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post #31 of 58 Old 02-02-2016, 09:57 AM - Thread Starter
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Here are some shots of the work in progress. I had to cut in 6 new speaker holes, run hundreds of feet of new speaker wire, install the Lutron GrafikEye in place of existing switches, run a new RCA for the subwoofer, and then connect everything up.

Fortunately I did get some new tools for Christmas that made things easier.

We now have 4 Sonance Cinema LCRs for surround and rears in the walls and 4 matching Sonance 623TR in the ceiling for Atmos. All of the speakers are within 1-2 feet of each other in distance from the main listening spot.
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Here are the latest updates on the theater. We got things to a semi-finished state for Super Bowl. The system is configures for a 9.1(4).4 Atmos system. So 9 surround channels, a LFE channels through 4 subs, and 4 ceiling speakers. All of the speakers are very good timbre matches - 5 Sonance Cinema Select THX LCR Cabinets for the front, 4 Sonance Cinema Select LCR in-walls for the surrounds, 4 Sonance S623TR for the ceiling. We can't really take advantage of the front width channels and the Atmos at the same time for now, but they are ready for the next pre-amp upgrade.

The subs are 4 of the JBL Synthesis HTPS-400 I have had for a while.
The screen is a Stewart Firehawk Gen 3 120" wide 2.35:1 screen.
The projector is a Panasonic AE8000U on a Chief mount.

In the Middle Atlantic rack I have from top to bottom:
Marantz MM8077 7 channel amplifiers x 2
Marantz AV7702 pre-amp - all connections by HDMI or balanced XLR
Panasonic DMP-BDP215 (Costco version of the BDP210)
AppleTV
TiVo Premiere
Xbox360 Slim
Drawer
Home Theater PC
Montser Power HPTS7000 mk II Signature
Monster Power AVS2000 Pro Signature

Please let me know what you think.

Next steps will be adding a door for the theater, installing front acoustic treatments and black false wall around screen, improved darkening of light from windows, add a 2nd row riser and additional seating.

Big thank you to my sons for helping run new wires and lending a hand.
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JSK,

thanks for being a wonderful host and showing me your system as well as some tips for my own setup! The location of that office room is definitely a huge benefit when it comes to tucking away that A/V rack. I wish we were all so fortunate! I especially enjoyed your new atmos set-up as well as the four subs, it definitely provides an even dispersion of bass no matter where you sit in the room. That bar/snack area is super convenient as well. Let me know when you're new upgrade is and I'll definitely spin by and check it out
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Got a chance to see the theater at Hearst Castle. Cool to know how they did it in the old days. Private entrance for the projectionist and all.
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New screen, new screen, new screen... at least to me.

Stewart Filmscreen Studiotek 130 Reference Screen JKP Certified Microperf in 2.35:1 - 120" wide, 130" diagonal.

Had to make sure this went in straight. Laser levels don't lie.
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Did a bunch of work on the front wall over Thanksgiving. Took the new screen down, installed 150 sq. ft. of 2" Linacoustic, installed three Sonance Cinema in-wall speakers for the revised front L, C, R, and some acoustic foam for absorbing reflections off the back of the screen. Need to order GOM FR701 and build the frames for the false wall next.
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Put the screen back up and reconnected the front subwoofers.
Ordered the GOM back FR701 from Fabricmate on sale yesterday.
Will work on the false wall panels soon.
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Front wall is done... for now.

Just in time for the Super Bowl I got two big projects done, the front wall panels and the theater bathroom update. I also added my Christmas present, the Oppo UDP-203 to the rack.

The front wall has four friction fit panels, above, below, and to the sides of the screen. The smaller panels are just 1.5x1.5 wooden frame pieces with 2x4 supports. The larger panels are 2x4 verticals with 1.5x1.5 tops and bottoms. All kiln dried lumber and very straight. Picked the best of the bunch out of Home Depot. I was going to go with the FJP, but the raw wood was much cheaper. All of the faces were painted flat black and then wrapped with GOM FR701 black and stapled like crazy. Came out looking nice and adds strong contrast to the screen.

The bathroom got a new paint, vanity, sink, trim, artwork, shower curtain, and accessories. Mostly from Home Depot, Costco, and Home Goods. Made a big difference. Old pic is last for comparison.

The Oppo took the place of a Panasonic blu-ray player that got moved to the master bedroom. Easy plug in and everything worked perfectly out of the box. Very happy with the player. Have watched lots of blu-rays and two UHD. All look great at 1080p on the Panasonic AE8000. A future upgrade will get me to 4k.
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nice wall! I'm thinking about something like that for my setup as well. what do you think you'll end up upgrading to on your projector?
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what do you think you'll end up upgrading to on your projector?
I've gone from an Infocus SP7200 720p projector, to a Sony VW60 1080p, to my current Panasonic AE8000 1080p with lens memory. The next step will most likely be a 4k projector once prices come down some. I would like something brighter for HDR, 4k to take advantage of the new Oppo UHD player, and it has to have lens memory for the CIH. For now the Panasonic AE8000 is doing fine and should hold me for another year or so. On the other hand if someone had a slightly used JVC or Sony projector that they had to get rid of...

