Well, I think its about time I update this thread. A lot has happened in my theater building adventure.
First the reasons for delays, a pictorial:
Ahh... there is is a leak, 10ft underground.
Leveling a floor....
laying down oak laminate....
all perty like!
new carpet in the play room:
and now.... on to the theater updates!
I have rebuilt my media server (which was hosting my pics, i'll fix the links in old posts when i get around to it). More accurately, I decommissioned my desktop and used its components to upgrade. The server now sports 6TB of storage space, a Core2Duo E6600, 6GB ram and a BluRay drive, running Windows Server 2008 R2. It runs XBMC on the console session connected to a touchscreen in the game room area. Its video output can also be mirrored on the new 40" LCD in the bar.
I have also upgraded the HTPC for the theater. Its nothing fancy but will at least play back full 1080p over HDMI, something my old one could not do.
The receiver for the theater is now a Yamaha RX-V867. I love this thing and i got a fantastic deal on it, snagged from a pawn shop for $350, still in the box. It allows dual HDMI output to the theater as well as a second zone to the LCD in the bar. So no one will miss the movie if they want to grab a drink or snack.
Speakers have all been replaced with Polk Audio Monitor series. Not top of the line, but plenty good enough for me and its nice to have a matching set.
I have also built myself a subwoofer based on lilmike's F-20 design. It produces the best bass I have ever had. although I am still looking into an EQ for it.
I have started making extensive use of eventghost to automate my theater. I have written a Python script that detects when media is played, what type of media it is and adjusts the scene on the grafik eye via a USBUIRT, sets the audio mode on the receiver using its network control feature and determines the positioning for my DIY masking solution (Work In progress). when the movie plays the lights dim, press pause, the lights raise a little. when the movie is over they come back to full on. All 100% automatic. There is a similar mode for music using different scenes. Oh... and I can control everything on a web interface on my iPhone. Its pretty slick.
A similar script detects when something is played via the touchscreen in the game room area and makes sure the amp is turned on. and shuts it off after no audio is played for an hour.
The theater room itself:
I have decided to not worry about soundproofing very much at all. After putting the subwoofer in place, its pretty obvious to me that i wont be able to acceptably contain the sound produced in the room without spending significantly more time and money than i am willing to right now. It would take a quite a bit of effort and I'm willing to live with sound escaping the room.
I have changed my design for the color scheme a bit and purchased fabric for the walls. Stage construction has commenced. The new renders are below.
I may have settled on a name. How about the "Great Dane Cinema", in honor of my most loyal helper: