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Talking Reasonably Priced Dedicated Home Theater

I'm not rich by any stretch but I set out to build a 100% dedicated Home Theater that reproduced the picture, sound and experience of a real movie theater as much as possible without breaking the bank and I think I did an excellent job. My theater consists of a 130" acoustically transparent screen, 1080p projector, THX Certified 7.1 Surround Sound System, motorized blackout blinds, two rows of fully reclining theater seating with a raised second row, concessions stand with lighted candy display case, commercial popcorn machine and refrigerator. Everything, including the blinds and lighting, are fully automated and controlled from an iPhone or iPad. Tell me what you think and feel free to ask questions!
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Here is my list of equipment:

Mitsubishi HC5500 1080P LCD Projector
Onkyo HT-S9100THX 7.1 Channel THX HTIB Speaker System
Onkyo SKW-980 THX Subwoofer (This 2nd Subwoofer Makes for a 7.2 Speaker System)
Onkyo TR-NR727 THX 3D Ready 7.2 Channel A/V Receiver
Elite Screen 130-inch 16:9 Acoustically Transparent Projection Screen
HiSense HDTV Tuner
Sony BDP-BX1 Blu-Ray Player
DemoPad Software for iOS
Insteon ApplianceLinc On/Off Module 2456S3
Insteon IRLinc Receiver 2411
Insteon I/OLinc Low Voltage Closure Interface 2450
Insteon On/Off Module2635-222
Insteon SwitchLinc V2 Dimmer 2476D
Insteon SwitchLinc V2 Relay 2476S
Somfy RTS Dry Contact Interface 318276
Costco Berkline Theater Seating
Great Northern Top Star 6208 12oz Popcorn Machine
Haier 42 Can Beverage Cooler
Global Cache IP2IR

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Nice job. Looks great!
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Cool....

...what are the dimensions of the room?

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Nice build. Probably similar to what I'd do if I had a room for it. Since you say reasonably priced, do you mind sharing an approx. price/range you spent?
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I have 9 of the same. Bought set of 3 new, and another member sold me 6 more just out of the box. I couldn't have justified 3 times the cost, so worked out awesome.
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Cool....

...what are the dimensions of the room?
Room dimensions are as follows: 19' Deep x 13.5' Wide x 7.5' Height - 1923 Cubic Feet
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Nice build. Probably similar to what I'd do if I had a room for it. Since you say reasonably priced, do you mind sharing an approx. price/range you spent?
I'd guesstimate that I spent around $15,000 to build the room and equip it.
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Great looking room. DemoPad looks nice.

Did you install the Somfy system yourself? If so, how difficult/easy was it to do? Where did you buy the drapes?
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I'd guesstimate that I spent around $15,000 to build the room and equip it.
Impressive... Especially for that budget... How long did the construction take?

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Looks nice. Did you do any soundproofing or treatments?

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Great work! Especially with your nice outlets, your install actually looks far more pro thank what I see around here from most of the "pros." Present company excluded.

Seriously, though. Good job and thanks for sharing! You're going to get a lot of enjoyment out of that room.
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ok since "price" is in your title, care to lay down some numbers for us?
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Impressive... Especially for that budget... How long did the construction take?

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I didn't work on it non-stop. I only occasionally worked on the room over a span of 5 years. I know, crazy long.
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ok since "price" is in your title, care to lay down some numbers for us?
See above. Around 15K.

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Looks nice. Did you do any soundproofing or treatments?
I haven't yet but I'm contemplating adding some strategically placed acoustic panels.
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Great job! Everything looks great especially taking into consideration your budget!

I have one HUGE concern.............

Popcorn maker actually in theater room?



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I didn't work on it non-stop. I only occasionally worked on the room over a span of 5 years. I know, crazy long.
Don't feel bad, that sounds like most of us that are Dads.
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Great job. But 5 years? j/k I would go insane if i stretched a project that long.
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Awesome theater. I love that projector and wanted it back in 2008 but it was way beyond my budget.

I have a popcorn machine but I was hesitant to put it in the theater.

Have you used it in the theater yet?
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Great job! Everything looks great especially taking into consideration your budget!

I have one HUGE concern.............

Popcorn maker actually in theater room?



I agree with the concern here. Smoke issues.
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Awesome room! I'm in the same boat, and hoping to do similar and hoping to keep to a similar budget. In retrospect, is there any thing you would change or do differently? Any tips? Thanks!

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anyone care to guesstimate the price if paid a contractor to do? looking at what the savings are vs 5 year project?

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anyone care to guesstimate the price if paid a contractor to do? looking at what the savings are vs 5 year project?

Probably double the cost plus some. I have a popcorn machine in my theater, but I have good ventilation, and my theater is 3547 cubic feet. And my popcorn machine is in the back of the room, far away from my screens.
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Great job! Everything looks great especially taking into consideration your budget!

I have one HUGE concern.............

Popcorn maker actually in theater room?



I know, I know, I thought that myself but having had the popcorn machine in the room now for many years of use, I wouldn't change a thing. It truly makes the room smell like a real movie theater and the steam from the cooking popcorn makes the light coming out of the projector look just like it would in a real old school movie theater.
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I agree with the concern here. Smoke issues.
Popping popcorn doesn't create any smoke (unless you burn the popcorn), only steam and it dissipates quickly. We love the smell inside the room after a fresh batch of popcorn.
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Awesome theater. I love that projector and wanted it back in 2008 but it was way beyond my budget.

I have a popcorn machine but I was hesitant to put it in the theater.

Have you used it in the theater yet?
Use it almost every weekend and we actually like having it in the room for the smell and effect.
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Awesome room! I'm in the same boat, and hoping to do similar and hoping to keep to a similar budget. In retrospect, is there any thing you would change or do differently? Any tips? Thanks!
There's not much I would do differently (other than buy more expensive electronics if I had more money) but one thing stands out as something I would change if I had it to do over and that is instead of 2 rows of 3 chairs, I would do 2 rows of 4 chairs. We often have friends over to watch movies and inevitably one couple ends up getting split up.
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Great looking room. DemoPad looks nice.

Did you install the Somfy system yourself? If so, how difficult/easy was it to do? Where did you buy the drapes?
I did. All I did was order motorized blackout blinds online that came with a Somfy RF motor. Then I bought a somfy/Insteon interface and programmed my DemoPad software to send a signal (similar to turn a light switch on or off) to raise or lower the blinds according to the action taken. It was relatively easy but I consider myself and fairly advanced when it comes to this stuff.
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I know, I know, I thought that myself but having had the popcorn machine in the room now for many years of use, I wouldn't change a thing. It truly makes the room smell like a real movie theater and the steam from the cooking popcorn makes the light coming out of the projector look just like it would in a real old school movie theater.

That's exactly what my wife says !!
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