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I've gone from an Infocus SP7200 720p projector, to a Sony VW60 1080p, to my current Panasonic AE8000 1080p with lens memory. The next step will most likely be a 4k projector once prices come down some. I would like something brighter for HDR, 4k to take advantage of the new Oppo UHD player, and it has to have lens memory for the CIH. For now the Panasonic AE8000 is doing fine and should hold me for another year or so. On the other hand if someone had a slightly used JVC or Sony projector that they had to get rid of...
Apparently Best Buy/Magnolia read my post and had an open box JVC DLA-X550R ready for me when I was shopping for a new bedroom TV. I walked out with both. Pictures and updates on seating and pre-amp upgrade coming soon.
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I sold both of my rows of Cinematech seats and purchased two matching rows of Fortress Seats. Funny story, got them for a TV producer in Santa Barbara who did shows like Magnum P.I., Airwolf, CSI. The seats weren't what he wanted when they were delivered so he went with something different and I picked them up. The first row of my old seats went in a U-haul and down to So. Cal with us where another member met us to buy them. We then went and picked up these 9 chairs from a very nice home in Montecito. It was interesting getting them apart, into the U-haul, and back to Sacramento. Took us a few nights to carry them up to the theater on the second floor.

All the seats are motorized, nice step up. I plan to build a riser for the back row soon. And I may order a new back for one chair with less lumbar support per my wife's preference.

The previously mentioned projector upgrade was completed, but I was hesitant to trust the ceiling mount with it at first. Everything is fine now, but you can see what steps I went through to make sure it stayed up all night.

Last change, but actually the first one I made was to the Marantz 7702 mkII. I wanted something I was sure would pass 4k with HDR in place so made the step up. Sold my original 7702 to a fried for a break even on that part.

I did also sell off my Panasonic AE8000 to cover some of the cost of the new projector. Now I just need to spend some time calibrating the picture.
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I just wanted to post I enjoyed walking through your upgrade journey. Thanks for sharing.
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I just wanted to post I enjoyed walking through your upgrade journey. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for checking it out. It is definitely a journey and evolution. I need to add more pics as I have completed the new entry door - room can now be sealed up. Also have built, but not yet carpeted the riser for the back row.

On the equipment side I sold off the JBL subs and have purchased a HSU VTF15H MK2 and a SVS PB13 Ultra for more tactile bass.

Once the riser is carpeted and the subs find a permanent position I am planning to do some testing with REW.

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A few months ago my brother-in-law and I completed the framing out and installation of a new solid core door for the theater. It is doing a good job of keeping sound in and out of the room. This will also hopefully help minimize the volume of space the new subs will need to pressurize.
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Had a chance to check out the IMAX screen in Seattle over Spring Break. It is just a little bigger than the one we have at home. That's me in the seventh row in front of a six-story tall screen.
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Riser

Just finished construction of the new riser last weekend. Was able to get it built in a day thanks to help from my oldest son and a nail gun. Went to Home Depot in the morning and got the 2x10 for the front and rear supports, 2x8 for the stringers between the front and rear, tongue and grove floor board for the top, insulation for the bays. Had them make six cuts for me, and we were on our way. The right end is open along the bottom (the board has a support in the middle). All of the other boards also don't reach the floor, except for the left end which sits on the floor so bass can enter along the top. This allows the riser to act as a bass trap with one continuous air chamber filled with insulation. Next step will be getting it carpeted. The view from the back row is much improved.
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Adding recently completed drawings of the room.
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Adding recently completed drawings of the room as .jpgs.
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We got the riser carpeted finally! Using existing carpet leftover from the build I had a guy come in and wrap it. Existing Fortress Seating chairs were taken down and put up for sale and new leather seats are in the garage ready to be carried up. More images on those soon. You can see one in place for testing. Here are shots of the riser before, during, and after carpet.
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New theater chairs are in! Motorized, chocolate brown, with integrated tables. These came out of a commercial theater in San Diego and into our house. The last picture is pulled from their original location before the theater switched them out.

There are four love seats and a single in the center front row (my seat) for a total of 9 seats. They are made by Zarkin furniture and are the Mobiliari model.

Let me know what you think.
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From start to finish, this has been one of the most impressive, informative and detailed threads I've read on this forum. I have a room very similar in size and although I'm several steps behind in my progression, you have certainly provided several insightful ideas for me to follow. Thanks for putting this all together. Very much appreciated.
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Got this text from my wife. She had gone to a friend of ours house to watch a chick-flick with some of the wives. Now my wife is not a huge home theater buff, but she puts up with my hobby. This was fun to get...
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Sharing our movie poster collection that line the stairs leading to the theater and outside of the adjacent bathroom. All are favorites or from a family outing. Many of them came from the theater my son worked at. The Star Wars posters are neat as one is from my childhood bedroom and is the worse for wear, while the other is autographed by the cast. The Pirates of the Caribbean is also autographed by the cast. Other posters come and go as movies join the collection.
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Cool posters. Thanks for sharing.
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Major upgrade to our seating completed last week. We swapped out the commercial cinema chairs for 11 CinemaTech Terminator II motorized chairs in brown leather. Seats are very comfortable. They had spent the last several years in storage in Southern California and had tried to buy them twice before. They were owned by a major Hollywood film director (think Dumb and Dumber or Green Book). He had purchased them for a home in Santa Barbara that ended up not being built. After seeing them for sale again I made arrangements to take the family to a theme park and picked these up on the way home. We were able to go from 9 seats up to 11. The front row now consists of six single seats. The back row has two love seats and a single on the end.

This weekend we also added blackout treatments to the windows in the kitchenette. The black out curtains that will cover these are being hemmed at a local tailor.

Next step will be the addition of absorption panels on the back and side walls.
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Friday night projector shoot out. While my JVC X550 is in the shop for cleaning under warranty I picked up some possible replacements - Epson 5040UB and JVC NX5. Trying them both out to see which to keep and which to sell.
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The other recent upgrade has been less A/V related, but has made a huge impact on comfort. We added a zoning system, air return, house fan, and two NEST thermostats to the house so that the theater is now on its zone. With the closed theater door this has made a major improvement to remotely heating or cooling the theater without impacting any other part of the house as the original air return was in a downstairs hallway. We also increased the size of the duct work and registers at the front of the room to reduce air velocity and noise.
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