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post #121 of 137 Old 06-14-2016, 07:27 AM
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Your entire space looks fantastic! Nicely done!

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Your space looks terrific - Congratulations!
So I assume next up will be "speaker/sub-woofer porn"?

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Speaker porn!

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Now a Certified Carpet Counselor and Plumbing Counselor (Self given titles - pay no attention).
Enjoying my "almost done" theater.
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Not much to really update here. I have been working on building my subs with help from eng-399 (link in sig). Other than that I have been trying to get my rear speakers mounted! I got the brackets I needed for the dual mounting holes, but the speakers were way off of the wall. Too far for my taste, but even if I was OK with them the wife sure wasn't. It was at this point I cursed myself for not finding the DIY forum sooner so I could have just done Volt-6's or 8's for all of the surrounds. Alas, I am committed to staying with the EMPTek speakers for now. Lucky for me I had a friend who had bout a pair of the same speakers about a year ago and they had the single mount!!!!

Problem solved, I will just trade him and be on the road to 7.X nirvana!

You guys didn't think it was that easy did you? Turns out that the older speakers DO have one insert, but that one insert is M6 (just like the duals for anyone looking), so the mount I had would not thread in. The Panavise mount is 1/4-20 which is what pretty much everyone uses. My solution to this problem?! Why machine some studs that are 1/4-20 on one side, and M6 on the other! I had a friend make these up for me, and I just have to get down by him to pick them up. If that doesn't work for some reason I will just give up on the EMPTek's and start on some DIY's

Well that's all for now. Just been working on the subs and other small details. Plan is to get the subs in this weekend, and then probably work on getting front speakers. Still need to get the bar pendants and bar stools, and of course some more appropriate seating. Most of that will be a while still though. Until then I will just keep enjoying it as is


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Time for another small update. The subs are done, installed, and dialed in as far as I am going to go for now. Once I change out the front speakers I will probably spend a bit more time tweaking everything. This is not the best graph I have (I moved the mic to fix that dip) but is pretty close to the final settings for the subs. Check out the link in my sig for all of those details.


Yesterday I was FINALLY able to hang up my rear surrounds as well!



(HORRIBLE PICS, I know )

I am probably going to have to change the angle some, and I need to level them up, but I wanted to get them mounted and see what they looked like. I will have to find the pics with the other mounts to compare, but these are a million times better. It was a pain in the ass having to swap speakers, and have the threaded piece made up, but I am happy with the end result.

Well, that's all for now I guess!


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Its a long journey to get here. End results are looking really good..
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Its a long journey to get here. End results are looking really good..
Ain't that the truth! Thanks!

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Well its about time for a few updates! We can start out with some new bar stools.

Ignore the mess, I was building a computer for a friend.


All four assembled


Then came the new EMPTek center channel!




Then we installed some new room darkening cordless blinds. You can see the temporary paper ones in the above pics.


Changed out the one in the office too. Need to finish the patching and painting, but we didn't have any of that color leftover.


Then I replaced the RGB LED lights under the bar with some RGBW's. These are way brighter, and I can get the white to match our other lighting.


Controller mounted


You can also see the USB outlet which I moved from the side wall to the center of the bar. The outlet on the side wall is an Insteon on/off outlet so I can turn the LED's on and off with my lighting programming. I wish I could control them even more (dimming, color, etc.) but that gets a lot more complicated, so on/off it is.

Here you can see the standard setting I think I will leave it at. Pretty close match to the other lighting.


Hard to tell in the cell phone pic, I will see later if I took a good pic of this, but its actually a touch more blue than the other lighting. Makes it brighter looking, and still a close match. The White LED's are much more yellow than my other lights (also LED), and the RGB White if very not white, so I actually run the White LED's and then the RGB in Blue, and dim the blue to get the color I want. Works well enough for some accent lighting.

After that was done, it was time for some spring cleaning!




We finally cleaned up the horrible looking caulk that you can see in the under bar pics. I caulked the bar trim, and the register trim. We also painted that, and touched up a few spots on the walls and trim. Cleaned the subs, and lots of other cleaning and organizing. I also started to work on the wiring, but had to order some material, so that is still on hold for now. It looks way better down there now. I am not sure if it is because its clean, or the new additions, or both, but we were both very happy with how it is looking now.

After pics!

Daytime mode




Camera stuff will go upstairs, but we need to redo that space next




Movie selection mode


Movie watching mode



Still plenty of things left to do, but it is getting there! I did hear something rattling last night while we were watching a movie, so that is top of the list to sort out this week. Then when I get all of my wiring material I will finish all of that finally. I also really want the matching towers now that I have the center channel, so that may happen sooner than later. Anyway, that's all I got for now. Thanks as always for following along!


