After taking a few months off of the theater I am back in the saddle.
Just so no one will think I have been being lazy:
Rebuilt a basket case motorcycle (1991 yz125)
Built 2 guitars (matching Strat and Tele, solid 1 piece Koa with brazilian rosewood fretboards). They are not complete but close (and this pic is a few weeks old).
Spent a few weeks in Hawaii...
remodeled a bathroom, cleaned up a ton of stuff in the garage and on and on....
Put the foot down with the wife (yeah right!) and told her I was full hot on completing the theater.
So now....Phase 2 of the project.
After doing a basic assessment I have determined that most of the cutting work is done. This means I can now relocate the saws to the shop, clean up and start to concentrate on finish work vs heavy construction. While some cutting will need to be made I feel it will be better to walk to the shop vs making more mess in the theater area.
To kick off the start of the finishing phase I purchased the Marantz 7011. It will be delivered this Tuesday and I am so excited I could just poop myself. I really dig how it is powered AND has pre outs. This will get me into an operational theater with the ability to jack the horsepower with amps in the future.
Wife went shopping so it was a perfect time for me to do the final assembly on the surrounds. I grossly underestimated how much time this would take. It took about 2h per speaker. I really thought I could blow through all of these in a couple hours. (*note that 1 hour each was me chipping out lazy drips in the speaker flush routs so the drivers would sit flat. Ill do better next time keeping drips and buildup out of the holes!
First time being able to hear the surround speakers! I hooked them up to an old 'theater in box' just to see if the drivers were XO'ed properly and they were working. I am SUPER happy with the sound of these. They are very efficient and balanced; even before they are broken in I can tell they are going to sing. They dont produce a ton of lows but they have a nice hit and sound snappy without being harsh.
I know they say 'dont get your theater working before its finished' but I dont think this setup will make me stop moving forward. I did it mostly as a joke but must admit it was really exciting to play the theaters first movie!!!! (Force Awakens).
The stupid thing is.....
Somehow I managed to only order enough drivers for 4 surrounds! I still need to do 2 more surround so now I am stuck with ordering more speakers and waiting (what seems forever) for them to arrive from PE (no ding on them, they ship quick but its a 5 business day wait to PDX)
Next is a major clean up, finish columns, build the screen wall, make sub cab, make LCRs and start making fabric covered panels to cover walls and ceiling, install carpet and do all the wiring.....should only be a about week right!!!! LOL