hard drive and a mirror
mounted on the read head.

Here is just the laser,
http://media.putfile.com/Dance-Room-2

The green Yag laser is illegal in most states haha.



If you have any questions let me know I am happy to explain anything more you see.
Don't mind the mess It is in a state of remodel and is getting a painting trim overhaul this
winter.
post #3 of 11
Impressive and resourceful!
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by liquidsoul View Post

Impressive and resourceful!

I just have to work with what I can get. The amazing thing is my friends have the $3,000+ HD home theaters and they all come to my house to watch the game or movies haha.
post #5 of 11
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Well I have my paint picked out now Semi flat Dark gray with white lighted crown molding.
I am making a custom 'ambilight' setup that will use my crown molding and RGB LED strips. the entire ceiling will illuminate
post #6 of 11
You have really given meaning to the adage, one man's trash is another man's treasure!
I love it! You are a very resourceful person, please keep us updated.
post #7 of 11
The lcd stand/ceiling speaker mounts is awesome. Great use of "throwaway" equipment.

Victor
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by victor-eyd View Post

The lcd stand/ceiling speaker mounts is awesome. Great use of "throwaway" equipment.

Victor

Thanks guys!

The great part about the LCD mount is I pull the blue pin and they will drop down another 7" and then I can rotate the speaker 180 and makes the movies AWESOME!

Grand total I probably have no more then $1,000 in the whole room invested haha
post #9 of 11
What software are you running on your touch screen and what functions do you control with it?
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by sebberry View Post

What software are you running on your touch screen and what functions do you control with it?

I use a free app called,

MEDIA PORTAL
http://www.team-mediaportal.com/

Great program and with an IR remote you can control your sat/cable box receiver the works.

and with the X10 Firecracker you can even control your lights! haha
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by DJDAudio View Post

I use a free app called,

MEDIA PORTAL
http://www.team-mediaportal.com/

Great program and with an IR remote you can control your sat/cable box receiver the works.

and with the X10 Firecracker you can even control your lights! haha

Thanks, pretty slick app
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