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P.S. I will get some pictures up from my camera soon.
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I like it, my only recommendation would be to get some black velvet to wrap the sides of your front speakers with to get rid of the reflections. Other than that, I love it! congrats. ^_^

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I like it, my only recommendation would be to get some black velvet to wrap the sides of your front speakers with to get rid of the reflections. Other than that, I love it! congrats. ^_^
Thank you! The plan is to replace them somewhat soonish. They don't bother me that much, but they do bother me a lot more now that I have the black center channel. I actually want to start making some acoustic panels for the room first though. We will see, I change my mind so much I may just order the fronts on a whim one day.


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Got my front speakers last week! Ill just get straight to pics









This weekend or next week I will make up some nice looking wires for them to go from the wall to the speaker. I probably will play with the toe in a bit first to see what I think sounds best (open to suggestions), and move them out a bit more. Then comes some treatments sooner or later. Too many projects going on, but I am happy to have all my matching speakers now They look killer and sound GREAT! As much as I love my Canton speakers, they are better suited to lower volume 2 channel music listening in my opinion. At least for now they will live in the family room upstairs for TV watching and music up there.


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Wow man your room looks AWSOME! Those speakers are monsters and look great! I see you too enjoy plex. Plex is the best thing since sliced bread IMO.
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Thanks man! Your whole basement is still one of my favorites. Plex is awesome, and just keeps getting better.


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This thread really does justice to the time and effort you put into this theater! Great job, lot of skill. Good looking RBH's as well! I just received 831/1212 modular setup. Nicely done!

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It has been a while, but I have news!!! I guess we can start with the good news, which is that we now have actual theater seats We went with the Lagoon seats from RTheaters.com, and we are VERY happy with them. The price was right, shipping was right on time, and they fit my small room We went with the leather/vinyl as opposed to the bonded leather. Nothing wrong with the bonded leather. I know eng-399 has the same seats in bonded, and they have held up great. Just waned to go leather/vinyl and since we only have 3 seats the price was negligible.





I can tell you we are definitely using the room more now that we have comfortable seats! It was worth the wait to get some nice seats

Now for the less than good news. So as you may or may not know, all of my gear is in our office to the side of the "theater". That office shares a wall with a bathroom/laundry room. One day I saw some water around the toilet, and assumed it needed a ring or something so I shut the water off and we stopped using it. At some point it got turned back on, and we were using it again, but everything seemed OK. That is until my wife went into the office and saw this.



So I turned the water off again, and we got everything to do the toilet. Before I had a chance to install anything though (mind you I am also in process of redoing my entire garage) she noticed the water is worse in the office. So now I am faced with trying to figure out, is that just water that was under the floor from when the toilet was on and it is just coming through now, or is something else going on. Luckily for me my work has a thermal imager that I was able to bring home. That showed me right away that the drywall on the office side was wet.

Not the best pic but that green is the wet (cold) area compared to the rest of the wall.


That didn't quite tell me if the wall was just soaking up water, or if the water was originating from inside the wall. The wall itself looked completely normal on the outside, but I just figured I need to chop it out anyway so I don't have a mold problem. It was total mush, and when I pulled out a piece I got sprayed with water! There was a tiny pin hole leak in one of the joints for the cold water supply.



Got the piping replaced, and closed it back up (not my finest work, but it will finish fine)


I got around to getting the first layer of mud on yesterday, which means I am running out of reason to NOT tear everything else apart. We need to empty the room, which not only means disconnecting all of my gear, but also loading everything into the theater. Then out comes the floor, sanding, patching, sanding, painting, new floor, new trim, move everything back. The only part about this that actually upsets me, and has been making me put it off for so long is not being able to use my theater I will be nice when its done, and it will give me a good chance to clean up my rack wiring as well.

Well that is all for now. I have some plans floating around my head after eng-399's get together. I am thinking about new subs one of these days! That is on the back burner for now though, I have enough other projects to finish up. Once the office is back together I will get some new good pics of it and the room. In theory that should be before Thanksgiving (since we are having people over), but we will see how it goes.


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Whew, its been a while since I updated this eh! Well I took some quick pics of the room this morning since it was nice and clean in preparation for a Halloween party we are having tonight. Even though it has some decorations up, I figured I may as well post them up for you guys to see.









Clearly the office has been finished since the last update. I also ended up building a giant ported box for a 21" driver I got. You can see that build in the link in my signature. That meant that the 4 infinity's went to the back of the room, and for now are in the original boxes. I am in the planning stages of a new box for those, or possible an upgrade? Not really sure yet, but I want to gain some space back there, and I want a better looking box in general. If you guys want to see pics of the office rebuild, or the finished result, just let me know and I will find them and get them posted. In the meantime thanks for checking in on my theater!

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I apologize if I missed it ( went over thread, awesome build ) Whats size screen? And also what size is the wall the screen is on? Trying to plan my basement
and it almost looks similar in size.


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