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post #1 of 10 Old 09-29-2014, 06:44 PM - Thread Starter
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The Bedroom Theater

I've always wanted to have more than an LCD and speakers for my bedroom turned man cave/office. But like many, I thought the space was too small. After tons of research, I figured out my layout and equipment with a very limited budget.

Here is my equipment list.

BenQ w1070 projector
EliteScreens 100" manual screen (92" projected)
Polk Audio TSI300 front and left towers (have had them for 5 years)
Chane Arx 2-c center channel
Polk T15 bookshelves for surrounds (50 dollar special from BB on black friday)
Polk Audio psw505
Yamaha RX-V673

Xbox One
Dish Hopper
HTPC

My bedroom size is 12 x 12. I measured my throw distance to be right at 10' after I measure the brackets my screen are hanging on and the projector mount.

The positioning was very hard to figure out on my own, because I had to shoot under a ceiling fan. After a lot of adjusting and measuring, its shoots a perfectly straight image.

All in all, it was a great experience that took about 2 months work on the weekends and a couple days off work to finish everything up.

I finished the project at a little under $1,800. This included paint, wood, center channel, speaker wire, speaker mounts, UGA rug, picture frames, cables, screen and projector.

I had a couple friends who own a local business paint the three gray walls and trim. After I painted the screen wall, I realized I was in over my head as far as time went for the project.

I hope that anyone with a small space can get some ideas or at least be inspired to start their project. It can be done and I absolutely love the space. I put about 10 hours each Saturday on the Benq watching football. The picture is crisp and even with a window open, it's very watchable. It's definitely a great bang for your buck projector.

Thanks for checking out my first AVS thread.

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Before Pics

Here are some before pics with pics of the screen wall paint and prep.
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Projector mounting and test

I measured half of the rooms width and started stacking random things to get the right height. This was definitely the longest process since I didnt have any help. Holding the projector and adjusting the pitch were very challenging, but in the end I got it straight.
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Finished pics

I tried to capture as many photos as possible. They arent the greatest quality, since I used my smart phone camera, but they capture all the angles and walls.
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Screen box/cornice

I wanted to cover up the wall brackets and empty space with a box or cornice. I ended up building one that even for me wasnt that hard to build. It took about 2 hours and 75 bucks to build. I found the same two studs I mounted my TV with and bolted in two large shelving brackets. I then put the box on the brackets and screwed the box to the top.
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It's been a few months since I've finished my theater. I guess maybe not totally finished, because most home theater guys are always upgrading and adjusting etc. I wanted to give you a review on my theater after heavy use.

First and foremost, any one with a small space can achieve a great theater. My room as stated above is a 12 x 12, so it can definitely be done.

Two the BenQ W1070 is an amazing projector for it's price. The picture not calibrated is great, but after proper calibration it is superb.

Three manual screens will most likely always develop waves. For budget reasons, I purchased an EZ Elite 100" manual screen. While the waves never detracted a lot from the picture. They were noticeable and my OCD ended up getting the best of me. I ended up ordering and installing (just finished) a VApex 92" tab tension electric screen. I am going to post a separate thread on the installation of it with pics.

Fourth and lastly, the flexibility of having a projector and lcd is the best option for a multipurpose theater. Sometimes I just want to give my projector a break or I just want to watch some TV.

Here is a list of upgrades I have done.
Replaced the Polk TSI 300, R15's and CS10 with Klipsch Reference R26F towers (black Friday deal), Klipsch R25C center and Klipsch R15M book shelf speakers as surrounds. These speakers are noticeably crisper and have a fuller sound at lower volume.

I added another Polk Audio PSW505 to round out my 5.2 setup. Great punch and impact subwoofers. The best bang for the buck when you can catch them on sale. I got mine for $169 shipped.

I replaced my 7 year old falling apart TV stand with a flat black media/tv stand.

I replaced my EZ Elite 100" manual screen with a VApex 92" tab tension screen. (black Friday deal)
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thinksmartpc, nice theater.
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Agreed looks like an excellent use of a smaller space

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Equipment

Epson 8350 on a 100" Visual Apex screen, Pioneer VSX-53, Polk RTi A5(x2) CSi 5 RTi A1 (x2) RTi 4(x2), Outlaw Audio LFM-1 EX, PS3, XBox 360 with HD-DVD add-on.
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Good looking room, congrats. Did you try to move the front speakers a few inches farther from the front and side walls, to see if it'd improve the sound?
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Sorry for the delay

Sorry for the delay in responses guys. My daughter was born on the 20th of January and the weeks leading up to and after have been a little crazy.

First of all, thanks for the compliments. It really means alot. Even a smaller space like this took a lot longer than imagined to finish.

Silva, I have since replaced the fronts with Klipsch reference speakers. I will not act like I know a whole lot about audio. I just know what sounds good to my ears. If it were you, what position would you have the fronts set at? I think the rears are a little high, but due to the door placement of my room. I couldn't go much lower without the right speaker being in the way when you enter the room.

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